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Daihachiga Gawa

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  • Day10

    Takayama

    September 10, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We exchanged our vouchers for our Japan Rail passes and boarded the Shinkansen bullet train to Takayama. Aside from obviously being very fast, the train journey was beautiful and our first look at the Japanese countryside.
    We chose Takayama after reading about its old fashioned style and picturesque location in the Japanese Alps and we weren't disappointed at all. The town is lovely and full of old wooden buildings. We enjoyed exploring the streets and markets and visited a couple of sake breweries where we could do some tasting of traditional Japanese booze (we couldn't actually see the process as it is made in winter time). We also followed a walking route which goes around the outskirts of town in the hills where there are lots of temples, shrines and a big graveyard. Several posters warn you that bears have been spotted lately around the mountains, perhaps it's not so bad after all that we didn't have time for a hike.
    We tried a few new foods in Takayama; Hida beef, steamed dumplings, rice ball skewers with soy and Hida beef croquettes.
    To save money we stayed in a dorm which had a capsule style feeling, only here there were wooden "boxes" to sleep in, quite cosy actually!
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    Vera and Tom

    Steemed Hida beef dumpling

    9/12/19Reply
    Vera and Tom

    Sake tasting - faces after 10 tries

    9/12/19Reply
    Julie Boyle

    🤣

    9/12/19Reply
    Julie Boyle

    Beautiful x

    9/12/19Reply
     
  • Day18

    Jour #18: Arrivée à Takayama

    July 26, 2019 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Le trajet a été long, mais on est finalement arrivés. On est perdus dans une petite ville dans les montagnes, pleine de petits sanctuaires, de ruelles, de chemins forestiers et de sources chaudes. On a donc visité le village, trouvé au hasard un temple ancien et un sanctuaire, avant de manger un cheesecake, boire un café, et rentrer à l'hôtel pour profiter des sources thermales... À présent en yukata, habit traditionnel estival, à profiter de la chambre style japonais.Read more

    Marianne Jahrmann-Savary

    Véritable changement de décor! Plus de vert, d'eau et de traditions! L'habit traditionnel semble aller à merveille à Nils 🎎!

    7/26/19Reply
    Marcel Savary

    Vraiment très verdoyant! Jolis paysages. Le pays a l’air sympa . Profitez bien car le temps passe très vite ! Merci pour news et bisous à vous tous !😘👍

    7/26/19Reply
    Monique Savary-Pot

    Quel changement de décor mobilier de l hôtel pour des jeunes ..... car s asseoir à terre plus pour nous . Bonne découverte et encore merci bisous

    7/26/19Reply
     
  • Day37

    Takayama, petite ville des Alpes

    October 16, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Après deux jours avec Marwan près de Kamikochi nous arrivons à Takayama, une petite ville des Alpes Japonaises que nous avons beaucoup aimée.

    Balade dans les vieilles rues authentiques, visites de superbes vieilles maisons qui s'ouvrent sur de paisibles jardins japonais, des jolis temples...

    Nous avons traversé la ville pour aller voir un village traditionnel de cette région montagneuse. Une fois arrivé on comprend que ce village n'est pas du tout authentique, ils ont en fait ramené de toute la région des maisons anciennes pour constituer ce village et ainsi faire perdurer l'héritage. Alors bon oui c'est bien mais ça perd le côté authentique, on se croirait dans le parc Astérix avec toutes ses maisons en toit de chaume!

    La région est connue pour son bœuf, le HIDA, une viande très marbrée comme le bœuf de Kobé (mais en un peu moins cher, heureusement pour nous les backpackers). On a pu en goûter dans un super restaurant, cette viande est fabuleuse, tellement fondante et juteuse... Ça m'a rappelé l'Argentine, quel délice ! (voir photo)

    Sinon nous dormions dans une jolie maison traditionnelle tenue par une toute petite femme trop mignonne qui nous a proposé d'enfiler des kimonos traditionnels, super moment! (voir vidéo et photo avec elle)

    Très chouette atmosphère dans cette ville !!

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    Notre guesthouse
    Shakunage No Hana +++

    Restaurant
    Nonohana +++

    Nos visites
    Hida Kokubunji ++
    Yoshijima house +++
    Hida folk village +
    Miyagawa market +
    Sakura Yamaha Chimangu +++
    Higashiyama shrine and cemetery +
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    Caroline Enaud

    J'adore 😂

    10/18/18Reply
    Charlotte Montagne

    Haha elle est tellement choutte !!

