Sometimes the best moment of a trip comes from spontaneity.
While touring a sake brewery in Takayama, we found a flyer for the “Hida Region Sake Brewery Gathering” 藏元試飲會. We decided to check it out.
Hida Takayama (飛彈高山) has what it takes to produce the best sake: an ideal climate, pristine mountain stream and high quality local-grown rice.
There are six breweries in the city opening to the public. They are easy to identify – just look for the giant cedar ball hanging outside the entrance.
Obuse, in Nagano prefecture, is known for Hokusai and chestnuts.
Katsushika Hokusai is a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Hokkusai started painting when he was six years old and produced up to 30,000 art works during his lifetime. He is known to have influenced Van Gogh and Monet and has a strong impact on the formulation of Art Nouveau in Europe.