Spots in Aichi Area

  • Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine)
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    4.0
    1750 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
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    4.5
    1271 Reviews
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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.

    When cetaceans face an aggressor in the wild, they are able to swim away. When they are in captivity like in Nagoya Aquarium, there is nowhere to go but to live with them in such a confined space...

  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
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    4.5
    1518 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nishi-ku Noritakeshinmachi 4-1-35
    This is the corporate museum of the Toyota Group, which transitioned into the automobile industry from the textile machinery industry and has now become a global automobile manufacturer. The museum uses the brick building that was the former Sako Plant of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works. The exhibits inside the museum are divided into the Textile Machinery Pavilion and the Automobile Pavilion, and in the Textile Machinery Pavilion visitors can learn about textile machinery and the evolution of technology. The Automobile Pavilion introduces the mechanism of automobiles and the exercise of developmental technology and production technology. There is also a monozukuri (Japanese craftsmanship) corner intended for children.

    We took a walk up to the Museum on a rainy day, it was a memorable experience on the two plus kilometres journey which was through some less commercialized area. The museum housed inside few...

  • A National Treasure, Inuyama Castle
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    4.5
    1034 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...

  • LEGOLAND Japan Resort
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    3.5
    579 Reviews
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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.

    I went there a second time with my kids they loved it and begged me too go again. but we didnt because of covid.

  • Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    755 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.

    Wow! Such an incredible zoo. So many things to see it takes all day. My only suggestion for improvement would be for them to charge more for the tickets. Costs only 500 Yen --should be 3 or 4 times...

  • Chubu Centrair International Airport
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    4.0
    107 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.

    Not so crowded and clean airport. Very nice restaurants outside of gates. Not many restaurants within the gates but many kiosk.

  • Museum Meiji-Mura
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    4.5
    494 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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    4.0
    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.

  • Tokugawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    447 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...

  • Nagoya Castle
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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.
  • Little World Museum of Man
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    4.0
    310 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park
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    4.0
    158 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.

  • Japan Monkey Park
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Kanrin 26
    An amusement park and adjoining zoo. The amusement park features over 30 rides, including ones for small children. Seasonal events are held here and in summer the Paradise of Water Monpuru pool and waterpark is open to visitors. On weekdays only, visitors can take commemorative photos with park mascots. The park’s restaurants serve giant deep-fried shrimp, a Nagoya specialty, as well as an abundant menu of other items. A gate in the park leads to the adjoining zoo where you can see monkeys from around the world. Note that a separate entry fee is required for the zoo.

    This review is mainly for the expat community. The Monkey Park is an excellent day trip if you have small children. Years back, the park had a few rides more suitable for older children but sadly...

  • Nittaiji Temple
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    4.0
    140 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Chikusa-ku Hououchou 1-1
    Nittaiji Temple is located about 10 minutes on foot from Kakuozan Station. It was founded in 1904 to house the ashes of Buddha, which the Kingdom of Siam (now the Kingdom of Thailand) gave to Japan. It is the only temple in Japan that does not belong to any specific sect but represents all the sects. In the main hall is the gold-bronze statue of Shaka Nyorai (Tathagata), which was a national treasure of Thailand, and the ashes of Buddha are kept in the holy tower. On the 21st of every month approximately 100 stalls and throngs of people flock to the path leading up to the temple. It is also well-known as a place to see cherry blossom and azaleas.

    They have market on 21th every month. Lots of food carts on side of street from the kakuozan subway station. Try little bit each as one portion is small and cheap!

  • Kuragaike Park
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    4.5
    104 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Yanamichou Houzawa 714-5
    A public park situated along Prefectural Route 343 in Hozawa Yanami-cho, Toyota City. The expansive grounds, abundant with natural scenery, are also designated Aichi Kogen Quasi-National Park. Park facilities include a zoo, farm, botanical garden, and huge playhouse with play equipment. The park can also be accessed from the Kuragaike Parking Area on the Tokai Loop Expressway Inner Loop.

    no entrance fee needed, there is a park,zoo and a huge playplace for children inside a building so they can play even if it is raining.great place for picnic as well, theres so much to see like the...

  • Denpark
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aichi Pref. Anjoushi Akamatsuchou Kaji 1
    Similar to the country of Denmark, an advanced farming nation, the city of Anjo has come to serve as a model for farming across Japan. Accordingly, the city has gained the nickname, the “Denmark of Japan.” Denpark, a park filled with flowers and green plants, also boasts a variety of facilities, such as restaurants, shops, and play equipment. Here you can view and enjoy seasonal plants. Events based around various plants’ blooming seasons are also held here. In the park’s microbrew studio, you can sip Anjo City’s Den Beer. The Marchen trolley circles the park’s spacious grounds, making it easy to enjoy all the park has to offer, even for families with small children.

    This is a great place to spend a day with kids. Firstly, the car park is free which is almost unheard of in Japan. The park entrance fee is very cheap. There is a train that goes round the park that...

  • Cape Irago Lighthouse
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Taharashi Iragochou Koyama
    A lighthouse which stands on the tip of the Atsumi Peninsula which has been selected as one of the 50 most scenic lighthouses in Japan. From the area of the lighthouse, you can get a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, Ise Bay, and Mikawa Bay. The lighthouse serves a valuable role as a marker for ships coming into and leaving port. The medium-sized, white-walled lighthouse stands out against the blue of the ocean and sky. Visitors may only explore the area around the lighthouse; the interior is closed to the general public.

    塔高15m程と小さいながら、海岸に位置し入出港の要、日本の灯台50選の一つです。 駐車場から道路を少し上がって下がると灯台がありました。海岸線の平らな游歩道から行けばよかったと、後で気付きました。

  • Toyota Museum
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    After some hours at museum, this was a nice break. Decent, basic food on nice price and friendly service. Gives boost to study some more rooms full of car history.

  • Meitetsu Department Store Main Building
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    3.5
    98 Reviews
    Shopping
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nakamura-ku Meieki 1-2-1
    This department store located above Meitetsu Nagoya Station is comprised of two buildings; the Main Building and the Men's Building. It is famous for being the home of Nana-chan, a giant mannequin that serves as a meeting place for many visitors to Nagoya Station. In addition to stores that carry a wide variety of trendy fashion items, there are also stores that carry everyday items. The gourmet food court on the 9th floor of the main building has a full selection of dining options including well-established Japanese, western-style, Chinese, and Italian restaurant, as well as well-known local restaurants.

    Located at the Meitetsu train station, the mall gives off an old feel. There is a supermarket where you can get something for the train ride. There are some good restaurants upstairs. Be there early...

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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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