Wanderlust Home and Pet Care
October 12, 2014 The train to Takayama was uneventful. All the employees in all the train stations have been very helpful and speak passing English to help you get where you are going. Our hotel was across from the train station - very convenient. I made sure to determine where our tour leaves from and then it was off to find Tempura which was excellent.
October 13, 2014 Our first stop on our bus tour was the UNESCO-protected Gokayama Ainokura Steep-roofed Village. Its oldest thatched roof house was built in the 17th century. This was the best stop of the day. It was less commercialized, smaller community and the houses had that homey look.
The umbrellas at the door were very appropriate. A Typhoon was due to hit the area after our tour.
After lunch we explored Shirakawago Gassho Shuraku and the Open-air Museum of Gassho Zukuri Minka-en also a World Heritage Site. The “A” frame of the farmhouse allows heavy wet snow to slide off the grass roofs. Smoke from the fireplace rises to one or more upper levels where the farmer raised silkworms. Some of the homes are 400 years old.