- The shrines The Grand Shrines of Ise, rebuilt every two decades for the last 1,500 years, are the most sacred in Japan.
- Shopping Nagoya's Noritake is one of the world's largest porcelain makers. Seto, Tajimi, and Tokoname produce ceramics, Arimatsu tie-dyed fabrics, Gifu paper lanterns and umbrellas, and Seki samurai swords.
- Japan at work and play Tour the factories of Toyota and Noritake. See the sumo tournament in July, watch a Chunichi Dragons baseball game or take in a Grampus soccer match.
- Relive Japan's modernization Meiji-mura holds more than 60 original Meiji-era buildings (1868–1912)—including the foyer of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel—that were reconstructed here.
- Eat fish from the bird's mouth In ukai cormorants snatch ayu (sweetfish) from the water, but rings around the birds' necks prevent them from swallowing their catch, which is taken by fishermen.
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