Memories of Japan VII: Takayama and the Ryokan

Here is the next installment of my Memories of Japan series: a peek at the sights of Takayama and the experience of staying in a ryokan! You can't miss it!

Credits: susielomovitz

Following our stay in Hakone, we arrived eagerly arrived in Takayama. We stayed at the Ryokan Oyado Kot No Yume, a Japanese traditional hostel where you can enjoy tatami floors, thermal springs (onsen), gardens and sophisticated food with traditional dishes.

Credits: susielomovitz

Just as we arrived, we were asked to take off our shoes and then we were offered some green tea. Then a kind guy asked us to follow him to what looked like a souvenir shop, and I thought “what a strange thing, doesn’t seem like normal Japanese behavior and I don’t want to buy anything!”, but he didn’t want to sell us anything! He just wanted asked us to chose a kimono for the traditional dinner we had booked.

We got to our beautiful Japanese room and… what a mess! I had no clue how to get into the kimono, so I was thankful a very kind lady came and help me.

I show you this digital picture so you can see it wasn’t an easy task…

My companion had no trouble whatsoever to get into his clothing though… he was a japanese hero.

Credits: susielomovitz

We enjoyed a delicious dinner and went for a walk around town with our clothes. Very touristy, but I have to recognize it was a great night.

Credits: susielomovitz

The next morning, we took a bath in the onsen and then we hired a couple bikes to go around the ryokan. It was amazing! We enjoyed seeing the typical houses, the narrow streets, the beautiful gardens and a few temples that conveyed a peace hard to find in large Japanese cities.

Credits: susielomovitz

If you visit Japan, don’t hesitate to spend at least a night in a ryokan. There are a few that are really expensive, but you can also find some with more affordable prices and you will have a great time all the same. I would have liked more if the onsen in our ryokan were outdoors, but I still enjoyed the experience.

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