Where's the beef? oh, it's in Takayama

Travel ?? Comments Tue 06 January 2015

picture

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.

To start off with, there is snow. Lots of snow. And coming from Australia and Singapore, snow is still pretty much a massive novelty for me.

picture

picture

AHHH SO MUCH SNOW

picture

ALSO THERE ARE VERY SCENIC MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND

picture

DON'T THESE TREE'S LOOK AMAZING WITH SNOW ON THEM

picture

SNOW


Second favorite reason; there is a park within the town called Hida no Sato (Hida Folk Village), an open air museum of 30 old farmhouses (dating back to the 16th century) with steep, thatched roofs ('gasshō style'), required for the long, cold winters.

picture

Covered with almost a meter of snow, it was magical.

picture

picture

picture

Also, the town itself. As it is a designated preservation area, all new houses have to be built in the Edo style - leading to an amazing picturesque (but somewhat surreal, espcially when you have BMWs driving out of wooden garages) old town.

picture

picture

The street food was pretty good as well.

picture

picture

eating rice balls in old Takayama with Shun, another solo traveller I met from Hong Kong


But I've kept the best reason till last. It turns out that the region Takayama is in is famous for it's beef - Hida beef, just slightly down in terms of quality from Kobe beef. And for the first time since I've been in Japan, I no longer had to be on the lookout for Pork; Hida beef was used everywhere, for everything. It was glorious.

picture

Every dish, Hida beef

picture

Hida miso - Hida beef cooked in a miso paste on top of a magnolia leaf

picture

Hida beef kebab on the side of the street

picture

It's not just a cliche, it actually melts in your mouth

picture

Hida beef steam bun - finally, I can eat a steam bun and see what all the fuss is about

picture

Hida beef sashimi, again from a street seller


Oh, and did I mention I had the best hamburger in my life (no kidding, for real) in Takayama? Center 4 Hamburgers is the only hamburger place in town, and all their patties are made from Hida beef. They actually melt in your mouth.

I was in heaven.

picture

picture

Tags: japan takayama



Archives