Places to Go
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

Tenno Festival

Tenno Festival


The city of Tsushima has a population of 66,000. To the west flows one of Japan’s three big rivers, and to the east sits the major city of Nagoya, so the city is blessed with... more

Gallery Sawarabi

Gallery Sawarabi


What kind of space do you imagine, when you hear the word gallery? Although it is a space for an artist to exhibit their works, and for us to view said works, it is never... more

Hiking in Mie: Nihonkoba, from the mountain to the sea

Hiking in Mie: Nihonkoba, from the mountain to the sea


Mie and Nagoya summers are, to say the least, not much fun. As conscientious, environmentally sensitive global citizens, most of us Nagoya city dwellers doubtless try to use the air conditioner as little as possible,... more

Furukawa museum Nagoya

Furukawa museum Nagoya


As the founder of Nippon Herald Films, Tamesaburo Furukawa (1890-1993) was a wealthy and famous man living in Nagoya. Obviously the driving force behind the business––after his death the company went bankrupt––he was also known... 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

Climbing Mount Fuji - A Very Long Walk

Climbing Mount Fuji - A Very Long Walk


All Japanese should climb Mt. Fuji; only fools climb it a second time (old Japanese proverb) A thought occurred to me in the early part of this summer that I had not spent much time out... more

Hiking in Gifu: Black Princess Mountain

Hiking in Gifu: Black Princess Mountain


The northern ranges of central Japan are now, thanks to the expansion of the expressway system, much more accessible to Nagoya residents, and the opportunity to explore these beautiful mountains is well worth the long... more

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