Just a recommendation here for the English speaking guided walking.tour run by the information centre. There are three, maybe 4 information centre locations so you make sure you go to the right place! We picked up the pamphlet at the information centre near the morning market but the staff member didn't tell us that you had to book. She wasn't very helpful..any question we asked - she just looked for the answer on the brochure. It might be that he English was limited and she was there on her own. When we got to the starting place there was a big sign saying that bookings were essential. Luckily Akene showed up and took us without a booking. We were the only people on the tour and we had two hours of her time and it was fantastic. We learnt a lot, saw a lot, tasted miso and sake. Great choice for our first morning in Takayama.