The highlight of our visit for me, though, was our stay in a traditional ryokan, or Japanese inn. I wrote about ryokans before, but basically you stay in a Japanese-style room, sleeping on futons on top of tatami mats, which are put away during the day to give you extra space to relax/eat in. We stayed at Ryokan Asunaro, which was great in every way. They even gave us good-bye presents. R loved it so much she cried and threw a fit when it was time to leave (I think the winning touch for her was the provision of a selection of child-size indoor slippers). I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Takayama (the location is also great, within a short walk of the main town and train station).
Here are R and I in the inn-supplied robes, to be worn all around the inn (I think the idea is to help you relax, by being in more comfortable, different clothes: it works!). Below are some shots of our room, which included a traditional brazier (the only method of heating back in the days before central heat).
|I liked the room decorations|
|Separate slippers to use in the toilet room|
Takayama the town is quite charming too, especially when covered with fresh snow. B and I had actually visited before, back in 2010 on our "babymoon" trip, but it was just as attractive the second time around. I had a good time wandering the streets and admiring Shinto shrines, traditional merchants' houses and ancient sake breweries.
|Street of traditional shops, no car traffic allowed|
|Shinto shrine near our hotel|
|Me on the traditional street|
|One of the ancient sake breweries (from as early as 1623)|