Gifu Prefecture

Get to the Point – Traditional Japanese Swordsmithery Near Nagoya

Oct 28, 2021 By Bert Wishart

According to historian and author Stephen Turnbull on the Netflix documentary The Age of Samurai, "the samurai's most iconic weapon was the katana, the Japanese sword, widely regarded as the...[ Click to read more ]

Do You Know Nags? Nagoya’s Hidden Gems – Part 5

Oct 28, 2021 By Bert Wishart

Whether you're fresh in town or are a piece of the local furniture, Nagoya is a city that continuously throws up surprises. New restaurants, shops, and bars spring up all...[ Click to read more ]

Autumn Food in Nagoya

Sep 28, 2021 By Bert Wishart

Ask any Japanese what their favorite season is (there are four seasons in Japan, as you may have heard), and there is a strong chance that they will tell you...[ Click to read more ]

Where to See Fireflies in Kansai

May 26, 2021 By Justin Hanus

Whereas many years ago, fireflies were everywhere in Kansai throughout the summer months, you now need to head to specific places to see them. Luckily, you do have a range...[ Click to read more ]

Have You Made Your Summer Plans?

Jun 29, 2020 By Admin

Why not immerse yourself in Japan’s nature and culture with a getaway this summer? You’ll find elements of Edo period Japan with a simple stroll in any city - from...[ Click to read more ]

Takayama Spring Festival

Apr 01, 2020 By Bert Wishart

Located in Gifu Prefecture, and surrounded by some of Japan’s richest natural areas just below the famous Northern Alps, Takayama is somewhat isolated and distant.  This isolation allowed the city...[ Click to read more ]

Day Trips From Nagoya – Iwamura, a Quaint Castle Town, Shrouded in History and Mist

Mar 18, 2020 By Bert Wishart

For many visitors to Japan, getting a taste of the country's proud and storied history sits high on the checklist. To this end, most head to Gion in Kyoto, or...[ Click to read more ]

Sekigahara: The Battle That Created Japan

Jul 17, 2019 By Bert Wishart

In 1600, Japan faced a turning point in its history. After more than a decade of comparative peace, the feudal era had been reinvigorated, and two sides of the country...[ Click to read more ]

Gero’s Ryujin Fire Festival in Gifu

Jul 15, 2019 By Bert Wishart

While sitting in your air-conditioned room, sheltering from the humidity outside, perhaps the last thing that you would be thinking of doing is sinking into a nice hot bath. It...[ Click to read more ]

Do You Know Nags? Nagoya’s Hidden Gems – Part 3

Feb 27, 2019 By Bert Wishart

Whether you have been here for a few weeks or know the city like the back of your hand, Nagoya is a city that is full of surprises. New restaurants...[ Click to read more ]