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  • Conveniently located at the heart  of japan's largest island of honshu  

  • The city of Nagoya is not only a lively and  fascinating place in its own right, but makes  

  • an ideal base from where you can explore some of  the most spectacular destinations in central Japan.

  • With easy access from Chubu Central  Airport in just 30 minutes by train  

  • it's also the ideal place to start or finish your trip.

  • So join us as we explore three of  the best side trips from Nagoya.

  • Rising majestically over the Northern Japanese Alps, Mount Ontake is Japan's

  • second tallest volcano and considered one of its most sacred mountains.

  • Located at the foot of the mountain and the  last rest stop on one of its two pilgrim trails

  • the village of Otaki is a place steeped in  the tradition of shugendo or mountain worship  

  • where practitioners have come for  centuries to richly purify themselves  

  • before making the final  challenging climb to the summit.

  • For visitors interested in learning more  about this area's fascinating traditions  

  • the perfect place to stay is the Kurumisawa  Ryokan. A family-run guesthouse with a connection  

  • to shugendo spanning generations.  

  • Here guests can enjoy beautifully prepared shojin riori 

  • vegetarian Buddhist cuisine and even take part in waterfall meditation

  • Located in Gifu prefecture on the  western edge of the japanese alps  

  • Takayama is an attractive city with a rural  atmosphere, famous since ancient times for  

  • its carpentry and well-known today for its many  beautifully preserved historic wooden buildings  

  • Many of these can be seen on an easy  stroll through the city's old town.  

  • Starting with Takayama Jinya, a former  government office stating from the feudal age  

  • Continuing along Sannomachi Dori where

  • shops,

  •  museums,

  • and sake breweries can be found  

  • and ending with the Hachiman Shrine,

  • home to one of Japan's most spectacular festivals.

  • Located an hour's drive east of Takayama

  • The Goshikigahara forest is a vast and beautiful area of wilderness.

  • A landscape of primeval forest, open wetland lakes rivers and waterfalls  

  • A paradise for nature lovers and hikers alike,

  • The forest supports an impressive array of animal and  

  • plant life, but due to its protected status can  only be entered with a local l guide.

  • About an hour's drive to the south of Takayama in Gero City,

  • the town of Hida Osaka is surrounded by deep forests,

  • known for containing more waterfalls than anywhere  else in Japan.

  • more than 200 of which are over five meters in height.

  • Formed around 54 000 years ago 

  • by lava flows from nearby Mount Ontake,

  • the area's unique geography and diversity of plant life 

  • make it an ideal destination for hikers.

  • visitors can choose from 12 different walking courses

  • from short scenic strolls to challenging full-day hikes

  • A sleepy seaport town on the coast  of rural Mie Prefecture,

  • Kumano City is known for beautiful mountain sceneryrugged coastal landscapes and its position  

  • on the ancient pilgrim trail connecting  the Kumano Shrines with the Ise Shrines.  

  • At the northeastern edge of town,

  • a set of old stone steps lead into the forest  

  • marking the start of one section of the ancient  pilgrim trails.  

  • Known as the Matsumoto pass, the trail is about a kilometer long

  • and includes some beautiful views of Shichiri Mihama Beach.

  • In the mountains to the west of the city,

  • the Maruyama Senmaida is one of the largest and most  

  • spectacular rice terraces in all of Japan.

  • with well over a thousand tiny rice paddies of all  

  • shapes and sizes cut into a steep hillside

  • each one perfectly angled to get every last bit of sunlight.

  • Due to its difficult terrain every aspect  of planting and harvesting is still done by hand . 

  • Located to the south of the city

  • across from a long stretch of beautiful pebble beach  

  • is Hananoiwaya,

  • one of japan's oldest and most unique shrines.

  • Said to be the burial place of the goddess Izanami

  • who created the world, the site  is centered on a towering 45 meter rock,

  • shaped by the ocean wind and revered since prehistoric  times.

  • A short walk north of the city center stands the Onigajo, or Ogre's Castle.

  • One of several impressive rock formations dotting the coastline  

  • originally formed from volcanic ash,

  • ocean waves gradually eroded its soft rock face  

  • into a towering and otherworldly structure,

  • extending for over a kilometer around a small cape.  

  • Departing from the nearby Matsuzaki Port  

  • the Tategasaki Sightseeing Boat Tour offers some

  • breathtaking views of the Mie coast to the north of central Kumano City,  

  • including a series of spectacular cliff faces 

  • two of the most famous spots to look out for  

  • are the Blue Cave and Tategasaki,

  • a huge rock structure of almost perfectly vertical columns.

  • This was a guide to just three of the many  destinations that can be easily reached from Nagoya.

  • We hope this proves useful for planning  your next trip to central Japan.

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  • Happy travels

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