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    The Five Waterwheels of Shokawa

    by robertbaum Updated Jan 26, 2013
    The Five Waterwheels of Shokawa

    Japanese: 荘川の五連水車 (Shōkawa no 5-ren suisha)

    It's a quite impressive sight with the largest waterwheel having a diameter of 13m.

    waterwheel no.1 diametre 13m, width 1.3m, capacity 20-60 l water
    waterwheel no.2 diametre 4.5m, width 0.7m, capacity 3.07 l water
    waterwheel no.3 diametre 5.0m, width 0.7m, capacity 1.60 l water
    waterwheel no.4 diametre 5.5m, width 0.7m, capacity 1.74 l water
    waterwheel no.5 diametre 3.6m, width 0.45m, capacity 3.60 l water

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    Shirakawa-go

    by bebejepang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa village) is a secluded snowy mountain village retains the historic landscape with some 150 traditional vernacular farmhouse-style houses called Gassho-zukuri. The Gassho-zukuri style house is 18 m length and 10 m. width.

    Ogimachi is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

    I came in mid of March, but it still have a lot of snow.
    Oh, I love this place....^-^

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    Free Foot Spa

    by tigerjapan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Free Foot Bath with Onsen Water

    At the Takayama Green Hotel complex they have a free foot bath that uses the hot onsen water that sprang from a spring when the hotel was being constructed. The water has medicinal benefits and is very relaxing after a day of sight-seeing.

    Also, in the doors to the rear of the foot onsen is the largest souvenir shop in Takayama. The hotel has a huge gift shop where you can pick up all sorts of things.

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    Hida Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

    by GrumpyDiver Updated Aug 11, 2010
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    This site has collected and restored about 30 farmhouses and other buildings in a very pictureque setting in the hills (mountains) about Takayama.

    The Hida region, due to its location was relatively islolated from the rest of Japan and these old buildings, which are 100 to several hundred years old. This is the only place that we ran across in Japan where we saw historic buildings that were not either temples or castles.

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    Try Hida Beef

    by GrumpyDiver Written Aug 7, 2010
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    Very similar to the famous Kobe beef, Hida beef is quite similar in texture and taste, but is a bit less expensive. If you are intersted in trying it, there are a number of places around Takayama that serve it.

    We tried it traditional BBQ style and with the various dipping sauces, we had a delicious meal.

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    Old Private Houses

    by arianne_1504 Written Jun 27, 2010

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    The Old Private Houses are part of the Nationally Recognized Important Historical Building Preservation Area. The Town Village still stands on the east side of the Miyagawa River flowing through Takayama, and in the middle of it is Sanmachi, where Edo period houses remain. The rich atmosphere of Takayama castle town still lingers, and you can see sake breweries and merchants’ houses with latticed bay windows standing in a row. This district was designated an area of important traditional buildings by the Japanese Government

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    Hida No Sato (Hida Folk Village)

    by arianne_1504 Written Jun 26, 2010

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    An approximately 99,000 square meter site of sloped- and thatched-roof houses, this model of a folk village (including National Cultural Treasures) has over 30 buildings, recreating Hida’s historical look. In each building, everyday articles (which we now regard as folk art) recalling the life and culture of mountain farming villages are displayed. Demonstrations of traditional crafts such as Hida lacquerwork, weaving and dyeing are held in arts and crafts centers. Plus, in folk art schools, you can make Hida folk art like straw crafts and sashiko quilting.

    It was a freezing cold day when we went, so there were tinges of snow left on the buildings and the smell of wood fires was just intoxicating.

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    Old private houses

    by aukahkay Written Apr 30, 2010

    The old town still stands on the east side of the Miyagawa River that flows through Takayama where Edo period houses still remain. Here you can see sake breweries and merchants' houses with latticed bay windows standing in a row.

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    Day trip from Takayama

    by Jawnuta Written May 24, 2009

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    With the opening of the last missing section of the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway on July 6, 2008, travel time between Takayama and Shirakawa-go was reduced from previously two hours to 50 minutes.

    We drove on this highway in July 2008 and it was ..... something :-)
    I have never seen so nicely done road in my life.
    Funny thing was, the highway was so new it was not in our GPS Navigation.

