It is a hell of a climb to this temple but when you get to the top there is a rewarding view. At this temple you will find a lot of daruma. A daruma is a doll which you buy for someone. The eyes are not colored. Make a wish and color a eye. You can color the second eye if the wish became true.The daruma found at this temple are all fullfilled...more
On the shores of the lake you find the town historical museum. There are various exhibits, but no english information.We liked it though because we saw a simularity between the old things here and in our own country. The first thing we encountered was the float used in the festival. No such thing in the Netherlands......Also in the museum is a...more
At the castle ruin park was this street vendor. He sold the above mentioned fish. As we were interested and asked questions about the fish we began to tell about the game. He hunts himself and shot deer and wild boar. He insisted on preparing some game for us too. Well we have to say if you ever see this men selling his game, buy it ! It was...more
As our landlady already asked her husband two times if we ate things like sashimi (raw fish). We stated: ' we eat everything you serve'.Wow, were we wrong to do so ?!She served us a table full of little plates filled with local dishes. There was raw horsemeat... raw squid and the most strange were the little insects.......Our neighbour wouldn´t...more
From Takato to Tokyo or vice-versa in season is easiest with the JR Shinjuku-Takato express bus. The JR bus leaves from the Sakura hotel (at the lake) and the busstation. It takes you to Shinjuku in Tokyo. It goes 3 times a day.On this bus we met another nice lady. She even spoke a bit dutch...She guided us to the right train from Shinjuku towards...more
If you decide to use public transport, this is where you will enter Takato. The Takato busstation. In season there is a special shuttlebus going to the cherryblossom park.If you are in the mood for a walk think again: it is more then 1 kilometer and it is uphill......How to get to Takato:We took a train from Matsumoto, had to tranfer once to get to...more
At the east side of Takato are some small but beautifull temples placed on the hillside.
We do not read japanese so the name of the temples is unknown to us.
In the park higher up one can play a game that looks like golf. It has holes and there are signs with hole 11- par 3 for instance. But the balls are enormous and the clubs are big like playing croquet.
Our japanese friend Tomoko Yanagida told us it is called Maretto golf, a sport that originated in Japan.