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Travel Blogs from Takayama
April 6 (Sat): Tokyo to Takayama We took the bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya, where we transferred to a limited-express train to Takayama. The bullet train is fantastic!! It was so smooth, roomy, clean, efficient and fast (220 mph). We were told that bullet trains are also safe, never having a fatal accident since they began operating about forty …
After a winding drive through the Japanese Alps, we arrived for a two night stay in Takayama, a town that has tried to preserve some sections of its old wooden shops in traffic free areas without any modern poles, wires, etc in view. This town is well known for its Hida beef, reknowned for its tenderness and flavor, much like Kobe beef. We had a …
... Bobo, monkey babies which for some reason are important to the local people. He may have told us why but clearly we didn’t understand.
Shirakawa-go is a World Heritage listed small village nestled in a valley and completely surrounded by mountains. We stop at the top of the valley for a photo opportunity and then proceed down into the town. The unique feature of this village is its houses. They are made from wood and have very steep ...
Our breakfast is ordered for 7.30, we have chosen to have a traditional Japanese breakfast and in response to the question I posed on the first morning, apparently you can eat fish three times or more a day. There are also the usual pickled vegetables and preserved plums, miso soup, tofu, fresh fruit and a very western looking salad.
Today is our longest day of train travel. We have to catch four trains. The first is the 'Limited Express Snow Monkey' ...
... near vertical ascent and descent were fun and what scenery i did see was very nice indeed and a world away from Tokyo or anywhere else I've been for that matter.
When i got back i took another stroll around town, this time walking through the historic section where classical Japanese houses have been preserved. If i ever get enough money and get that dude from Grand Designs to film it, I'm gonna build me a Japanese style house :)
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking