As part of my trip to Shirakawa-go trip (read story here or here for more photos), I stayed one night in Takayama. The bus trip from Kyoto was part of the tour that I booked in J Hoppers– leaving morning and arriving afternoon in Takayama. The bus is a nice double decker with few stopover during the journey. It would take 5 hours to reach Takayama from Kyoto but as soon as you reach the mountain area, you won’t be bored of the things that you will see.
As soon as I reached the Takayama proper, adventure begins with finding the J Hoppers hostel. It was pretty hard that time as there was a Takayama food festival and there are heaps of people.
I asked little japanese students if they know where I should go, one of them speaks english but don’t know where my hostel is. Their english teacher came to help but she unfortunately doesn’t know the area too well. Luckily, when I was asking a japanese policeman (who also have limited english), a man approached me. He’s been to Philippines and was surprised a little girl like me was traveling there alone. To make the long story short, he was able to help me.
Home sweet home! My bed for the night, so lovely!
Upon checking in, I rest for few minutes (my feet was so sore from all the walking) and then came back to where the food festival is, this time hoping not to get lost again lol!
There are small temples in Takayama that I checked out as well.
Carps! Literally there are big carps in this river.
Some Japanese fashionista kawaii girls:
I tried the cherry blossom ice cream which I found really delicious:
I also tried some rice goodies in this really old store:
Some photos of girls dressed up in kimono:
I also checked out the Takayama village where you can find old tradional houses (which was really crowded by tourists and local students by the way).
Wait until 5 or 6 pm and the crowd will clear up… Also, don’t be scared to ask someone to take a photo of you.
Takayama is known for its beef – Hida beef and I tried it in one of the restaurants with matching japanese beer.
It has been a tiring day for me and guess what happened to me on my way to hostel? I got lost again! I was supposed to go to a spa but I literally could not walk and called it a day.
Thanks for reading this post! I will make a post about my trip to Osaka in the coming days!