To Takayama 

As a birthday treat for B we are heading up to Takayama aboard the Wide View Hida 7. This is one of the most scenic lines in Japan and Hida beef awaits! 

Nagoya at night

Japanese cities come alive after work as salarymen and students hit the streets in search of food and entertainment. However Nagoya seems to shut down early with many large shops closing at 8 PM rather than the 9, 10 or 11 PM of Tokyo or Osaka.

We caught the Meitetsu and Higashiyama subway lines to the Sakae downtown and had a great tonkotsu ramen at a small ramen bar lacking the touts of its neighbours. The legs were knackered by the time we returned. Fortunately the hotel has a hot spa.