    10/19/18Reply
    quentin chaleard

    Pas grande effectivement

    10/20/18Reply
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  • Day120

    Takayama

    March 19, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Het kleine stadje gelegen op 300 kilometer ten zuidwesten van Tokio is vier eeuwen oud.
    We bezoeken een belangrijk oud overheidsgebouw. de stijl is zeer typisch Japans: schoonheid in alle eenvoud. Een groot contrast met de boeddhistische tempels die ik zag, waar goud en vele ornamenten overheersen.
    We lopen rond in het centrum van de stad waar de oude houten huisjes zorgen voor een authentiek beeld. Vele van deze huisjes werden destijds door samoerai gebouwd. Verschillende leuke souvenierswinkels, restaurants en streetfoodstandjes zijn er te vinden. Hier vind je tal van leuke Japanse geschenken, waaronder ook saké. Deze wijn op basis van rijst is een echte Japanse specialiteit. In de winkel kunnen we veertien verschillende soorten saké proeven. “Geen enkele groep is er ooit in geslaagd om ze allemaal te proeven”, laat onze gids ons weten. “Uitdaging aanvaard!”, denken wij. Een klein uur later is het zover: Het laatste glaasje van een reeks goede en minder goede saké’s glijdt naar binnen. We leerden ondertussen een Brits meisje en twee Amerikanen kennen en hebben veel plezier samen. Samen saké drinken schept een band...😉
    Die avond keren we terug naar ons hotel, dat ook over een onsen of natuurlijk warmwaterbad beschikt. De temperatuur is echt gloeiend heet. Daarna drinken we een bekertje macha (soort groene thee). Perfect om op te warmen na een koude regenachtige dag...Ik ben immers niet meer in Zuid-Oost Azië. De temperatuur herinnert mij eraan dat ik steeds dichter bij huis kom.
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    Hannelore Van Steenlandt

    Very cosy! x

    3/24/18Reply
    Hannelore Van Steenlandt

    Akagarei! kenkō x

    3/24/18Reply
    Kathy Boeykens

    Das genieten.... 😃

    3/24/18Reply
    Belfi Bogaerts

    Jules zijn gezicht spreekt boekdelen!😂

    3/27/18Reply
     
  • Day4

    Takayama II : la vengeance

    March 18, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Takayama est connu au Japon pour son festival de chars. 4 sur 11 sont exposés dans le sanctuaire Sakurayama Hachiman-gu. En premier sur la photo se trouve Hotei tai, un char disposant d'un karakuri(marionnettes) devant être manipulé par 8 marionnetistes. Deux trapezistes passant de barre en barre montent sur le dos du Dieu de la fortune avant que celui-ci lance des confettis !!!!
    Nous nous sommes ensuite baladé autour de la ville pour visiter différents temples. Le beau temps à rendu le chemin très agréable ! Le soir nous avons eu du mal a trouver un restaurant autre que de la viande de boeuf. Nous avons fini autour d'un excellent curry japonais au champignon pour moi et au porc pour Stéphane dans un restau très sympa!
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    appétissant.

    3/19/19Reply
     
  • Day6

    Day 6 - Takayama, Japan

    April 1, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    We were up very early again and out of the hotel just after 6am. As the bus to Takayama was unreserved we had no idea how busy it may be and we wanted to catch the 7:50am bus. We had no need to worry as there were only a handful of people on the bus. It traveled over and through the alps on some very windy and tunneled roads, even past more snow. The journey was 2hrs 20mins. We arrived in Takayama at 10:15am. Our hostel was found easily, just a block from the station, so we dropped our bags as we could not check in until 3pm.

    So walking we went through the old preserved parts of town up and down the busy streets. Jason tried the Hida beef sushi (1000¥) and the Hida beef skewers (1000¥), he thought it was great. To me it was just meat and not worth the $20ish we just paid. But it is famous in this region. We past a butcher shop and some restaurants that a dish costs more than our 2 nights accommodation.

    We also walked up to Kitayama park at one end of town past the Hachiman shrine. It was an uphill walk for a good while, though provided a great view of the city. Buggered, we made the trek back to our hostel just before 3. We have a 4 bed room with private bathroom for 2 nights (31,600¥).

    We are having no luck with restaurants. We decided on a place to go only 2 blocks from our hostel. When we got there we discovered a closed today only sign on the door. So we walked down the street a little and ended up at a cafe. The staff were super friendly and gave the kids lots of origami. Dinner and drinks was only 3,500¥.
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  • Day7

    Day 7 - Takayama, Japan

    April 2, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    We had a more leisurely morning due to not having to travel anywhere. So at 8:30am we set off to walk the Higashiyama walking course. It is 5.5km, add about another 2km to/from our starting point.

