Tiny Takayama treats

I can’t seem to drag myself away from reminiscing about Takayama. This tiny town really captured our hearts! So this post is just a random collection of things that caught my eye around the town. From cutesy posters to tiny food stalls, everything is just so novel to us Westerners! I love the overly designedContinue reading “Tiny Takayama treats”

Tiny Takayama details

This post is mainly random shots of more delicious details from around Takayama. Above the man sticks his head in a regional icon – a Sarubobo – AKA monkey baby!. These are red human-shaped dolls, with no facial features, made in a variety of sizes. Traditionally, sarubobos are made by grandmothers for their grandchildren asContinue reading “Tiny Takayama details”

Shrines and sushi

Follow us as we trot around the quaint little streets of Takayama, chock full of gorgeous old buildings and quirky sights. Takayama gained importance as a source of high quality timber and highly skilled carpenters during the feudal ages. Consequently the city was put under direct control of the shogun and had quite a bitContinue reading “Shrines and sushi”

Traditional Takayama

We’ve arrived in the exquisite little Japanese town of Takayama. We’re staying at the gorgeous traditional homestay of Guesthouse and cafe SOY  This beautiful house is chock a bloc full of beautiful dark wood, sliding doors, futons and other traditional Japanese architecture and decor. We can heartily recommend this lovely little place. It’s about 15 minutesContinue reading “Traditional Takayama”

Glimpses from the train

Bright and early we’ve hopped on the Shinkansen heading out of Tokyo and towards our next destination – Takayama in the Japanese alps! As we leave the dazzling, frantic cityscape the scenery becomes more and more rural. There’s tumbling rivers, rice fields and verdant forests whizzing past us at a rate of knots. The countrysideContinue reading “Glimpses from the train”