Visited the "town" of Nagakute to the north east of Nagoya. Though technically a town in its own right, Nagakute is now basically a spacious and upmarket suburb engulfed by Nagoya city.
Nagakute was the site of a vicious skirmish between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1584 but has been put more on the map in recent times by the Aichi Expo held nearby in 2005.
Nagakute is also more accessible by public transport since the Linimo service was built from Fujigaoka subway station on the Higashiyama Line out to the old Expo site.
The Linimo was the world's first commercially-operated magnetic levitation train or Maglev and is a beautiful sight in smooth motion.
I cycled, as I need the exercise and it was a lovely warm day, in what is supposed to be mid-winter with the Setsubun festival approaching.
First port of call was a Nepali friend's new restaurant - Annapurna.
Annapurna does some fine Asian curries for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike and has a varied salad and drinks bar, where you can pop back as much as you want for more iced chai and spicy chickpea salad....and the beer was good, bottled Tiger.
To get to Annapurna, get off the Linimo at Irigaikekoen and walk along the Green Road in the direction of the old Expo site (away from central Nagoya), turn left at Kosenjo Road and walk for about 8 minutes and the restaurant in on your left.
Next stop was the Deutsch Kan German restaurant which formed part of the German Pavilion at Aichi Expo 2005 and is now a restaurant, cafe and bar, run by the Asakuma chain...and the beer was good.
There is a variety of German beers on tap including dark beer, weissbeer and premium German lagers in the heavy wooden interior decorated with reproduction German Renaissance paintings .
To get to the Deutsch Kan, go out of Irigaikekoen Station and walk down Green Road towards central Nagoya a couple of hundred meters and the place is on your right.
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