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Getting Away in Japan: Kanagawa

May 29, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Though Kanagawa Prefecture is often dismissed as ‘that bit next to Tokyo’, you shouldn’t let its relatively small stature when compared to its glamorous neighbor fool you; from bright city lights, beautiful nature and a long, celebrated history, there is a whole lot to see and do in Kanagawa. Yokohama Despite being the second biggest […]

Lake Biwa – Take a Day trip, or Longer, to Japan’s Great Lake

October 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

Lake Biwa (琵琶湖 or Biwa-ko) in Shiga Prefecture is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, and thanks to it being located just northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto, it is steeped in mystery, wonder, and is full of wonderful things to see and do. Named for its resemblance the lute-like musical instrument ‘biwa‘, it has long […]

Noritake Garden – Nagoya’s Ceramic Star

February 27, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

Aichi is well known as a centre of Japanese industry, but what is less well known is that it is also the birthplace of one of the world’s leading ceramic dinnerware “china” brands, Noritake. In Japan the word Noritake evokes images of high quality and prestige, it is to Japan what Wedgwood is to England. While the original Nagoya factory […]

Toyota Plant and Museum Tour

February 26, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

As the third largest producer worldwide, there can be no doubting the importance of the automobile industry to Japan’s economy, and here in Aichi we are at the heart of it. Of particular emincnce is the Toyota Motor Corporation. By production it is the largest automotive producer in the world and it is right here […]

Spring Pickings – Strawberry Picking around Tokyo

February 13, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

Japan has a wonderful association with fruit. While it tends to be a little expensive (at least  to the eyes of foreigners  used to supermarkets crammed with the stuff for next to nothing), it is revered in status: apples are grown to extraordinary sizes and famed for the ‘honey’ within, mangoes are packaged like prized antiques, and […]

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