Hida Maigo – Day 6

There’s no breakfast at Montblanc today. When I made the reservation I didn’t book it with breakfast to keep the last day’s schedule flexible. Had the first day’s breakfast proved to be worth it I planned to ask the hotel to add it. It wasn’t and I didn’t.

Much better choices are available. Like Doutor!

What is a trip to Japan without breakfast at trusted lovable Doutor. Nice, good value and reliable. Sandwich or Hotdog plus latte for the price of just ~390Y. I can have 2 of them and still have enough change left to buy a bread at Lawson for what Montblanc’s breakfast costs.

Even better, there’s a Doutor right next door to Montblanc.

Can't really beat breakfast at Doutor

Can’t really beat breakfast at Doutor

 

Doutor latte

Doutor latte

 

Doutor ham sandwich. You get two of these, I just ate one already

Doutor ham sandwich. Two a plate, I ate one already

 

View out our room. Some kind of big construction by the railway

View out our room. Some kind of big construction by the railway

 

Check out, leaves luggage with hotel. Our flight leaves at 4, counting in time to get there we get the morning to do some sightseeing. Again not enough to go very far, but enough for maybe one spot.

We decide to go to the Noritake museum, a fine tableware brand, since it’s just a few hundred metres north from here.

Established in 1904, Noritake is well known for its fine china, some even used by the Imperial family for hosting foreign guests. It has turned its original headquarter into a museum and sales centre.

 

Lucent Tower

Lucent Tower

 

Entrance to Noritake

Entrance to Noritake

 

Noritake old factory buildings

Noritake old factory buildings

 

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The tree was planted to commemorate the Emperor's visit

The tree was planted to commemorate the Emperor’s visit

 

Old kiln chimneys

Old kiln chimneys

 

Whole row of them

Whole row of them

 

The ceramic science and concept museum

The ceramic science and concept museum

There’s a science museum with interactive displays about various uses of ceramic and pottery, from nano coated toilets to air filters and plenty more. There’s quite a few exhibits so we decides to leave it for last, should we have time (turns out we don’t).

 

Sales centre

Sales centre

The sales centre has a wide range of tableware and peculiar dining accessories. Like a spring loaded teaspoon that lets you put tea leaves in, so guests can decide how strong they want their tea and take the teaspoon out at the appropriate time.

Photos are not allowed inside, so no not much to show.

Set of china dolls

Set of china dolls. Photo of this is allowed as they’re not for sale

 

Cafe at the sales centre

Cafe at the sales centre

We barely had time to finish browsing the wares and make some purchasing decisions before it’s time to go.

We pick up our luggage and again take the Meitetsu train.

Toyoko Inn at the airport

Toyoko Inn at the airport

 

The express

The express

Nagoya Airport (or Centair) is quite the interesting airport. It has an entire shopping level, styled in european archways and facades, filled with restaurants, ramens, souvenirs. Even its own onsen!

Imagine that, taking a dip in an onsen before your flight.

Okashi stalls

Okashi stalls

 

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Restaurant district

Restaurant district

 

Restaurant area

Restaurant area

 

Uniqlo

Uniqlo

 

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Tebasaki (fried chicken wing) and Hida beef croquette? Why you never need to even leave the airport to say you’ve been to Nagoya and Takayama!

 

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The onsen

The onsen. I wonder who actually goes in there

 

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Ramen street, all the famous ramen in the Nagoya and Hida area. Seriously, one visit to the airport is all you need...

Ramen street, all the famous ramen in the Nagoya and Hida area. Seriously, one visit to the airport is all you need…

 

Atmospheric...

Atmospheric…

 

Mametengu's (豆天狗) ramen

Mametengu’s (豆天狗) ramen, quite famous noodle from Takayama. Verdict, inconclusive

 

After the bowl of ramen we go through customs and head for the lounge provided by our credit card. It’s the Star Alliance lounge, very high standards compared to what is usually offered.

 

Star Alliance lounge

Star Alliance lounge

The lounge is small but well equipped. There’s your usual coffee and bread, but also onigiri (rice ball), sushi roll, a good variety of beer and juices, also miso soup and corn soup.

Luck would have it, while at the lounge the Dreamlifter happened to land and roll across the tarmac.

As many of Boeing’s airplane parts are built in Japan, there’s a need to transport them to the US. Shipping by boat is too slow, so they converted several 747 into specialized transports, the Dreamlifters, to fly the parts across the Pacific.

Dreamlifter

Dreamlifter

 

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