Spots in Aichi Area

  • Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine)
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    1741 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Jingu 1-1-1
    This shrine located in Nagoya City’s Atsuta Ward has been known familiarly as “Atsuta Sama” since long ago. Reported to have been established in 113, it is revered as a Great Shrine ranking second only to Ise Jingu Shrine. The shrine is famous as a place that enshrines the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the three sacred treasures that symbolize the Imperial throne. The approximately 190,000-square meter premises are thick with kusunoki (camphor trees) that have been living for more than one thousand years, and are scattered with numerous setsumatsu-sha (smaller shrines managed under the shrine). There are numerous events and festivals held at the shrine including Hatsu Ebisu on January 5, and it is constantly bustling with visitors for Shichi-Go-San (shrine visit by children aged 7, 5 and 3), omiya-mairi (the first shrine visits by babies) and even Hatsu Mode (the first shrine visit of New Year).

    A beautiful shrine set in splendid nature that is very well-maintained. Enjoyed the serene surroundings as I strolled through the forested path to the shrine. Theres a peaceful walking trail around...

  • A National Treasure, Inuyama Castle
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    4.5
    1032 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Kitakoken 65-2
    Inuyama Castle which was founded by Oda Nobuyasu, Oda Nobunaga’s uncle in 1537 during the Muromachi period. It is the oldest wooden donjon in existence in Japan and is one of “the 12 Castles with Existing Castle Towers”. The top floor of the watchtower style donjon overlooks Kiso River, Gifu Castle and Nagoya town, and it must surely be a superb view. I guess you will be able to get a sense of what it was like to be a feudal lord. The castle was designated as a National Treasure in 1952 based on the Cultural Property Protection Act.

    We were staying in Nagoya for 5 nights and went for a visit to Inuyama Castle. We bought a combo ticket from the Meitetsu company which, for 1380 yen per person, included round trip on the train...

  • Nagoya Castle
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    4.5
    343 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Honmaru 1-1
    Nagoya Castle was built in 1612 as the castle of the feudal lord, Yoshinao who was the ninth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The large donjon and the small donjon with their characteristic golden dolphins were destroyed during the air raids of Nagoya in 1945, but they were rebuilt in 1959. The pictures on room partitions which are Important Cultural Properties and historical materials are on display in the large donjon, in addition, you can also observe a “full-scale replica of the Golden Dolphin” and you can experience stone pulling and palanquin riding. Nagoya Castle was selected as one of Japan’s 100 Great Castles, and it has also been designated as a Special Historic Site of Japan.

    Just the effort that goes into keeping alive the look and feel of hundreds of year old lifestyle is amazing. Definitely worth spending time enjoying art and architecture of past

  • Nagoya City Science Museum
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    1006 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Sakae 2-17-1 Forest of art and science/In Shirakawa park
    This is a comprehensive science museum located in Nagoya City. The building is characteristic for its unique external appearance which seems to be embracing a giant sphere. The museum is largely composed of three main buildings, the Life Science Building, which features exhibits about the human body and life on earth, the Astronomy Building, which features astronomy and the mysteries of space, and the Science and Technology Building featuring exhibits related to science and physics. The sphere is actually the Brother Earth planetarium, the world’s largest which projects a large starry sky on the dome. There are also large exhibits popular with both children and adults such as a room with a temperature of -30 degrees Celsius where visitors can experience an aurora and a corner to experience an artificial tornado.

    Admission fee was 400 Yen for the museum, 800 Yen for museum and planetarium. We got the museum fee only as we did not understand Japanese for the planetarium videos and they did not have an English...

  • Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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    749 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Chikusa-ku Higashiyamamotomachi 3-70
    The Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens are located within Higashiyama Park in Nagoya City, and are divided up into three zones comprised of a zoo, botanical gardens, and an amusement park. The zoo is home to approximately 500 types of animals ranging from popular creatures such as elephants, giraffes and koalas to killifish. Complete with a corner to enjoy feeding and petting of animals, the zoo attracted attention in 2015 for its very handsome gorilla, Shabani, who was said to be “too ikemen” (a colloquial phrase for “hot guy”). The botanical gardens which display approximately 7,000 types of plants allows visitors to come in contact with nature in the large greenhouse and around the gentle walking course. The amusement park is popular among families with many attractions costing between 100 and 300 yen.

