11.05.2013 - 11.05.2013
After breakfast we headed upstairs to grab our stuff and head out for Shirakawa-go and Takayama. I was surprised though to hear a ringing, Mat from Inside Japan was calling to check up and see how everything was going.
We walked to the bus at Kanazawa Station and were very glad we had forwarded our luggage. The drive was gorgeous.
Shirakawa-go was very pretty, although it was much more modern than I had expected. The houses are protected landmarks, but all around them and inside of them people are still living normal lives, so there are new houses/buildings next to them, cars, etc.
Before we started the hike up to the observation point, Jiji got his first special picture.
The hike up was fairly challenging, but we survived and enjoyed the view from the three main places to see it (at the top of the road, by a little shrine, and the official viewpoint).
We headed back down and started to wander in search of food.
I found a place for us to eat via the internet and after eating we headed out of the village towards the bus stop.
Before we tried to go into the historical village, I stopped at the restroom and Tore waited outside. When I came out he was attempting to have a conversation with about 5 or 6 old Japanese ladies and they were all having a blast.
We didn’t make it into the historical village because it cost money and we only had about 20 minutes free before we needed to wait for the bus so we wandered around for a bit.
The bus ride to Takayama was more relaxed, I didn’t take many pictures. In Takayama we walked to the hotel and stumbled on a huge torii and followed it up to the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine next to Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan where they house several of the festival floats.
After that we tried to find the inn and walked around in circles for almost an hour before we finally found it. After dinner we took advantage of the baths, although it was awkward a bit as they were communal.