$5 for a regular latte. I wont be buying them too often.
Met the tour group. 12 + group leader ‘Mill’. Large variety of people, ages from somobe who just graduated from college, to some guy in his 60’s. From all over the world too. Half from states and Canada, a Londonite, A couple from Finland, Irland, and 2 Aussies.
Had room to m yself lastnight but still woke u p at 5:30am. Bed quite firm but quite comfortable.
Had a couple hrs to spare, so am here sitting in a cafe, catching up on my posts.
Bullet train (2nd fastest) speeds along @ 285km/hr whoo. Doesn’t even feel that fast. Very smooth ride and comfy seats.
Passing lots of small trad itional towns, rice paddies are a very common sight.
I also have the suspision that mozzies like me … ;_;
Made it safely to the Inn in Takayama. Lovely little place, about 10 rooms. Have been lucky to get my own so far, prob bec the other girls in the are travelling w/ someone else or partner – seperate room at no additional cost it would be if requested when booked- excellent, no putting up with people who snore etc 🙂 .
Traditional Inns are rather different places to stay in.
– no shoes, anywhere. You can use sandles provided on the wooden floors, but not on the Tatami Mats .
– Sleeping is on futons.
– bathe in an onsen – are always cummunal, seperated by gender. None of the girls were up to that tho ^_^;
First night was at a tastey resturant , and as the guide was a regular @ this resturant, we were overloaded with 2 free sakes, entrees, ice chocolate A ND frozen cream dessert. All had to pay for was the main. Then all went out for booze 🙂 Another whole sake bottle downed hehe mmmm.
Second day strolled through the morning markets, then grabbed a bus up to Hilda Folk Village. It was a facinating display of how life was lived back a couple hundered years ago. These are the the original standing buildings, and are in remarkable condition. Have attached a couple photos to this blog. More will come soon once get back home 🙂
Second dinner was also very tastey, but an expensive ¥3000. The region is famous for its beef, so of course went to a beef resturant, and ate Shabushabu. Plate of raw beef + plate raw mushrooms, cabbage etc, cooked in the middle of table in boiling water to ones taste. Delicious. For the vegeterians, there is an option surprisingly.
That was all for Takayama, sleepy village where nt much opens until 10am. – think 80’s Wellington on weekend.
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