Toyama (富山) / Takaoka City (高岡市)

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After a early night’s rest, we headed down to the lower grounds, it was another 30 minutes ride down with brief stops at some scenic locations for us to marvel in the beauty of the Kurobe mountain alps.

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The last cable car we would rode at 977 meters before we reach the lower lands.

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Then it would be another 1 hour of train ride in a dated train and station from Tateyama to Toyama.

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Last bits of snow clad peaks amidst the greens.

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Arriving at Toyama, greeted with more historical signs used in the olden days.

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Run down and closed shops near to the station. Made me pause and wonder how did it look like during its heydays. It is so sad that many much shops would be closing down due to the declining and migration of population to the bigger cities. In fact, most of the shops were closed for the Sunday and not many people were out on the streets.

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Lunch was at a Japanese restaurant near to Takaoka Station which was about 25 minutes train ride away from Toyama Station. We swap the original 5 types of sashimi with a little of the local sashimi, white shrimp sashimi without paying extra 🙂 Nice of the chef! This white shrimp would only be in season between April to November.

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The set lunch.

Address:海の神山の神 高岡店富山県高岡市末広町1-8 ウイングウイング高岡 3F

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Much of Takaoka city was closed because it was the Sunday.

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Reaching a height of nearly 16 m, the Great Buddha of Takaoka is the third biggest in Japan. The current Buddha made of Takaoka bronze was completed in 1933 after previous Buddhas made of wood burnt down. The Buddha is situated next to the Daibutsu Temple in the middle of a residential area in Takaoka town centre.

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Very serene…….

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amazingly it was so hot that day when we visited, we walked around the old city marveling at the old building preserved since the Meiji era.

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Old buildings preserved since the old days

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This is the city where it is the birth place of copperware for the city.

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This temple is build to construct like a human’s body.

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Completed in 1663, Zuiryū-ji temple, which can be found just south of Takaoka Station, is a designated National Treasure of Japan. This Zen temple was constructed to mourn for the death of Maeda Toshinaga who fortified Takaoka and is celebrated as being reminiscent of architecture from the early Edo period.

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This is one of the rare temples where the roof is made of lead.

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Beautiful weather inspite of the heat.

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not many tourists around here.

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The monk quietly working on the pebbles

sea of japan sunset
Watching the sun set from the Sea of Japan on shinkansen as we make our way back to Tokyo after a weekend that we played with the snow and the heat in the lower plains.

ramen burger
Always something new in Japan, this time…Ramen burger anyone?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rodney
    Jun 07, 2013 @ 15:56:34

    Did you try try the ramen burger?

  2. Xuan-er
    Jun 07, 2013 @ 20:33:13

    @rodney: haha, no…busy with sashimi

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