Candace Drabol discovers an age old Japanese tradition.
In the old district of Takayama the best time to explore the preserved Edo Period merchant houses is just at twilight. As the sun goes down, the tourist crowds start to thin out, leaving you surrounded by the soft glow of lanterns and the sense of welcome isolation within another world.
Search for open doorways with large cedar spheres hanging in an alcove that invite you into a traditional sake brewery. Feel the welcome as the merchants greet you loudly, "Irrashaimase!" They will invite you to sample their local wares. Bottles are often sold with dainty cups to complete your own matching set for you to enjoy again after dinner.
Are you curious about travelling to Japan? Contact Candace Drabøl, an Assistant Team Leader with Flight Centre based in Birkdale, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 341 882.