After the briefing we will start the day with a visit to Castle, built in the beginning of the Edo Period as the seat of one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family, the Owari branch.
We will then move to Atsuta Shrine. In the purely Japanese Shinmei-zukuri architecture style, it is one of Shinto's most important shrines. It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial treasures.
After visiting the temple we will have a local delicacy for lunch: Hitsumabushi. It is a Nagoya specialty in which bite-sized pieces of grilled fresh water eel are served over rice. Then we will go to visit the Gifu Castle, castle historically associated with the figure of Oda Nobunaga, who conquered it in 1567. Located into the mountains around Gifu prefecture, it will make you enjoy a wonderful view of the city. Gifu Castle is a cement structure that was built in the 1950s, as the original has been destroyed by the firebombings during World War II. Inside the castle there are three floors with exhibits representing the castle's past with maps, weapons, pictures and original objects.
We will then move to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner.