Today was our earliest morning yet as we rose at 5AM! With a long travel day ahead of us to Takayama, we wanted to take advantage of the morning and get out to see something completely new. Once again we ventured where no previous Handsworth group had gone and visited one of the three most famous views of Japan: The Floating Torii Gate of Miyajima. Getting there before the crowds gave us the opportunity to take some fun, campy photos. Channeling our inner “Street Fighter”, our group took some “Hadouken” photos with the Torii Gate in the background (…it’s an internet meme!). Then it was onto 2 bullet trains, and a special rapid train – almost 5 hours of train travel, plus stops before arriving at Takayama. In Takayama we are staying at a traditional Japanese ryokan. Our bags were picked up at the train station and our group walked 15 minutes as night began to fall, singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Believing” as we made our way to the ryokan. Upon arrival we found, prepared by our hosts, a traditional Japanese dinner. Today ended with a traditional spa experience in the ryokan sento. Journals and then off to bed! Tomorrow we explore Takayama.