Takayama Arrival

Takayama Travel Blog

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Train ride to Takayama.
We arrived at Takayama via a special, "scenic" train that had larger than average windows to aid in enjoying the spectacular views through the hills and canyons. Actually, in all honesty, I was engrossed in a few books that I was reading and didn't really look up too often to admire the scenery, but I could tell from Lisa's "oohs!" and "aahs!" that it was not to be missed ;). When I did look outside, views of steep green cliffs, fading cherry blossoms, and tranquil towns hugging wide rivers flitted by.

If you are planning to take a long train ride in Japan, make sure to grab a bento box or snack at the train station before your voyage. It's perfectly fine to eat on trains in Japan, and almost everyone brings some sort of food.
Train ride to Takayama.
In contrast to a lot of places, the food you can find at train stations in Japan is actually not too bad. Try a triangular shaped rice ball with tuna or salmon inside, wrapped with seaweed. Cheap and delicious snack for the road!

We stayed at a traditional Japanese inn, or "Ryokan." These differ from western hotels in that the rooms have bamboo floors, and you sleep on padded matresses on the floor. They also usually include dinner, which is served to you in your room. Originally we booked a cheap room in the hotel, but thanks to Lisa's mom they gave us a free upgrade to nicer accommodations and a fancier dinner. Our room was very nice and comfortable, and dinner was fantastic. We were served 4-5 courses of delicious food, including lots of seasonal vegetables (fern, anyone?) and sashimi. I had my first taste of raw shrimp here, an experience which wasn't as dreadful as I had anticipated. In fact, raw shrimp tastes a lot like cooked shrimp, and the rubbery texture is still there.

The only thing that made me slightly uncomfortable about dinner was the fact that our hostess/waitress would always bend down to her knees before leaving or entering the room. Given that we had multiple courses and she was entering and leaving the room quite frequently, this seemed a bit unnecessary. I understand the traditional aspect of it, but it felt a bit odd to see someone strain themselves over something that really didn't make any difference at all to me!
kels162164 says:
You really did miss some awesome scenery!! I had my first taste of ebi as well- not bad. Although Jeff had to outdo me and eat the organ cavity, I think the sushi chef was joking with him when he said the organs were good...
Posted on: Jul 30, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Fern? U really mean eating it?
Posted on: Mar 29, 2009
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Train ride to Takayama.
Train ride to Takayama.
Train ride to Takayama.
Train ride to Takayama.
Train ride to Takayama. Cherry blo…
Train ride to Takayama. Cherry bl…
Train ride to Takayama. Lisa looki…
Train ride to Takayama. Lisa look…
Cat statue in Takayama.
Cat statue in Takayama.
Interesting building in Takayama.
Interesting building in Takayama.
Takayama golden bridge.
Takayama golden bridge.
Takayama golden bridge, view from …
Takayama golden bridge, view from…
Me on the golden bridge.
Me on the golden bridge.
Street with old style houses.
Street with old style houses.
Street with old style houses.
Street with old style houses.
Street with old style houses, wate…
Street with old style houses, wat…
Cool looking clock from one of the…
Cool looking clock from one of th…
Making rice cakes.
Making rice cakes.
Lisa likes rice cakes.
Lisa likes rice cakes.
Our ryokan (traditional japanese h…
Our ryokan (traditional japanese …
The Ryokan, doors open.
The Ryokan, doors open.
Takayama Hotels & Accommodations review
Comfortable Ryokan, traditional luxury
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Takayama
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