Traveling around Central Japan is now made easy using SHORYUDO Bus Pass.
"Shoryudo" means the "Dragon-rise Region" and the name came about as nine prefectures in Chubu and Hokuriku form the shape of a rising dragon, with the Noto Peninsula forming its head and Mie Prefecture its tail, and its rising body covering every part of the nine Chubu and Hokuriku prefectures. This also explains why there are statues of dragons in Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport.
If you have the time to spare, Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport has many places to shop and restaurants to dine in too.
One of the recommended food to try is the kishimen noodle in Miya restaurant. It is a flat tyre of noodle available only in Nagoya region. The taste is pretty much like udon but a flattened version.
It also comes with a pork cutlet which is very crispy on the outside and tender inside. The miso sauce is made from steamed soybeans and impacts a sweet tangy flavour to the pork cutlet.
If you need to stay before or after a late night/early morning flight or during the day to have a rest, there is a Capsule Hotel called Tube Square located at level 1 Welcome Garden. It is fully equipped with capsule bedrooms perfect for a rest, a shower rooms ticked with amenities and large sized lockers.
Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport is linked to different parts of Japan via train, bus and ship. The SHORYUDO Bus Pass can be purchased from Meitetsu Travel Plaza located at level 2 Arrivals Lobby Access Plaza.
There are three SHORYUDO Bus Pass which you can choose from:
SHORYUDO 3-Day Bus Pass-Takayama.Shirakawa-go.Kanazawa Course. This ticket gives you unlimited travel on highway buses connecting Nagoya, Gifu, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa and Toyama, plus access to Central Japan International Airport, Komatsu Airport and Toyama Airport.
SHORYUDO 5-Day Bus Pass (Wide Course)- In addition to the areas covered in the SHORYUDO 3-Day Bus Pass, this ticket gives you you unlimited travel on highway buses and route buses connecting the popular tourist sites in the SHORYUDO area, plus access to Central Japan International Airport, Komatsu Airport and Toyama Airport.
SHORYUDO 3-Day Bus Pass -Matsumoto.Magome.Komagane Course.
You can also get a variety of discounts by presenting the SHORYUDO Bus Pass at Shinhotaka Ropeway, Highway Bus Takayama to Shinjuku, Kyoto, Osaka, Mt. Fuji, Regular Sightseeing Bus Okayama Ainokura and Shirakawa-go Course, Regular Sightseeing Bus Okayama Suganuma and Shirakawa-go Course, Honokidaira/Hirayu Onsen-Norikura Round Trip Pass, Toyama Buri Kani Bus Free Pass, Takaoka-Wakura Onsen Bus "Waku Liner" Free Pass, Komagatake Ropeway (Local Bus + Ropeway) and Enakyo Cruise Boat.
Discounts are valid until the day after the last valid day of the SHORYUDO Bus Pass.
For those who want to explore Inuyama, from Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport, you can take the Meitetsu Express MU-Sky train to Inuyama-Yuen station.
Right outside the station, there is a free bus pick up to Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel.
Located just below the National Treaure Inuyama Castle, this hotel is built along the Kiso River. You can enjoy the "Kakutei no Yu" hot springs of Inuyama, as well as the National Treasure Tea Ceremony Room "Jo-An".
From the hotel, it is about a 7 mins walk to Sanko-Inari Shrine and Inuyama Castle Town.
The Sanko-Inari Shrine is a place where people come to 'wash' their money for prosperity. There are also heart shaped boards to write your wishes and hope they come true.
From the shrine, you can walk over to see The National Treasure Inuyama Castle.
Said to be have been built by Nobuyasu, the uncle of Nobunaga Oda, the Inuyama Castle is one of the only five natural treasures in Japan. The castle features the oldest standing tensu, which has been in place since the Muromachi Period.
For the adventurous and sporty, you can climb up to the Tenshukaku through six storey of stairs which are so steep that they are almost 180 degree.
However, the scenic view from the tenshukaku is definitely worth the effort.
You can also see the majestic view of the Kiso River as well.
For those who still have extra energy after climbing up and down the stairs of Inuyama Castle, you may want to take a walk in Inuyama Castle Town.
Every effort had been made to preserve old streets lined with old houses.
You can also drop by The Former Isobe Residence Restoration . This is the former residence of a family that ran a kimono business called Kashiwaya Magobe dating back to Edo Period (1603-1868). It comprises of the main room, back parlour, storehouse, rear storehouse and the storage room (which now serves as an exhibition room), each of which is a Registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan.
Do drop by Donden-kan Museum where four out of thirteen Yamas (festival floats) that are actually drawn in Inuyama Festival are exhibited.
If you are hungry, then you can consider the Cormorant Fishing Tour Package where you can enjoy lunch or dinner on a boat on the Kiso River.
You can order the Ayu(sweet fish) which Nagoya is famous for.
A total of 2 hours 30 minutes including dinner is needed for the whole experience. Sea cormorants, which are bigger than river cormorants, are used for cormorant fishing. They are caught on the beach, tamed and trained for 3 years before being used for fishing.
Cormorant fishing is a traditional river fishing method in which usho (cormorant fishing masters) ubune (cormorant fishing boat) use trained u (cormorants) to catch fish.
An usho handles up to 12 cormorants on leases. Urged tactfully by the usher, cormorants dive under the water and catch river fish, such as the Ayu, by swallowing them whole. The fish are then retrieved from their throats.
This fishing method is designated as an intangible cultural asset of Inuyama City.
After a hearty Japanese buffet breakfast in Meitetsu-Inuyama Hotel, you can easily walk over to tour the Tea Ceremony House Jo-An, which is less than a minute walk.
It costs 1000 yen to enter Tea Ceremony House Jo-An without tea and 1400 yen with tea.
If you want to drink the Japanese tea after entering, it will cost an additional 600 yen.
It is a nice walk in the serene Japanese landscape garden named "Urakuen" to find the Tea Ceremony House Jo-An as you can take in the beautiful sights of nature.