Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Aichi Area

  • Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
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    4.5
    1279 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.

    A lovely place to enjoy with kids. You have lovely dolphin show, a great aquarium, a ship that depicts the life of a sailor with life size and life like models.

  • Chubu Centrair International Airport
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    4.0
    480 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.

    The Centrair Sky Deck is worth checking out especially if you have time between flights. Its a nice place to catch a break, get fresh air, and watch the aircraft. Its actually a big observation...

  • LEGOLAND Japan Resort
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    3.5
    651 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.

    Very fun theme park There is a driving school where you can drive small cars on the path and it has sea life and the park also has a toilet in the park.

  • Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    761 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
    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.

  • Museum Meiji-Mura
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    4.5
    501 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...

  • Tokugawa Art Museum
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    4.0
    452 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.

    About a 30 minute bus ride from Nagoya Station is this wonderful museum with artifacts from the family of the Shoguns. It is not as crowded as many historical museums and it isnt as comprehensive...

  • Toyota Museum
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    4.5
    341 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.

    I have been there more than three times! Of course I like cars. And my son also likes them. We can see many kinds of cars, not only Toyota cars but also another company’s automobiles. They are...

  • Kariya Highway Oasis
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    4.0
    399 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Kariyashi Higashizakaichou Yoshino 55
    This parking area is located between the Toyoake and Toyota Minami interchanges of the Isewangan Expressway. It has many facilities such as a natural hot spring, park, Ferris wheel, shops and food court. In the fresh produce market, there is an extensive lineup of specialty products from the Tokai region and local fresh ingredients. Kariya Highway Oasis exhibits items related to celebrities born there, and warrior dolls from the local Mando Festival, an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Aichi Prefecture. It can be accessed from both the highway and regular roads.

    We were on the way back from Mie to Saitama. Stopped there for a big breakfast. Enjoyed Nagoya speciality Kishimen, miso katsudon, miso Ebi katsudon, hatcho miso tan tan men. Everything was good...

  • 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...

  • Midland Square
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    4.0
    211 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nakamura-ku Meieki 4-7-1
    This high-rise building in Nagoya is the tallest in the Chubu region at 247 meters. In the office section are the offices of world-famous companies such as Toyota Motor, and a double deck two-story elevator is in operation there. Sky Promenade, the outside observatory on the highest floor, offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Nagoya and is popular spot to enjoy the cityscape. The commercial tower houses shops belonging to the world’s top brands, as well as fashion and lifestyle boutique shops, restaurants and a cinema complex.

    Exiting Nagoya Station on the Sakura-Dori side, it is hard not to be impressed with the modernistic cityscape that confronts you. Facing to your right is the Midland Square building. Not the most...

  • Nagoya City Art Museum
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    3.5
    130 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.

    Located just next to the Science Museum, this is a rather small museum about arts. But it has a modern hype and trendy design. We were visiting the science museum, but it was closed (as its...

  • Takeshima Aquarium【Temporarily closed】
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    4.5
    184 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.

    大好きな水族館巡り。小さいけど、話題性で来客たくさん。手作りの説明書きも人が多くてゆっくり読めないくらい。時間が足りないくらい書き込まれていて飽きない。

  • Toyohashi Zoo & Botanical Park (Non Hoi Park)
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    4.5
    174 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Toyohashishi Oiwachou Oana 1-238
    A park which includes a zoo, botanical garden, amusement park, and natural history museum. At the zoo, you can view some 130 species and 900 individual animals, including polar bears in the Polar Animal Hall. 30,000 flowering plants grown in the botanical garden, giving visitors the chance to enjoy beautiful plants year-round. In the amusement park area, there’s a giant Ferris wheel, children’s train, and other fun rides for kids and adults alike. Meanwhile, visitors can learn about the history of nature and wildlife in the natural history museum. Restaurants and shops are also located in the park.

    Great park for families with young kids, combining many different things to see/do/enjoy and also learn. Gardens, greenhouse, zoo, natural history museum, dinosaur park, amusement park With many very...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Denpark
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    4.0
    126 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...

  • Kuragaike Park
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    4.5
    106 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...

  • Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
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    4.5
    108 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.

  • Asunal Kanayama
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    3.5
    85 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Kanayama 1-17-1
    A mall located not far from Kanayama Station. The mall hosts fashionable apparel shops, restaurants, a drug store, CD shop, and more. Live radio broadcasts, musical performances, and other events are held regularly in Asunal Hall on floor C1.

    市バス・地下鉄・名鉄・JR乗り換えターミナルの商業地。 飲食店、食料品店、雑貨店等とう・・・ 魅力的な場所です。 駅近なので金山イオン、郵便局、名古屋市観光案内所、JR ツアーズもあります。 利便性は抜群ですよ。 南口からは、熱田イオン行きのシャトルバス出ています。

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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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