I visited Japan with my friend a couple of years ago, for a little over 2 weeks. We covered the popular Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto route, but decided to try to find some cherry blossoms in Takayama, a smaller city in the Japanese Alps. We managed to see some cherry blossoms (mainly on the train), but we still enjoyed our time there. I wanted to share some pictures I took while on a stroll through the town.
The day started out gray and gloomy. My friend wanted to sleep in, so I went out on my own and grabbed something to eat at a convenience store.
There were vendors along the river and I bought sarubobo dolls to take home as souvenirs. These dolls are traditional to the town of Takayama and are used as a charm for protection from bad things and a happy home and family life.
Sarubobo dolls photo by Pixhound/Shutterstock
Maybe it’s because the type of foliage that grows were I live, but I find that plants in Japan just look more vibrant. I took a bunch of photos of flowers to show to my grandma, they make her happy. So I was just walking around town, photographing random bushes and plants.
Takayama was a wonderful break from all the hustle and bustle of Osaka and the huge crowds in Kyoto.
The Nakabashi Bridge is a symbol of Takayama. It is a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring. Sadly, when we got there, there was only a couple of late bloomers remaining. Still, this is a beautiful road to walk by during any season.
I hope you enjoyed my pictures of my solo walk through Takayama. My friend joined me for dineer and we had Hida beef, a variety of wagyu beef. I am not a meat lover, but, to this day, this has been the softest, butteriest piece of meat I have ever had.
Have you been to Takayama? What was your experience like?