USS Intrepid, New York

I last visited the USS Intrepid in January 2012. I like to pop in to the museum whenever I’m in New York, as I’ve always been a bit of an aircraft nerd. The downside is that, as the USS Intrepid is a floating museum constructed in World War II (as an aircraft carrier, not as…

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Ninja Museum of Igaryu, Iga City, Japan

Ninjas, as we all know, are far superior to pirates. Iga City in Mie Prefecture was home to one of the most successful schools of Ninjutsu, the Iga-ryū, and is now the go-to destination for anyone interested in the history behind these skilled agents of espionage. Ninjutsu, contrary to what countless films might try to…

Gifu Castle, Gifu, Japan

You can see Gifu Castle from the train as you approach this small city. It sits on the apex of Mount Kinka, and while the castle is “merely” a concrete reconstruction of what was once one of the strongest castles in the country, it has a fascinating history, and an even more mesmerising interior. Originally…