Amateurs of Japanese trains will be satisfied at the SCMaglev and Railway Park, a museum dedicated to Japanese trains. The museum features historical and modern locomotives including a good selection of Shinkansen express trains and the new Maglev currently being developed. An impressive train diorama and train simulators are also popular attractions. Lucky winners of a lottery can test their driving skills in the Shinkansen simulator.
When visiting the Okazaki Castle in Aichi prefecture with Aki-chan and Chizuru, I didn’t suspect yet they had reserved a costume session for me. When we arrived to that section of the museum, several attendants were waiting for us and rapidly started dressing me as Tokugawa Ieyasu (Tokugawa Patrick I say!) and other members of the family as my subordinates, probably highly ranked Samurai of the Aichi prefecture. I was a bit reluctant at first as I am not a big fan of costumes but it turned out to be a lot of fun!
If you are a big fan of Miso like I am, you don’t want to miss this museum while in Nagoya where they explain how the famous fermented soy-been paste is made. The museum is run by the Hatcho Miso company which is quite famous in Aichi prefecture. A famous kind of miso in Aichi is the red miso which is quite sweet and usually served on top of pork cutlets. A miso tasting experience is included at the end of the visit, and of course, a vast selection of miso based products are offered in the souvenir shop.
This week I made a quick video from some footage I took from our hotel room at Tennomaru Onsen. The private baths on the roof of the hotel offer the same fantastic view of Mikawa bay. To make the movie, I set my camera to take pictures every 2 seconds or so. This is why the clouds move so quickly and the Sun sets very fast. You can also see the Shinkansen trains of the Tokaido Shinkansen line, although they move definitely too fast for time-lapse photography!
The bombardments during World War II brought great destruction to the castle. The main donjon was fortunately fully reconstructed. Reconstruction of the Honmaru Palace begun in 2009 and is expected to be completed by 2017. The Nagoya castle is recognised for its golden dolphins on the castle’s topmost roof. Each of them (male and female) contain approximately 45 kg of gold. The keep is the main attraction at Nagoya Castle with fully modern facilities and exhibits relating to the castle’s history. The panorama of Nagoya from the upper level observatory is also quite impressive.