Day 6 of Japan Takayama October 10th, 2012
is start of another day. Heading off to another city. So first part of adventure get to ride on the famous high speed Japanese bullet trains to get to the city of Takayama. Wake up early that morning to take the metro to the Tokyo Station. All I had to do was one connection and then to the station. At station I show my pass to the friendly Conductor people and proceed to the waiting room. This is exciting as it will be my first time on the high speed trains of Japan. I have to do one connection to get to Takayama. In Nagoya.
I get on the train finally and its the first train in the morning. No one else is one board so I almost have the whole train to myself. So I go to my reserved seat and get ready for it to depart.
Trains in japan run directly on the clock so leaves exactly to the time on the ticket. Train is very fast are around 300khr and quite comfortable. You do not feel that you are moving at all. On route to nagoya I am able to see the mountain of Mt. Fuji in the distance. No snow on it but at least I got to see the famous mountain. On route to first stop I have a local woman talk to me about Japan, Talk about Canada and other aspects of Japan. She is apparently originally from China. As many people from all over Asia countries come to live and stay in Japan.
From here the train stops in Nagoya and then proceed to next train to get to Takayama. Train from Nagoya to Takayama is more of a slower standard diesel train. Arrive into Takayama and looks like a nice area. Very mountainous all way around. Able to check into hotel which is directly across the street from train station.
So I luck out today and find out that the The Takayama Festival is happening today as it is fall season. So should be able to see something of interest going on. So first some history about Takayama, here is some information from wikipedia about the city. Takayama (é«�å±±å¸� Takayama-shi?) is a city located in Gifu, Japan. As of July, 2011 the city has an estimated population of 92,369. The total area is 2,177.67 km2 (840.80 sq mi). Takayama was settled as far back as the JÅ�mon period.
Takayama is best known for its inhabitants’ expertise in carpentry. It is believed carpenters from Takayama worked on the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and on many of the temples in Kyoto and Nara. The town and its culture, as they exist today, took shape at the end of the 16th century, when the Kanamori clan built Takayama Castle. About a hundred years later the city came under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate. However, the high altitude and separation from other areas of Japan kept the area fairly isolated, allowing Takayama to develop its own culture over about a 300-year period. Takayama is located in northern Gifu Prefecture.
It is most famous for the Sanno-machi Historic District and the biannual Takayama Festival, which has been designated as one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals. During the festival, intricately crafted festival floats are displayed in the city. The floats themselves are testament to the region’s history and are a chance to see the culmination of hundred’s of years worth of artistry and craftsmanship. The Takayama Festival is held in the spring and fall every year and is attended by thousands of visitors from all over Japan and the world.
So from the hotel I proceed to go walking around in this amazing city. I get a nice can of cold coffee from the vending machine and explore. City has many nice shops and lots of people are all about. A very charming feeling to this city. I make my way to the old city across this one river. There are many tents out with various businesses offering food. I have some type of pork thing and many other food items.
There are good way to eat and make cheap meal out of this. I head to one area with all the parade floats. The floats are very tall, about over 10 ft high. They are all decorated quite amazingly. There are quite a few of them and many many people here are taking photos. Almost all people here are asian types.
From here take photos of various temples and shrines through out this nice city. I can go on to name everything but I will just keep in all in general. Look up tourism Japan for more information. I walk to all this historical homes in the area as well. Nice houses as they are protected heritage things.
Walk around more in the city and come across a parade. Here the people are parading with the floats. As well all the people are in historical costumes and walking the streets. All symbolizing all history aspects of this area. Quite amazing.
Later in the evening continue to do some exploring of this city. I walk up this trail path at evening and ends up taking too long. I forgot it gets dark very early. So I end up walking in the bush in the dark, quite an adventure. So do some more exploring of the area the evening as I am only in Takayama for one day. The streets at night are dead quiet with no one around. But all businesses are open. I visit the museum near by and learn more about the local history. I have a simple dinner of a sandwich and chips from the local market store. Have some beer and call it a night. Have another journey next day to get to city of Kanazawa.
I watch the parade for some time and admire how everyone around is highly respectful of what is going on.