Nagoya is the 4th largest city in Japan and as a major transport center is the southern gateway to the Tokai region. Nagoya has excellent restaurants and shopping and is like a scaled-down, far more relaxed version of Tokyo. Recommended sights in Nagoya include Nagoya-jo castle, Osu Canon Markets and Atsuta Jingu Shrine.
Inuyama City located in Aichi Prefecture can easily be done as a day trip from Nagoya or Gifu. The highlights of Inuyama are its historical castle Inuyama-jo and activities such as ukai cormorant fishing and the Kiso-gawa rapids.
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