Dec 27, 2008

北陸の旅!2008 ① - Trip to Hokuriku 2008 Part 1

待ちに待った北陸への旅がやってきました~。

今回の旅も新幹線が7時発ということで寒い中の朝4時45分起き。でももっと寒い場所に行くんだよな~ぁ。

阪急交通社のツアーにしたんだけど満員御礼。新幹線で上田まで行き、そこから長いバスの旅。それにしてもマイナス7度の気温には参った!

まずは昼に飛騨高山到着!美味しいと言う噂の甚五郎ラーメンにどのツアー客よりも足早に向かい、これが功を奏することに!僕たちが席に着くと途端に入り口には凄い行列。らっき~ぃ。ここのラーメンは醤油ベースだけど程よく濃厚な味で、麺も細くて食べやすい。なかなか美味しいラーメンを頂きました!

飛騨高山の町は本当に風情のある素敵な町。町並みの一軒一軒、すべてに入りたくなるほど風情がある。町を歩いていると、飛騨牛寿司を食べさせてくれるお店を発見!てるちゃんと一貫ずつ食べました。これが絶品!

やっぱりここもお酒屋さんが多かった。美味しい大吟醸を試飲させてくれたお酒やさんでついつい買ってしまいました。この町、「小京都」なんて呼ばずに「飛騨高山」とみんなには呼んで欲しいな、と思った。

またバスに乗って、今度はこの旅のメインとなる白川郷へ!いや~ぁ、ついに来ました、白川郷!展望台からの眺めは最高です!合掌造りの町並みには何ともいえない味わいがあります。新潟の田舎を思い出させる、懐かしい感じがとっても良かった。こういう素敵な伝統的なところは是非とも残して行って欲しいと思った。それにしてもツアーの時間が少なかったのが残念。

そして白川郷を後にすると金沢に到着。泊まったアクティ金沢はビジネスホテルみたいなものだけど、市の中心部に位置して、カニも食べ放題。そして系列の温泉も使わせてもらい大満足。やっぱり温泉はいい!

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Finally, our trip to Hokuriku has started!

Because our bullet train leaves Tokyo around 7:00AM, I got up around 4:45AM on a cold winter morning. But we are going to places that are much colder...

The tour from Hankyu Travel was packed. We took bullet train to Ueda, which was followed by a long journey by bus. We were gobsmacked by the lowest temperature of -7 degrees!

We arrived in Hida Takayama around lunchtime. Following recommendation from our guide, we headed to Jingoro Ramen quicker than anyone from our tour, which turned out to be crucial. Once we sat at our table, there was a long line of people waiting to get seated. How lucky! The ramen we had had rich soup based on soy sauce, while it had noodles that are thin and easy to eat. The ramen was delicious!

Hida Takayama is a pretty town full of character with tradition. Every shop alongside the street is so pretty that we wanted to get in. While we were wandering around the street, we found a place that serves Hida Beef Sushi! Teruko and I had a piece each. It was amazing!

Hida Takayama also had a lot of Sake cellar. I ended up buying a bottle from a cellar that offered me delicious Sake. I hope, instead of calling it "Mini Kyoto", people will refer to this place as "Hida Takayama".

We got back on our tour bus and headed towards Shirakawago, our main destination of the trip! Finally! The view of Shirakawago from the observation deck was amazing! This place is so unique. It really reminded me of my mum's home town in Niigata. I hope we will keep this kind of beautiful traditional places for many years to come. The only disappointment was that we didn't have enough time to look around.

Once we left Shirakawago, we arrived in Kanazawa early in the evening. Acty Kanazawa, the place we stayed, is like an ordinary hotel for businessmen. But it's located in the city, while they served eat as much as you like crab. And we were happy that we could use hot spring under the same management. Hot spring is great!









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