Takayama Elegance

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

Kanazawa - Day 4

A travel blog entry by gjsk on Sep 11, 2014

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Finally found the laundromat last night. Fully automated and paid for by purchasing a card for ¥2000. You don't need to load powder and a full load to wash and dry in the one machine takes 55 minutes, got to get one. Early morning to the smaller market near the old government building. Bought a few huge apples and some apple sauce for toast. Car news is that you can buy a micro car here called a 'Nude' and Dihatsu make a micro sports car sort of like ...

Shinhotaka Ropeway - Hirayu Spa - Day 3

A travel blog entry by gjsk on Sep 10, 2014

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... spa resorts, ski fields and roadside bus stops. The bus shelters are huts for winter travellers and have wooly seat covers for the comfort of those who wait. There seems to be a fixation on temperature with electronic road signs displaying current temperature every few kilometres. Could be for safety in winter, could be a detail people are fond of. Roadworks are preceded by workers in white 50's motorcycle helmets, cinch waisted grey overalls, white reflective sashes ...

Takayama Day 2

A travel blog entry by gjsk on Sep 09, 2014

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... and calligraphy brushes as offerings to the god that will improve their examination results. And that is all you can leave anywhere as Takayama has a take it home policy for rubbish. No bins anywhere except at shops for recycling only. Anything else, you carry and put in the hotel room bin. You cannot put rubbish down anywhere, public toilets have no bins but signs to tell you to take rubbish home. Petrol stations (and their bins) ...

In the Days of Edo

A travel blog entry by kvolsky on Aug 27, 2014

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... the rock foreshores. Trees tower over the landscape keeping Japanese air fresh and clean. This giant boreal forest continues for miles. No signs of clear cutting like home . I wonder is it too hard to log this area? Or is conservation their main target? My train darts in and out of tunnels and I can't help think this is what the Rocky Mountain express must be like at home. Nostalgia sets in and I think that ...

Eco Buildings

A travel blog entry by wwoofers on Jul 21, 2014

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Here we go, short and sweet...in Gero aside from tending to the cattle and enjoying the antics of all the animals we spent quite a bit of time working on some construction. Using earth bag building techniques and under the strict observations of our hosts' teacher, we added on a few layers of the soon to be theater space for our host who was a professional puppeteer before taking on a farming career. It was hard ...

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