Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula

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  • 1. Ise Jingu

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    These shrines are rebuilt every 20 years, in accordance with Shinto tradition. To begin a new generational cycle, exact replicas of the previous...Read More

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  • 2. Meiji-mura Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Considered one of Japan's best museums, Meiji-mura has more than 60 buildings originally constructed during the Meiji era (1868–1912), when...Read More

  • 3. Okuno-in

    Cemetery

    If time is limited, head for this memorial park first. Many Japanese make pilgrimages to the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi or pay their respects...Read More

  • 4. Toyota Plant Tour

    Toyota-cho | Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Dropping in at an automobile factory might not be everyone's idea of holiday fun, but a Toyota Plant Tour makes all those dry books about kaizen...Read More

  • 5. Arimatsu-Narumi Shibori Kaikan

    Midori-ku | Town/Village

    Traditional shibori (tie-dyed cotton) has been produced in this area for more than 400 years. At the Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum, you...Read More

  • 6. Atsuta Jingu

    Atsuta-ku | Museum/Gallery

    A shrine has stood at the site of Atsuta Jingu for 1,700 years. After Ise, this is the country's most important Shinto shrine. The Homotsukan...Read More

  • 7. Dai-mon

    Building/Architectural Site

    Every year, a million visitors pass through Koya-san's Great Gate to enter the great complex of 117 temples and monasteries. Traveling to Koya...Read More

  • 8. Daio

    Town/Village

    Tucked behind a promontory, this fishing village is an interesting stop on the journey around the headland. At a small fish market you can sample...Read More

  • 9. Danjo Garan

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The most striking of Danjo Garan's outsize halls is the 147-feet tall Kompon-daito (Great Stupa). This red pagoda with an interior of brightly...Read More

  • 10. Gifu City Museum of History

    Museum/Gallery

    In Gifu Park, five minutes south of the cable-car station, sits this well-presented hands-on-museum. On the second floor you can dress up in...Read More

  • 11. Gifu-jo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This castle, perched dramatically on top of Mt. Kinka, overlooks the city center and Nagara River. It's most striking when illuminated at night...Read More

  • 12. Hayatama-taisha

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although the buildings here are modern re-creations, this great shrine is said to have been located here since at least the 12th century, and...Read More

  • 13. Iga Ueno-jo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This castle stands today because of one man's determination and wealth. The first castle built here was destroyed by a rainstorm in 1612, before...Read More

  • 14. Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The Iga-Ryu school of ninjutsu was one of the top two training centers for Japan's ancient spies and assassins in the 14th century. At the ninja...Read More

  • 15. Inuyama-jo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Inuyama's most famous sight is Inuyama Castle, also known as Hakutei-jo (White Emperor Castle). Built in 1537, it is the oldest of the 12 original...Read More

  • 16. Jo-an Teahouse

    Building/Architectural Site

    In Uraku-en, a traditional garden attached to the grounds of the Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel, sits the Jo-an Teahouse. The teahouse was constructed...Read More

  • 17. Kawasaki Shoningura

    Historic District/Site

    Near the Hoshide-kan inn, four blocks of historic buildings alongside the Setagawa River form the Kawasaki area, once a transportation and trade...Read More

  • 18. Kongobu-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the southwestern side of Koya-san, Kongobu-ji is the chief temple of Shingon Buddhism. It was first built in 1592 as the family temple of...Read More

  • 19. Legoland Japan

    Minato-ku | Amusement Park/Water Park

    When Legoland Japan opened in the Nagoya port area in 2017 it gave the region something to rival the Universal Studios Japan amusement park...Read More

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  • 20. Mikimoto Pearl Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum on Pearl Island, 500 yards southeast from Toba Station, explores the history of pearl diving in Japan. ...Read More

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