One of my students/friends invited me to Ise Shrine last weekend. It’s about an hour or two from Nagoya and is pretty historical. I don’t actually know much about it, but here’s a link to the wikipedia page if you want to read up on history and things like that.
While we were on our way out of the shrine we saw a couple all dressed up. Turned out they were taking pictures for their wedding! I thought they looked great and I asked them for a picture. They looked at me for a second, realized a was a foreigner, and got kind of excited for the picture. It was really great!
Then we stopped for the sweet snack that Ise is known for. It’s basically a mocchi ball in reverse (it has sweet red bean paste on the outside and mocchi on the inside). It was pretty good and I brought a box back to the office as a gift.
After that, we went to the aquarium nearby. There are aquariums everywhere. It makes sense since Japan is an island, but coming from Colorado I’m always surprised at how many aquariums there are.
Anyway, it was an excellent trip and I had a great time. My student was an excellent host and the company was great! I’d recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the Aichi area. From Nagoya it takes about 2 hours and costs 1,400-2,700 yen each way.