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Tokyo to Takayama

Written on: Monday February 1st, 2010

A journal entry from: Japan 2010

Today we decamped from Tokyo and caught the train to Takayama (old time-y town in the mountains, sort of half-way between Tokyo and Kyoto). We go to catch the shinkansen (or bullet train) from Tokyo to Nagoya, then a regular train from Nagoya to Takayama. The shinkansen was a lot like a plane, but cleaner and with more legroom! It was supposed to have wifi, but I couldn't figure out how to get it to work. The regular train gave us cool views as it wound through the mountains, and we started seeing patches of snow! At Takayama we had to walk in snow to the Temple Inn we were staying at (an old, disused temple converted into a youth hostel/ryokan type place). We chose to pay $6 extra for a suite of traditional rooms. Takayama is in Hida, a big beef region (though I never saw any cows!) - so dinner was beef yakiniku.