Be amazed at how the workers are very dedicated in creating nothing but perfect quality products worthy of the company name.
Manufacture of the katana using traditional methods, along the lines of those practiced by legendary swordsmiths such as Muramasa from the 15th century onwards, is a highly complicated and time consuming process.
Nestled on the Chita Peninsula in Aichi prefecture is Tokoname, an ancient pottery town decorated with ceramic-lined pathways and a fortune cat (Manekineko) trail.
For those in Gifu Prefecture who are seeking a day-out that is architecturally unique, filled with natural wonder and equal parts baffling and fun: look no further than the 'Site of Reversible Destiny' located within Yoro Park. A truly unique experience.
One of the most pleasant surprises to emerge from my countryside break was to be introduced to some of Japan’s most beautiful, creative and inspiring works of traditional, hand-made art.
15 places I think are “must experience” locations to make any trip to Oita a memorable one. And, to help you find your way just a little bit easier, I’ve provided links (as available) where you can find out more about these fun, memorable, and in some cases, adventurous destinations!