More sights of Takayama! Got up early the next morning and the plan for the greater half of the day was to head to Takayama Old Town and the Morning Markets for a walk + Lunch before our 1/2 day tour to Shirakawago in the afternoon.
(Note: Shirakawago was the main reason why we set up base in Takayama)
The Old Town area was a good 10 to 15 min walk from our hotel. As Takayama lies within the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture, it is also a lot colder than in Yokohama (about 13 to 15 degrees in the daytime …… then drops to 10 degrees at nightime). But still, i it was a bright and sunny day. Also got to see some modern western/french restaurants along the walk (despite Takayama being more of a small quiet town) …… with the streets adorned with colourful autumn trees.
Unlike in Kansai, Tokyo/Kanto (where I experienced the autumn foliage back in 2013) …… autumn in Takayama/Gifu Prefecture comes a lot earlier in September/October, so the colours are not as nice as it should be given that it is tail end of autumn season in Takayama / Gifu.
Towards our 1st ‘targeted’ destination – the Jinya-mae Morning Market.
The plan also was to grab breakfast along the way. Chanced upon this stall and got a Hida Beef bun to start off the day! The shop also sells Hida Beef sushi – which I regret not trying as I write now ……
The shop next door that sells various types of Hoba miso.
Came across another stall selling grilled mochi …… and we got that to try as well!
After our food-stop, continued to make our way towards the Jinya-mae morning market. More sights along the way ……
The Jinya-Mae Morning Market. This market sells mainly vegetables, fruits and various side dishes and spices. The apples and grapes looked so fresh that we would have loved to buy some to enjoy …… but we did not do as there’s no fridge to store them (due to having to change the room on the day itself).
This is the Takayama Jinya – a historical government house that was officially use from 1692 till 1969. Only took pictures from outside (and not pay the 420 JPY admission fee to go in).
Heading to the Old Private Houses (Sanmachi) next. More autumn foliage along our walk ……