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Apr 2, 2019 - Takayama to Kyoto

Yikes, it was 28 degrees out when we woke up in Takayama. We decided to skip the walk to the open air market as we were not prepared for such cold weather. After a late checkout from the hotel we walked around town and browsed in a few stores while heavy snow flurries made a picturesque, if cold, scene. Lunch was vintage American, hamburger and fries. At 3 pm it was time to head to the train station and a 3-3/4 hour trip to Kyoto. Upon arrival we had a nice multi course Japanese dinner and checked into our Kyoto hotel where we'll spend the...

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Apr 1, 2019 - Matsumoto, Japanese Alps and Takayama

We left Kiso-Fukushima behind as we traveled by motor coach to the castle town of Matsumoto. There we viewed the huge castle and toured the Matsumoto City Museum. After leaving Matsumoto we had a two hour drive through the "Japanese Alps" As we traveled up and down the mountains we drove through heavy snow at the very top. Traveling on to Takayama the snow tapered off but it was still only 34 degrees when we arrived at our hotel. Before settling in we went to the Takayama Float Museum. At the museum there were five huge, elaborate floats on...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Takayama

A morning walk along the river first thing after breakfast followed by a visit to the Hida Folk Village, which is an outdoor museum showcasing traditional housing from the region. They are all original buildings which have been relocated to the site Fried noodles back in town for lunch then a sake tasting at one of the local breweries. Takayama is famed for it's sake due to the purity of the water in the Japanese Alps. Wandered around town in the afternoon before walking back to the ryokan for a soak in the onsen before another dinner in...

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Apr 3, 2018 - Tokyo to Takayama

This morning I didn't get up at 2am to try and witness the tuna auction at the famous Tsujiki Fish Market. You need to be there by 2.30am, with no trains running, to stand in a queue for 3 hours to maybe get a chance to witness the auction for 15v minutes. Instead we got there early in the morning for a super fresh sushi breakfast, straight from the morning's catch. It was really good, but it is only the tourists who eat sushi for breakfast. Time for a quick look around the fish market, but only the small part open to the public The rest of...

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Sep 27, 2015 - Takayama

Booking out of Kyoto hotel. I thought Mark was being rude when he suddenly leaned over and peered into the eyes of the concierge. But the recipient of the stare laughed, removed his glasses and put his finger through where the lens should have been! It seems that the Japanese think glasses make them look more 'managerial' and intelligent so they buy and wear the frames. I assume the richer people do have glass in theirs, even if it isn't prescription! Off on the tram for the last time, to the station. It will take two trains to get us to...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Takayama

A civilised departure from our Tokyo hotel to catch the 8.40 train - Shinkansen or bullet train - to Takayama via a change in Nagoya. It isn't necessary to book a seat with the Japan rail pass but we did and were pleased we did as it just took a little stress off. It was exciting to finally board our first bullet train. The only disappointment was not to have a window seat and the bloke who had it closed the blind against the sun! It was a 2.5 hour trip to Nagoya (where Laura spent her month in 1998). We changed for the Takayama train which...

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Nov 24, 2011 - Takayama - Somewhere near the mountains of Japan

It is difficult for us to imagine a time when things "closed for winter", but here we are. There is a smallish town set in central Honshu called Kamikochi. From here we would have had access to a variety of hikes and other mountain wonders. However, it being around 0 degrees C and most of this area being covered in snow, they have all closed up. So, instead we have gotten as close as we could, another nearby town called Takayama. This place will be by far the most expensive excursion we have done to date, it is however just as stunning as...

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Jun 24, 2011 - Takayama

Hotel Associa Takayama Resort June 24 –Kanazawa to Takayama Yesterday was such a good day that I could not imagine another day bettering it ... Takayama did! Perhaps it was the pace of the day that contributed ... but I would come back and stay a while in this lovely little town. Population about 70,000, it is one of the smallest towns we visited. People were charmingly friendly and the buildings are designed in the tradition of centuries ago. Just outside of Takayama is a UNESCO World Heritage site called the Shirakawa-go Village....

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Jan 5, 2011 - Takayama

Old typical Japanese town. Beautiful and charming place, the snow added to the magic! Japan as you would picture it, amazing houses! Gotta get to Japan to find snow when we couldn't find any to save our lives at 4100m in the Himalayas....

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May 6, 2010 - Takayama, Edo History and More

It is Thursday May 5th, when I walk from Takayama station to my hotel (invariably they are within a few minutes walking distance), the Golden Week rush over, the atmosphere is relaxed and visitors seem few. The three hour train journey from Nagoya gave me a bit of time to organise the pictures of the entries on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and with a little bit of sun warming the fresh mountain air I finish the text over lunch on the terrace of ‘Pane e Vino’ where they serve good paninis and real Italian espresso, before I venture off to...

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Oct 9, 2009 - Carnival!

Today we changed to our new hotel, overlooking the oldest temple in town and its lovely wooden pagoda, then went off to check out the festival floats. The Hachiman Festival (one of Japan`s top three) is today and tomorrow. The main event involves pulling these very large and heavy extremely ornate floats around the picturesque old part of town (Takayama is very picturesque). The floats are amazing, as is the dress of most of the people involved. The weather was good for a change, good job as if there was any rain the very precious and...

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Apr 29, 2008 - Takayama

Yesterday, we got to Takayamu, Gifu by shinkansen (bullet train) and regular train. Takayama is located in the Japanese alps, so the train ride in was absolutely beautiful, albeit a little long 4hrs or so I think). We are staying at a small ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn) that is so cute! Ryokan each have a hot spring that guests use to bathe in, separated by gender. It's super relaxing - and took some willing up of high school memories from showering in the locker rooms with a bunch of other people... When we were wandering around...

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