Today was our day in Takayama up in the mountains. We actually had most of the day free, which was nice, even though it was rainy most of the day.
The view from the hotel hallway window this morning:
Our guide Miko talking about the Sarubobo at the shrine:
And of course, the sign, because otherwise I’d never remember the name:
The shrine itself:
A Jizou image tucked into the Milk Tree trunk:
Just a pure vanity selfie:
The river in Takayama:
A not-very-good shot of the outside of the Takayama government building:
And the inside. I was trying to get a decent shot of the architecture, which is difficult with so many people around.
The Japanese version of a Hope Chest, which I didn’t even realize was a thing:
Ancient Japanese rain coat 🙂
Oshirasu, where they interrogated and punished prisoners:
Just part of the beautiful projection sequence inside the building:
Sanmachi, the old preserved homes:
A couple old Japanese gentleman showed us that you’re supposed to spoon some salt into one hand, lick one finger on the other hand and dip it in the salt, then lick the salt and drink the sake. Kind of like a tequila shot. This is the salt box.
The gate in front of the shrine:
The omikuji machine! So fun. The next time we did it, we all howled along with the weird noise it made and annoyed other tourists.
Me bumming around my hotel room in slippers, which most hotels in Japan provide for you. Unfortunately this one does not provide a robe or yukata, though.
I know I said at the end of my video that I was about to go meet the rest of the group for dinner, but I opted instead to pick up some delicious sesame noodle salad from the local Family Mart and enjoy an evening in with some Supernatural. The introvert in me was about to have a crisis if I didn’t get some quiet alone time. Next in my plans is to go enjoy a nice, hot bath in my Japanese-style bath tub!
Tomorrow, onward to Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go! We keep the same guide, so hopefully everything will continue to be smooth sailing.