Outta Hell and Into Paradise
Takayama Travel Blog› entry 3 of 7 › view all entries
Well we left Asakusa as soon as we could (after a quick breakfast at Dennys) and were bound for Takayama. This was our first experiences on a bullet train. After about 3 hours of travel, we went from a city of 12.4 million to a city of 67,000 and did this ever make a difference. It was so much more laid back than Tokyo, nobody seemed to be in a hurry to get anywhere. We walked to our ryokan (a traditional japanese guesthouse) from the train station and were blown away by the simple beauty of the place. Our room seemed gigantic compared to our place the night before and was set up in the traditional style that looked like it was taken out of a movie. Our table had to be kneeled at and we had a sliding door opening to a traditional japanese garden.
We woke up the next morning with a tap on our door. Breakfast was almost ready, so berfore breakfast Jen wanted to get into the bath because she hadnt yet, so we both went to our respective baths (male and female) before eating. When we came back our beds were put away and breakfast was waiting. After breakfast we checked out but left our stuff at the front and went exploring. We found ourselves at an ancient temple used for governmental purposes built in the late 1500s. It was really cool with torture chamber and all! After this we went and got our packs and set off for Kyoto where we are now.
Japan has been very exciting so far, but the thing that blows me away the most is how bloody clean the streets are. If you really wanted to you could sleep there. Also, the people are really quite friendly. Anyways, I miss you all and Ill keep you updated as I go!