Feature: Takayama Koi

20th August 2015

  The picturesque city¬†of Takayama is located in the Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. At around 5-hours from Tokyo and 3.5-hours from Kyoto by train, Takayama is a great place to visit if you fancy a break from the big cities. Taking the Shinkansen from either Tokyo or Kyoto will require a change of train at Nagoya. If you plan your trip¬†correctly, the second half of your journey will be…


Japan, May 2014: Day Seventeen

31st May 2014

So 5:30am came around quick. Time to rise and shrine as we were off to Inari, a town south east of Kyoto.Inari is famous for one thing, the Shinto shrine to the god of rice. The pathway to the shine atop of Mt. Inari is lined with thousands of torii gates (donated by Japanese businesses) along the 4km route. It’s the #1 attraction when visiting Kyoto according to the guidebooks…


Japan, May 2014: Day Twelve

25th May 2014

Today we have been mostly walking around the small town of Takayama. It’s been nice not to have to travel on a train (either Shinkansen or subway) to start the day and so we woke up late – which greatly annoyed our hosts. We had breakfast booked for 8am, but as we woke at 7:45 we decided to skip it and grab something later. Unfortunately our no-show in the dining…