It’s a beautiful train ride from Kanazawa to Takayama. We’re going higher up in altitude and you can see it from the windows. There are much less greenery and it still looked a bit like winter. The train goes through the mountains following a river, you can see some small villages.
Takayama is pretty small and it’s quick to visit. Everything can be walked. It’s very touristy too, there’s information in a lot of languages. Because of the altitude, the cherry blossoms open later.
Takayama Old Town has a lot of old houses and sake shops dating back to the Edo period. Sake breweries can be recognized because of the sake in front, but also because they hang a big ball made of branches in front.
The photo on the right represent Sarubobo (さるぼぼ), the local good-fortune charm. They’re sold all over Takayama, they’re faceless little dolls, aren’t they cute??
I’ve noticed a few houses had dried persimmons hanging. My grandmother loves those.
They’re called Hoshigaki and this blog post explains how to make them.
I love that it’s safe to hang things outside and not be scared of people stealing them. I miss that from living in Asia.
We then walked a small loop in the walking trails. They offer a great view on the town.
In the afternoon, we stopped at a cute hidden cafe. Did I mention I fell in love with matcha latte? I’ve always loved matcha-flavored things but I had never tried matcha latte before this trip. It’s the one drink I order at the coffee shop now. Yum yum!!
Stay: Hoshokaku ryokan
We splurged! 😁 It was Mister’s birthday so we wanted to experience something awesome! We were so lucky because after so much rain during our trip, this day was one of the few that was sunny. ☀️
We booked a room with a private bath at Hoshokaku Ryokan. It was a super nice stay, I’ll make a different post about it soon! The ryokan is very well located and at the top of a hill so it has a great view. There are western and japanese-style rooms. It’s very close to the Nakabashi bridge. It was definitely one of my favorite stay! 😍