Japan gloom

by Jolyn Low

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Kanazawa (12 December 2014)
We made a day stop over in Kanazawa on our way to Takayama. It’s a pretty small place. We stayed in dormy inn which was a stone’s throw from the train station. Awesome, considering how bloody cold it was.

We immediately checked in and headed to the market to look about. The crabs there go for ridiculous prices. For a non-seafood lover, it was kinda sad because most of the food is seafood. I think the town was really pretty though – it had several design shops along the streets and sculptures littering the town.

After a late lunch, we headed to the garden. It kinda sucked though – it was raining and so chilly so the scenery wasn’t that great. The fog blocked the mountains although you could see the snow. There was minimal English too. It’s a touristy place so obviously everything requires an entry fee. If only we visited when it was spring or really snowy weather.

After a couple of hours there, we walked all the way back to the hotel. I was dying for a hot bath and thank goodness the inn had one! I can’t exactly remember how it looked like anymore to be honest. It’s quite saddening because I really quite liked it. I think it’s one of the more minimal ones although it had both indoor and outdoor sections.

After that night, we headed to Takayama! On the way we found a Lush shop in one of the malls in Kanazawa so we went crazy because it’s way cheaper there. Almost half the price of that in Singapore so we stocked up on it like it’s our dying day. I got my favourite Happy Hippy whilst the bro got much more including the Flying Fox which smells delicious to me now at home. We got large bottles so that’s a huge saving in total. Got Bohemian Bar Soap too (half price again) and it’s wonderful. I shall do another post about the products once I really use them all.

At Takayama we checked into some hotel (I forgot the name). It was snowing pretty heavily when I got there so it was kinda awesome. The hotel was huge – several tour groups were patronising it and there were a total of 5 onsens. Being totally kiasu and Singaporean we totally tried all the onsens ha. It was pretty cool – being in the open and having snow pelting down on you whilst you’re soaking.

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Sadly, we checked out the next day and headed out to the mountains before we had to catch the train to Tokyo. We rented a car and drive through the snow to do so. Had a good snow fight up in the mountains and was a total public nuisance but hey, some people just don’t know how to have fun.

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And it was snowing that badly when we left. Amazing right?

Till the next time, Tokyo.

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