Monday, February 11, 2013


Reporting in on our latest trip over the weekend: Aichi and Shizuoka prefectures. Nagoya, the capital city of Aichi prefecture, and the third largest city in Japan. It is the home of famous fine china company Noritake and JR's (Japan Railways) railway museum. At the railway museum, you can see trains and shinkansen of the past, try a simulator, and learn more about how they work from the many exhibits. The museum is a great place to take the kids, and I'm pretty sure Taka and I were the only ones there without kids.

Nagoya has some delicious regional food. Miso udon and miso katsu were two we tried, and pairing miso with udon noodles and fried pork cutlets are magnificently delicious ideas.

Nearby in the area of Toyota is, you guessed it, the headquarters of the Toyota Motor Corp. There are 2 seperate museums set up: one for automobiles and the other for technology (such as their robotics group). We decided to check out the car museum.

Naturally, there was a floor of Toyota vehicles through the company's history, both old and new.

I was surprised by the other floor dedicated to not only Toyota cars, but the history of them around the world. It features many interesting cars of every shape and size.

If Leela from Futurama was a car...

Happy car is so happy to see you!

We took a long side trip to Shizuoka to see Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and an easily recognisable and beloved landmark.

Mount Fuji is popular to hike, and many people put it on their bucket lists to climb it in the short window in the summer months when it is safe (every so often we see crazy people on the news having to be rescued because they climbed off-season). For this trip, we simply enjoyed the view of it from a nearby coastal park and bought a cute banana chiffon cake.

Last but not least, we visited Nagoya castle. It is impressive in size and decor with golden dolphins affixed to the roof that have become a symbol for the city.

Overall it was a very enjoyable trip, in spite of London being a tough act to follow!

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