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    • Day 143

      Shirakawago

      March 29, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      Tagesausflug nach Shirakawago, ein kleines Weltkulturerbedorf in den Bergen von Japan.
      Weil es hier eh schon so teuer ist und wir zwischendurch ein bisschen mehr Abenteuer brauchen probierens wir mal mit Autostoppen. Hat easy geklappt.Read more

    • Day 166

      Kawaguchiko und Takayama - Japans Alpen

      April 6, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Nach Tokio freuten wir uns, auch die ländlichen Gegenden Japans zu erkunden. In Kawaguchiko begrüsste uns der Mount Fuji in seiner ganzen Pracht. Die Sicht auf den höchsten Berg Japans, umrahmt von rosafarbenen und weissen Kirschblüten, war tatsächlich so bilderbuchartig, wie wir es uns vorgestellt hatten.

      Weiter ging's nach Takayama, in die Alpen Japans. Unser Hotel verfügte über ein Onsen (einem kleinen Thermalbad) auf dem Dach, wo wir entspannen konnten 😍.
      Im Bezirk Sanmachi Suji, in Takayamas Zentrum, werden die gepflasterten Strassen gesäumt von ikonischen Kaufmannshäusern, viele noch aus dem 17. Jahrhundert.

      Wir besuchten ausserdem das eine Stunde entfernte Shirakawago, ein märchenhaftes Dorf, das aufgrund seiner einzigartig steilen Strohdächern bekannt ist. Die Häuser sind über 300 Jahre alt und die Dächer werden immer wieder von den Dorfbewohnern eigenhändig erneuert.
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    • Day 69

      Shirakawa

      April 14, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      In viaggio verso Kyoto ci siamo fermati a visitare il villaggio di Shirakawa, famoso per le costruzioni in classico stile giapponese di queste zone montagnose.

      Uf em Weg nach Kyoto hämmer en Stop in Shirakawa gmacht. Das Dorf isch berühmt für die klassische Baustil us dera Bergregion.Read more

    • Day 48

      Japanese Alps - Ogimachi & Takayama

      May 25, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      On our way to Takayama we stopped at idyllic Ogimachi, in the remote and mountainous Shirakawa-go, to stretch the legs, look at the special thatched roofs of the farmhouses and and enjoy the scenic landscapes while having picknick.

      Atmospheric Takayama has a cozy feel, especially in the Sanmachi-suji district with well preserved old houses, sake breweries and shops. Everything of interest was at walking distance and by coincidence we found a kind of kindergarden where the kids almost played with all the nice toys.
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    • Day 129

      Takayama

      June 9, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      🇨🇭: Takayama isch eh süessi Stadt, bsunders ahtue hets mir d‘altstadt. De Baustil isch no us de Edo-Periode und gseht halt eifach geil us😍 zum dure schländere und chrömle isches super. Au für es Sake tasting super geeignet😌🍶
      Wie ihr gsehnd hets überall Toris und Shrines, amel wunderschön zum geahluege⛩️
      Am Obet simmer no i so die bekannte grill restis und hend det s‘beste fleisch i üsem lebe gesse. Hida Beef! Isch Wie Kobe/Wagyu fleisch. Richtig zart und zerschmilzt fast uf de Zunge. De Gschamck isch echt unglaublich😍 no nie sowas gha i mim lebe! Da mönder umbedingt probiere wenn ihr in Japan sind🇯🇵 s‘fleisch wird denn au zerst ih rohem Ei tunkt ( ich weiss echt komisch) und denn id Sauce aber da isch so geil😍

      Am Nögste Tag zerst mol ge zmorge esse (natürli wie chans au anderst sii gots Riis und Fisch) und denn is no für abstecher an Morgemarkt gange wo ich mir eh glass 55g Honig für 1000¥ kauft han ( da sind ca. 6,7CHF) 😵‍💫
      Nochane hemmer nur kurz Hida Volksvillage bsurcht. Eh chlises alts Holzsdörfli uf nem Hügel, sehr herzig gsi. Denn hend mir üs wieder ufg de weg i die nögst Stadt. Sitzet momentan im Zug nach Kanzawa🚄

      🇺🇸: Takayama is a really cute city, i especially liked the old town. The architectural style is from the edo period and is just beautiful.😍
      For a shopping day also very nice, especially for sake tasting is it great! as you can see there are toris and shrines everywhere⛩️
      For dinner we went to the famous grill restaurant (everybody knows it) and ate the best beef i every had in my life. Its called Hida Beef! Its like Kobe/Wagyu beef. Really tender and melts on the tongue😍 the taste is incredible!! You really have to try this when you visit Japan, its worth it i promise.🇯🇵
      First you dip the beef in raw eggs and then in the sauce. I know it sounds weird but is soooo good!😍

      The next day eat first breakfast. Of course also rice and fish hahaha
      And then we visit a market in the near, was really cute. There i bought a 55g glass of Honey for 1000¥ (thats 7,17dollar)
      Was really expensive😵‍💫
      After this we going for a short trip to the Hida Volksvillage. A cute old wooden town on a hill. And now we are sitting in the train on the way to kanzawa.🚄
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    • Day 8

      La valle del Kiso: da Magome a Tsumago

      July 25, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Oggi sveglia presto: il primo treno che dobbiamo prendere parte da Kyoto alle 6.57. Ci aspettano in tutto 2 treni e un bus per arrivare a Magome, punto di partenza del nostro trekking nella Valle del Kiso che
      corre lungo le montagne delle Alpi centrali.
      Nella Valle si è sviluppata un’antica rotta commerciale di 70 km chiamata Kisoji che serviva come mezzo di commercio e come via di comunicazione tra Edo e Kyoto.
      A causa delle restrizioni imposte dallo shogunato, i viaggiatori erano quasi sempre costretti a compiere i loro viaggi a piedi. Di conseguenza, le “città postali” si sviluppavano ogni pochi chilometri per fornire ai viaggiatori luoghi in cui riposarsi, mangiare e trovare un alloggio notturno durante il loro arduo viaggio.
      Lungo la valle di Kiso, alcune città postali, in particolare Magome, Tsumago e Narai, sono state preservate e restaurate.
      Percorriamo 10km, la maggior parte del tempo nel fresco degli alberi, verdissimi.
      A metà percorso entriamo in una casa per il tè allestita gratuitamente e dopo decidiamo di fare una sosta per rinfrescarci vicino ad una cascata.
      Ci stupisce positivamente incontrare pochi turisti lungo il percorso ma soprattutto pochi negozi e attività.
      Pranziamo in un locale alla fine del percorso e ci mettiamo in fila per il bus. Ci dirigiamo a Nagiso per prendere il treno alla volta di Matsumoto.
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    • Day 16

      Samurai und Ninja

      August 6, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Der erste Tagespunkt war leider auch der letzte zusammen mit Chio und Yi Ye.
      Wir haben das Ninjamuseum besucht und viel über Samurai und Ninjas gelernt.
      Um uns wirklich wie ein kleiner Ninja zu fühlen, konnten wir nach der geführten Tour durchs Museum auch selbst Ninjasterne werfen.
      Das Highlight war aber das Tragen von einer sehr einfachen, niedrigrangigen Samurairüstung und des Katana. Das Schwert war natürlich stumpf, aber aus vollem Stahl.

      Der Abschied von unseren beiden Freunden war genau wie ich es mag: Kurz und Schmerzlos
      Man sieht sich ja wieder 😁

      Nach kurzer Zeit sind wir dann auch im nördlicher gelegenen Magome angekommen und haben unser Zimmer im Ryokan mit Onsen bezogen.
      Magome ist eine ehemalige Poststadt, die zur Zeit der Edoperiode eine wichtige Rolle als Rastpunkt auf dem Nakasendo einnahm.
      Nicht nur, weil der Nakasendo eine der wichtigsten Handelsstraßen zwischen Kyoto und Tokyo war, sondern auch weil die Daimyos, die Gebietsherren, regelmäßig beim Shogun vorstellig werden mussten und eine standesgemäße Raststation brauchten.

      Mit Beginn der Meiji-Periode (1868) wurde dies unnötig und die Stadt entschied sich ihr kulturelles Erbe beizubehalten.
      So wurden beispielsweise alle Stromleitungen unterirdisch verlegt, um den alten Charme zu bewahren.
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    • Day 7

      Stepping Back in Time: Tsumago

      September 23, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      We said goodbye to Matsumoto with a breakfast of locally made soba noodles and tempura. Stella prefers her noodles less slippery and struck again at the pastry section of the buffet, pilfering more jam packets for ... well.... later.

      We boarded the morning train to Nakatsugawa, and after missing the connecting bus, took the world's most honest taxi, to Magome. (Noah can tell you the story of the travelling Airbuds: spoiler alert, they were safely returned after being ejected by his Big Boys).

      Magome is a formal postal town that served travellers on the major route between Tokyo and Kyoto during the feudal ages. The town is built on either side of a paved street that weaves up a very steep hill. Poor Paul was carrying our luggage like an absolute beast. I guess life's randomness is what he trains for after all. Thank goodness cos I could barely drag myself up the hill! The tourist information centre was at the top for reasons I still can't understand. This this is where we were leaving our bags to be forwarded on to tonights destination, as we spent the next three hours walking the trail to Tsumago.

      After the number of kilometres we have already walked to date, the 7.5km didn't sound too bad. All in a days work for team Blackford. I mean, I had to retire a pair of shoes already due to stitching coming away.

