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Kyoto to Takayama worth it for a short visit? Also charging a Kindle?

Kyoto to Takayama worth it for a short visit? Also charging a Kindle?

Old Feb 14th, 2011, 12:18 PM
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Kyoto to Takayama worth it for a short visit? Also charging a Kindle?

We are heading back to Japan in April with two 7 year olds. Unfortunately we cannot change our tickets to extend our trip without a big penalty. So we are only there 9 days. We stay at my MIL's house in Fujisawa and are going back to Kyoto for a couple days. Takayama seems like something my young children would like a lot but it may be a lot of travelling with two 7 year olds and an 83 year old!! Should we just skip it this time? It seems you go to Nagoya from Kyoto and then when we leave we would need to return to Fujisawa City. I just want to get out in the country since I live in NYC and have been to Tokyo several times

Also since I don't speak Japanese, I figure I will be reading a lot and want to bring my Kindle. Do I need an international charger for it?
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Old Feb 14th, 2011, 01:14 PM
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About the Kindle. Don;t know where you're from, but I'll assume US. Do you charge the Kindle in a wall outlet at home, or by USB to your computer? If the former, the usual AC adapter plug is good for 100-240 volts and has a standard two-prong plug. It will fit in a regular electrical outlet in Japan without a further adapter and will charge with no problem (the current in Japan is 100 volts).
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I preferred Matsumoto to Takayama, and it has a good, original, castle. But both are cities. There is a stretch of an old road (between Tsumagao and Magome) reachable from Matsumoto that you could hike, but you'd need two nights in Matsumoto. Or you could try staying somewhere between Takayama and Matsumoto like Kamikochi - the scenery is lovely.
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thanks Kamikochi sounds nice but it looks FURTHER from Kyoto which will probably be a problem (travelling with kids and the MIL). That is exactly what I want...rural and quiet but with limited time, I also don't want to spend two days on the train.

Thanks WillJame, I rarely use my computer to charge but the outlet.
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Rural and quiet. Takayama is a small city, neither rural nor quiet. The surrounding area is, but that is best explored by car.

Perhaps take the train to Fukui's Echizen coast. Rocky and wild. Or Yamanaka onsen - about 2 hours from Kyoto. Or go to Takayama but then continue to Shirakawa-go by bus. Stay there. Minshuku are ¥8000 per person per night about, and although heavily touristed, after the last bus leaves around 5:00, it is quiet. And it's got a rural feel.
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