Meitetsu Department Store

If you’re flying in and out of the Chubu Centrair International Airport and you’re taking the µ-Sky Airport Rapid Limited Express train to get out or get in the airport, you might as well make Meitetsu Department Store your first and last stop.

Meitetsu Department Store
One of the entrance to the Meitetsu Department Store from the Meitetsu-Nagoya Train Station

Connected to the Meitetsu-Nagoya Station, the department store entrance is just a few steps away from the turnstiles. The Meitetsu Department Store has two buildings: the main building with over 10 floors of retail, and the 6-storey Men’s building.
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Shinhotaka Ropeway

The Shinhotaka Ropeway is in the far reaches of Takayama. About an hour and half drive away from the city center, the ride took us through and up the mountains. The snow-capped mountains we saw in the distance were now looming over us, and white blobs of snow can be found in the road side.

Shin-Hotaka Ropeway
Shinhotaka’s No. 2 Ropeway as seen from the top

If you want to experience snow without the heavy snowfall and double-digit sub zero temperatures, late Fall or early Spring would be a good time to go. In late November, we were lucky to experience a combination of the Fall foliage, and a liberal dusting of snow on the mountain.
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Chubu Day 4: Shiojiri, Magome, and Nagoya

It was another early morning for all of us. The travel agents making sure to drop of their big luggage at the reception to have it sent to their hotel in Yokohama, us writers making sure we have everything packed for our trip back to Manila.

Fuji apple
Fuji apple

We tucked in a heavy breakfast, which proved to be a mistake, as our first stop was apple picking at Shiojiri, a town about half and hour’s drive away from Matsumoto. It was a farm that had both apples and grapes, and though the grapes are already all gone, the apple trees are laden with fruits.
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Chubu Day 3: Nagano, Obuse, and Matsumoto

It was another early morning, and we drove out of Matsumoto towards Nagano. As we got farther from the city center, we were able to see that Matsumoto lies in a basin — surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. Green mountains with patches of reds and oranges near the lip of the basin, snow capped mountains farther on.

Zenko-ji, Nagano
Zenko-ji at Nagano City

We arrive at at the Zenko-ji Temple, where we were met with Mr. Mikinori Komatsu, a representative of the Nagano Prefectural Government. Along with our tour guide Yoshi, he took us around the temple grounds and answered our many questions.
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Chubu Day 2: Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway

I woke up relaxed and refreshed, thanks to our dip at the onsen the previous night. After a heavy breakfast at the hotel, we were soon pulling out of the drive and into Takayama. It’s Sunday, which meant that there’s a morning market by the Miyagawa river. Our bus driver parked beside the Takayama Betsuin Shourenji, and together with the group, we walked down Yasukawa Street. It was the same route I took in April 2012, and once again, I felt grateful for the opportunity to come back.

Takayama Morning Market
Something hot to keep you warm, yet there is also an ice cream stall right behind.

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