Golden Week TravelsNagoya, Spring 2012

In Japan, the first week of May is known as Golden Week.  Since several national holidays occur one after the other, many people get the week off. Although I had classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, my host parents took the whole week off and insisted that during at least one of my free days, we go on a trip somewhere all together. Lucky for me, one of the places they suggested was Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage old-style village I had actually been wanting to visit during my stay in Japan. We ended up leaving early in the morning (around 7 am) and driving down to Shirakawa-go. It took almost 5 hours. Apparently, that is the longest it has ever taken them to get there. That's the one big downside to Golden Week. No matter where you go, it is super crowded. Since Shirakawa-go is colder than Nagoya, the cherry blossoms were still blooming! We walked around, enjoying the scenery. Then we drove to Takayama and did a bit of shopping before heading back to Nagoya. It was exhausting but very worthwhile. The whole day is filled with memories of my host family that I won't soon forget.[gallery link="file"]
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