Our time in Takayama was over and now we boarded the train heading north to Toyoma and then another to Kanazawa. The journey through beautiful countryside was a pleasure, especially as the trip up to this area had been a rainy gloomy day. Here are a few photos from the train window of the trip.
In Toyoma we transferred to a very new Shinkansen and in no time had arrived. The very helpful man at the Tourist Information centre gave us a map and clear directions about how to use the bus to reach our hotel. Once there we left our cases and took the walk up to the reputed Kenroku-en Gardens. From my photos you will think we had the gardens to ourselves but in reality it was swarming with tour groups, families and couples like ourselves. Many ponds and small lakes provide lots of opportunities for my favourite snap, a reflection.
Given it was a sunny Sunday it was hard to take photos without a crowd but it was possible sometimes.
At other times you actually wanted to capture one of the other visitors. Still not sure whether it was a local in traditional clothes or a tourist who had hired some.
This old tree and its roots fascinated me.
In a garden as old as extensive and as beautiful as this someone has to be doing the work. Here is one of a group of Gardeners we saw working.
Not all the water was in lakes, streams or ponds.
I liked the water, the sun was just filtering through the trees and onto the top of this fountain too.
Managed one last reflection photo as we were making our way out of the gardens.
As the light faded we made our way out to dinner near our hotel. On the way back we walked through the old ‘samurai’ section of the town. Many of the traditional homes have been either preserved or renovated. It was a really lovely area.