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August 22, 2014 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama

We spent the night near Takayama, and spent our final day exploring the city, starting with Takayama Hachiman Shrine and the Yatai Kaikan.

Takayama Hachimangu is a nice shrine on a hill, and the Yatai Kaikan is right next to it so they are easy to see together. I thought the entrance price for Yatai Kaikan was a bit steep at 820 yen, but it also gets you entrance into the Sakurayama Nikkokan as well, which is totally worth it.

The Yatai Kaikan features 4 of the 11 floats used in Takayama's spring and fall festival, including fun little anecdotes and stories about each. It also has a 10 minute video about the festival, and a few odds and ends of historical clothes and items related to the festival. It's nice, especially if you come during a time when you can't see the festival, but are interested in it. If it wasn't for my postcards, I'd probably have skipped it, but I'm glad I didn't because it got me entrance into the Nikkokan.

Apparently, the wood carvers and craftsmen who worked on the famous temples and shrines of Nikko are from the Takayama area. When they finished building Nikko, they decided to build a 1/10 replica of the 28 buildings of Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, which took 33 people 15 years to accomplish. Each replica has astounding detail, and allows you to examine closely parts that you'd never see of the original shrine, such as the roofs. There is almost no explanation in English, a shame because maybe more foreign visitors would be interested if there was; otherwise, you don't really know what it is you're looking at!

From there, we spent another hour or two wandering about the old town area, before grabbing lunch and some omiyage, then starting the drive home through Nagano.

Although the trip was a little disappointing in the beginning, I really enjoyed Gifu a lot, and I can see why Shirakawa-go and Takayama are so famous. I hope to visit again!

If you're interested in the Prefectural Postcards called Gotochi, available in each prefecture, you can read all about them here: postacollect.wordpress.com.

My personal blog: travelsandtanbo.wordpress.com

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List of Posts:
2016/04/24 - Mitsuhiko Imamori Paper Cut Works Exhibit in Takasaki
2015/11/19 - Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Miyazaki City
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Takachiho, Miyazaki
2015/08/27 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle
2015/08/25 - Southern Kyushu: Ibusuki and Kirishima
2015/08/24 - Southern Kyushu: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
2015/08/03 - Tambara Lavender Park
2015/07/13 - Event: Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
2015/05/01 - Kanna-machi Koi-no-Bori Festival
2015/05/01 - Wisteria Festival in Fujioka
2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms
2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 1: Gifu City and Gujo Caves
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama
2014/07/02 - Rainy Season around Tokyo: Hydrangea Flowers
2014/05/27 - Road Trip: Yamadera, Yamagata
2014/05/26 - Road Trip: Yonezawa, Yamagata
2014/05/19 - Roadtrip Fukushima's Ouchijuku
2014/05/16 - Roadtrip: Aizu-Wakamatsu
2014/04/30 - Climbing Gunma's Mt. Myogi
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 2: Tokyo Report
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 1: Gunma Plums
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 1
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 2
2013/10/30 - Cosmos and Mt. Myogi
2013/10/01 - Fall Flowers: Higanbana
2012/12/01 - Winter Cherry Blossoms at Joumine Kouen
2012/11/18 - Annual Coco Harvest Festival
2012/11/11 - Ueno Cat cafe ''Nekomaru''
2012/11/10 - Tokyo Design Festa vol.36 at Odaiba
2012/11/04 - Utsunomiya, Tochigi Gyoza Festival