    I found a nice website with bus timetable for you
    http://www.japan-guide.com/bus/shirakawago.html

    This bus line is the most popular way of accessing Shirakawa-go. Two round trips per day are operated along the entire route between Takayama and Kanazawa. Most of the other services are operated between Takayama and Shirakawa-go, with some continuing from Shirakawa-go to nearby Hirase Onsen and onwards to Maki.

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    Old private houses district

    by akikonomu Written Oct 5, 2007

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    You can't miss this - a district of old houses over the river running though town. Now they double up as restaurants, souvenir shops and guesthouses. It's everyone's idea of "that quaint street full of old houses and pretty plants".

    Expect to find yourself amidst the crowd of people in the day - but you could have the place to yourself by sunset. Everything closes though, and the dimly lit street takes on another persona - solemn and mysterious and really quite dark, as most of the lattices of the houses are painted in black.

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    Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

    by Pixiekatten Written Jul 26, 2007

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    The origins of the Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine dates back to 313-399 when the Emperor Nintoku told Prince Takefurukuma to force the monster Sukuna into submission. Sukuna was an incredible beast with 2 heads, 4 arms and 4 legs. Before going on this task, the warrior enshrined his father as the God of this shrine and prayed for success.

    In 1683 the shrine was enlarged and became the official shrine for the protection of the town. More than 1.5 million people visit here annually. The Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine has permission to keep four of the eleven Autumn Festival Floats on display in the museum for visitors who cannot visit Takayama at the time of the festival. Floats on display rotate 3 times a year.

    Close to this Shrine you can also find the Lion Mask Exhibition Hall (see sep tip.)

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    Karakuri theatre and Shishi Kaikan

    by Pixiekatten Updated Jul 26, 2007

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    Shishi Kaikan is a museum that displays over 800 lion masks traditionally used in ritual Japanese dance. The ticket also includes a 20min karakuri show which is on twice per hour.

    The word 'Karakuri' means a mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise. Karakuri is a form of puppet show with concealed technology, puppetry and robotics. Sitting at the front might get you the opportunity to get involved in a tea ceremony and calligraphy made by the puppets.

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    9am-4pm daily
    8.30am - 5.30pm daily (peak season)

    Entrance fee is 600yen - adult

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    Higashiyama Walking Course

    by Pixiekatten Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    The hiking trail starts in Teramachi temple district. Around here there's dozens of temples and shrines. It is then taking you past rural suburbs and through the hills of Shiroyama Park where you'll find the ruins of Takayama's castle. The trail is about 3,5km and you don't need a map, there's signs all the way leading you right.

    The walking course was a nice way to spend a few hours after the crowds in Sannomachi area. The view from Shiroyama Park is nice but not breathtaking. However it was from up there I discovered the golden roof of The Mahikari Main World Shrine and I had to extend the walk across whole of Takayama to get a closer look. (See seperate tip.)

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    MORNING MARKETS

    by Pixiekatten Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    ASAICHI - morning markets.

    The markets open already at 6am and its a great experience strolling past the small booths together with the residents of Takayama. Whats on offer is mostly vegetables, flowers, clothes and local handicraft. Of course hundreds and hundreds of Sarubobo's are to be found in various sizes and colours. (For Sarubobo, see seperate tip..)

    Markets end around 10am. They're on 7 days a week (I think they're on Sundays too..). You will find them around Miyagawa area (river area).

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    SANNOMACHI DISTRICT - Traditional Takayama

    by Pixiekatten Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    This part of Takayama dates back to the as early as the 1600s to 1870 (Edo period). This was a time when the area was full of wealthy merchants. Today there's lots of coffeehouses, sake breweries, traditional shops, old homes and a few museums and galleries where you can see local craft and arts.

    Not to be missed:
    Takayama Jinya - a traditional building which used to be the government building.
    Sake Breweries - look for the sugidama hanging over their entrances. Sugidama is balls made of cedar branches.
    Fujii Art (or Folk) Gallery - exhibits household items and art objects.
    Hirata Kinenkan - a former merchant home now open to the public.
    Kusakabe Heritage House - one of the oldest homes in Takayama.

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