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A bit 'off the beaten path' (I use inverted commas, because, let's face it, Japan is extremely well connected, and here 'off the beaten path' basically means 'there is no Shinkansen connection'1 - oh god the horror, I have to catch a bus), Kanazawa is not often frequented by overseas travellers. Or so, many online travel guides seemed to assure me. Nevertheless, I had 2 days to kill before heading to Nagano, and visiting Kanazawa seemed like a nice stopover. Furthermore, considering the time of year (28th of December), it would be pretty nice to be stranded in a ...

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Whilst talking to Shun in Takayama, I asked her where she had just come from; Kanazawa, it turned out.

'Oh, I'm about to head to Kanazawa! What would you recommend I see or do while there?'

'Well, I stayed at this amazing place; Guest House Pongyi. Best place I've ever stayed at!'

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I had bought a bus ticket leaving Takayama the next day at lunch time, heading directly to Kanazawa. Well, sort of - I decided to make a brief stop (about an hour) in Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site village comprised of centuries old gasshō-zukuri style houses. Remember the Hida-no-sato outdoor folk museum? Well, this is the (living) village that those houses were taken from.

Unfortunately, I spent a majority of my time crossing a suspension bridge across the river dividing the village.

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Having only one night in Takayama, and really wanting to try an outdoor onsen (also known as a rotenburo, or outdoor hot spring) in the scenic Japanese Alps, I found myself running at full speed from the center of Takayama to the Nohi bus station on the edge of the city, desperately trying to make the 1.40pm bus (with less than 10 minutes to spare).

And I was so glad I made it, because Hirayu Onsen is just as impressive (read: magical) as Takayama.

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Now this is a pretty big statement, but bear with me for a second; Takayama is (so far) my favorite place I've visited in Japan.

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