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Rokkaen: an architectural oddity

Rokkaen: an architectural oddity


Fifteen miles southwest of Nagoya, in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, is a beautiful but strange building called the Rokkaen. Built in 1913 for what was Japan’s largest landowner, it is designated an Important Cultural Property of... more

Mie and Toba: Ama divers of Toba

Mie and Toba: Ama divers of Toba


Ama free-divers are found in various locations around Japan, but nowhere is the tradition so well maintained as in the Toba/Ise Shima area of Mie prefecture. The coast line here is rugged, indented with pebbly... more

Gifu Insect Museum

Gifu Insect Museum


Tourists are drawn to Gifu City like bees to honey. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Kinka, Gifu is the capital of Gifu Prefecture and a picturesque destination. Visitors buzz up Mt. Kinka ropeway then... more

Hachijo Island: way out there

Hachijo Island: way out there


How far can you get from Tokyo in 45 minutes? Maybe Saitama, maybe Chiba. If you could fly, you might get as far as Sendai or Niigata. What if, only a 45-minute flight from Haneda... more