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Top Choice Seafood in Nagoya

Atsuta Hōraiken Honten

The head branch of this hitsumabushi chain, in business since 1873, is revered for good reason. Patrons queue during the summer peak season for hitsumabushi, eel basted in a secret tare (sauce) served atop rice in a…
Top Choice Museum in Inuyama

Meiji-mura

Few Meiji-era buildings have survived due to war, earthquakes and development. In 1965 this open-air museum was created to preserve this unique style, known for unifying Western and Japanese architectural elements. …
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Tagata-jinja

Izanagi, the male counterpart of female deity Izanami, is commemorated at this shrine, with countless wooden and stone phalluses to celebrate. You can buy souvenirs from ¥500. The Tagata Hōnen-sai Matsuri takes plac…
Top Choice Castle in Inuyama

Inuyama-jō

A National Treasure, Japan's oldest standing castle is said to have originated as a fort in 1440. The current donjon (main keep) built atop a 40m rise beside the Kiso-gawa dates from 1537 and has resisted war, earth…
Top Choice Museum in Nagoya

JR SCMAGLEV & Railway Park

Trainspotters will be in heaven at this fantastic hands-on museum. Featuring actual maglev (the world's fastest train – 581km/h), shinkansen, historical rolling stock and rail simulators, the massive museum offers a…
Top Choice Gallery in Nagoya

Tokugawa Art Museum

A must for anyone interested in Japanese culture and history, this museum has a collection of over 10,000 pieces that includes National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties once belonging to the shogun family…
Top Choice Gyoza in Gifu

Gyōza Gishū

This humming hole-in-the-wall does soupy, fried gyōza (dumplings) and ebi chahan (shrimp fried rice) and, of course, beer. Go straight from JR Gifu Station along the street between Kinkabashi-dōri and Nagarabashi-dō…
Top Choice Italian in Nagoya

Trattoria Cesari

You may be surprised to find an Italian trattoria of this calibre and value smack bang in the heart of Nagoya. Prepare to queue on weekends as folks line up for chef Makishima's famous Napoletana pizzas. There's an …
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Ōagata-jinja

This ancient shrine set on a lovely hillside is dedicated to the female Shintō deity Izanami and attracts women seeking marriage or fertility. See if you can find the large hime-ishi (姫石; princess stone) and other i…
Museum in Nagoya

Toyota Exhibition Hall

See up to 20 shiny examples of the latest automotive technology hot off the production line and witness first-hand how they're made here at Toyota's global HQ. Fascinating two-hour tours of Toyota Motor Corporation'…