We checked out of our hotel in Tokyo and took the metro up to Tokyo Central Station. Once at the station, we got some breakfast and waited for our train. The fist section of the jouney was on a shinkansen bullet train. At Nagoya, I got some sushi for lunch, but Chris wasn't hungry as he had eaten the rest of his chocolate sticks. We boarded the next train, which was more of an intercity train.
The scenery had completely changed from city tower blocks to woods running alongside the river wish small towns in between. We arrived at Takayama sation at 15.05 and found our way to the Reyoken inn.
On entering the Reyoken, you leave your shoes at the door and are given slippers. Our room was upstairs and had 9 tatami mats. On the floor were two more mats set up as beds with our heads facing into the middle of the room. We were given a tour and shown where the communal baths were and I took some photos while they were empty.
Our room in the Reyoken
The traditional showers
Showers and hot bath
We went for a walk around Takayama, which is a small traditional town although a lot more touristy than Tokyo. Most of the buildings are traditional Japanese architecture on narrow streets with a stream running just in front of the houses on both sides of the street.
Traditional Japanese Street
Flowers in the street
We think there might be a festival on at the moment as the streets, in particular the trees, are decorated with brightly coloured mobile type streamer things and what look like wishes tied on in Japanese. We wandered the streets and bought a snack. I bought some roasted rice with herbs on top and Chris bought what looked like meat on a skewer, but was in actual fact figs!
We found a lovely traditional Japanese restaurant where we had a set menu for 1000 yen (approx. £8). We were given an appetiser of new potatoes in soy sauce and cucumber, which was much crunchier than ours back home.
I had stir fried vegetables with sweet and sour chicken, while Chris had fried chicken with sweet and sour meatballs. Both came with soup and boiled rice and watermelon to finish.
We sat by the river for a bit after doing another loop of the town, having a browse at a few of the market stalls. It started to really rain so we sheltered under a tree before returning to the Reyoken for a traditional shower and bath.
We headed down for showers, having researched the correct wash procedure. Separately, as men and women do not mix, we went into shower.
You sit washing on a wooden stool with a small cloth to protect your modesty if you’re me or to wash with you’re Christopher the flasher! After washing, you enter a very hot bath to relax before rinsing, drying off and putting your kimono on.
Before bed we wrote our postcards and read.
Chris and I sitting on an oversized chair outside a furniture store.