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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

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

Riding the rails to Mie

Riding the rails to Mie


This article is unabashedly in favor of train travel! Trains provide stress-free transportation, no sudden stops, restful seats, large windows, no smoking, and the hypnotic drone of the conductor's voice (probably imparting valuable information). Riding... more

Mt. Kinka, Gifu

Mt. Kinka, Gifu


If you like hiking, check out the hiking on Mt. Kinka, in a national forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gifu City. It has four trails up the mountain, with interesting things to do at the... more

Megaliths of Kanayama

Megaliths of Kanayama


There are a group of ancient stones that are considered to have qualities that border on mysticism and prehistoric science and philosophy. Located in Kanayama-cho, Gero City in Gifu Prefecture, the appearance of these structures... more

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

Kumano Old Road from the Wakayama side

Kumano Old Road from the Wakayama side


Twenty odd years ago I washed up on these rocky shores, after an extended period enjoying the back-packing lifestyle of South East Asia. Traveling around Japan, one thing immediately struck me as different from the... more

Free Guided Tour of Nagoya Castle


Free Guided Tours in 2009 by the Japan Guide Association PLEASE JOIN US! Working together with “Yokoso Japan Weeks”(Jan.20〜Feb.28,2009), the Japan Guide Association provides free guided tours by the national licensed tour guides. The tours are only for foreign... more

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