You’d think we would learn our learn our lesson by now about long train rides and travel times and being prepared, Takayama is 3 hours away from Nagoya, nestled away in the mountains of the Gifu area and famous for a beautiful traditional ‘old town’ of Japan. On the train we were super excited to see fluffy snow for our first time, but as ventured closer to Takayama, lush greenery was replaced by a winter wonderland and everything was covered in snow and ice and we were not prepared for this kind of winter.
Arriving much later than we anticipated, we realized we had a lot less time then we thought we had, we had become so used to bigger cities that we forgot places close a lot earlier in rural areas as the sun set. We quickly decided to take a bus to Hida no Sato – a open air museum exhibiting traditional houses and lifestyle from the Hida region during the Edo Period.
Hide no Sato was one of the highlights of the Japan holiday and it is truly spectacular during winter. Everything is covered in luscious, fluffy white snow, and walking into Hide no Sato was magical and stunning. The snow was about 10-15cm deep and the grounds and houses meticulously maintained, clean and spotless and even had English translations of all the signs explaining the lifestyle and functions of the house during the Era.
Unfortunately, my camera died shortly after we left Hide no Sato and we didn’t get enough time to explore the streets and shop of the preserved old town as the sun was already setting and most of the shops were already closed. Takayama is a amazing place, that everyone should visit and is a relaxing change of pace from the bigger cities. We will definitely be back and wish we had more time to explore Takayama and the surrounding towns!