|The entrance to Ryokan Tabane|
We initially had planned a day trip to Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. However, upon reading up more, we opted instead to visit the Hida Folk Village, a site with over 30 traditional buildings from the Hida region including those from Shirakawa-go. Also the lack of snow meant we were not going to get to see in Shirakawago what we intended to see. Malcolm's suggestion of renting bicycles was greeted with great joy by the children. Fortunately for me, the bicycle rental place was closed...
We purchased a Hida-no-Sato (Hida Folk Village) discount ticket for 900 yen, which included a return bus ride (10 minutes each way) and admission to the Hida Folk Village from Takayama Station. The Hida Folk Village has old houses relocated from their original locations. Most were built during the Edo Period (1603 to 1867). We were able to enter the homes and walk around inside. There were tools and furniture of the era to give a good sense of the traditional way of life. We really enjoyed walking around the Folk Village.
|Hida Village - obligatory photo...|
|Different traditional toys for the children to try|
|Did I say children?!|
|Close up of the ancient roof|
|One of the many relocated homes|
|Old style bamboo skis|
The next was the Takayama ramen, known as chazu soba (translated roughly to chinese style noodles). It is ramen and not soba. We were surprised at how distinct the broth could taste. It was simple but again very tasty. With tummies now full, we headed back to the ryokan. We had the afternoon to relax and a date with the onsen!
|Hida beef buns to help keep us warm!|
|Collecting Kit Kats...red bean!|