Year in Japan

Sticking with the theme of something a little different from the usual cities, the next stop was Takayama (高山)

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Got the bus from Kanazawa (金沢) as a) it was cheap and b) the main trainline into Takayama was not running due to the recent heavy rain.

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quick panorama at the rest stop

Anyway, after arriving headed north through some lovely scenery (and of course more bridges)
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and arrived at the festival float museum (I was about a month and a half too early for the festival itself)
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Then on to browse an absolutely gorgeous nearby shrine
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Don’t touch the stone or you’ll go mad…it was tempting, but I didn’t touch it

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Similar to Kanazawa, there’s a lot of old preserved streets and buildings – the preserved streets often being full of tea houses, and places selling loads of local delicacies and trinkets and whatnot
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Unfortunately, I tend to find this stuff a little repetitive – there’s only so many of these shops I can browse before getting seriously bored, so after a spot of lunch at a really chill ramen place (think ‘old man pub’, but they serve ramen rather than beer), and a little more idling about, I hopped on a bus and headed to Hida preserved village – an area just outside of town that is literally an entire village kept to resemble a typical non-town/city village from a couple hundred years ago.
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For which…I’ll probably save the rest of the photos for another post, and make this a 2-parter, lest this one gets impossible to publish. In the meantime enjoy this photo that made me chuckle because I’m a child apparently

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yes, I know that it means nobleman. I don’t care.

 

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