Hotel Grantia Hida Takayama
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We caught the shuttle bus from our hotel into the train station this morning and headed on up to the 'Old Town' and the Miyagawa Morning Market. The market has fruit and vegetables as well as some souvenirs including the Sarubobo doll (picture). The Sarubobo means baby monkey and are made as gifts for girls in the edo-period and are given as happy …
This morning we headed off early from Nikko, heading towards Takayama via Matsumoto Castle. First leg was to Matsumoto and consisted of 3 change of trains and 4 hours travel. Matsumoto is known for the 'castle' called Matsumoto-jō (crow castle - as the black roof and span of the building is said to resemble a crows sing span) which is one of …
... of lovely tea to finish. They seemed amazed that we wanted Sukiyaki and that chopsticks would do. Twice tried to give us knives and forks, and kept checking we were doing okay.
We have loved our time in Takayama. It is a bit out of the way to get here, but absolutely worth it. While we are enjoying Japan very much, Takayama is the highlight so far. We will be sad to leave tomorrow.
... You see this everywhere, a bit like Italy.
An old Japanese man asked us where we were from and asked Rod how old he was? The old fellow was proud to tell us he was 81. He was taking photos with an old film camera and was obviously having a little holiday. He recommended we not miss Kyoto.
The train station is very basic, though new major works seem to be underway. We quickly found our hotel and relieved it was a step up on ...
... parade . We got up very close. Oli and Joey had slushies, it was very crowded, lots of food stalls, lots of people. Thoughts for takayama: Oliver - busy, crowded festival, shaved ice drink, great pizza Joseph - bike ride, market and festival Philip ...