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Ise’s Oyster Eating Extravaganza in Mie

November 26, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

In much of the world, oysters are considered something of a delicacy. They are an aphrodisiac, they are rare, and thanks to their high price they are often considered the preserve of the wealthy, up there with champagne, caviar, and yacht clubs. However, in Mie Prefecture this is not the case at all. The Ise Bay […]

Day Trips: Miyama, Kyoto’s Mountain Retreat

October 15, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Just 30 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the tourist mecca that is Kyoto city sits Miyata, a beautiful little hamlet that could have come straight out of Edo era Japan. Remote, rural and nestled into the mountains, Miyata is famous for its traditional, thatched roof (kayabuki) farmhouses of which over 200 can be seen […]

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 […]

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