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11 Best Things to Do in Aichi

Aichi is located on the central Honshu Island in Japan. Nagoya is the capital city Nagoya, there are many things to do, restaurants, theme parks, and hotels. Every season offers something different in Aichi.

#1. Chausuyama Heights

Chausuyama Heights

Lying between the Toyone-Mura Village, Aichi Prefecture and the Neba-Mura Village, and Nagano Prefecture, Mt. Chausuyama is the highest mountain in Aichi Prefecture. Chausuyama Heights is the best place where you can enjoy around the year, moss phlox in spring, fresh green in summer, colored leaves in autumn, and skiing in winter. Especially, moss phlox at Chausuyama Heights is overwhelming. On the premises of 22,000 square meters, 400,000 moss phloxes with various colors and shapes blossom in full glory. A huge amount of moss phloxes look like a heavenly carpet. Shibazakura Festibal or the Moss Phlox Festival in Chausuyama Heights lasts for about a month from early May to early June.
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Chausuyama Heights

Address: 70-185 Goshodaira, Sakauba, Toyone-mura, Kita-shitara District, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 1.5 hours by car from Toyota-Shi Station

Phone: 0536-87-2345

Website: Chausuyama Heights (Japanese)

 

#2. Zoo

Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens

higashiyama

There are two famous zoos in the Aichi Prefecture, such as Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden in Nagoya city and Japan Monkey Center in Inuyama City. Located in central Nagoya City, Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden consists of four sections, including zoo, botanical garden, amusement park, and Higashiyama Sky Tower.
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Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Address: 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa District, Nagoya, Aichi

Access: 14 minute walk from Higashiyama Park Station

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Over Age 65)

Hours: 9:00 AM –

Phone: 052-782-2111

Website: Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens

 

Japan Monkey Park

monkey park

Japan Monkey Park is the only zoo that specializes in monkeys in Japan. Japan Monkey Park is also the largest zoo where primates are free to walk around in a large enclosed area. There is 920 primates from 64 different species. The park is has many children’s rides so it is very family friendly.
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Japan Monkey Park

Address: 26 Kanrin, Inuyama, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 5 minute bus ride from Inuyama Station

Hours:
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Weekdays)
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Weekends)

Admission Fee:
1,100 yen (Adult)
600 yen (Child)

Phone: 0568-61-0870

Website: Japan Monkey Park (Japanese)

 

#3. Museums

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

リニア・鉄道館
Photo Credit: aichi-now.jp

The SCMAGLEV and Railway Park museum introduces the advances in high-speed railway technologies through rolling stock displays, which include the superconducting magnetically levitated vehicle, Maglev, as well as historic railway rolling stock. You can drive an electric-car simulator, including a Shinkansen bullet train there.
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SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Address: 3-2-2 Kaneshiro Futo, Minato District, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 2 minute walk from Kaneshiro Futo Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Admission Fee:
1,000 yen (Adult)
500 yen (Student)
200 yen (Infant)

Phone: 052-389-6100

Website: SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

 

Toyata Automobile Museum

toyota museum
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Around 160 cars are on display at the Toyota Automobile Museum, and you can learn about the history of the development of automobiles. The museum has various events, such as the Toyota Automobile Museum Classic Cars Festival biannually. There is a museum shop, restaurant, and cafe at the museum.
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Toyata Automobile Museum

Address: 41-100 Yokomichi, Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Geidai-dori Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,000 yen(Adults)
600 yen (Junior High & High School Students)
400 yen (Elementary School Students)
500 yen (Over Age 65)

Phone: 0561-63-5155

Website: Toyata Automobile Museum

 

Meiji-mura Museum

Meiji-mura Museum

The Meiji-mura Museum is an open-air museum preserving and exhibiting Japanese architecture from the Meiji period (1868-1912), such as the St. John Church, Uji-yamada Post Office, and the Imperial Hotel main entrance. You can ride on the oldest active steam locomotive, SL12 and SL9 or the Kyoto Municipal Streetcar that had the oldest history in Japan. You can also have fitting experience to wear a kimono, hakama, and a western dress that wear popular in the Meiji period.
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Meiji-mura Museum 