      Alan our trip planner, described the walk as gentle. Yeah. Nah. We didn't consider it gentle and after 50 mins walking uphill in the searing heat, Alan's popularity was starting to diminish. As the walk progressed however, we entered leafy green forests complete with babbling streams and surprise waterfalls, on the whole, it was a bit like the Bibblumum here at home. Except we don't need to periodically ring bells to scare the drop bears at home. Perhaps they are there to motivate the tourists not to linger, so perhaps that's why it only took us 2.5 hours to get to Tsumago!

      Tsumago was magic; this little village was frozen in time; only open to pedestrians during the day, with hidden power lines and displays of traditional homes from the Edo era. It was a truly immersive experience of what life would have been like decades ago. Time went so fast, just enough to snavel a few souvenirs, our luggage and a quick bite of rice balls and favoured ice.

      24,000 steps, one manic bus ride and three trains later, we arrived at 9pm into Hiroshima. The hotel is well, something. There are knights guarding the entrance of the "Grand Intelligent Hotel" (not a typo. I thought it was International too 😆) plus an oversized plushie in the foyer, which sat at odds against their attempt at opulence. We were thoroughly confused but too tired to care past celebrating the arrival of the rest of our luggage.

      When we walked into our room, initially we thought we had to share two doubles, until we found folded-up mattresses in the cupboard called 'futons'. Paul and I will attempt to share a bed, Stella the other, whilst Noah volunteered to take the floor with the two wafer-thin futons stacked together. The bathroom is set up like the Onsen washing area, where you sit down to shower in front of a mirror. Sitting is good. Sleeping is even better.

      Working the new kettle (which looks like a Dalek) and scoffing more weird snacks rounds out day seven. Tomorrow Noah is absolutely hanging for a skate on his new board, Stella is keen to op-shop and I'm going to try and find a laundromat (as the hotel doesn't wash on a bloody Sunday). 🙄

      Step count to date: 83,000
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    • Day 6

      Shirakawago

      September 25, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Today did a bus tour to Shirakawago, an historic village in the mountains about 2 hours out of Kanazawa. This world heritage site is made up of houses that are A frame about 3 stories and covered with thatched roofs. Known as gassho houses as they are like praying hands. In total visited three villages. It was a great side trip. Outside of some of the houses rice was being dried. At the last village I had a go at making washi paper.Read more

    • Day 23

      Historische Pfad vo Magome uf Tsumago

      October 11, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Nach Ise simer ganz früeh am morge ufe Zug richtig Nagoya. Mir hei aber in Nagoya am Bahnhof nume üses Gepäck ines Schliessfach gleit, z‘ eigetleche Ziel düre Tag isch nämlech Magome gsi. Dert gits e 8km längi Wanderig, wo ‚Nakasendo“ heisst und die 2 Poststädt Magome und Tsumago verbindet. Nakasendo heisst übersetzt „Mitten durch die Berge“, und früecher, also bis zum Bou vor Isebahn im 19. Jh, hetme dä Wäg brucht als Verbindig zwüsche Tokyo und Kyoto. Hüt isch d‘Wanderig zwüsche dene 2 historische Dörfer es Highlight für Touriste, aber zum Glück isches nid so überloffe wie anderi Attraktione bisher, es het eher wenig lüt gha.
      Gstartet heimer auso die Wanderig in Magome. Meh het z‘Gfüehl, i dem Dorf isch d‘Zit blibe stah. Es het keni moderne Gebäude, alles gseht sehr traditionell us. Es japanisches Warnschild miteme Bär druffe hetmer zersch chli Angst gmacht, aber d‘Tatsach dases no anderi Touris het gha hei d‘Chance chli minimiert, das e Bär usgrechnet üs 2 sött agriffe 😂 D‘Wanderig füehrt dürne schöne Wald, a Wasserfäll verbi überne Pass. Underwägs hets überau Glockene wo druff steit „Ring the Bell hard against Bears“. I bi drum de froh gsi womer nach guet 2h in Tsumago si acho, ohni Begägnig miteme Bär. Tsumago isch genau wie Magome o sehr es schöns und traditionells Dörfli, ohni moderne Schnickschnack. Dert heimer när e Nudelsuppe mit ganz viu Gmües gässe, und de Sacha hetsech no e örtlechi Spezialität gönnt: Bratnige Riis amene Stock inere Erdnussbuttersauce. Mit Bus und Zug simer am Nami när wieder zrugg uf Nagoya üses Gepäck am Bahnhof ga hole und hei im Hostel icheckt. Z‘lustige a dem Hostel isch gsi, dasme het chönne e Trennwand ufe tue bide Bett, so hetme auso quasi us 2 Einzelkabine 1 grossi chönne mache. Am Abe simer ga nepalesisch Ässe und derna no ine Bar es paar Bierli ga trinke und Spieli spiele.
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