Takayama – tiny city in the mountains

The last stop of my three days was Takayama, which is an isolated town.  Since the area is so isolated, the locals have a slightly different culture from others who live in Japan.  I was in Takayama when the cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom and that is considered the spring season in that area of Japan.

There are many things to see in Takayama, including Mount Norikura, which is a dormant volcano, and the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, which offers amazing views of the Northern Alps.  In the heart of the town, there are many older homes that are filled with cultural artifacts, plus there is a morning market near the river.

As I spent time in Takayama, I realized that there was more to see than I had time for.  I would have loved to spend more time at the museums, temples, and shrines, as well as see the ruins of the Matsukura Castle, which is in the town.

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