We spent 4 days 3 nights here. It took 4 hours journey from Shinjuku to this little gem via express bus, click
here to find out more. You can see lots of Japanese alps as the bus drives along the ravines and river. At the end of Japan trip, we asked the elderly the place they love the most and this is it! Oh! Please try their hida-beef, it is soft, tender, tasty, and juicy. TAKAYAMA OLD TOWN
We saw many Koi fish swimming freely in the rivers, some even in the small drain along the pavement. In my country, these fishes are expensive to buy!
Our first stop in Takayama, the old town which preserved from Edo period.
Sis: Let’s check this out! By the way, my sister reads and speaks Japanese, if you need any help to travel or buy in Japan, I can let her know! 🙂
Takayama Old Town Shirakawa-go Village
Shirakawago Village. We rented a car and travel about 30 minutes to this place. The place is famous for the Gassho-zukuri House. The house roof that is designed like a praying hand. It is a UNESCO listed place, some of them are still occupied by families, some has been opened for viewing.
Shirakawago village, this roof is filled with green moss.
Shirakawago village. Took this while we walked up to the observatory deck.
Entrance to Shirakawago village Shin hoTaKa ropeway
We took a cable car up 2,150m above sea level. The temperature changed from 15 to 6 Degrees Celcius. Snow is no where to be seen yet. There are total of 3 stations. On the 2nd station, there is a foot bath available for everyone. It feels so warm and cozy to have leg soak in hot water during a cold weather. You will also find the Shin-Hotaka Visitors Center, a public bath, restaurants, a gift shop, a small art gallery, hiking trails and the departure point of the double decker ropeway on the 2nd station.
Family and I took a group photos on the last station. The view is tranquil.
If you visit during winter time, it looks like this. Photo taken from: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5943.html Jinya-mae Morning Market
Jinya-mae Morning Market. It is along the river, opens till 11am. It is not long, we spent approximately 30 minutes here just to look around. Sakurayama Hachiman-gū Shrine
Sakurayama Hachiman-gū Shrine.
One of the scenery while walking to Sakurayama Hachiman-gū Shrine.