Takayama is the absolute antithesis of Tokyo – it’s calm, slow and quaint. A welcomed change from the hustle and bustle start to our trip.
Takayama Morning Market
The morning markets at Takayama are dotted with stalls selling fresh produce, snacks (which I tried as many as I can) and souvenirs. Some of the Japanese snacks I devoured include an egg cube (see above), mitarashi dango みたらし団子 (see below), matcha aka green tea ice cream, beef croquette and beef sushi.
Our filling and warming lunch was followed by more wandering of the quaint streets of Takayama. I noticed every souvenir and gift store would stock these little human shaped fabric dolls (see above). After some googling, I found out that they are called sarubobo (さるぼぼ) – which literally translates to baby monkey. Different coloured sarubobos will give the owner different kinds of luck.
Some attractions in Takayama that we visited included the Takayama festival floats exhibition hall ( Matsuri Yatai Kaikan 高山祭屋台会館) which holds the famous floats and several temples that are scattered along the mountains.
Chow Tips: One of the temples had warning signs about bears. Beware of bears.
The rest of the day was spent taking in the picturesque streets and alleys of Takayama. Enjoy the photos.
Read more about my Japan trip:
Day 1 – Tokyo (Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya)
Day 2 – Tokyo (Akihabara, Roppongi Hills)
Day 3 – Tokyo (Ueno Park, Tokyo National Museum, Odaiba, Tokyo Tower, Genki Sushi)
Day 4 – Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle, Kobayashi-Soba, Hirayuno-mori)
Day 5 – Takayama (Takayama Morning Market, Menya Shirakawa, Sumiyoshi Ryokan)
Day 6 – Shirakawa-go
Day 7 – Kanazawa (Kenroku-en, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Omicho Market)
Japan Day 8 – Himeji Castle 姫路城, Osaka (Dōtonbori)
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