Hoba miso & Hida beef
Do not miss these two specialties (combination possible) when you visit Takayama. Many restaurants serve hoba miso set meals which are generally meals comprising of rice, small side dish, soup and vegetables or meat cooked in miso (fermented soy bean) on a hoba (magnolia) leaf over a flame. I find that the miso gets too salty when combined with vegetables but works wonders with a good cut of the beautiful marbled Hida beef. You can find many restaurants serving Hida beef or hoba miso there.