Takayama Elegance

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

A travel blog entry by stephpalmer on Jul 07, 2015

1 comment, 14 photos

... grass mats and sliding paper doors. The room's a bit of a shock, the only furniture's a low table and a TV. You have to make your futon bed yourself on the floor with the mattresses and sheets provided in the wardrobe. Bathing is fun too and definitely tests the famous British reserve (for the women at least). The showers are communal and there's a big spa bath or Onsen. You can't take any clothes in there, not even your towel and ...

Saturday - Kanazawa to Kyoto

A travel blog entry by kkelly432 on May 23, 2015

4 photos

... cut or decide this is not the life they had envisioned. For the first 5 years they are looked after by the "mother" of the house, as well as, I believe, by their patrons. They can see their families only 3 times per year and otherwise are completely under control of the house mother. Somehow I kept thinking of the similarity to nuns, although the masters served are different. One interesting thing I learned about geishas as well as kabuki actors is why their faces are made up ...

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 ...

Chapter Ten

A travel blog entry by luggagesbitch on May 21, 2015

5 photos

... to notice that they had switched the two from yesterday. A lady working there politely directed me to the men's onsen. My bad. Again, I found the outdoor one to be the best. This one was elevated on the property and it had a view of the town below. I remembered to cool down afterwards, because last night I was boiling when I went to bed. I sat with only my feet in the water letting the wind hit me. There was another man in there this ...

A day in Takayama May 21

A travel blog entry by kkelly432 on May 21, 2015

2 comments, 3 photos

... graced these floors. This was also the location where people paid their taxes, not with money, but with sheaves of rice which were stockpiled in rooms designed for this purpose. We were both too tired to really appreciate the last planned event of the day which was saki tasting, but we now understand that like everything else, there are many grades and nuances of saki. Some is best served ice cold, some is preferred warm, and of course certain sakis are preferred ...