I was surprised by the inward nature of the buildings, most had windows facing the street but nearly all were covered by the ubiquitous paper/wood framed shade. It was very rare you would be able to see the interior space, even in sudo-public places like restaurants. We were never sure if we were allowed to enter, but eventually we got used to ducking our heads in and venturing an enthusiastic "konnichiwa"!
|Typical (and totally awesome!) street facade in Takayama|
|Over the hill - the back side of Takayama|
|It was pouring! We loved it though, cooled off about 10 degrees|
|Ryokan with traditional Japanese breakfast served in the morning.|
Menu includes: Salmon, white rice, miso soup, Hoba miso cooked
on a magnolia leave, and steamed vegetables
|Old Sake brewery|
|Interior - raised tatami mats with hearth for cooking. Rooms for entertaining are surrounding this space.|
To enter the tatami mat area, you must remove your shoes. Don't forget!
|Sleeping room with garden and exterior hallway connecting the spaces.|
|the classic photograph|
|Open air museum where you can tour the buildings and walk in the roofs|
|1 meter thick roofs are made of bamboo, tied together with rope, and layered to insulate and withstand heavy snowfall in the winter months.|
|So happy to be here!|
|Super delicious meal - cook the beef in broth and season with hoba miso|
|Super impressive concrete pedestrian bridge to Skirakawa-go|
Stay tuned - I will post about Kanazawa, Kyoto, and Tokyo soon!