Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Aichi Area

  • Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    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...

  • Nagoya City Science Museum
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    4.0
    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...

  • 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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    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.

  • Tokugawaen
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    4.0
    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...

  • Little World Museum of Man
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    4.0
    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...

  • Tokugawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Takeshima Aquarium【Temporarily closed】
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    4.5
    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.

  • Airport Walk Nagoya
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nishikasugaiguntoyoyamachou Toyoba Hayashizaki 1-8
    A shopping mall housed inside the former Nagoya Airport International Terminal building. The mall has a movie theater and shopping center building and also retains many features of the original airport, including check-in counters and an observation deck. A variety of airport-related events are held here regularly and the mall is frequented by families and others.

    A large shopping centre with a good range of eating places and a childrens play area There is a supermarket and a wide range of shops

  • Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park
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    4.0
    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.

  • Odaka Ryokuchi Greens Park (Odaka Ryokuchi)
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Midori-ku Odakachou Takayama 1-1
    A park where children and adults can play surrounded by greenery and natural beauty. The park also boasts an array of facilities such as go-karts, miniature golf, a dinosaur plaza, dog run, and boats. Some facilities, such as the day camp area, require an advance reservation. The park’s soothing and atmospheric bamboo thicket walking trail was selected as one of the top 20 designs in the inaugural Nagoya Town Design Selection contest. The park is planted with a great variety of flowering plants that bloom throughout the year for visitors to enjoy. Crayfish fishing in the park’s flower and tree garden is popular; in fall, the shiratama hoshikusa pipeworts come into bloom.

    Odaka Ryokuchi is a spacious green space located cozily near the railway station and Old Tokaido. It is one of the most popular urban parks in Nagoya with nice cherry orchard, plum blossom grove...

  • Nagoya Congress Center
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    3.5
    88 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Atsutanishimachi 1-1
    A convention center located in Shiratori Park in Atsuta Ward, Nagoya City. Facilities include the 3,000 seat Century Hall, international conference rooms, event halls, and more. The center holds regular events such as classical music competitions and concerts and is used by many locals and visitors from far and wide.

    Was here for a live concert. It took place in the Century Hall, its capacity is 3,000 seating not one of the big ones but its still very good to host concerts. Had a great time.

  • Meitetsu Department Store Main Building
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    3.5
    97 Reviews
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    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...

  • Nagoya City Art Museum
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    3.5
    127 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Sakae 2-17-25 Forest of art and science/In Shirakawa park
    An art museum which focuses on art relating to the local area but which also possesses pieces from international artists. Visitors can view School of Paris, Mexican Renaissance, and modern art. The museum also displays works by Amedeo Modigliani and Marc Chagall. The museum is located inside Shirakawa Park, where visitors can view modern sculptures by artists such as Isamu Noguchi. The museum has a library and coffee shop. The museum shop offers original merchandise such as prints of Amedeo Modigliani’s Girl with Pigtails, a piece in the museum’s collection.

    We went to this art museum mostly because it was close to the Science Museum, but we didnt even end up going to that one after the art museum, ha! There were several impressive works in both the...

  • Kakukyu Hatcho Miso (Hatcho Miso no Sato)
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Hacchouchou Oukandori 69
    Hatcho Miso no Sato in Hatcho Town, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, is owned by the Hatcho miso producer Kakukyu who have been making this kind of fermented soybean paste since the early Edo period. The black walled main building resembling a church and the storehouse built in 1927 have been designated as registered tangible cultural properties of Japan. In the old Meiji period storehouse now refurbished as an historical museum, visitors can see reproductions of how miso used to be made and the tools that were used. Visitors can also take a tour of the Hatcho Miso factory with guided tours available on weekends and national holidays. There is also a shop, an area to sample the miso, and a restaurant on site.

    The tour is free, but you have to register yourself at the reception counter inside the souvenir shop. You will find it located on your left once you enter the shop. You will be given a piece of...

  • Kuragaike Park
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    4.5
    103 Reviews
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    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...

  • Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Higashisakura 1-13-2 Aichi Arts Center
    A performing arts theater standing along Nishiki-dori Avenue in Higashisakura, Higashi Ward, Nagoya City. The theater has a large hall complete with stage mechanisms able to be used for fully fledged opera performances, a concert hall equipped with a pipe organ, a small hall which can be used for a variety of performing arts, and one medium sized and one large rehearsal room.

    5階席で観ました。音響は申し分ありませんがロックバンドのライブを観るには少々雰囲気がイマイチです。売店はありませんでした。

  • Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Aoi 1-19-30
    The art museum is directly connected to Exit 1 of Shinsakaemachi Station. On display are the pieces of art collected by the late Yamazaki Teruyuki, former president of the Yamazaki Mazak Corporation. The collection focusses on French art from the 18th to 20th centuries. Along with paintings are art nouveau works by artists such as Emile Galle including glass pieces and furniture. Relax and enjoy French fine art in the exhibition halls decorated with chandeliers and other adornments giving them the feeling of classical salons.

    The receptionist had peremptory manners and it made me unpleasant. Its not busy at all even at weekend.

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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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