Places to Go

A Day at the Races


There is a warm winter sun on my face, a powder-blue sky above, and a field of winking-white snow expands before my stretched out legs. I am not doing anything so energetic as skiing --... more

Hiking in Nagano: Togakushiyama-Door Hiding Mountain

Hiking in Nagano: Togakushiyama-Door Hiding Mountain


 'If you don’t let go, you can’t fall off.' Jerry Moffat. Shiga Kogen (志賀高原) and Myoko Kogen (妙高高原) are two of the finest ski areas of central Japan, but until the recent expansion of the expressway... more

Chubu on the Cheap


For a country about the size of California, travel is surprisingly expensive in Japan. However, there are little-known deals that can save okane for more important things, like beer or sun block. Despite its name,... more

Where runners go

Where runners go


We love to fill our lungs with deep breaths of fresh air... but not when the air is laced with car and truck exhaust. We love to lose ourselves in the simple mantra we repeat... more

Mihama-Chita peninsula

Mihama-Chita peninsula


Mihama-cho is located on the south west coast of the Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture. Facing Mikawa bay (三河湾)  to the east and Ise bay(伊勢湾) to the West, it covers some 46 sq km and... more

Hiking in Gifu, Dainichigatake

Hiking in Gifu, Dainichigatake


Dainichigatake (大日ガ岳) is probably more familiar as the mountain on which Dynaland ski resort sits, but as a hiking destination it is a great way to spend a day in the mountains of Gifu. For Nagoya... more

Central Japan: A Winter Playground


Looking for places to go in the winter in the Chubu area? Here are a few ideas! Or download our map here with the following text included. Shirakawa go Shirakawa go is one of the great examples... more

Skiing in Japan: Gifu and Aichi


Looking for skiing opportunities in Gifu and Aichi? Here are some of the main skifields in the area. Chausuyama Kogen www.honokuni.or.jp/toyone The only ski resort within Aichi prefecture, generally suited to beginner and intermediate skiers the longest run... more

Fishing in chita


For those of you in the Nagoya area who love fishing, you are lucky in that just down the road (so to speak) is the Chita peninsular, one of the most popular (and productive) recreational... more

Turtles on the coast

Turtles on the coast


Inside a small sunny building labelled “Sea Turtle Park,” on the stretch of Route 42 that winds through Mie Prefecture’s southernmost corner, four adult and three juvenile sea turtles float serenely in round blue pools.... more

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