Sorry! I did not manage to write anything last week.
I was in Fukuoka, doing research and stuff.
I’m going to write about Takayama today!
Takayama is located in Gifu prefecture and could be reached by bus or limited express train from Nagoya.
But, since March 2015, the Nagano shinkansen will be extended until Kanazawa that makes the journey to Takayama will be more comfortable (and fast).
What’s around Takayama?
1. The Old Town of Takayama
The old town preserves buildings from Edo Period.
The sannomachi street is pretty, and you could find restaurants, sake breweries, and other things.
Or you could enjoy a rickshaw ride.
Omiyage (souvenir shops)
You could find a lot of Sake omiyage, including a Sake Cheesecake
The shops are open 9 to 5. But some restaurants open until late.
A lot of high school students in the old town.
It was so cold, so we entered one of the cafe. We tried their specialty.
Apple juice and mochi!
2. Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya is former local government office. It was put under direct control of the Tokugawa clan.
You could see the symbol of Tokugawa on the gate
Now the building is used as a museum.
The entrance fee is 430¥ (adult)
A snow cat bus from Totoro is ready to greet you at the entrance
You have to take of your shoes at the entrance. The building itself does not have a heated floor.
So it’s very cold (I came during the winter)
There is a garden inside the building. However, during the winter, it was terrible.
The snow was so thick; around 1 m.
This is the torture room to torture a criminal so they’ll admit their crime.
There are storage rooms with tons of history of Hida. We are not allowed to take picture there.
3. Hida Folk Village (Hida no Sato)
In Hida Folk Village, you could find more than 30 traditional houses from the Edo Period.
You could buy a set ticket (bus ticket and entrance ticket)
to the Hida Folk Village in Takayama Station.
It costs 930¥ (adults)
Totoro in the entrance of Hida Folk Village
This is the famous photo spot.
The staff can take picture of you (for free), or you could pay around 1000¥
if you want them to print it for you
This is actually a lake, but it’s frozen during the winter.
There are around 30 houses, but the inside are pretty much the same.
You have to take off your shoes if you want to get inside the house.
I can’t be bothered about taking off my shoes (it’s cold, baby!).
I think this is a mill.
The closeup view of the house.
You could do a stamp rally. In some of the houses, there are stamps.
You could collect all of those stamps (for fun only, no rewards)
Miniature of the house.
Where did we stay?
We stay in a Ryokan (Japanese style inn) called the Senbee Ryokan. It is located near the station.
Our dinner : Mikado Restaurant in the old town.
Croquet and Miso
The room was great. Our room’s capacity is 3 person.
However, you have to share the bath and the toilet with the other guess
The breakfast is Japanese style,
With Hida Beef, of course!
Hida beef is the specialty of Hida, Takayama.
The price of the inn is not that bad. I spent around 11000¥ for 2 nights (including breakfast).
The owner and the staffs do not speak English, but they are very kind and helpful.
These are the common souvenir from Takayama
Sarubobo (baby monkey) is the mascot of Hida, Takayama.
You could find a lot of Sarubobo plushies, keychain, phone strap, and many more.
The miniature of the traditional houses.
Food! Senbei, Miso, Hida Beef, and Japanese Chestnut.
It was a good place to visit. The winter might be too harsh, but Takayama is easily accessible.