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... br> 5th
Had to happen sooner or later. The rain has been falling since early this morning, and doesnt look like it will stop any time soon. After the free hotel breakfast we grab our umbrellas and head out. Still managed to see a lot, and the town is very crowded with tourists. We spend quite a bit of time inside the historic little shops sampling all types of food and pickles, miso soup, rice crackers etc. In fact we skip lunch as we eat so many samples.
... anyone buying one.
By now we have covered a lot of ground, so we take a rest under a cherry tree and Shauna basks in the beautiful sunshine.
Next its a bit of window shopping around the main part of town before heading back to the hotel and grab some tea.
Not the best of days. Starts out ok but doesnt take long for the rain to arrive and the wind is blowing quite strong. We do manage to visit the old town and take in the history of the area before ...
... s main shrine. Must admit I am feeling a little 'shrined-out" already, but what we did enjoy was the little museum next to the shrine which housed a few of the special Festival Floats that are used in Takayama's festivals. During the festivals, eleven huge elaborate 'yatai' (floats) adorned with mechanial dolls are paraded around the town, with all involved wearing the costume of the time. The floats are some 300 years old and ...
... was being served) so were given some instructions by our waitress. We are almost certain we ate the desert of ginger egg custard with the main course.
The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing in the Onsen.
We made sure we were up and ready for our breakfast at 7.30am as our hosts could not express strongly enough how important it was that we were on time. Ushered into a private dining room with a low Japanese table ...
After barely escaping death by monkey mauling, we hopped the brand new (as of March 14) shinkansen to Kanazawa. We didn’t realize how big of deal this was. The city of Kanazawa was so proud to have a shinkansen line — posters plastered everywhere and goods of all sorts for sale. (Shinkansen trains are so advanced that they require separate tracks, different from regular train tracks, so the infrastructural work required is immense in scope.) Aiko told us that we were doing ...