Dec 28, 2008

北陸の旅!2008 ② - Trip to Hokuriku 2008 Part 2









We woke up at 6:30AM to make the most out of our free time in the morning. As soon as we left our luggage to our bus, we headed straight for sightseeing in Kanazawa.

We first went to Nagaya Buke Yashiki Ato. The old samurai's house with Japanese garden was very pretty. Thanks to us coming here so early in the morning, we were able to enjoy the place without bumping into people.

That was followed by a visit to Higashi Chaya District by taxi. We arrived here while enjoying a conversation with taxi driver who had a very strong Kanazawa accent. I was surprised to see such a pretty tea district. It's so refreshing just walking around. Once we warmed ourselves with tea in a tea house, we moved on to Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden.

It started raining as soon as we arrived in Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden, but luckily for us it didn't last long. These are great places for a walk, and we could relax just by staying there.

After wandering around Kanazawa city for 4hrs without having lunch, we rejoined our tour bus and headed to The Historic Place of Gokayama near Shirakawago. Gokayama is a precious place that preserves these Gasho-style houses in a small village. The rain that started when we arrived here turned into sleet, followed by snow. The white village was so pretty. The noodles with edible wild plants we had in such a cold weather was delightful. Skewer Tofu was also delicious!

This left us with long bus ride with only a stop at souvenier shop before getting on express train. Both of us fell into sleep big time, and when we realised snow disappeared completely. :-) Due to heavy traffic jam, we arrived in Chino with only 20mins before heading to the railway station. We decided to make our Kamameshi dinner takeaway, and searched for more souveniers. :-) The dinner was delicious!

This two day trip to Hokuriku was very hectic, but it was well worth going to Hida Takayama, Shirakawago, and Kanazawa that we were looking forward to for both Teruko and myself. We also found this wonderful place called Gokayama. It was a fantastic trip!

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