I‘m a huge fan of Japanese coffee in a can. For about $1 you get your choice of hot or cold, sweet or bitter, milk or black coffee.

After spending a few days in Nagoya and Toyota, I headed to Gifu City. There was no real itinerary for Gifu. I had my Japan Rail Pass and Gifu was close to Nagoya, so I thought I’d go and spend the night.

Nagoya Castle’s Shachihoko Special Edition Coffee

Georgia coffee in a can - Nagoya Shachihoko Special Edition
NIKON D5200 (35mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO100)
Georgia coffee in a can – Nagoya Shachihoko Special Edition

I literally only had 1 night in Gifu City, so didn’t have time to go and see Gifu Castle. Instead, I spent the evening walking the city streets and exploring the small shrines and temples – and treated myself to solo izakaya dining (and cheeky beer or 2).

It’s funny that after seeing Nagoya Castle just days before, I find this special edition coffee with Nagoya Castle’s famous half killer whale, half tiger golden statue not in Aichi Prefecture (Nagoya city’s prefecture) but in Gifu Prefecture (Aichi’s northern neighbour). This coffee in a can was bought at the platform of Gifu Station, on my way back to Nagoya to catch the shinkansen to Kyoto.

Map of where I bough this coffee:

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