Wednesday, June 12, 2013

hida takayama

The next stop of our Golden Week vacation was Hida-Takayama in Gifu Prefecture! It's not very popular for foreign tourists, but the Japanese come in droves.

There's a really wonderful old town area with quaint shops and small food stalls.

 Hida-Takayama is famous for beef, so we had some beef sushi!

and beef skewers.

They're also famous for a dango (mochi balls on skewers) called mitarashi dango. It's topped with soy sauce (salty/sweet combo) or kinako (sweet soybean powder) and grilled.

We stayed at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) run by this super cute old woman and her older brother. They prepared a scrumptious meal for us featuring Hida-beef!

We had it two ways: in a sukiyaki (a sweet soy sauce broth with veggies)...

and grilled.

In the morning, we had a simple breakfast, but with more grilled beef and then set off to Miyakawa morning market.

Takayama is a nice traditional Japanese town, but it's a bit out of the way, and I do think there is more to see in the bigger cities, like Tokyo or Kyoto. I would skip unless you have time!

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