Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula Travel Guide



Plan Your Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula Vacation

Nagoya punches well above its weight. The present-day industries of Japan's fourth-largest city are a corollary to its monozukuri (art of making things) culture. This is manifested in the efficiency of Toyota's production lines, but traditional crafts including ceramics, tie-dyeing, and knife making are still very much alive. The Greater Nagoya area's GDP accounts for more than 10% of the country's total GDP, but this economic prowess is matched by a capacity to pleasantly surprise any visitor.


Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula Hotels

Nagoya's lodging ranges from ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) and efficient business hotels to large luxury palaces. At Koya-san, temple more

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Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula Restaurants

Restaurants in Nagoya and on the peninsulas are slightly less expensive than in Tokyo. Your cheapest options are the noodle shops, donburi (rice bowl) more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    The shrines: The Grand Shrines of Ise, rebuilt every two decades for the last 1,500 years, are the most sacred in Japan.... Read more

  • Toyota: Nagoya's Mainstay

    It may sound like the kind of activity reserved for only the most dedicated of motorheads, but you don’t need to be into cars to be awed by the... Read more

  • Festivals in Nagoya

    Nagoya and the surrounding cities host a wide variety of matsuri (festivals) throughout the year. Running the gamut from chaotic to tranquil... Read more

  • On the Menu

    Nagoya cuisine is considered hearty, and is famous for its aka miso (red miso). Dishes featuring this sticky, sweet paste include misonikomi... Read more

  • The Pearl Divers

    At Toba, before Kokichi Mikimoto (1858–1954) perfected a method for cultivating pearls here in 1893, Ama, or female divers (women were believed... Read more


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