January 21, 2017

Winter Illumination 2017

The snow has finally been falling all over the mountains !
Last week Takayama got 75cm in only 3 days, while Shirakawa-go got over 1m ! And what may be more beautiful than winter landscape with light-up ?

Of course Shirakawa-go will be running is main event from the 22nd of January every Sunday and Monday. But Takayama has also some beautiful places near by which get their own light-up.

Like every season Nakabashi, the red bridge, is illuminated between 19:00 and 22:00. It is really near our hostel, only 5 minutes walk. If you are not afraid by the cold you will be able to take good pictures.

However if you allow yourself more time one of the best spot for winter illumination is definitely the Hida Folk Village ! The open air museum light-up is run every day from 17:30 to 21:00. Entrance fee is 300 yen per adult and 100 yen per child. You will enjoy Gassho-zukuri style house covered by snow like you were in Shirakawa-go in a less crowded environment.

To reach the Hida Folk village from J-Hoppers :
  • by walk : 30mn Est
  • by bus : Sarubobo bus (number 1) 210 yen one way
    • to go 18:00 / 18:30 / 19:00 / 19:44
    • to come back 19:00 / 20:00 / 21:00

 Let's enjoy winter view by night !

January 11, 2017

Let's discover and enjoy Japanese Sake !

From the 13th of January to the 26th of February 2017, 
the breweries will open their door to everyone. 

One brewery opens the door of its making process for one week. 
Group up to 15 people are invited to see the inside of the building and taste the sake produce.
No reservation needed / Last entrance 15mn before closing

① 1月13日(金)~1月19日(木) 平田酒造場(上二之町)
From 13th to the 19th of January : Hirata Brewery
(01/13 (Fri.) from 10:00 AM Opening ceremony at Hirata Brewery)
② 1月20日(金)~1月26日(木) 原田酒造場(上三之町)
From 20th to 26th of January : Harada Brewery
③ 1月27日(金)~2月  2日(木) 川尻酒造場(上二之町)
From 27th of January to 2nd of February : Masamune Brewery
④ 2月  3日(金)~2月  9日(木) 二 木 酒 造(上二之町)
From 3rd to 9th of February : Niki Brewery
⑤ 2月10日(金)~2月16日(木) 平瀬酒造店(上一之町)
From the 10th to the 16th of February : Hirase Brewery
⑥ 2月17日(金)~2月26日(日) 舩坂酒造店(上三之町)
From the 17th to the 26th of February : Funasaka Brewery

December 29, 2016

New Year Fireworks

Have you ever seen winter fireworks ?

Here in Takayama, the city launches beautiful "Hanabi" to celebrate the new year coming.
The fireworks are launched from the Sky park at 20:00.
Good places to see it : the train station, the city hall and near the river.

By the way do you know how to wish a good year in Japanese ?

  • "あけましておめでとう!/Ake mashite omedetou ! " it says the 1st of January,
  • "良いお年を!/ Yoi o toshi wo !" can be said any day.  
Lets' enjoy a great evening and start the next year with beautiful memories.

December 7, 2016

Chochin light-up in Old street

Let's enjoy the old street with an enchanting light-up !

The 16th and 17th of December the old streets will be lived-up by the light-up event.
Starting at 18:00 until 20:30 in the Kami-san-no-machi and Kami-ni-no-machi we will be able to enjoy light-up with traditional Japanese lantern chochin and andon.
Chochin lantern

Andon lantern

 You can also enjoy some event in the Sake breweries :

  • Funasaka Sake Brewery : Lion dance 19:30~
  • Harada Sake Brewery : Amazake degustation
  • Niki Sake Brewery : Jazz concert ( twice a day from 18:30)
If you dressed-up in kimono do not miss to take one free rental Japanese umbrella to walk down the street. You can also take a picture on a Jinrikisha !

Feel authentic Japan and travel back in time.

November 20, 2016

Winter season will soon starts !

In Takayama we get the first snow in the city on the 10th of November. It was a really light snow but our manager made us betting on the first snow date and won. This was a little game in our team but really enjoyable.

Then if it snowed in the city it is even better on the mountains ! 

The ski resort CIAO open on the 11th.

If you want to enjoy walking in the winter landscape why not going there for one day and use the lift and gondola to get on the best spot ?

Until the 31th of December, one day ticket is only 1,000 yen per person. And if we get lucky the snow may fall again soon ! Then get your gear ready to ride on the white carpet !

Even if you never ski before you will certainly enjoy trying this outdoor sport !

October 31, 2016

Update on Autumn colors in Takayama (Oct 31)

It was supposed to be your correspondent's day off today but he failed to finish all his work (poor him!) the previous day and had to go reluctantly to work today. But luckily he managed to finish
all the remaining tasks in the morning, and after a quick lunch, and armed with his new iphone (your correspondent dropped his iphone 5 on the ground, broke it, bought a new phone, then dropped it into the toilet in less than two weeks, necessitating the purchase of yet another phone; your correspondent is broke right now), he headed down to the Shiroyama Park to check out the autumn colors. Rumor has it that the autumn colors this year are less vivid than in a regular year because of heavy rainfall in the last few months, and I am afraid I have to agree. But still you can spot trees with vividly red maple leaves here and there in the park. Based on my experience, the autumn colors here are still a week away from its peak, as we are expecting the weather to turn pretty cold next week, which will hopefully speed up the change of colors. So don't forget to check out the Shiroyama park in a week! (Don't forget your bear bell...just in case).


October 11, 2016

Autumn Light-up in Takayama

During the Autumn the leaves change color and Takayama get illuminated all around the city !

Well this year is maybe not the most beautiful one due to the heavy rain of the past months, but the light-up are still running in Takayama giving some good view of the city by night.

Spot #1(number 8 on the map) : Nakabashi, the red bridge
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #2 (number 9 on the map) : Enako River, the little river in th old town
From the 1st of October until the 30th of November
Everyday from 18:30 to 22:00

Spot #3 (number 10 on the map) : Hida Folk Village
From the 1st of October until the 13th of November
Sat./Sun./Holiday from 17:30 to 21:00
Adult 300 yen / Child 100 yen