Dec 28, 2008

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

今日も午前中の自由時間を最大限に使うために6時半起き。8時過ぎに荷物をツアーバスに預けて、我々は金沢市街の散策に行きました。

まずは長町武家屋敷跡へ。和式の武家屋敷に日本庭園、とっても素敵でした。朝早く行ったお陰で人気がほとんどない中、由緒ある武家屋敷跡を堪能することができました~。

今度はタクシーに乗ってひがし茶屋街へ。フレンドリーなタクシー運転手さんの金沢訛りを楽しみながら到着。こんなに素敵な茶屋街があるとはびっくり。何するわけでもなく歩いているだけで気持ち良い。お茶屋さんで冷えた体を温めてから金沢城公園、兼六園へ。

金沢城公園兼六園に着くと雨が結構降り始めたものの、幸運にもそれも長続きせず。ほんとのんびり散歩するにはうってつけの場所。見ているだけで気分もリラックスできました~。

昼を食べる間もなく自分たちで金沢市街を4時間散策した後、ツアーに再合流してバスで白川郷の近くにある五箇山へ。五箇山は合掌造りの建物が集落としていまだに現存する貴重な地域。ここに着くと降り始めた雨もすぐに霰、そして雪に変わって、銀世界もさらに素敵になりました。この寒い中食べた山菜蕎麦は美味しかった~ぁ。そして五箇山を出てすぐのお土産やさんで食べた豆腐田楽もなかなかいい味してました!

後は特急に乗る前のお土産休憩のみで、ひたすらバス。てるちゃんと僕はぐっすり寝てしまい、気がついたらもう銀世界は何処へ、という感じ(笑)。途中大渋滞もあり、茅野に着いた頃には残り20分で駅へ向かわなければいけないということで、僕たちは注文しておいたおぎのやの釜飯を持ち帰りにして最後のお土産散策(笑)。釜飯は味がしみこんでて美味しかった!

かなりハードスケジュールの2日間の北陸への旅だったけど、僕もてるちゃんもすごく楽しみにしていた飛騨高山、白川郷、そして金沢への旅、とっても素敵な旅になりました~。そして五箇山っていう素敵な所も新しく見つけることができ大満足です!

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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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