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On returning to Takayama we decided to climb up to the highest point where Takayama castle once stood over looking the town( good aerobic exercise). The climb took us through the forest and we again were charmed by the most brilliant colours that nature has graced us with on this trip. Finally a meal of ramen washed down by sake and back to the hotel. A very full, tiring, if chilly ...
... their living room dining room where Akiko served us a delicious cake, Kit Kat and mango tea. Kane made. A calligraphy of the symbols for one life one endeavor. It was to commemorate our visit. We were also given gifts of tea cups. A lovely way to learn about life in Japan.
We returned to our hotel via taxi (the ride was $20.80 each way - paid for by our tour company. Everything is really expensive in Japan! We checked out and took taxis to the station ...
... House, which was built in 1578 and is the oldest ghasso-style house in the area. During our visit here, we were able to explore the whole house (3 floors) and we learned about the history and culture of Gokayama. We watched a traditional dance performance.
Our lunch was vegetarian and was followed by tofu ice cream. The women in the restaurant did an impromptu performance of singing and dancing traditional songs. It was really lovely!
Our final ...
... Ji Temple, which we had planned to see in this area anyway. Originally built in the 1600's as a Buddhist shrine, it took 20 years to build and was restored in 1996 after which, it was declared a National Treasure.
Despite the crowds, it was a very peaceful place, with access to the burial shrines and evidence that the buildings are still used as a fully functional Buddhist Temple.
After 6 hours ashore in a humid 35 degrees, ...