Day Trips

Ise’s Oyster Eating Extravaganza in Mie

Nov 26, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

In much of the world, oysters are considered something of a delicacy. They are an aphrodisiac, they are rare, and thanks to their high price they are often considered the preserve...[ Click to read more ]

Day Trips: Miyama, Kyoto’s Mountain Retreat

Oct 15, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Just 30 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the tourist mecca that is Kyoto city sits Miyata, a beautiful little hamlet that could have come straight out of Edo...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Away in Japan: Kanagawa

May 29, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Though Kanagawa Prefecture is often dismissed as 'that bit next to Tokyo', you shouldn't let its relatively small stature when compared to its glamorous neighbor fool you; from bright city...[ Click to read more ]

Lake Biwa – Take a Day trip, or Longer, to Japan’s Great Lake

Oct 20, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

Lake Biwa (琵琶湖 or Biwa-ko) in Shiga Prefecture is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, and thanks to it being located just northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto, it...[ Click to read more ]

Noritake Garden – Nagoya’s Ceramic Star

Feb 27, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

Aichi is well known as a centre of Japanese industry, but what is less well known is that it is also the birthplace of one of the world’s leading ceramic dinnerware "china" brands, Noritake....[ Click to read more ]

Toyota Plant and Museum Tour

Feb 26, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

As the third largest producer worldwide, there can be no doubting the importance of the automobile industry to Japan’s economy, and here in Aichi we are at the heart of...[ Click to read more ]

Spring Pickings – Strawberry Picking around Tokyo

Feb 13, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

Japan has a wonderful association with fruit. While it tends to be a little expensive (at least  to the eyes of foreigners  used to supermarkets crammed with the stuff for next to...[ Click to read more ]

Sekigahara – Japan’s Defining Samurai Battle

Jun 30, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

As you may or may not know, the Chubu area witnessed the scene of perhaps the most important and defining battle in Japan’s history. The Battle of Sekigahara, maybe best...[ Click to read more ]

Fishy Business – Yanagibashi Chuo Ichiba Fish Market in Nagoya

Jun 24, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

Ask a Japanese of which part of their culture they are most proud and nine times out of then they will tell you that it is their food, and by...[ Click to read more ]

Asahi Brewery in Nagoya

Apr 28, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, the Japanese are most proud of its sake and rightly so. However, while sake is one of the most recognisable totems of Japanese culture,...[ Click to read more ]