A river runs through it
Favorite thing: Takayama is a mountain town, and the river that runs through it, the Miyagawa, is a clear mountain one. Trout and carp flourish here, ducks bob on the water, and we also saw a heron waiting patiently for the chance to catch a fish, no doubt. The heron, because of its habit of staying motionless like this, is regarded as a symbol of Buddhist meditation, so how special and appropriate it was to see one so clearly in what was one of my favourite Japanese places.
As well as being a pleasant place to walk at any time of day, the river bank is the location for one of Takayama’s famous morning markets.
Japan's best dressed dogs?
Favorite thing: They say you are either a “cat person” or a “dog person”, and I am definitely the former. But there are many dogs that I find appealing too, and in Takayama there were plenty out on the streets with their owners. I was struck by how many of them were very smartly dressed in little coats. Also, some were carried in bags and one even in a pushchair. The dogs of Takayama are obviously rather spoiled!
But for the ultimate in pampered pooches, have a look at photo five. This little one had his own chair in the window where he could sit and watch all the activity out on the street without having to get his paws dirty by going out. I did though find it slightly reminiscent of other windows I have seen in certain parts of Amsterdam!
The proud owners of these dogs were all very happy for us to take their photos, and the girl in photo four willingly posed for me with her pet.
After our afternoon spent exploring some of the streets in the old town we were ready for dinner.
Favorite thing: If you stay in a hostel and are on a budget and don't want to spend too much money on eating out then there is a huge place for grocery shopping not far from Takayama Station. The Tourist Info Booth outside the station got a good map and can give you directions. But it is not hard to find if you want to give it a go on your own.
Approx. 10-15min walk.
* If you stand at the entrance of the station and facing the Tourist Information Booth turn left and keep folllowing the station building (should be on your left the whole time) until it ends.
* Keep walking - the street should be on your right.
* Turn first left. Keep walking straight ahead.
* Cross train tracks. Just keep walking straight.
* The Grocery Store will turn up straight ahead, a little to the left side.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: San-machi Suji is the center of town. Narrow streets are lined with old houses. The area consists of three streets (Ichino-machi, Nino-machi and San-machi). In the old houses they sell souvenirs, crafts, sake and some house a restaurant or bar.
More pics in our travelogue.