Day 3 in Japan – Takayama Jinnya & Shirakawa-go

Continued with the collection of pictures from our day 3 in Japan.  The itinerary includes touring Takayama Jinnya, the government office since 1692, visiting the exhibit of Takayama Festival Floats, and Shirakawa-go, added to the United Nation world heritage sites since 1995.

Here are some of the links that have more information about the places we visited. 

Day 2 in Japan – Shirakaba Lake

Day 2:  January 30, 2008

It was a beautiful morning as we were eating breakfast and looking out of the window.  We were excited about today’s itinerary.  It was all about snow today.  A perfect day to freeze our butts off.  First, we were heading to the Shirakaba Lake for the Crystal Festival.  And then, we would go to a ski resort for some sledding fun.  After lunch, it would be a three-hour bus ride to the Shinhotaka Ropeway.  There, we could ride the cable car to a stop at 7073 feet of the Hotakadake mountain.

Once we got to the Shirakaba Lake, we were disappointed.  The Crystal Festival was cancelled because there wasn’t enough snow and it wasn’t cold enough.  Thanks to the global warming.  Supposedly, the Crystal Festival each year drew thousands and thousands of people to see the work of art and wonder of ice.  The craftsman turned ice into beautiful sculpture.

We wandered through the gallery and saw the paper-cutting art exhibit.  We were not allowed to take photographs.  The artwork was unlike anything I had seen before.  It was breathtaking.

After we took some pictures outside of the gallery, we continued our journey.

The slide show below captured where we went on our second day in Japan.  Click on the picture to move onto the next one, or it will change every 10 seconds.
If you prefer, here is the complete list of the pictures.

Our Day 1 in Japan – Nagoya

Day 1:  January 29, 2008 

We were excited about our trip.  A long waited trip.  According to our itinerary, we were to visit the Nagoya Castle, the Italian Village near port of Nagoya (Villaggio Italia), and Magome – the post town used to offer food and lodgings to travelers, kind of like the bed and breakfast nowadays.

Matt and I woke up super early as we could not control our excitement.  While we were getting ready for the big day, I could not resist taking pictures of the toilet.  The most important feature of all, it came with a heated seat.  How come we haven’t had such an intriguing product in Home Depot yet?  And with a gentle touch of a button or two, your hiney was clean and shine.

Toilet with a heated seat

Magic buttons that can make your hiney clean and shine

We were ready by 6:00 and breakfast was not starting till 7:00, so we turned on the TV.  Good morning, Japan.  I took a few shots of what was playing.  I am glad we have Good Morning, America with Diane Sawyer.

Good morning, Japan.

Good morning, Japan.

Good morning, Japan.

Here’s the pictures, a slide show, that captured where we went on our first day in Japan.  Click on the picture to move onto the next one, or it will change every 10 seconds.

If you prefer, here is the complete list of the pictures.