    Have been to this zoo several times. It’s fine in many ways, in that it has a decent array of animals, some ok food on offer and some other attractions such as the botanical gardens and some rides...

  • Chubu Centrair International Airport
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    4.0
    469 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Tokonameshi Centrair 1-chome
    An airport in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture which opened in 2005 and which serves as the gateway to the skies in the Chubu area. Both international and domestic flights operate here, making transfers convenient. The airport’s restaurants and shops open early and close late to serve passengers taking early morning and late night flights. The Meihinkan shop sells an abundant variety of Nagoya products with a focus on goods perfect for souvenirs. You can also find restaurants offering a variety of cuisine genres as well as Nagoya specialties. Or you can enjoy a bath while watching the planes take off and land in Centrair’s own Fu no Yu bathhouse. With so many shops and facilities on offer, Chubu Centrair is almost like a theme park.

    This is well set up for people to get a snack or last minute shopping. Only issue is due to crowds it can be hard to find a seat if not in a restaurant. Highly recommend for food before a flight.

  • Museum Meiji-Mura
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    4.5
    491 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Uchiyama 1
    This outdoor museum is located in Inuyama City. It displays a number of buildings from the Meiji period, the era that created the foundation for modern Japan, that have been transplanted from across the country. Located on a large hilly area facing Lake Iruka, the museum's numerous exhibits include buildings designed as national important cultural properties such as the former residence of Saigo Judo and the St. John's Church from Kyoto, railway monuments, and modern industrial heritages. The museum also features a number of hands-on facilities including one where visitors can ride on steam locomotives or a Kyoto street car and another where visitors can take commemorative photos dressed in fashionable Meiji era-style garb. Fees are required for some activities. Groups of 20 or more can play a real-world ''Game of Life'' that takes place over the entire village (reservation required).

    The museum can be reach by taking a bus from Inuyama Station. The bus from the station to the museum takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. This is the last stop of the line. From...

  • Oasis 21
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    489 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Higashisakura 1-11-1
    Oasis 21 which has a direct connection to Nagoya’s business district Sakae Station is a multi-complex facility with parks, bus terminals and commercial facilities. Enjoy the seasonal flowers on the field of green where the lawn stretches out, and events are often held in the Galaxy Platform. The “Spaceship-Aqua” fills the space above the blowout space. It is a large roof of glass which floats in the air. A thin veil of water flows on the glass surface, and it is beautifully illuminated in vivid colors. A garden path surrounds the outer circumference of the glass roof, allowing people to enjoy a stroll in the air 14 meters above ground.

    Went to Oasis 21 in the afternoon to do a little bit of shopping. I would recommend visitors to go in the evening because the roof looks like a spaceship! Could see Nagoya Tower from there as well.

  • Tokugawaen
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    482 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Tokugawachou 1001
    This is a Japanese Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style garden (a stroke-style garden around a big pond) in Nagoya City. The garden got its start in 1695 when Tokugawa Mitsutomo, the second feudal lord of the Owari clan, moved to the “Ozone Yashiki” retirement villa, the construction of which he had personally overseen. The garden is a condensed representation of Japan’s nature with clear streams flowing down into a central pond symbolizing the ocean, arranged with hills, a peony garden and iris patch that all combine to produce a beautiful landscape. There is also the Tokugawa Art Museum and a French restaurant that looks out over the garden filled with flowers in all four seasons and which is a lovely place to appreciate the new leaves in spring and the changing colors of the leaves in autumn.

    Tokugawa-en Garden can be visited for a few hundred yen more along with a visit to the museum. While the landscape doesnt measure up to some of Japans better known gardens, Its still quite...

