24th July 2014 – Takayama & Kanazawa

The next day, I had breakfast and then went to look around the Takayama morning markets

DSC02011.JPG
The Takayama Markets was very relaxing.

DSC02015.JPG

DSC02017.JPGDSC02018.JPG

Some local produce and souvenirs.

DSC02033.JPGDSC02052.JPG

A small river that the market stalls line along.

DSC02101.JPG
There is also another morning market a short walk away in a carpark.

DSC02098.JPG

DSC02055.JPG
There are a lot of statues in the town center

DSC02129.JPG

DSC02141.JPG
This is bagpipe. A famous cafe that have appeared in several anime. Currently it’s popular for the anime called Hyoka based in this town.

DSC02147.JPG

DSC02145.JPG
As you can tell, it’s a very unique cafe with a very relaxed atmosphere. There is classical music playing in the background.

DSC02148.JPG

DSC02155.JPG
This is a booklet for anime fans that visit to leave a message. I left my 2nd message as it was the 2nd time I’ve visited the cafe. After Takayama, my next goal was to visit Kanazawa to see some of the locations from the Hanasaku Iroha anime. The first stop being the train station featured in the opening of the anime.

DSC02313.JPG

Despite leaving early from Takayama, I made a mistake thinking that the train station was in Kanazawa. It was actually about 3-4 hours away and took me the rest of the day to get there and back to my hotel in Kanazawa.

DSC02384.JPGDSC02388.JPG

DSC02394.JPG
This is a photo of the train I caught to the famous train station. It was actually quite a full train and full of students.

DSC02457.JPG

DSC02396.JPG
Getting off at the train station.

DSC02475.JPG

DSC02492.JPG
The real station name is Nishi Kishi, but because of the anime influence, they also have a different name plate for the station for the visitors.

DSC02551.JPG

DSC02602.JPGDSC02568.JPG

DSC02601.JPG
Inside the station is a small shrine for the anime made by the fans. The shrine full of figures and other goods.

DSC02587.JPG

Found another booklet to leave a message.

DSC02677.JPG
By the time I got back to Kanazawa, it was already quite late, so I couldn’t spend more time finding the other location from the anime. But I really enjoyed the journey to that train station.

DSC02704.JPG

The wooden gate outside Kanazawa station.

Leave a comment

Your comment