Takayama was/is an isolated community so it developed its own culture and skills, notably carpentry, and sake.

The beef from nearby Hida is also renowned so we tried some and can now vouch for its reputation. The area is also famous for apples, and we tried those also – excellent. We stayed in a ryokan in the middle of the town so it was very convenient for examining one of the other notable products of the area – the sake. It too proved excellent – Jean is sampling;

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The Hida beef was very very tasty!

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Both Still standing after sake sampling.

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Looking for breakfast on the river at Takanawa

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Overview of the city of Takanawa.

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Our Ryokan hosts.

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