I am back in Japan again for our family trip this July. This trip just came to me when I was attending the annual travel expo held every February and Takayama had a booth. I had seen a few pictures of shirakawa go before but the travel expo really gave me the idea to visit.
I booked a flight to Osaka... but I would later find out that it would be easier to fly to Nagoya and jump off from there to Gifu prefecture.
But then, we already had tickets to Osaka. So first option for us was to take a train. They have trains running from Osaka station (direct trains because I don't want to transfer trains and risk getting lost). We took the HIDA limited express train #25 from Osaka (click here) which leaves at platform 11. They also have trains from nagoya which will be faster.
You can also opt to take the bus ( see here ). We took this option going back to Osaka. I really enjoyed the ride through the mountains as Takayama is located in central Japan. (skiing is popular in winter) Both bus and train option takes about 4 hours.
We booked an airbnb (which came out cheaper for our 11 pax party) and explored the city. Takayama is the center od HIDA beef of of the three famous brands of wagyu in Japan (other being kobe and matsunaga)
We visited the old houses in town which preserved all the cooking methods and structures. It was quite interesting.
another interesting thing is, the rivers had KOI swimming in them!
|local artisan making wooden keychains|
Japan in July is very humid (but I had no choice since it was the only time the kids were free) and sometimes, it would rain, which what happened when we went to the old town.
The kids were quite happy with eating hida beef skewers (which were available everywhere) and cooking steak at our airbnb.
You can opt to take the NOHI bus also to tour the other parts of town like the HIDA FOLK VILLAGE. The bus station is located near the tourist center in the middle of town. We didn't get to go there since we already went to shirakawa go and hida no sato (which I will talk about in the next blog)