We planned a 8 days trip at the central of Japan in the middle of Nov 2013. When you are surrounded by the stunning greenery natural scene, you will know it is worth taking a few hours traffic to be there. With a new camera and without practice, it is a bit challenge and risky for me to take good pictures, lucky my sweetie keep his patience and I experience a real practical lesson.
1. Hida Takayama
The old town and streets at Hida Takayama made her famous. The attractive spots are located close to each other and you can walk around with a few steps. You can reach this place by 3 hours travel from Nagoya. When compare Hida Tayama with Kyoto and Nara, I think the natural beauty silently merge to people's daily life in Hida, it is more nature and relax. Kyoto is a well developed attractive spot. The well-groomed garden and temples are another style of beauty. For accommodation, Takayama have some famous hot spring hotels, but we prefer to make it at Hirayu.
2. Hida Furukawa
飛驒古川 － 在高山市乘搭JR列車，只是數個車站的距離，到達這個充滿古樸風味的小鎮。我們是專程到這裡踩單車，穿梭在紅葉美景中。在飛驒古川中心蹺一圈後，再沿著河邊進發，風景很美，技術體能好的，可以踩到近郊。
Go cycling at a traditional small town. By around 30 mins traffic, you can access Hida Furukawa by JR from Takayama. Ride at the center of the town and then go along the river, it is relax and fun. You can even go to the countryside and mountains if you got enough energy.
被日本阿爾卑斯山脈環抱的大自然區 – 上高地, 被喻為神住的地方，這樣形容，絕不過份。每一年的十一月中旬至明年四月尾，上高地閉山，讓大自然休養生息，我們是在閉山前一天遊覽，搭最後一班下山的車離開，驚險地是差點誤了車，要在深山住一晚了。河童橋是這區的地標，拍照當然不能少。我們在想，若是遇見黑熊，什麼辦？
Kamikochi is surrounded by Northern Japanese Alps, offering some of Japan's most spectacular mountain scenery, people say that this is the place for God. The mountain will be closed in the middle of November every year until the end of Apr next year, the long slumber let the forest to refresh. We arrived one day before it close and walk until sunset. This was touch-and-go that we almost missed the last bus back to town. Kappa Bridge is the landmark at Kamikochi. We are thinking of that what can we do if we meet a black bear?
4. Oku-Hida Spa Village
Oku-Hida Spa Village is surrounded by high mountains. It has 6 districts among the area, we choose to stay at Hirayu where it is the main bus terminal located. The 「village」 is famous by the abundant amount of hot water springs. We love onsen, specially the open air spas, this is one of the main reasons we love travel to Japan. Our resorts got private onsen and it also has public onsen for both inside and outside. No pictures at public onsen.
The World Heritage Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō. Overnight at the triangal Gassho-style house and enjoy a delicious local Japanese cuisine prepared by the host. The village is where is the action is and full of visitors from 9 to 4 o'clock; and it will tune back to peaceful, quite and we goes back in time living in a small village.
飛驒高山官網 Official website of Hida Takayama – http://www.hida.jp
高山市巴士線 Town bus route - Click to pdf file
高山市地圖 - Click to pdf file
飛驒古川介紹 Hida Furukawa Introduction (1) – Click to website
飛驒古川介紹 Hida Furukawa Introduction (2) – Click to website
飛驒古川觀光地圖 Hida Furukawa Site Seeing Map - Click to pdf file
上高地介紹(1) Kamikochi Introduction (1) – Click to website
上高地介紹(2) Kamikochi Introduction (2) – Click to website
上高地介紹(3) Kamikochi Introduction (3) – Click to website
平湯 Hirayu – Click to website
奧飛驒溫泉鄉 OKu-Hida – Click to website
白川鄉 Shirakawa-go (1) – Click to website
白川鄉 Shirakawa-go (2) – Click to website
白川鄉觀光地圖 Shirakawa-go Site Seeing Map - Click to pdf file
大雪中的白川鄉 (written in Tradition Chinese) – Click to website