  • Toyota Museum
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    4.5
    340 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagakuteshi Yokomichi 41-100
    Opened in 1989 for the 50th anniversary of Toyota Motor, the museum has a main building and annex. You can easily learn about the history of the evolution of automobiles. There is a library inside where you can deepen your knowledge of automobiles. In addition, there is also a library for children with picture books of vehicles. The museum shop has plenty of original goods, and the restaurant has a menu centered on Western-style dishes. There are car-related reading materials even in the cafe, so you can spend a relaxing time there.

    Its not just Toyota, its about cars... history and cars. The release of a certain car set in the time era. Good lay-out, cars all look amazing, as new. You can also see nice cars on the parking...

  • Tokugawa Art Museum
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    444 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Tokugawachou 1017
    This private art museum located within Tokugawaen in Nagoya City opened in 1935 to showcase items donated by the 19th lord of the Owari Tokugawa clan and his in-laws. The collection exceeds 10,000 items and is comprised of daimyo (feudal lord) implements passed down in the Owari Tokugawa clan such as relics related to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, articles purchased from other daimyo families, and donations from wealthy merchants. The collection includes numerous National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, and important works of art, and is famous for items such as Genji Monogatari Emaki (The Picture Scroll of the Tale of Genji)” and Hatsune no Chodo. Displays in the permanent section allow visitors to catch a glimpse of life in the Owari clan, and exhibitions are also held in accordance with the seasons as well as different themes.

    While the Tokugawa Art Museum doesnt have much in quantity of what is on display, it has nine items that are designated as national treasures which includes 12th century handscrolls. The items that...

  • Kitanosan Sinpuku-ji Hosho-in (Osu Kannon Temple)
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    444 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Osu 2-21-47
    Located in the Osu district of Nagoya City’s Naka Ward, this temple belonging to the Shingon Chisan sect is said to be one of Japan’s three hallowed grounds of Kannon, the deity of mercy. It is also well-known under the name Osu-Kannon. The temple was constructed as Shinpuku-ji in 1333 in what is now Gifu Prefecture’s Hashima City, and was moved to its present site in 1612. The vermillion hondo (main temple) is a symbol of Osu and is known as the “Osu Bunko” (library) for its collection of some 15,000 old books including Japan’s oldest manuscript of the “Kojiki” (Records of Ancient Matters), a National Treasure, and the “Shomonki” (The Chronicle of Masakado), which is an Important Cultural Property.

    We pop by the temple because it marks the entrance of the shopping district that we wanted to explore. Temple complex is small and not really a must visit for us but since we are around the corner...

  • Noritake Garden
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    4.0
    368 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nishi-ku Noritakeshinmachi 3-1-36
    This complex in Nagoya City opened in 2001 on the site of an old factory next to the headquarters of pottery manufacturer Noritake. The garden is divided into the northern nature zone with open space, and the southern commercial zone with facilities such as the tableware shop Noritake Square Nagoya and restaurants. Factory tours are available and there is also a museum where visitors can appreciate Old Noritake ware as well as a welcome center where visitors can learn about Noritake’s history.

    Fun!! Nice museum showing the Noritake porcelain process, with an excellent on site store and nice cafe. Highlight for us was the paint your own plate experience, for $100 Aud we painted two plates...

  • Little World Museum of Man
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    309 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Imai Narisawa 90-48
    An outdoor folk museum which presents the folk culture of peoples from countries around the world. Buildings from around the globe stand on the park’s grounds. Here you can enjoy cuisine from areas throughout Japan and the world, buy souvenirs, and try on folk costumes. There are also restaurants and a cafés with terrace seating. The World Bazzar Café has a kids’ space, making it easy for the whole family to enjoy the flavors of the world. Shops selling souvenirs from across the globe are colored by the culture of the countries they represent, and here you’ll find an abundant selection of goods, including German sausages and French cheeses and sweets.

    Far from city and not convenience with public transportation. All buildings are imitated from book or internet, thus it is a bit far from real. However, it is a good place to have relax time with...

