There’s more to do in the Nagoya area than you think – JFF provides a variety of one-day tour opportunities. This month, they’re introducing a tour of the little-known Arako area, not far from Nagoya station. After an instructive okonomiyaki-making lunch and a visit to a local bonsai garden, they’ll take you through a special exhibition of Arako Kannon temple, available to the public only on limited occasions. It also houses the oldest wooden building in Nagoya. Be inspired by Japan’s largest collection of Buddhist icons by the mysterious monk Enku, who traveled Edo-era Japan carving statues as a form of devotion, and try your hand at making a carving of your own. Advance reservations required by phone or by email.