Takayama Elegance

Address: 1734-1 Matsunoki-machi, Takayama, Gifu, Chubu, 506-0802, Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Takayama

Saturday - Kanazawa to Kyoto

A travel blog entry by kkelly432 on May 23, 2015

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First stop after breakfast this morning was the beautiful 350 year old park known as Kenrokuen Gardens. It took 125 years to "build" though about 90% of it seems quite natural. In 1676, it was originally the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle. There are large ponds, waterfalls and streams which were channeled in certain ways for specific effects. Many of the trees are very old and propped up with carefully constructed and strategically placed wooden props. Although we missed the ...

Friday, May 22nd

A travel blog entry by kkelly432 on May 22, 2015

1 comment, 5 photos

Our first stop was at a beautiful mountain village and UNESCo World Heritage site called Shirakawago. We entered a 300 year old home with the traditional ultra steep thatched roof to keep the snow off. This is nestled well into the mountains so it's not surprising that the thatch is thick, but it also extremely dense. It needs to be redone every 25 years. Once our shoes were removed and we were seated, we were served tea from a steaming kettle ...

A day in Takayama May 21

A travel blog entry by kkelly432 on May 21, 2015

2 comments, 3 photos

... the menu. Each of the other ladies had quite differently priced dinners, so a significant sorting out job was required. We got it worked out so 3 sums matched the total of the bill, but the waiter wasn't convinced that he could manage one person paying cash and 2 using credit cards. I have no idea how long we would have been there if Yumi had not interceded on our behalf showing how the math worked out. As they say, all's well that ends well, and it was truly a unique ...

From Tokyo to Takayama

A travel blog entry by kkelly432 on May 20, 2015

1 comment, 5 photos

... But apparently it's usually cheaper to buy the rice than to try and grow it yourself. This hotel has 2 Japanese baths, so we were given complete instructions on the etiquette of the bath, information that I'm not sure either Rowland nor I are going to be needing. We'll see. We know everyone says they are wonderful ... not to be missed ... but it's hard to overcome inborn and long nurtured habits like avoiding rooms full of naked ...

Takayama and Shirakawa-go

A travel blog entry by domandkatey on Apr 29, 2015

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... around the little city for an hour or so, we didn’t have any clue what to do. We were told there were buses, but we couldn’t find any. We were at least able to find a store open where we could buy some snacks and we found a quiet spot by the river to eat and wait for our train to come. Blerg. It was a long day.

That afternoon we continued to wander around Takayama and enjoy the small town atmosphere. The next day we would journey to ...