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Fuyutō

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10 travelers at this place:

  • Day120

    Takayama

    March 19 in Japan

    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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  • Day6

    Day 6 - Takayama, Japan

    April 1 in Japan

    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 in Japan

    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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  • Day6

    Tag 6 bis 7: TikTakTakayama

    September 21, 2017 in Japan

    Mit unserem Japan Rail Pass und unfassbar komfortablen Zügen geht's heute über Nagoya nach Takayama.

    Der Ort hat eine hübsche und gut erhaltene Altstadt mit Holzhäusern und Schreinen (ist das die richtige Mehrzahl von Schrein?). Es ist richtig schön hier durch die Gassen zu schlendern, durch das Kunsthandwerk zu stöbern und das Freilichtmuseum zu besichtigen. Abends sind wir vom Rumlaufen k.o. und freuen uns auf den hauseigenen Onsen, in dem wir noch ein wohltuendes - und damit unser erstes traditionell japanisches - Bad nehmen.

    Takayama, war ganz nett hier, aber jetzt darf es auch gleich weiter nach Kanazawa gehen!
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  • Day5

    To the Japanese Alps

    October 24, 2017 in Japan

    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

    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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Fuyutō, Fuyuto

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