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Nagoya & Surrounding

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Nagoya & Surrounding

We, a group of 15 friends will travel to Nagoya and surrounding like Numazu, Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, Minamichita-cho and back to Nagoya in 7 days for the month of June 2014. I went through all previous forum but can't find anyone travels to these places. I have done the search and found all these places to be of great interest and seafood. I would like to seek reviews from expertise in regards to these places. Since we are in a group of 15, is it advisable to travel by JR or rent 2 vehicles to move around to these places. Will it be cheaper to rent vehicles? Are road signs tourist friendly?

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1. Re: Nagoya & Surrounding

Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka and Numazu are on JR line and if it is only the towns you want to visit, there is no need for driving. The Chita Peninsula on the other hand would be a nice place for a self-drive road trip.

We are on our final stage of planning for our up-coming trip next month to the places you mentioned. After landing in Chubu Centrair we will rent a car and drive around the Chita and Atsumi Peninsulas for a few days. After Hamamatsu we will return the car in Toyohashi and take JR to Shizuoka from where we will again rent a car to drive to Numazu and explore the Izu Peninsula. Then we will return the car in Atami and take JR to Tokyo from where we will fly back home around mid March.

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You don't necessarily have to drive (JR Tokaido Line [conventional] and JR Tokaido Shinkansen connect those places; Meitetsu [Nagoya Railway] in Chita Peninsula), but if you have international driving permit, renting 2 large vehicles which can accommodate 15 people in total might be an idea. Note though that under the law, only 5 adults are allowed on a normal mid-size car in Japan. About the prices, you might send an inquiry to:

http://www2.tocoo.jp/en

http://rent.toyota.co.jp/en

Additionally, Tsumago and Magome (JR Chuo Line from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa or Nagiso then bus, total 90 min) might be interesting.

http://www.tumago.jp/english

Nagashima Onsen (Spa Land), Inuyama Castle & Meiji Mura, Seto ceramics town, Toyota factory, SC Maglev and Railway Park are popular sites in the suburbs of Nagoya City.

Hamamatsu tourism: http://hamamatsu-daisuki.net/lan/en

Shizuoka tourism: http://www.shizuoka-guide.com/english

Edited: 2:53 am, January 02, 2014
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That's great. Hope to hear more from you after your trip. In Nagoya, we are not planning to rent vehicles. We will go for the Me-guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus to visit all those interesting places. But to explore those places mentioned earlier and to Chita - Shinojima and Himakajima (Islands) and those ports in Numazu, do you think it's better to rent vehicles?

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Yobeekool, Tokyo, thank you. Great and good input. I appreciate those helpful tips.

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We read about Himakajima and Shinojima and they look tempting for the seafood especially octopus. But due to time constraint and the cost of ferrying the car we won’t be going. Both can be reached from Nagoya by taking train and bus + ferry in less than 1.5 hr. What looks exceptionally interesting is that one can go for some hands-on experience in catching octopus.

http://www.himaka.net/ (Himakajima)

http://www.shinojima-aichi.com/ (Shinojima)

For seafood in Chita we plan on going to the following place for some self-helped BBQ.

http://www.uotaro.com/

Late Mar to late June is said to be a good time for some shell fish/clam digging in some beach areas in Chita. We maybe a bit too early for that as we will be there late Feb to early Mar, nevertheless we will drive to a couple of sites and see how it look.

http://minamichita-kk.com/exper/clam

If you are into flowers, don’t miss the flower farm/park below. We hope to see rape blossom while we are there. By the latter half of June sunflower may start to bloom and is said to last till Oct.

http://www.hana-hiroba.net/

Chita is also famous for producing shrimp crackers and you can go for some hands-on DIY + factory visit.

aichikanko.jp/sightsee/detail.aspx…

http://taimaturihiroba.jp/

Together with the scenic Hijirisaki Park on the southern peninsula, we prefer a F&E road trip in Chita rather than relying on infrequent train and bus connection.

www.lets-go-aichi.jp/article/2011/001016.html

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6. Re: Nagoya & Surrounding

Thank you very much William512 for those added, very helpful tips and contributions to my trip. I gladly appreciate them.

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7. Re: Nagoya & Surrounding

While we are doing our research we come upon this place which is roughly between Nagoya and Hamamatsu and is not far from the Chita Peninsula. June is said to be a very good time to see those lovely fireflies. There was even a Hotaru Festival mid June last year.

…aichi.jp/index.cfm/9,2252,94,430,html

rurubu.com/season/summer/hotaru/detail.aspx…

Can’t envy you enough going over there at the right time of the year! Hope you can fit it in during your visit.

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The area between Nagoya and Mishima has a ton of things to do if you have time to explore off-the-beaten path stuff. It's easy to drive since there are no major cities and there aren't a lot of tourists except the railway to Ikawa Dam area during fall when it's insane. You probably found this Shizuoka tourism web site which is one of the most exhaustive I have seen. Here is an example of things to see in just Kakegawa itself:

shizuoka-guide.com/english/area/wester.html

You need to select Kakegawa city at the drop down table at the bottom and click seach. Or check out the stuff to see in Yaizu City. Rental car definitely gives you the most flexibility.

JNTO also has a lot of good info (detailed and updated as always):

jnto.go.jp/eng/…index.html

jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-412.pdf

One place which doesn't get much press on this forum is Oigawa Railway and the things to see along the way:

oigawa-railway.co.jp/pdf/oigawa_rail_eng.pdf

Here is a brief summary of things I recall about the area (taken from a previous post):

Shizuoka has a museum with articles of Lord Tokugawa including his personal swords, a zoo, Nihondaira plateau, and you can enjoy their famous red shrimp tempura. Just past Shizuoka is Cape Omaezaki which has a big fishmarket and a lighthouse. In Kakegawa there is a picturesque castle, probably the best bird park in Japan, and an interesting museum of art created by handicapped children. I recall a big daffodil garden in the area which is quite famous as I have seen it on Japanese TV. The longest wooden bridge in Japan (which I was not able to see). Gamagori has an island with a shrine which you can reach by a bridge. Hamamatsu has an all original castle, a big flower park, and one of two large sand dunes in Japan (the other is Tottori), and if you go at the right time, will have a big kite festival at the dunes. During fall, you could take a side trip to Ikawa dam and see Sumatokyo gorge and ride on the pretty train with red cars. Ikawa Dam is known for shiitake mushrooms and there are ryokans you can stay at. In the mornings, there is a boat tour of the lake.

As for Chita, been there twice but don't recall much there, except they grow good melons. It's mainly known for the ferry port from Toba where you can catch a bus back to Nagoya or see stuff at Gamagori or continue eastward up the coast.

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9. Re: Nagoya & Surrounding

Thank you DanL917, William512 and Yobeekool for all those generous contributions. I greatly appreciate them. I would like to make this trip a most memorable one for my group of close friends. Thank you to tripadvisor for getting us connected from different parts of the world.

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Personally Shizuoka is not a place I choose. If you go to Toyohashi and Hamamatsu, you can consider explorer Atsumi Peninshura and beyond. There are nice sandy beaches in the peninshura. From its tip, you can take a boat to Shimajima, Meaning island of god. It's small fishing village but still original and unexploited. You can also cross the bay to Chita Peninsula.

Chita is usually a place for Nagoya people to head to beaches. Some play parks and hot springs there. Tokoname is well known for ceramic but I've never visited unfortunately. Meitestu has intensive rail network in the peninsula so this is the best transport between Nagoya and the peninsula. Well, I should say from Gifu, Nagoya to Toyohashi, Meitetsu provide better services.

Let me know if you need more info.

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