Takato Travel Guide

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Takato Things to Do

  • manko-ji

    This temple is not vey special. But the tree in front of it is. A beautifull specimen.And ofcourse this tree is also featuring in the temples stamp. Nice to collect all this stamps from the different temples in Takato.

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  • kenpuku-ji

    At this temple are many stone statues. The temples signature is the buddha statue in front. The one with the ring around its head. But we liked other statues better.

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  • hokoji jinjya

    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...

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  • the town historical museum

    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...

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  • lake

    Takato is on the shores of a big lake. It is an artificial lake formed by a dam. But never the less it is nice to see.

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  • old schoolbuilding

    Next to the castle ruins park is an old school building. There was little english info, so i am afraid not much details in this tip.Later we leared from the internet this school was built by and for samurai.

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Takato Restaurants

  • fish and game

    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...

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  • fish

    In our minshuku we had some delicious fish. It was cleaned put on a bamboo stick, salted and roasted over an open fire.It was great! The next day we saw the same fish roasting at a streetvendor and couldn´t resist......

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  • Think, before stating you eat everything...

    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...

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Takato Transportation

  • JR bus to Shinjuku

    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...

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  • busstation

    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...

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  • Traffic detours

    As most visitors do come with their own car the traffic is regulated by making many streets one way streets. It seems to work in some parts of Takato. But to get into Takato they all have to take the same road.

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Takato Local Customs

  • mountain vegetables

    Many citizens of Takato grow mountain vegetables in their own gardens. Some sell it at markets, but most just eat it at home.Most supermarkets sell these vegetables too.

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  • Sakura at night

    During the blossom period the park is also open at night. The trees are lit from below. And some people brought gaslamps for their picknick.

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  • Take all your stuff to the park

    The people who are not making money from it are going to the Sakura. They take lots of stuff with them, like food and drinks but also things to sit on.

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Takato Off The Beaten Path

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    by tompt Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    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.

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Takato Sports & Outdoors

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    by tompt Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    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.

    Maretto golf

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Takato Favorites

  • Pink, pink, pink

    In the short period that the sakura (cherryblossom) is around, everything in Takato is pink There is a path of pink lanterns leading from the busstation to the cherryblossom park.

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  • Houses

    Takato is just a small village in the mountains. There are still many houses build in the oldfashioned way, with clay.Straw mats are covered with clay and wooden beams hold everything together.

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