Address: 1 Uchiyama, Inuyama, Aichi

Access: 20 minute bus ride from Inuyama Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,700 yen (Adult)
1,300 yen (University Students & Over Age 65)
1,000  yen (High School Students)
600 yen (Elementary & Junior High School Students)

Phone: 0568-67-0314

Website: Meiji-mura Museum

 

#4. Old Streets

Old Streets
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Located between Chiryu-juku and Narumi-juku on the Tokaido, one of the two old routes that connected Kyoto with Edo, Arimatsu is a well-preserved old area. Everything has barely changed since the Edo period, it is lined with traditional houses with ultra-fine lattice window called mushiko-mado and the outer wall of a building is covered with square tiles jointed with raised plaster called namako kabe along 800 meter long street. Narumi was a post town on the Tokaido that has remained the old atmosphere. Arimatsu and Narumi were prospering in Arimatsu Shibori, Arimatsu tie-dyeing in the Edo period. You can buy Arimatsu tie-dyeing product in the area. The Arimatsu Tie-dyeing Festival is in June and the Arimatsu Float Festival is in October.
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Arimatsu・Narumi Tie Dyeing Museum

Address: 3008 Arimatsu, Midori District, Nagoya, Aichi

Access: 4 minute walk from Arimatsu Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 052-621-0111

Website: Arimatsu・Narumi Tie Dyeing Museum

 

#5. Fruit Picking

Fruit Picking

Located to the northeast of Nagoya City, Tokokusan Fruit Park is an amusement park, consisting of orchards with various fruits, there are greenhouses for tropical fruits and fishing ponds. At the orchards you can pick seasonal fruits, such as apples, Japanese apricots, blueberries, and persimmons all the year around.
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Togokusan Fruit Park

Address:2100 Azuma-dani, Kamishidami, Moriyama District, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 25 minute walk from Kozoji Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Phone: 052-736-3344

Website: Togokusan Fruit Park (Japanese)

 

#6. Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Located in Asuke, eastern Aichi Prefecture, Korankei is one of the most famous and beautiful colorful leaves spots in the Aich Prefecture. Originally the maple trees were planted by priests of the Kojakuji Temple about 380 years ago, autumn leaves in this area have attracted people for many years. Around 4,000 maple trees of 11 species along the Tomoe River and in the precinct of the Kojakuji Temple are overwhelming. At the Colorful Leaves Festival, maple trees are illuminated at the night. Asuke is designated as an Important Traditional Structure, enjoy splendid traditional houses along the street.
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Asuke Tourist Association

Address:  34-1 Miyadaira, Adasuke-cho, Toyota, Aichi

Access: 45 minute bus ride from Toyota-shi Station

Phone: 0565-62-1272

Website: Asuke Tourist Association (Japanese)

 

#7. Local Cuisine

Miso Katsu
Photo Credit: YuyaTamai@flickr

There are several specialty dishes unique to Nagoya, such as miso katsu and hitsumabushi. Miso Katsu is a tonkatsu or pork cutlet served with a special sweet sauce made with haccho miso, miso is fermented soy beans. Speaking of miso katsu, Yabaton is one of the most famous restaurant specializing in miso katsu. The head shop is near Yabacho Station, and other several shops are around Nagoya. Hitsumabushi is an eel dish, chopped eel fillets cooked over charcoal with soy flavored sauce on rice. Histumabushi is served in a round wooden container called hitsu. To enjoy hitsumabushi, first taste the eel as it is, next add condiments, and then add tea or broth, lastly eat as you like. Atsuta Horaiken near Atsuta Shrine is the most famous Hitsumabushi restaurant.
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Atsuta Horaiken

Address: Matsuzakaya Nagoya, 3-30-8 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 2 minute walk from Yabacho Station

Hours:
*Weekdays
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
4:30 PM – 10:00 PM
*Weekends
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Phone: 052-264-3825

Website: Atsuta Horaiken

 

#8. Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle was originally built as the residence of Owari Tokugawa Clan by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1610. Nagoya Castle is dubbed as one of the three great castles in Japan, as well as Kumamoto Castle and Osaka Castle. Golden grampuses surmounting the castle roof tower along with the castle are a symbol of Nagoya. Although the castle tower, a part of the watch tower, and gate existed before World War II, they were all destroyed by air raids in 1945. After the war, the castle tower was reconstructed. The castle and surroundings are designated as a Special Historical Site. Inside the castle, there are many treasures, including Important Cultural Properties, are on display, and you can learn about the history. Many seasonal flowers surrounding the castle bloom beautifully all year round.
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Nagoya Castle

Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka District, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 10 minute walk from Shiyakusho Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Phone: 052-231-1700

Website: Nagoya Castle

 

#9. Temples & Shrines

Toyokawa Inari Shrine

There are many temples and shrines to visit in the Aichi Prefecture, such as Toyokawa Inari and Osu Kannon. Toyokawa Inari, officially called Myogonji Temple, is a Zen temple of Sodo sect. In spite of temple, Toyokawa Inari has a torii gate in the precinct, and is one of the three major Inari in Japan. Toyokawa Inari is renowned for many stone fox statues called Reikoduka as well as thousands of flags lined along the approach, each of which bear the wish of its donor. The temple is worshiped as a deity of good business all over Japan. Osu Kannon is one of  three major Kanon in Japan. The temple is famous for the oldest written copy of Kojiki, Japan’s oldest historical record, in the library called Shipukuji Bunko located in the heart of Nagoya City, it’s convenient to visit and the temple is alive and bustling.

 

#10. Amusement Parks

Laguna Ten Bosch

laguna bay
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Laguna Ten Bosch is an amusement complex overlooking the Mikawa Bay, consisting of a theme park, a shopping mall, and restaurants, a facility for thalassotherapy, a beach and hot springs. All generations can enjoy the park all year around.
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Laguna Ten Bosch

Address: 2-3-1 Kaiyo-cho, Gamagori, Aichi

Access: 15 minute taking a bus from Gamafori Station

Admission Fee: Depends on what time you enter

Hours: Depends on the day

Phone: 0533-58-2700

Website: Laguna Ten Bosch

 

Okashi no Shiro

Okashi no Shiro
Photo Credit: aichi-now.jp

Located in Inuyama City, Okashi no Shiro, or Sweets Castle is a theme park where you can bake cookies, decorate cookies, have an all-you-can-eat lunch and sweets, and dress up like Cinderella. About 200 sugar works are on display, they look like traditional castles and famous spots from around the world.
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Okashi no Shiro

Address: 1 Arakawa, Inuyama, Aichi

Access: 20 minute walk from Gakuden Station

Admission Fee:
1,200 yen (Adults)
900 yen (Children)

Hours:
9:30 AM – 5:oo PM (Weekday)
9:00AM – 6:00 PM (Weekend)

Phone: 0568-67-818

Website: Okashi no Shiro

 

The Little World

The Little World
Photo Credit: littleworld.jp

With a site area of 1,230,000 square meters, the Little World of Museum of Men is an open-air museum in Inuyama City. Thirty-three facilities relocated from 22 countries are on display. You can enjoy various foods from around the world, such as Taiwan, Indonesia and Germany, and buy souvenirs from around the world. You can dress up in folk costumes.
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The Little World

Address: 90-48 Imai-Narusawa, Inuyama, Aichi

Access: 20 minute taking a bus from Inuyama Station

Hours:
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Spring, Summer, & Fall)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Winter)

Admission Fee:
1,700 yen (Adults)
1,300 yen (Over Age 65)
1,100 yen (High School Students)
700 yen (Elementary & Junior High School Students)
300 yen (Infants)

Phone: 0568-62-5611

Website: The Little World

 

#11. Takeshima Island

Takeshima Island
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With only 680 meters of periphery, Takeshima Island is a tiny uninhabited island in Mikawa Bay, and is designated as a Natural Monument. You can cross the bridge to the island on foot. Yaotomi Shrine, that is believed to be founded in the Heian period, is the heart of the island. The whole island is a sacred place and power spot. This island boasts the different flowers that can’t be found on the mainland. Near the island, there are many tourist spots, such as Takeshima Aquarium, Seashore Literature Museum, and Gamagori Classic Hotel.
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Takeshima Island

Address: Takeshima-cho, Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture

Phone: 0533-68-3700 (Yaotomi Shrine)

Website: Gamagori Tourism Site

 

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