Freezing your Toes off in Takayama
Though I went in mid April (supposedly Spring and yes apparently unseasonally cold), it snowed in town (again apparently rare for the time of year), I was a little unprepared and would suggest taking the following - beanie, gloves, scarf, thick jacket and jumper, thick socks (I wore three pairs of thin ones and could still feel the cold coming through my shoes). I would probably recommend tights or leggings underneath your jeans. I'm not kidding it was bloody freezing!! Days were still clear though - so sunglasses are recommended. Though the snow had melted by about 9am, it was still extremely cold during the day, and because I hadn't quite the appropriate clothing, it was probably a little less enjoyable than it could have been. Thank god for all those cosy little cafes in Takayama selling hot cocoa!!