Daihachiga Gawa

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    • Day 9

      TAKAYAMA y nos fuimos

      November 7, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Recorrido a pie por los templos de Higashiyama en Takayama

    • Day 4

      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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    • Day 7

      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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    • Day 6

      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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    • Day 5

      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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    Daihachiga Gawa, 大八賀川

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