Studio Ghibli Plans Theme Park for Nagoya

Tokyo has Disney and Fuji-Q, Osaka has USJ and Kyoto is a cultural paradise, that leaves Nagoya with errr ... Lego Land, which apparently is still struggling to increase its attendance rates! So what...

Izu, Shizuoka – Hot Springs, Cool Beaches and a Warm Atmosphere

Sunday morning in late July and it was time to board The Superview Odoriko train from Yokohama station to Shimoda at the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. It didn't take long to realize...

Journey in Japan Part 29: Swings and sound and boats

My hotel breakfast is of the ‘classic’ help-yourself-to-as-much-food-as-you-like style. Not wanting to look greedy, I grab a bowl of rice, some pickled cucumber, a pot of Nattō, a salad, and a couple of croissants. Nattō for...

Journey in Japan Part 28: The Other Side of the Tracks

I say goodbye to Nagoya after five days, three of which I felt I could have done a lot more with my time. I spend ¥1950 and two hours travelling. During the train ride I read over half...

Journey in Japan Part 27: Nothing Happens Until Something Moves

I have to walk ten minutes from my Nagoya hotel to a different hotel with my laundry. The rain is hard, the super typhoon has made landfall, and the rain and wind are stronger than...

Journey in Japan Part 26: Robot women, fast cars, voodoo dolls, and dinosaurs

The queue for the Nagoya City Science Museum spills from the door. Inside there is a snaked queue that runs eight rows deep. A screen on the wall tells me that every time slot...

Journey in Japan Part 25: Internet cafés, Irish bars

Grilled fish of the day is salmon for the third day in a row. After breakfast, I return to my room and return my room to a state that looks exactly as it did before...

Japanese Saké Brewery

Today I meet with Naoto, the English speaking organiser of a saké tour. I am the only person to sign up. Not wanting to waste his whole day, I ask whether we should still go on...