Photo Diary: Exploring Takayama & Shirakawa-go in Central Japan!
In the mountains of the Hida region in central Japan, a four hour train ride from Tokyo, lies the beautifully preserved town of Takayama. Known for its traditional lure, the city is a great Japanese getaway from the crowds of the big cities. Takayama is also the the perfect base for a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Shirakawa-go. It is one of the most famous sites in the region, with its trademark Gassho-zukuri thatched-roof farmhouses, preserving centuries of culture and history in a village so small that it residents are shuttled 45 minutes to the next largest town for high school