One of the good things about living Nagoya is its easy to get out of and go somewhere else. Located in the center of Japan you are only 50 minutes to Kyoto and 100 minutes to Tokyo by shinkansen bullet train. There's even an international airport 30 minutes from the center of town.

My last trip was to Nagano Prefecture to visit Nagano city and the two delightful towns of Matsushiro and Obuse.

Nagano is 3 hours by train north of Nagoya and is famous for its high mountains and skiing in winter and its fruit trees in the fall.