Wakey Wakey, Mrupupup! Time to travel from Takayama (really slow pace sleepy town) to Kanazawa via train. Out we checked out from Washington Plaza Takayama Hotel, it was a cold day in December. The hotel person said we could go. Mrupupup found this hotel a bit of stiff business class hotel, not too friendly though.
Along the way to the train station which was just across the road from the hotel, Mrupupup bought a bento set and nice box of fresh strawberry (about SGD4 - quite cheap compared to imported ones from Japan) for the train ride. Mrupupup had to queue up for the train ride half an hour before the train came as we did not have reserved seats. Surprisingly, the queue had many Singaporeans and bunch of Asian people.
As the train came, we rushed in to get the best seats so as to enjoy our meal on board and the view outside. The train had wide view window which allowed one to see the meadows, farm land, pretty houses, mountains and Japanese countryside (much slower pace!).
The train was about 2 hours and it went through very beautiful places and Mrupupup even get to see the snow covered Japanese Alps mountains. The train came to a stop at Kanazawa station. This station was really busy. Luckily, Mrupupup's hotel APA Kanazawa was nearby about 5 minutes from the train station. The price of the room about SGD$100 a night.
We checked into the APA hotel. The room was really small!!! Mrupupup stretched out the hands and could touched the walls of the two person room. It was a big squeeze. The saving point of this APA hotel was the great location (next to the main train station) and nice big hot bath/sauna on the top floor of the building for guests (free Japanese onsen). Around this hotel, there were many shops like Starbucks, eating places and shopping!