Day 10: Takayama to Tokyo

梅雨前線の影響で、岐阜県内は29日、飛騨や中濃地方など広い範囲で大雨となった。下呂市萩原町上呂では土砂崩れが発生、JR高山線飛騨萩原-上呂駅間の線路を約60メートルにわたりふさいだ。市は現場周辺の90世帯293人に避難指示を出し、住民208人が公民館などに避難した。

29日午後から30日未明にかけて高山市、下呂市、郡上市に土砂災害警戒情報が発令された。土砂災害と河川氾濫の危険性が高まったため、一時、高山市では9470世帯2万4074人、郡上市では286世帯723人に避難勧告が出た。30日午前0時現在、郡上市で2人が避難、高山市では3人が自主避難している。

高山市などでは土砂流入や冠水による道路の通行止めが出た。本巣市根尾では土砂流入で県道が通行止めとなり、住民3人が孤立状態となっている。

The Gifu Newspaper

So… It turns out that the heavy rain & thunderstorms yesterday manifested as tornados and landslides in other parts of the Gifu prefecture, basically shutting down the entire Takayama Main Line between Takayama and Nagoya. Fortunately we were in the centre city, situated in the middle of the valley, and were relatively unaffected and blissfully unaware. However, this also happened to be the last day we could use our Japan Rail Pass, so getting back to Tokyo without having to shell out hundreds for a Shinkansen ticket became the new imperative! Luckily, there were lots of other visitors to Takayama in the same boat, including a large local karate group from Wellington! The Takayama Main Line was still running North to the small mountain town of Inotani, so we all packed onto a local train.

It took the better part of an hour to arrive at the station, practically in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, it seems they had planned a transfer train – to accommodate for the diversion – which was waiting for us as we pulled in. Albeit being a lot smaller and older than the JR Hida trains, it took us all the way to the coastal city of Toyama (which had a Shinkansen connection!).

We decided to store our bags and walk up to the local castle and grab some lunch before continuing onto Tokyo. Toyama is famous for its sushi, so that was our first port of call…

We took the Hakutaka Shinkansen along the Hokuriku line along the West coast and through to Tokyo. The Shinkansen passed through more tunnels than the Tokaido line from Tokyo to Kyoto did, but also had beautiful views of the craggy mountain ranges in Nagano and Saitama.

Once we got to Ueno Station we took the bus to our final AirBnB in Taito. We walked around the neighborhood to get some dinner & stumbled across a huge street market, with a plant section that spanned nearly 8 streets. They had everything including flowers, cacti, succulents, air plants, bonsai and full sized fruit trees and bamboo! We bought yakisoba and chocolate covered bananas for dinner before calling it a night. Tomorrow is our last full day in Japan before flying out, so we’re hoping to see a bit more of Tokyo before we go!

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