A delightful stay at the Hida Hotel Plaza
Back to the hotel plaza. I loved our room in this hotel, Hida Hotel Plaza – spacious rooms decorated in traditional Japanese style in colors of red and gold. A very large en-suite with shower, separate dressing room, prayer niche, comfy beds with gold covers and black and red bed-heads. A delightful red table and low chairs plus a tea service. The Hotel Plaza provided a garment like a samurai robe for guests, which I couldn’t help but wear (very comfortable).
Helpful staff at Hida Hotel Plaza
Fortunately when I ventured downstairs to look around, I found other like-minded guests wearing their outfits as well. That was good! Exploring the Hida hotel plaza, discovered a delightful Japanese garden with gold-fish, a great souvenir shop; found a sweet little Japanese doll for my granddaughter, wonderful pencil sketches of the traditional houses in Takayama, and rice paper note pads with quaint nature designs. The staff so charming and helpful with my limited knowledge of the Japanese language. There is also a spa on the roof with a fabulous mountain view.
Later, downstairs in the hotel plaza I inquired at the desk about getting my camera stick downloaded and put on a disc. Obligingly they sent that off straight away and I had the disc back the following morning. Service, and with a smile. We so enjoyed sitting on the low chairs in our special garments, at the red table pouring and sipping sweet berry tea from the Japanese tea service. It made us feel very traditional.
The Farmers Market along the riverbank
Next day,a fine sunny morning, but chilly. Every morning a farmers market is held along the river bank of the Miya River. Local farmers or farmers wives and craftsmen sell everything from vegetables and pickles to carvings and clothes at this market. Oh dear! more spending, but so much fun.
I was in need of a shopping bag to carry my purchases and found a very attractive design embroidered with Japanese dolls, then discovered beautifully carved wooden puzzle boxes for pressies; freshly picked red apples, juicy and sweet, for a snack. All good quality items and cheap.
Traditional Saruboba Dolls – Farmers Market
The Saruboba dolls, a traditional doll to the Hida Takayama region, very interesting, certainly very different. Traditional Sarubobo Dolls made from straw in red and black cloth with no facial features. The Saruboba doll is traditional passed down for centuries; made by grandmothers for their little granddaughters, or for their daughters to bring good luck for a good marriage. At the farmers market I decided on one of the smaller sizes in the traditional Saruboba dolls for a souvenir, as well as attractive stationery featuring the Saruboba doll.
Walking through the streets I admired this Japanese house. I don’t know if it was an official premise or a private home; I really like the architectural style. Finding Takayama a delightful city, the Hida Hotel Plaza with its traditional Japanese suite; the traditional houses and building in the old town, so interesting.
Now, some free time to explore the Sanno-machi district and see more of the traditional homes,shops and sake breweries from the Edo period.
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