Here goes the second part of my latest Japan trip with JNTO Indonesia and Cathay Pacific Indonesia, a continuation of my previous post :)
Well, as we ended the previous night having Hida beef steak for dinner in Takayama, we had the chance to visit the beautiful old town of Takayama right after we had our breakfast on the next day. The old town itself has been beautifully preserved with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the city thrived as a wealthy town of merchants.
Our first stop was Takayama Jinya, a beautiful traditional Japanese style building that used to serve as Takayama's government office during the Edo Period, when the city stood under direct control of the shogun. Although it was still snowing heavily, we made sure that we had a lot of fun, not only by strolling around taking many beautiful pictures, but also because of learning the history of Takayama, it's interesting.
Lunch was a simple but yummy Japanese style hot pot with vegetables and chicken in it, we had it after our free strolling time, just perfect for the weather.
So many lovely pictures taken by Hans, I know!!
Moving on, we headed to Kanazawa to experience their famous Hakuichi gold leaf wrapped ice cream. It's thick and creamy, it's milky, it's my style!! It's so damn good I swear.
Next stop: Kenroku-en Garden
Located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, it is an old private garden. Along with Kairaku-en and Koraku-en, Kenroku-en is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.
The snow had finally stopped when we reached the garden, it was just like meant to be, such a perfect time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kenroku-en Garden without the snow showers.
Not far from the garden, it's the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum was designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the architectural office SANAA in 2004.
I'm not really a museum person and I don't really understand about contemporary art, but I enjoy taking pictures here and there ;)
We ended the day by having dinner near our hotel straight from the museum. It was a simple traditional Japanese menu, sushi & sashimi and it was good. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the food but you know Japan, everything's just so fine.
Stay tuned for more ;)