Wakamatsu Chita Hot Spring Resort

Located on the Chita Peninsula, a less-traveled area in South Nagoya, the Wakamatsu Chita Hot Spring Resort promises a comfortable stay, combining the authentic Japanese “omotenashi” hospitality with state-of-the-art facilities.

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Here you can rest in beautiful Japanese rooms with traditional tatami flooring. Take in the view of the Ise Bay and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean waves.

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They also take pride in their hot springs. Four different onsen areas with different themes and views are available for you to experience. You can reserve the private bath on the roof with an amazing view.

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And though the Chita Peninsula is off the beaten track, it offers a plethora of different activities and attractions, including fishing experiences, fruit harvesting experiences, whiskey making, theme parks, museums, and many more! Spend a relaxing stay at the Wakamatsu Chita ryokan and fall in love with the Chita Peninsula, the hidden playground in Central Japan.

Information

Wakamatsu Chita Ryokan (Hot Spring Resort)
Address: Hamaokabe-19-1 Utsumi, Minamichita, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 30 minutes by car from Central Japan International Airport
URL: http://www.wakamatsuryokan.com/chita/index_en.html

Summer With A Bang! – Top 3 Runners-up Fireworks Festivals in Japan 2016

From breathtaking patterns in the sky to exhilarating festival parades, summer brings out the passion in Japan. And if our selection of top 3 Fireworks Festivals in Japan wasn’t enough for you, these 3 other selections are up to par!

Toyota Oiden Matsuri Fireworks Festival
Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture

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This up and coming festival features collaborations with the Japan Fireworks Artists Association, a synchronised “melody fireworks” show with cylinder fireworks, a wide starmine display and a 30 meter tall Niagara Falls programme.

Event information:

No. of fireworks: 13,000
No. of spectators: 360,000
Date: Jul. 31, 2016
Time: 7:10pm – 9pm
Address: Yahagi River, Shirahama Park area
Access: Take the Shinkansen to Nagoya, change to the JR Chuo Honsen line to Maetsuru, and take the Meitetsu to Toyota City Station. A 10-minute walk from the station.

Fukuroi Enshu Fireworks
Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture

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A popular programme in this display is the “Japan’s Most Popular Melodies Starmine”, a fireworks display synchronised to popular tunes held by the lake. One of the few musical fireworks in Japan, it is also representative of the Tokai area (Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Mie prefecture).

Event information:

No. of fireworks: 25,000
No. of spectators: 410,000
Date: Aug. 6, 2016
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Address: Haranoyagawa Water Park, 3164-1 Aino, Fukuroi City
Access: Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to the JR Tokaido Line Aino Station, and walk for 20 minutes to the venue.

Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition
Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture

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The Tsuchiura fireworks competition is said to be where the starmine firework technique began, making it the go-to place to catch the most advanced technical displays; impressing all viewers as they burst in a harmony of colours and shapes.

Event information:

No. of fireworks: 20,000
No. of spectators: 700,000
Date: Oct. 1, 2016
Time: 6pm-8:30pm
Address: Sakuragawa river banks (in the vicinity of Ohashi school)
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the JR Joban Line to the Tsuchiura West exit, and walk for 30 minutes, or take the shuttle bus from the station.

Nagoya Tastes: Miso and More

 

 

Nagoya is a treasure chest of street food and has a unique food culture from that of Tokyo and Osaka, the other two major cities it is sandwiched between and often bypassed for. Just coming here for a gastronomic adventure is worth the trip itself!

MISO CUTLETS

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Nagoya is famous for its miso food culture. The dominant type of miso used is 八丁味噌, or hachomiso, which is a miso with a sweet and nutty taste. This is used as a seasoning for all sorts of food, such as oden, and most famously on its pork cutlets as miso cutlets.

SEKAI NO YAMACHAN

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Sekai No Yamachan, or literally, Yamachan of the World, is a popular restaurant chain specializing in Nagoya dishes, and famous for its spicy and crispy chicken wings. There are 75 branches within Japan, with 37 in Aichi prefecture and 17 in Tokyo. You can also eat other Nagoya specialties here such as kishimen.

KISHIMEN

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This is a broad and flat noodle with a broth that is not as soy sauce heavy as the Kanto style and not as light as the Kansai style. Its smooth and chewy texture makes it a tactile treat.

MORNING 

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“Morning” in Japan refers to breakfast, and the most famous component of breakfast in Nagoya is the red bean paste toast served with a dollop of butter. Try this melting blend of east meeting west here!

 

 

 

Nagoya Sights (1): Castles and Ferris Wheels

 

 

Situated between the popular tourist cities of Tokyo and Osaka, Nagoya is often left out of the “Golden Route” from Tokyo heading to Kansai. However, this third largest city in Japan has lots to offer from history to food and sights.

For a start, it boasts famous castles and Ferris Wheels, and we’re not talking about a theme park!

NAGOYA CASTLE

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Famous for its kinshachi, or golden dolphins which are recognized as a lucky charm, the Nagoya castle was built by the first shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa. Along with Kumamoto Castle and Osaka Castle, this is one of Japan’s most famous castles. The kinshachi is typical of the spirit of Nagoya, which places emphasis on lavish appearances.

INUYAMA CASTLE

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This unassuming little castle on a hill, more specifically, Inuyama, is recognized as a national treasure for its historical value. First built in 1440, it is the oldest wooden castle tower in Japan and one of only twelve original castles remaining from the feudal age, having withstood many wars and natural disasters. Inuyama is around 30 minutes from Nagoya city by express train.

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Not many places can you find a 42m diameter Ferris Wheel attached to a shopping mall. Hop onto one of the capsules for a 15m ride that will give you great views of the grid streets of Nagoya.