TOKYO TO NAGOYA, JA­PAN

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Depend­ing on traf­fic, the jour­ney from Tokyo to Nagoya takes al­most 10 hours, via Osaka. But the coun­try’s beau­ti­ful scenery more than makes up for any has­sles you may ex­pe­ri­ence along the way. The moun­tains, farms and fields all give the drive that much-needed “wow” fac­tor.

Once you ar­rive in Osaka, you’ll find plenty of things to do and places to visit, in­clud­ing Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Ja­pan (www.usj.co.jp), with its newly opened Wizard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter at­trac­tion, and the mas­sive Osaka Aquar­ium Kaiyukan (www.kaiyukan.com), which has ex­hibits from the Pa­cific Ocean, Antarc­tica, the South Amer­i­can rain­forests and the Tas­man Sea.

Next to the aquar­ium is the Tem­pozan Fer­ris Wheel, which gives you spec­tac­u­lar views of Osaka Bay, Mount Ikoma and Mount Rokko dur­ing the 17-minute ride. And don’t for­get Osaka Cas­tle (www.os­aka­cas­tle.net), one of Ja­pan’s most fa­mous and his­toric struc­tures.

In Nagoya, visit the Hi­gashiyama Zoo and Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, which also boasts an amuse­ment park, and the Nagoya City Science Mu­seum (www. ncsm.city.nagoya.jp), which houses one of the world’s largest plan­e­tar­i­ums. Older chil­dren may like Na­gashima Spa­land, a large amuse­ment park lo­cated just out­side Nagoya. It’s in a re­sort which has an out­let shop­ping mall, hot spring com­plex and botan­i­cal gar­den that the rest of the fam­ily will en­joy.

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