tanabata festival in Honmachi Shopping street

Honmachi Shopping Street, Ichinomiya City, near Nagoya

Honmachi Shopping Street in Ichinomiya City is within an easy access from Nagoya Station. This shopping street has a long history over 200 years. The shopping street has developed in front of the Masumida Shrine, which is one of the most important shrine in this region and has a history over 1,000 years. Tanabata Summer […]

Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo

The ancient pilgrimage routes to the Three Shrines, namely Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, and Kumano Hayatama Taisha have a long history over 1,000 years. Once almost forgotten, but the Kumano Kodo is recently designated as one of UNESCO World Heritage and getting popularity nowadays. Many people including both Japanese and foreigners visit Kumano […]

Nakasendo Kisoji

Nakasendo trail walking tours, Kisoji walking, Magome Tsumago hike

Nakasendo was one of the main route that connected Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) in Edo period (17th-19th century). Nakasendo literally means ‘central mountain path’, and as the name implies, the trail is passing mostly through mountains in central Japan. There were 69 stations (post towns) called “shuku” or “juku” between Kyoto and Edo, where various services such […]