Nagoya Day Trips

Ise Ebi Matsuri (Lobster Festival)

May 29, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For much of the world, there is little more decadent than dining out on lobster. However, here in Japan, lobster - while still relatively pricey compared to most seafood -...[ Click to read more ]

Gamagori Boat Racing in Aichi

Apr 25, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For the uninitiated, criticism of American NASCAR racing tends to center around the fact that it resembles little more than cars driving round and round an oval track. 'Go straight,...[ Click to read more ]

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Mie’s Iga-Uena Ninja Festival, and a History of Shinobi

Apr 24, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

If you were told that there was an annual, family-oriented festival celebrating some of the most feared mercenary assassins and terrorists that the world has ever seen, you'd probably think...[ Click to read more ]

Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Gifu and Aichi

Apr 22, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Whether your fish comes from the supermarket or you are a master fisherman who has trawled the seven seas, it is unlikely that you have ever witnessed anything quite like...[ Click to read more ]

Inuyama Festival Near Nagoya

Mar 21, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Not content with being the site of Japan's oldest (and arguably most elegant) castle, or being a staggeringly beautiful city, every spring sees Inuyama host a particularly spellbinding festival. The Inuyama...[ Click to read more ]

Top Five Hanami Sites Near Nagoya

Feb 22, 2018 By Ray Proper

"Hanami" literally means flower viewing, but it is much more than that to the people of Japan.  Hanami signals the end of another long winter's chill, and besides simply enjoying the beauty...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Potty About Pottery in Seto

Feb 01, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Today Aichi is thought of as the industrial hub of Japan, with many of the nation's top manufacturing companies based here. But did you know that this reputation goes back...[ Click to read more ]

Soldiering on at The Battlefields of Nagakute

Feb 01, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Visit the grounds of one of Japan's most historic battles. When considering Japanese history, most people will think of two key places: Kyoto and Tokyo. The former was for long...[ Click to read more ]

Samurai Beauty at Inuyama’s Urakuen Garden Near Nagoya

Jan 22, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

One of the most interesting aspects of the samurai era is how they managed to marry a continual warlike state, enforced by a barbarous ruthlessness with an appreciative joy for...[ Click to read more ]

Gujo Hachiman, an Edo Era Town That’s Much More Than a Song and a Dance

Nov 01, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

You may recall that, back in July, we posted about the Gujo Hachiman Bon Odori festival, a four day extravaganza of all night dancing, perhaps the most famous event of...[ Click to read more ]