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Travel Blogs from Takayama
... comes in from time to time. The Japanese seem oblivious to the heat. Despite the fact that we are in the mountains, the climate varies quite markedly over the year, hot and quite humid in the summer and autumn and covered in a thick layer of snow in the winter. Apparently the late colours are spectacular and that is one of the most popular times for tourists, alas we are too early for the colours.
Tonight’s dinner is similar to the previous night. ...
... covered in forests with streams and waterfalls round every corner, with immaculate houses dotted on the hillsides, the drive is pretty spectacular. Proper rural Japan.
And that brings me to another thing which is just so different from the UK, everything everywhere is just so... clean! There is literally no trash anywhere. ANYWHERE. The harder you look for it the more surreal it seems and the fact their are hardly any ...
... I was finished with my beef. In the morning we checked out the local market and then headed to a festival that was happening in the old part of town. It was an art and street meat festival! I love street meat! And there were booths selling every type everywhere, some sort of ninja drumming show....and some art to fill the space. First I had some sort of sticky round McDonald's hash brown looking thing....on a stick (of course)...it ...
I'm sitting in an outside hot bath on the top floor of a hotel in Matsumoto, Japan. One japanese guy next to me is holding some wooden blocks with the hotel name engraved and bound together. I get out, feel that my body has calmed down and briefly enjoy the view over the skyscraperless city with the mountains in the back. I slide the door, walk through the bath and enter the sauna. I sit first on the lower level but as one man exits I move up. It's a ...
... around the area. This took up the rest of the afternoon and when I returned two German girls had checked into the guesthouse. We headed out for dinner as they wanted to try the Hida beef (suits me!) and we went to a restaurant where you order the dish, it all arrives raw, and then in the middle of the table is a grill where you cook the food. It was delicious and really fun, but this was one of the more expensive restaurants in the ...
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