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Sakushima, Aichi’s Art Island

October 17, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Sakushima is a small island in the sparkling Mikawa bay to the east of Nagoya  which, together with Himakajima and Shinojima makes up the Aichi Archipelago. Small it may be, but it is absolutely packed with things to do. Seeing Sakushima Island Sakushima is a delightful little island, and when I say little – with just an area of 173 […]

Hatchiman Matsuri, One of Japan’s Most Beautiful Festivals in Enchanting Takayama

September 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Located in Gifu Prefecture, and surrounded by some of Japan’s richest natural areas  just below the famous Northern Alps, Takayama is some what isolated and distant.  This isolation allowed the city to develop its own distinct culture that combines that of nearby Edo (modern day Tokyo) and Kyoto’s into a new and interesting way. It also […]

Nara, the Original Capital City of Culture

August 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Some 1,300 years ago the Empress Genmei established the seat of power in the mountainous area of Heijō-kyō, and in doing so created the country’s first ever permanent capital. With the nation being ruled from the city (present-day Nara) this time has come to be known as the Nara period. Today Nara is a small and compact city that, […]

Lagunasia, Aichi’s Premier Amusement Park

August 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Laguna Gamagori is an exciting, fun marine resort complex in the Bay of Mikawa r, and is an place at which one can enjoy the sea, go shopping, ride rollercoasters, play in the pool, and have a whole lot of fun. Lagunasia Pool Perhaps the greatest draw for the some three million annual visitors to […]

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 […]

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