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Takayama Travel Blog

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The front hallway facing the front door of our ryoken

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.

An entire fried fish that was suprisingly tasty
Our hostess served us tea when we arrived and a little treat. After our tea Jenny took a nap but I decided to try out the onsen (a hotspring bath/ hot tub) since it is soooooo hot and muggy here (about 34-36 degrees) that I just felt gross. You have to shower first, but not in the traditional sense. You sit on a stool and wash yourself with a bucket full of water. After this is done and you are clean you can enter the onsen bath. Well this is out of this world! I just soaked myself for a while taking in the unbelievable garden that faces the bathroom. After the bath dinner was ready to be served. Jen and I dressed in kimonos provided for us and knelt at the low tables as a maid brought our dinners in many many courses. Some I loved, but some of the food just didnt go down the right way, but all in all the meal was something to remember.
Jenny and I out front of Takayama Jinya
After dinner we were both super tried still, so the maid put our table aside and set out matresses for us as our beds. They did it so fast and effiently it was unbelievable.

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!

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The front hallway facing the front…
The front hallway facing the fron…
An entire fried fish that was supr…
An entire fried fish that was sup…
Jenny and I out front of Takayama …
Jenny and I out front of Takayama…
Tea time in Takayama
Tea time in Takayama
Jenny with her tea
Jenny with her tea
The view from our room
The view from our room
Our view out of the back of our ro…
Our view out of the back of our r…
The courtyard at our ryokan
The courtyard at our ryokan
Our feast
Our feast
We cooked our own beef on this wit…
We cooked our own beef on this wi…
Me out front of Takayama Jinya
Me out front of Takayama Jinya
The torture chamber of Takayama Ji…
The torture chamber of Takayama J…
Takayama
photo by: Eric