450 year old Cherry Blossom Trees | Scenic Miboro Dam Takayama

Scenic view artificial  lake of  Miboro Dam The bus tour took us along the scenic reaches of the  Shokawa River, including a stop to see two 450 year old Cherry Blossom trees. Amazingly  both  Cherry blossom trees survived after  removal from the grounds of two ancient temples, Shorenji and Korinji temples.They have survived and flourished. […]

‘Sugidama’ Sake Breweries |Traditional shops – Takayama Japan

Traditional Sake Breweries We walked through the Sanno-machi streets of the traditional area and were able to investigate the shops more thoroughly which proved  pretty interesting. There are quite a few Sake breweries in the area, many of them  established since 1692. Each brewery uses a different  rice variety and has a unique traditional sake […]

Hida Hotel Plaza | Farmers Market – Takayama Japan

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 […]

Two headed monster-Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine-Takayama-Gifu Province

Torii gate – old Takayama town Walking down the  street in old Takayama town, we passed through the Torii (gate) Hie-jinja, up a few flights of steps to reach the  entrance gate to the Shinto Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine at the top of the hill. The shrine sits against a background of dark green forest trees. […]

Takayama Festival Floats – Matsuri Festivals – Gifu Province Japan

This photo of Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall is courtesy of TripAdvisor Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall Takayama is famous for the Sanno-machi Historic District (old town area) and the biannual Takayama Matsuri (Festival). The Takayama Matsuri  considered one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan with ancient (17th century)  floats being pulled through the […]

What is an ‘Irori’? What is a ‘Jizai-kagi’? Takayama – Gifu Province Japan

Timber forests along the riverbank We left the hotel and pretty topiary gardens and made good time to Odawara Station. Nice views of small settlements and dark green timber forests along the riverbank. A smooth ride on the Shinkansen to Nagoya where a new guide met us on the platform, an easy transition to the […]

Mt Fuji | Sacred Mountain | Lake Ashi – Komagatake Ropeway – Japan

Mt Fuji the ‘Sacred Mountain’ A day trip to visit the sacred mountain of  ‘Mt Fuji’ was a special journey. Mt Fuji also known as  the  ‘Shy Mountain’, very rarely is the summit visible, it is always shrouded in cloud or mist. The road verges were deep in snow drifts as the bus journeyed up […]

Nikko-Lake Chuzenji & Kegon Waterfall|Tokyo Japan Travel

A Traditional Japanese Meal Lunch was a very late affair, but no one noticed, as we had all been so absorbed in the beauty at Toshogu Shrine. However this was a traditional Japanese meal, a simple meal, but served very attractively, with individual servings for each person in lacquered and porcelain bowls, and an iron […]

Demolition and Devastation | Travel Tokyo Japan

This was a beautiful traditional Japanese architectural style theatre where I saw a performance in 2007. I was so shocked to read it had been demolished. It will be rebuilt by 2013. Meantime Japanese Kabuki will be staged at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre nearby.

Toshogu Shrine | Japan Tokyo Travel

A day tour to Nikko National Park and the Toshogu Shrine. An amazing experience, not to be missed if you are visiting Tokyo, Japan.

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