Japan’s third most populous metropolis is steeped in culture and history while retaining a modern edge. Hop on the Me-guru Nagoya Sightseeing Bus between Nagoya Castle and Tokugawa Art Museum for some sightseeing . The Science Museum, Railway Museum and the Toyota Automobile Museum are popular for boys and girls of all ages. Paint your own ceramics at Noritake Garden and meet marine creatures at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium. Watch a Noh performance or view the city from the Sky Promenade at Midland Square. Make sure to pass by Atsuta Shrine, an important Shinto shrine and the site of the Atsuta Festival held each June. Miso lovers will be happy to know that Nagoya’s miso dishes, particularly misokatsu, are top-notch. Tempura, tenmusu rice balls, kishimen udon noodles and hitsumabushi unagi rice must also be tried while in Nagoya. Side trips to charming Inuyama, Gifu, Shirakawa-go, Kiso Valley and Hida-Takayama are highly recommended.