    Along the way we saw/ visited 10 temples and walked some suburban back streets. We were even stopped by an old lady who gave the kids rice crackers. The kids were really good and did not complain about all the walking at all. We tried to go to the restaurant that was shut from last night, but were turned away. So we had McDonald's for lunch.

    After a rest we headed out and visites the 3 storey pagoda nearby, wandered the neighbourhood and then waited in line for a restaurant to open at 5pm. We had a lo ely meal of yakisoba from Chitose. Cheap filling and nice. A visit to family mart got us dessert and breakfast ready for tomorrow's onward journey. Next stop Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa.
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  • Day5

    To the Japanese Alps

    October 24, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Today was largely a travel day, but the first real adventure outside of Tokyo. After breakfast, a morning stroll around Ueno (to get cash out at the post office), and receiving our 14 day J-Rail Pass, we were packed and ready to board the first of 3 trains to get us to our next destination in Takayama. Today the final two members joined our group; Mark and Aleta, an elderly couple from Melbourne.

    Our route was as follows -
    - J Line Metro to Tokyo station (regular metro train) for 20minutes.
    - Bullet Train (upto 300km/p/hr) to Nagoya for 1 hour 40 minutes
    - Express Train to Takayama for 2 hours 20 minutes.

    The journey itself was comfortable and tremendously scenic. From the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo, to smaller towns, to lush green forests and mountainscapes. The peaks and turquoise rivers and streams were stunning. One of those "you had to be there" experiences that blurry train window photos dont do justice.

    Upon arrival we were transported by minibus to our traditional Japanese Ryokan accomodation at Iwataya. This included; shoes off at the door, tatami floors, sliding room doors, futon beds, yukata robes and communal onsen bathing. Usually I know people for more than 48 hours before we get naked together but the occasion demanded an exception. I was in there a lot longer than expected, the bathing pool was a perfect temperature.

    This evenings dinner was in the town at Tenaga Ashinaga. Nat and I ordered a beef and stirfry dish with carrot and beanshoots. Seaweed on the side and misu soup. I also got to try a local craft beer for an all round enjoyable evening.

    Sunset here is around 5pm, so not much in the way of photogenic opportunities for the scenic beauty we saw. Hopefully, with luck our full day in Takayama tomorrow will be different.
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  • Day6

    Exploring Takayama

    October 25, 2017 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    We woke this morning to the sound of rain. Heavy, relentless rain. A shame really, given we'd spend just about the entire day walking. It still turned out to be an thoroughly enjoyable and memorable day.

    Equipped in our hiking boots and rain jackets with borrowed umbrellas we set out into the wet to begin our full day of exploring Takayama. First up was the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine near our Ryokan. The wet rainy, forested backdrop made for a serene visit. From there, we wandered the morning markets and had a simple but delicious toast and fruit breakfast before jumping on a minibus up to the nearby Hida Folk Village.

    The Hida Folk Village was a reconstructed historical museum. Most countries seem to have them; rebuild homes from different time periods and an insight into historic culture and past lifestyles. It was a really nice museum, even with the rain. Complimentary and optional gumboots helped me keep dry.

    After a udon curry noodle lunch (with my first sake experiences; a hot one I wasn't much fond of), we had a free afternoon. Being free and close, Matthais, Sabrina, Nat and I opted to explore the Takayama museum of history and art, allegedly famed for its collection of katanas and historic artifacts. It had some impressive pieces, most for me a shimmering spear and worlds largest (and probably oldest) wooden water pistol.

    From there I decided to try find the ruins of the Takayama castle. After much searching we found Daryuji temple and Shiroyama park and gradually climbed to the summit to the castle ruins. There wasnt much to see but the surrounding forest was really pretty. Along the way I drank some strange white spring water.

    Once down from the castle ruins we followed the trail via several ninja temples, followed the rivers, and guided ourselves back eventually to the hotel. Dinner was a variety of rice, beef steak, schnitzel, salad and mountain specialities. Following another communal bath, we're now packing for our trip to Kanazawa tomorrow.

    ***Pictures to come. Pictures featured on this blog arent necessarily my best. I take photos with my Nikon D90 SLR and mobile. My SLR photos need to be converted to upload on this site which is a pain and time consuming so many photos that feature here are mobile snapshots.
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Daihachiga Gawa, 大八賀川