I traveled to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go for three days and two nights. This is my second visit to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go since I visited them for the first time in September 2014. In addition, I also went to Hida Furukawa, which is the filming locations of “Your name/Kimi no na wa”, a blockbuster Japanese anime film. In this article, I will write about walking around “Old Town” (Sanmachi) as part of Day 2.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day1: Shinjuku – Takayama – Shirakawa-go
* Day1: Shirakawa-go
* Day1: Shirakawa-go (Evening and night view)
* Day2: Shirakawa-go (Morning walk)
* Day2: Takayama 1 [This article]
* Day2: Takayama 2
* Day2: Takayama (Evening and night view)
* Day3: Takayama (Morning market)
* Day3: Hida Furukawa
I returned from Shirakawa-go to Hida Takayama. Sarubobo, a local mascot in Hida Takayama, welcomed me.
I left part of belongings in the hotel and started to walk around Hida Takayama.
Hida Kokubunji Temple
To begin with, I went to Hida Kokubunji temple.
Hida Kokubunji is a Shingon temple, which was built around 757.
The temple was famous its beautiful three-storied pagoda.
Takayama ramen at Tsuzumi Soba
I had a lunch at Tsuzumi Soba.
Tsuzumi Soba is a traditional Takayama ramen restaurant, which was opened in 1956. It often appears on guid books as one of the famous Takayama ramen restaurants.
In the shop.
I ordered Takayama ramen.
Takayama Jinya (Historical Government Office)
Then, I moved to Takayama Jinya, a historical government office during the Edo period.
The entrance of Takayama Jinya.
There was a snowball of dog.
Let’s get into the building.
Residential area with a garden.
An old man sat down.
Large living room.
I left Takayama Jinya.
Then, I passed Nakabashi bridge.
This vermilion-lacquered bridge was photogenic.
Nakabashi bridge is one of the representative tourists spots in Hida Takayama and I personally like it.
Nakabashi bridge with tourists.
Walking around “Old Town” (Sanmachi)
Then, I walked around “Old Town”, Sanmachi.
Sanmachi was a castle town developed during the Edo period. This district was designated as an area of important traditional buildings by the Japanese Government in 1979.
You can see sake breweries and merchants’ houses with latticed bay windows standing in a row.
There was a long queue in front of “Sakaguchi-ya”, which sold Hida beef sushi.
“Kotte Ushi” was another popular outlet selling Hida beef sushi.
As you can see, there were so many tourists around here.
Other snap photos.
Is this a raccoon dog?
That’s it for the article about walking around “Old Town” (Sanmachi) as part of Day 2.
I revisited Hida Takayama for the first time in two and a half years and realized “Now I returned to Hida Takayama”. Hida Takayama is not so large, but a compact city and I like such compactness 🙂
In the next article, I will continue to walk around Hida Takayama.