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

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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.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The shrines The Grand Shrines of Ise, rebuilt every two decades for the last 1,500 years, are the most sacred in Japan.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

When To Go

When to Go

Spring is the most popular season, especially early April when cherry trees bloom. Nagoya gets extremely hot and humid in July and August, but in aut...

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