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Magome to Tsumago: Walking the Nakasendo Way

June 29, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

During the Edo era the Tokkaido and the Nakasendo roads were the two main routes that connected the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo) and the old Capital of Kyoto, with the latter, as the name suggests, passing through the mountainous centre of Japan and the former following the coast. While there are today more […]

Celebrate Mountain Day by Hiking Around Aichi and (slightly) further afield

July 25, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

One great thing about living in Japan is the fact that there are so many holidays. Between New Year’s Day on January 1st and the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23, there are a further 15 national holidays observed. One new addition this year to the calendar is Mountain Day, or ‘Yama no he’ (山の日), on August 11. […]

Day Trips From Nagoya – Gero’s Ryujin Fire Festival

July 25, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

While sitting in your air conditioned room, sheltering from the humidity outside, perhaps the last thing that you would be thinking of doing is sinking into a nice hot bath. It seems somewhat counter productive, doesn’t it? However, here in Japan there is a train of thought that says that it the heat of an […]

Day Trips From Nagoya – Ise Shima

June 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

Following the visiting of the G7 national heads of states,  Ise Shima has been in the news frequently as of late. But there is so much more to the beautiful Mie Prefecture spot than politics. About Ise Shima The Ise-Shima region refers to the areas of eastern Mie Prefecture in or around Ise-Shima National Park, including the cities of Ise, Toba, […]

Nagashima Spa Land, Japan’s Third Biggest Attraction

December 16, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

The most widely known amusement parks in Japan are of course Tokyo Disney Land and the Universal Studios Japan near Osaka, but did you know that after those two behemoths comes a resort that is right on our doorstep? Well, of course you do. You read the headline to this article! But yes, Nagashima Spa Land in […]