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Any suggestions regarding Inuyama? 2014/9/15 11:02

I will be staying in Inuyama for 3 months (Sep 1st - Nov 30th), and I would like to know more about what I can do here.

I have been to the Monkey Center, Castle and adjacent museums, Nagoya (and I intend to go again more than once), but I think I am running out of options. Any easily accessible suggestions in Inuyama or nearby?

Also, quite importantly, are there any bars in Inuyama? I have only seen one near the railway station, but it does not seem attractive (on the outside, at least).

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
by Eneekay  

Re: Any suggestions regarding Inuyama? 2014/9/15 19:59
I am not familiar with what bars are in the city, but the close proximity of both Nagoya and Gifu is probably responsible for the lack of bars.

If you've only explored Inuyama and Nagoya, then there are many places you can go. Of course, it depends on how far is "too far" for you, but even if you limit yourself to the Meitetsu Lines and nearby JR lines, there are still many options.

What are your interests?

Gifu City is very close and easy to access from Inuyama. It has some museums, a nice castle, and onsen, historic town and in the evening you can watch comorant fishing (although I think you can do this in Inuyama, too).

Ogaki has a nice castle and a museum dedicated to Matsuo Basho.

Sekigahara has a battle site.

Seki City is famous for its knives and has a museum and other sites related to knives.

Mino has a nice historic district and a castle.

Gujohachiman has many sites:

Gero is a good onsen option:

Tajimi has the scenic Eihoji Temple and a few other sites.

You can easily go to the Kiso Valley from Inuyama for hiking and/or to see the old districts along the Nakasendo Path:

In Aichi:

Komaki City has a castle and Menard Art Museum. It is also home to Tagata Shrine, one of Japan's famous fertility shrines:

Seto is one of Japan's most famous and respected pottery towns. There are sites there related to its pottery and you can try to make your own, I think.

Nagakute is home to the former Worlds Fair park.

Toyota has sites related to its car industry and the Toyota Art Museum is one of Aichi's top art museums.

You could explore the Chita Peninsula.

Visit Nishio for its castle and historic district or go to Sakushima, Aichi's art island.

There are lots of other places, too: Okazaki is historic, Toyokawa has a famous Inari shrine, etc.

You can easily go even further, too, to Hikone, Matsumoto, Takayama, and places in Shizuoka or Mie Prefectures.

If you are concerned about cost and your trip can be made using JR trains within the tickets area, the Aozora Free Kippu is a great option for weekend daytrips in the region:

There are also buses to places like Shirakawa-go that can save you a lot of money to visit. Most of them depart from Nagoya (some from Gifu).
by Rabbityama rate this post as useful

Re: Any suggestions regarding Inuyama? 2014/9/15 20:56
Meitetsu Railway has suggestions that are nearby:
by Rabbityama rate this post as useful

Re: Any suggestions regarding Inuyama? 2014/9/16 16:41
Wow! Thank you very much for the reply. This is very thorough and helpful. I think I will go to one or two of these places each weekend.

Too far would be anything with a ticket price of over 1500 JPY (one-way) due to my budget restrictions, and in general I prefer to visit places where I don't have to stay overnight. I still aim to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and a part of the area around Fuji, though.

I am mainly interested in visiting historically significant places, more traditional architecturally places, and beautiful landscapes.

You have covered most of my interests with your reply, actually.
by Eneekay rate this post as useful

Re: Any suggestions regarding Inuyama? 2014/9/16 16:45
Also, are you aware of any activities/festivals, anything similar, taking place from now until the end of November?
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