I enjoyed the various presentations from the many cultures around the globe. I enjoyed the historic vignettes and the food that was available. There is lots of walking involved so be prepared. Almost all of the countries displayed were well done, the lone exception was the Hawaiian scenes. It could use more thought in presenting their unique culture in my opinion. Overall though, the presentations captured various cultures in a thorough manner.
We did get to a traveling Mexican circus that was great. The prices for food wasn't bad. It was an enjoyable experience and the grounds were well designed.
Garden in Inuyama close to Inuyama castle, opposite to Meitetsu hotel. This is a Japanese garden so not to expect much flowers. But focus is more on traditional landscapes with pebbles, bamboo trees. We bought the combo entry ticket for Inuyama castle and the garden which is cheaper. Not very elaborate but worth a visit in autumn for sure.
This section of town immediately surrounds the castle is called Jokamachi. The main street is lined by shops and restaurants. Many sell street food you can enjoy on the spot. A good number of souvenir shops and a few kimono rental places as well. I saw many people walking around in kimono. Why not rent one and enjoy this charming Jokamachi?
This review is mainly for the expat community. The Monkey Park is an excellent day trip if you have small children. Years back, the park had a few rides more suitable for older children but sadly they've been removed and replaced by attractions more suitable for the 10 years old and younger set. An attractive point of the park is its spaciousness. It's seldom crowded and there are plenty of quiet spots to enjoy a picnic lunch and have some quality time with the family. Bus service is directly in front of Inuyama station and is a short 10 minute ride to the park. The family needs to get out for the day? You can't go wrong with this choice in my opinion.
This shrine has a beautiful Ume-en filled with weeping ume trees. (Ume are plum blossoms and they are covered in white and bright pink flowers). When we came the flowers were in full bloom and actually we had no idea it was there! We were very surprised and excited to find it. There is a 100yen fee to get in, but it is very worth it. The trees go up onto a hill and have a lot of photo opportunities. We went on March 15, so I would believe that if you are in the area around that time they will be blooming somewhat (although it really just depends on the trees and the weather!)
This place was high up on a hill. It took a bit of trekking to get up there but it was a nice place. The temple itself is really new but the stairs up to it are surrounded by plum trees that were in full bloom when we went. It was worth the walk for the trees, but in other seasons it might not be.
For those of you who don't read Japanese, try to recognize the characters 無料 at the entrance, which means without charge. Do take a look at the pictures and remember what the entrance looks like. Just enter and feel free to see this traditional Japanese house and take pictures.
A cute little museum about the local festival. You can see the impressive festival floats and there's a short video about the matsuri and a small exhibition room. The staff is lovely and the entrance fee only 100¥. Alternatively you can get a combined ticket for the castle and another museum nearby.