We just arrived in Takayama which is in the North. Yesterday we went to Naoshima Island in the rain. Although it was horrible weahter we managed to juggle cameras and umbrellas to take photos of the Yayoi Kusama pumpkins on the beach and to have a look at all the arthouses and one of the art galleries. All wonderful modern stuff - great.
Today we managed to see the final museum/gallery and get to Takayama on three trains. Its a very long way but seems closer because the Shinkansen are so fast. Photos to follow in a week or so.