An atmospheric mountain town with interesting architecture, it also was there that I met some really amazingly hospitable, friendly and outright kind people and ate my share of good food. This time around, I spent four nights and good part of five days there, and saw quite a bit of the town and surrounding area. And yet I would like to go back again before too long. Hopefully this photo-essay helps explain why...
No one posed for this photo taken in the old part of Takayama town!
Did I mention that a number of the old wooden buildings
(with sugidama hung above their main entrances) in the
old part of Takayama town are home to sake breweries? ;b
So much of the town looked like a movie set (except if you peeked into
the windows, you saw working establishments -- e.g., the building
with the bicycle in front is home to a working barber shop)!
Wandering about the city after dark, you can come across a place
where you can shoot arrows, and an ace female archer coolly
hitting the target time after time while a quiet crowd watches in awe! :O
At a street corner, you'll suddenly come across a row of bibbed
which Puppet Ponyo feels comfortable around
In the grounds of Takayama Jinya, Japan's one remaining major Edo-era
government building, can be found this heartwarming sign
The trunk of the tree in question -- which I touched
and also proceeded to hug!
The icing on the cake: a handmade note made for me by
a friendly Takayama Jinya ticketing office staffer after she
ascertained that I was a genuine fellow fan of Funassyi :))))))