Experience: Oigawa Steam Train

You might think I am deviating from the theme of tea, after promising more entries on Japan's "green gold" last week. However, this unique experience will have you riding through some of Shizuoka's most picturesque tea growing regions. Kanaya is a small town on the Tokaido Main Line between Shizuoka and Hamamatsu cities. While there's... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Iga Ninja Museum

Have a kid (or spouse) who can't get enough of Japan's shadowy warriors? Then make tracks to Iga City, the ancestral home of one of the country's prominent ninja clans. Iga City isn't on the beaten tourist trail - it's a good two hour journey from either Kyoto or Nagoya. But the Iga Ninja experience... Continue Reading →

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