3.31.2012

Japan Day 3 : Takayama


Snow Mountains
We are heading to the mountains today. We did not expect to see snow during this trip and we are in for a pleasant surprise. It's my first time seeing snow up close. Kor Kor had seen it before during Beijing. It is also Grandparents first experience with snow.



 It was so cold that I could barely move

Charles and snow
 Kor Kor on the other hand is enjoying himself. He was pretty excited about the snow

Shirawaka Go Village past the 'moving' bridge
 We are actually at a UNESCO world heritage site know as Shirawaka Go Village
Gassho - zukuri farmhouses

The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
Gassho-zukuri means "constructed like hands in prayer", as the farmhouses' steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.

Nice View





Walking about town


 We headed towards the city of Takayama after the village stop. It took us about 30 mins to reach the town

Town Map


We managed to explore a few shops along the street

Ice Cream time
Guess what we are having next. Our 3 / 4 / 5 I lost count... Ice cream
Heaven
We headed to Nagona hot spring resort after Takayama. The view on the ride back was breathless. It seems like we are on tops of the alps. Daddy says it looks like heaven (like he really knows!)

 Kor Kor and Mommy managed to catch some snowfall at the pit stop on the way to the hotel!

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