Gamba’re suggests places to visit near the rugby venues, or within reasonable travelling distance. Here are some of the places mentioned.

  Asakusa, Tokyo – the starting point of a river trip down the Sumida-gawa..

On the boat, with Sky Tree tower in the background. 

Hama-rikyu Garden down-river. A good place to take Japanese tea.

Mount Fuji, visible from the train as you travel west towards Shizuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka from Tokyo and Yokohama.

Yusan-ji Temple, near Fukuroi, one station away from the Shizuoka stadium (at Aino).

Yusan-ji Temple. .

The riverside path towards Inuyama Castle, a national treasure. Near Nagoya.

Urakuen Garden, close to Inuyama Castle. Contains a national treasure tea hut.

Meiji Mura (Meji Village): a collection of buildings from when the West began to influence Japan greatly (the Meiji period). A twenty-minute bus ride from Inuyama.

Ishikiri Tsurugiya shrine in Higashi Osaka. People seek answers to prayers by walking in silence a hundred times to and from the shrine. Interesting shops line the narrow up-hill road above the shrine. 

A fish stall at Osaka’s Kuromon Market..

The Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses in Osaka. An example of the long-roofed style of the mountainous Hida region.

A view from the train from Nagoya down the coast of the Kii peninsula.. 

A sacred waterfall on Kumano Kodo pilgrim route in the Kii peninsula..

A view from the Kumano Kodo path.

Before dawn in Kii Katsuura, the leading tuna port of Japan.

Breakfast of tuna sashimi in Kii Katsuura.

Mending nets in Kii Katsuura.

  View of Kobe from above the Nunobiki Falls, near Shin-Kobe station.


A Western-style Meiji period (1868-1912) house in the Ijinkan-gai area of Kobe.

The Hakatsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Kobe.

   A traditional street in Kanazawa. 


The Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa. The trees are protected from the weight of heavy snow falls by straw rope (the yukitsuri technique).

The Asanogawa River in Kanazawa.

The Meiji-period Tomioka Silk Mill near Takasaki, north of Kumagaya.

The street leading up to the Zenkoji Temple in Nagano. 

The main building of the Zenkoji Temple in Nagano.

A 1,200 year-old gingko tree at the Hida Kokubunji Temple in Takayama. 

A river in a traditional part of Takayama. 

The Takayama Jinya – a unique Edo period government building.