  • Shirotori Garden
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Atsutanishimachi 2-5
    A garden located in Atsuta Nishi-machi, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya City. Modeled after geographical features in the Chubu region such as Mt. Ontake and the Kiso River, this traditional Japanese excursion garden built around a central pond is one of the largest in the Tokai region. Inside the garden, there is a teahouse built in the sukiya style, and a teahouse cafe which serves matcha powdered green tea, Japanese sweets, and lunch dishes.

    Over my time living in Nagoya, Ive come to consider Shirotori Garden to be my favorite place in Nagoya. Granted, that might not be saying much, as this is a city not exactly known for sightseeing...

  • LEGOLAND Japan Resort
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    Aichi Nagoya-shi Minato-ku Kinjofuto 2-2-1
    This large outdoor theme park based on the popular children’s toy of Lego(R) opened in April of 2017. The park is divided up into seven areas including attractions and roller coasters where visitors can have adventures in a mysterious world, an area that recreates Japan’s famous places in Lego(R), and an area where guests can play freely with Lego(R) blocks. At the largest Lego(R) shop in Asia, they also sell products that are limited to the park. From small children to adults, this is a popular spot that the entire family can enjoy together. The closest station is Kinjo-futo Station.
  • Takeshima Aquarium【Temporarily closed】
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    174 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Gamagorishi Takeshimachou 1-6
    The old fashioned exterior of this aquarium speaks of its long history; inside, you’ll find some 4,500 marine creatures comprised of 500 species. The aquarium displays both freshwater and seawater life. Many of the informational cards and posters in the aquarium were hand-written by the staff themselves. Visitors appreciate the easy-to-understand content. The aquarium also goes to efforts to routinely change the content of their exhibits. The cute sea lion shows are popular with adults as well as children.

    This place was a great surprise. The vast collection of marine life here was unbelievable. ¥500 for adults. The touching pool was better than any Ive seen at any aquarium worldwide. Well done.

  • Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Minato-ku Minatomachi 1-3
    This large aquarium is located in Minato Ward, Nagoya City. It is comprised of two buildings; the North Building and the South Building. The South Building is notable for exhibits that recreate five parts of the world's oceans, namely Japan, Australia, the Equator, Antarctica, and the deep sea. Check out the ''sardine tornado'' in its large tank as well. The North Building, which is themed around Cetacea classified marine mammals, displays species including the common bottlenose dolphin and beluga whales. Its biggest attraction is the dolphin shows held in its main pool, which happens to be Japan's largest. The dynamic performances are popular with people of all ages.
  • Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park
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    157 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagakuteshi Ibaragabasama Otsu 1533-1
    A park which was erected on the site of Expo 2005 Aichi. Japan’s first magnetic levitation train Linimo, operates in the park. The park is extremely large; the cycling course is 5.1 kilometers long. The Aichi Children’s Center inside the park contains play equipment and children run about the facility having fun. Particularly popular is Satsuki and Mei’s House, which recreates the world from the movie My Neighbor Totoro. The park also has a variety of other facilities on offer for adults and children to enjoy.

    Years after the close of the first expo for the Chubu area(central,Japan). The area is still one of the best parks for family and friends to hang out for weekends.

  • Irako View Hotel
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    271 Reviews
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    Aichi Tahara-shi Hiicho
    This hotel, situated along National Route 42 in Honeyama, Hiicho, Tahara City, boasts fantastic views. All of the hotel's rooms have an ocean view, and guests can take in the sight of the sun rising on the Pacific Ocean side and the sun setting on the Ise Bay side. In the hotel's spaVIEW hot spring bathhouse, guests can enjoy a relaxing soak while taking in the surrounding ocean, islands, and Shima Peninsula, as well as sunsets in the evening.

    PRO * The view from any window in the building was splendid. * The buffet-style Japanese food in the main restaurant was delicious. * Quiet room * Parking (in 11/2018) was easy. CON * Beds were...

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Aichi is a prefecture of great natural beauty with Nagoya city at its heart, a busy hub home to a labyrinth of underground shops and the 17th-century Nagoya Castle. Castles are easy to find in this history-rich prefecture, but the highlight for history buffs has to be the Museum Meiji-mura, where preserved buildings from the turn of the 20th century are displayed in all their grandeur in an outdoor museum.

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