Friday, June 28, 2013

Chasing Sakura - Japan (12) - Takayama: Sanmachi Suji (高山古町)

For those of you who don't really care for history / culture but love snacking, shopping and a relaxing afternoon, I recommend you Sanmachi Suji!  
Sanmachi (古町) - an old street full of small shops, delicious snacks, and character!http://www.hida.jp/english/activities/sightseeing-information/old-private-houses
Sanmachi Suji (高山古町)

Here's what Lonely Planet says on this place:
The centre of the old town, this district of three main streets (Ichi-no-Machi, Ni-no-Machi and San-no-Machi) is lined with traditional shops, restaurants and museums. Sake breweries are easily recognised by the spheres of cedar fronds: some open to the public in January and early February (the schedule is available at tourist offices); most of the year they just sell their wares. For beautiful nighttime shots, bring a tripod and set your camera's exposure to long.
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Sake breweries everywhere
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I exerted all my self-control in order not to go crazy again over "seasonal specials" here.
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There is an open area inside the shop where guests can enjoy sake / coffee.
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A miso shop.
The miso is tasty but I didn't buy any since I don't quite know how / what to cook with it!
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A very cute shop selling cloth dolls
A very cute doll house
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Hida-gyu Nigiri Sushi
Make sure you save stomach room for this!
A crowd formed after I got my food.
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It's quite pricey but the beef is good.
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There is even certification to prove it!
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The chef is making my sushi!
Hida beef sushi - quite expensive but so delicious!
I got the Set "C" and everything is edible
I can still taste the beef in my mouth!
I wish I have a bigger stomach
Just as I thought I am too full I got distracted again...
Hobo Miso Buns!!!
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To borrow one of my friends' famous line:
"Resistance is futile!"
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I ended up getting distracted by traditional Japanese sweets instead :P
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Ichigo Daifuku (草莓大福)
I actually made this before.  Click here.
Now I know I need to make the wrappings thicker and the red bean paste more moist!
A gift from the dessert house :)
The nice people at the shop even gave me a free daifuku!!!
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The beef stew looks so delicious but I had no room left! >.<
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I am still allowed to imagine what it tastes like, right?

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