Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Aichi Area

  • Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
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    4.5
    1275 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.

    Great family place to cool off from the humidity and view ocean life! Dolphin show, Penguin walk and my favorite the Spider crab that makes you want to eat lunch!!

  • Nagoya City Science Museum
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    4.0
    1010 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.

    We visited the Science Museum on a somewhat snowy morning. It was a weekend, so it was crowded. I opted not to do the planetarium because I read it was only in Japanese. I just did the museum and...

  • LEGOLAND Japan Resort
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    3.5
    608 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.

    Went on a normal school day with ten year old kid, was pretty quiet and only had to wait about five minutes for rides. Younger kids younger than eight or shorter than 130 cm had to wait up to 30...

  • Vantelin Dome Nagoya
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    4.0
    404 Reviews
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    Aichi Nagoya-shi Higashi-ku Daiko Minami 1-1-1
    This domed stadium, which opened in 1997, is widely known as the home of the Chunichi Dragons. In addition to holding baseball games, it can also host a wide variety of other events such as concerts and exhibitions. It is equipped with a 106 meter-wide video screen, LED lighting, and other facilities that allow a diverse range of productions that leverage its massive scale. Other facilities include concession stands and restaurants on each level, shops that sell original merchandise, and a nursery.

    What an atmosphere! Nagoyan fans are amazing, they chant all game long!!! F&B are good and with a great variety to offer.

  • Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    760 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...

  • Oasis 21
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    4.0
    487 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.

  • Museum Meiji-Mura
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    4.5
    499 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).

    I had been there some times before. Every time I went there, it was an interesting experiences. Especially, you can see buildings of Meiji period. If you have any interest in architecture and design...

  • Chubu Centrair International Airport
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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.
  • Tokugawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    448 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...

  • Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park
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    4.0
    159 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.

    I enjoyed with my child in this park very much, because my son ran and played without any concern. And interestingly enough, the great park will open at once! That is GHIBLI PARK, it is opening...

  • Toyota Stadium
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
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    Aichi Toyota-shi Sengokucho 7-2
    Located in Sengoku-cho, Toyota City, this is the home soccer stadium of the J-League's Nagoya Grampus. With a capacity of about 45,000, it's the second largest soccer stadium in Japan after Saitama Stadium. The pillar-free suspended roof structure and the stands that rise at an angle of up to 38 degrees create a special sense of unity. Restaurants overlook the field.

    The organisation for such a big event was impressive. Toilet and drinks queues were a little daunting, but the welcome both in the town and the stadium heavily outweighed these minor difficulties and...

  • Nagoya Congress Center
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    3.5
    89 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.

  • Takeshima Aquarium【Temporarily closed】
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    4.5
    181 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.

  • Japan Monkey Park
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
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    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...

  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Higashisakura 1-13-2 Aichi Arts Center, 10th Floor
    This art museum in Nagoya City's Higashi Ward is located on the 10th floor of the Aichi Arts Center, and is the successor to the Aichi Prefectural Culture Hall and Museum of Art which opened in 1955. Primarily featuring 20th century art from Japan and abroad, the museum is home to many masterpieces including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ryuzaburo Umehara, and Sotaro Yasui. In particular, there is a complete collection of works leaning towards German Expressionism and Surrealism, and also postwar art of the USA. The special collection donated by Nagoya art collector Teizo Kimura has more than 3,000 works including modern Japanese-style paintings, Chinaware, and Buddhist images, and these works are displayed in the Teizo Kimura Collection Room and in some of the special exhibitions.

    I took my two young kids there for their first ever visit to an art museum. Both were very excited to see the Klimt, which I had shown then pictures of from the website. We planned our trip...

  • Kuragaike Park
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    4.5
    105 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...

  • Denpark
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    4.0
    125 Reviews
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    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...

  • Airport Walk Nagoya
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    4.0
    93 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.

    This is a very nice medium sized shopping mall. It should be noted that this mall is no longer connected to the airport. They are separate facilities about a 10 minute walk from each other. There are...

  • Toyota Museum
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    4.0
    19 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.

    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.

  • Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
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    4.5
    104 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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