Public transport in Japan is outstanding. You all heard of that. But the truth is even better than the image. Sheer perfection. Whether it is the metro in Tokyo or the trains in Japan. Spotlessly clean. Comfortable. Extremely well staffed. Everyone friendly, helpful, smiling!
We took the “bullet train” from Tokyo to Nagoya (the Toyota town). There we switched to the “Panorama Hida” express, that goes into the Japanese Alps, and therefore has panoramic windows so that passengers can enjoy the views! And in addition: the windows were squeaky clean! How many time have I travelled through beautiful landscapes without seeing anything because the windows of the bus or train were dirty like shit!
On the way to Nagoya we passed Mount Fuji, the legend.
Here we are along the river Miya-gawa – that would lead us to our goal TAKAYAMA.
After setting up shop in Takayama we felt like finally having arrived in the real Japan. A town with a strong atmosphere. Slow moving. Hundreds of small breweries making Sake. At the same time famous in all of Japan for its festivals in spring and autumn when the town becomes horribly crowded). The door to the high Alps.
We will stay three nights here. And we are VERY lucky with the hotel. Before our travel I had to change the whole schedule for Japan – and according to our old schedule there were no rooms available in this pearl. It is a mixture of Japanese inn but with the luxury features of a Western hotel.
Next to the lobby you have shoe lockers. That’s as far as you get with shoes. The rest in the hotel is barefoot or with socks (the Japanese, of course, wear white socks – I am barefoot). All floors are with tatami mats. In the room you have suemi dressing gowns that you can wear in the whole hotel incl. restaurant and what have you.
Here I am in my typical “Where is my sake?” position (back home it would be “rakia” instead of sake)
The hotel has a lot of very pleasant features. Like “rotemburo” and private hot baths on the roof-top.
I just soaked in “mine”:
Here is the view complimenting the hot water:
Now it is 10 pm. We had a modest dinner in town as My felt only like a bit of rice and grilled beef.
Our hotel offers every night from 10.30 till 11.30 pm in its restaurant free noodle dishes! Like a get-together.So, in a while I will be heading some floors down, clad in my “samue” ( it took the hotel a lot of apologies and smiles until they could provide me with a “samue” that would fit my godly stature).
My is already sleeping. She had a hard day. Coping with the colder temperatures here in the mountains is not easy for her. Today’s lows during the night are expected to be 3 degrees C. A bit like Bansko here