Getting around in Nagoya

Getting around in Nagoya

Nagoya is not your regular Japanese tourist destination: it is industrialized, dense, large, and yet it is utterly charming. Despite being one of the largest cities in Japan, there are spots in Nagoya that feel just like a small town, with the same sense of peace and community. But head to the city center, to the nightlife, entertainment and shopping area, and you'll find yourself in the middle of an amazing tangle of traffic, people, billboards and non signs. Nagoya is more relaxed than Tok... [ read more ]

The traveler's guide to Nagoya

The traveler’s guide to Nagoya

Usually, when a city is described as an industrial hub, tourists will be automatically turned off - the phrase rarely conjures up images of tourist paradises. But Nagoya is the a true industrial powerhouse, and more than that, it is the city than invented pachinko, that ever popular Japanese game, and yet it manages to be one of the most attractive tourist cities in Japan at the same time. Nagoya is the fourth largest city in the country, and yet it has a more low key and laid back feel than... [ read more ]

The traveler's guide to getting around Tokyo

The traveler’s guide to getting around Tokyo

One of the worst nightmares that any traveler could imagine is being in the middle of a huge, completely unknown city, in a country whose language you don't speak, and without a clue about how to get from where you're standing back to your hotel, or to some interesting sight that you've been planning to see. Feeling a little lost and bewildered in Tokyo is a common occurrence, and not only for travelers, don't worry! But if you are going to make your visit to the Japanese capital a fun one, ... [ read more ]