Culture / Tour Spots in Aichi Area

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    82 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.

    Was impressed by the way the park has been redeveloped into both a recreational area and shopping maal with conne tion to the metro station

  • Nagoya City Science Museum
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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.
  • Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
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    4.5
    103 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.

  • INAX MUSEUMS (LIXIL GROUP)
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Tokonameshi Okueichou 1-130
    This cultural museum located in Tokoname City is operated by LIXIL Corporation. It features six facilities where visitors can learn the beauty of clay and pottery by experiencing their history and culture. The Tile Museum displays works of tile art from across the world. The Kiln Plaza* features a brick smoke stack and a large coal-fired kiln. Visitors can try their hand at tile art at the Tiling Workshop or making shiny clay balls at the popular Clay Works. The Architectural Terracotta Museum displays decorative works of terracotta from the Taisho to early Showa periods. Finally, the LIXIL Ceramics Lab conveys the spirit of craftsmanship. Japanese culture of manufacturing. *The Kiln Plaza is temporarily closed for retrofitting.

    Inax produced some of the the nicest tiles in the far east. The museum is historically very interesting and there is a pizzeria in the complex which is pretty good. There is a good store with...

  • SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Minato-ku Kinjoufutou 3-2-2
    This railroad museum located in the Minato Ward of Naogya City is based around the Tokaido Shinkansen yet also introduces high-speed rail technology in use from conventional trains to superconducting magnetic levitating trains (SCMaglev). The museum has 39 real train cars on display including the MLX01-type linear motor car that was displayed at Expo 2005 Aichi Japan, and visitors can even enter some of them. There is a railroad diorama and also numerous display corners where visitors can learn about train history and technology through exhibits. The Shinkansen and conventional train simulators (chosen by lottery) are very popular. There is also a very dynamic mini theater where visitors can experience a simulated world of a SCMaglev train cruising at a speed of 500 kilometers/hour.
  • Nagoya Port Wildflower Garden Bluebonnet
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Minato-ku Shiomichou 42
    A botanical garden located in Shiomi-cho, Minato Ward, Nagoya City. Here visitors can enjoy a natural-style garden filled with hearty wildflower varieties that bloom in profusion in natural fields. The facility has 22 gardens as well as a restaurant and a garden shop which sells young flower plants and gardening goods.

    時々写真を撮影に行きます 行く度に花も変わり楽しめます 人も少ないので写真撮影には、最適 花火の季節ですとガーデンから見えるのかな? 今回は、ハロウィンの飾り付けでしたよ

  • Toyohashi Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Toyohashishi Oiwachou Oana 1-238
    A museum located in Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park in Oana Oiwa-cho, Toyohashi City. The museum's standing collection consists of some 4,200 exhibits, including 10 life-sized dinosaur models in the museum's main hall. The museum also contains a real fossil skeleton belonging to an Edmontosaurus annectens, a herbivorous dinosaur which lived in the late Cretaceous Period; exhibits covering the history of the planet and life from its birth in the Paleozoic Period to the Cenozoic Era; and a local nature exhibit which looks at the natural history of the eastern Aichi Prefecture area.

    The Natural History Museum exceeded expectations! It was intimate and easy to navigate, and the interactive displays were very fun -- there was one where you can see how you would move as an ape and...

  • Dondenkan
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    3.5
    63 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Higashikoken 62
    Dondenkan is a town development facility, or museum, located in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture. It is home to four floats, each eight meters in height, which are paraded through the streets in the Inuyama Festival, one of the country’s Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The floats exquisitely decorated in gold leaf and lacquer are an impressive sight. The building has been built to reproduce the town houses of the Inuyama castle town, complete with Japanese rooms and earthen floors. The second floor exhibition room displays models and materials relating to Inuyama Festival. It’s a place where you can really feel the thrilling festival atmosphere.

    Not been inside the museum but was lucky to see the festival floats in Inuyama during the festival. The festival takes place during the first weekend on April , every year. The floats are taken in...

  • Hekinan Seaside Aquarium
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Hekinanshi Hamamachi 2-3
    This aquarium is situated on National Route 247 in Hamamachi, Hekinan City. Displaying sea life from across the country, exhibits include a huge 200-ton tank containing Japanese coastal and migratory fish, a jellyfish exhibit, and a sea turtle exhibit. The museum added a new biotope exhibit in 2019.

    リニューアルして水槽や魚の種類も変わったそうですが、こじんまりした素朴な水族館です。 大水槽には近海の魚が沢山です。餌やりの時間に大水槽の前にある椅子に座ってのんびり過ごすのも◎ また、」魚の特性を利用した展示のしかたや絶滅危惧種の魚や生き物を守る活動をしているのも 見る側にとっては勉強になります。小さなお子さんも楽しく学べるかな… プライスが安いのも魅力です。

  • World Children's Art Museum Okazaki
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Okachou Torido 1-1
    The world first fully-fledged art museum for children. The museum first opened in 1985 with the aim of cultivating in children a broad, international perspective and strong imagination. The artworks on display in the museum focus on pieces by children around the world and pieces created by famous artists during their childhood. The museum also has a standing exhibition of folk crafts, toys, and picture books from across the globe. The museum’s display rooms are divided into three themes—think, look, and create. The museum has been carefully designed so that children can learn and have fun. In the adjoining Parents and Children Art Center, painting and handicraft classes are held daily.

    Another place to let kids play. There are many activities to craft. Each room is dedicated to a different skill, where you buy a kit and the parents help as or if needed. The mushroom playground...

  • Kunizakari Sake no Bunkakan Museum
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Handashi Higashihonmachi 2-24
    The Kunizakari Sake no Bunkkan Museum is a corporate museum created by Nakano Sake Brewery in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. The building has been used to produce sake for 200 years until 1972. The museum has exhibits on sake and the history of Handa, a display where sake brewing is introduced through Japanese paper mannequins, and displays showing the tools used in sake brewing. Visitors can gain useful insights and learn all about the production of sake. There is also a sake tasting corner where visitors can sample sake and plum wine, and there is also a shop.

    Here is a culture center about history of Japanese SAKE. In the winter, you can make your own SAKE and learning the processes. The special amazing SAKE can not purchase in the store, so you have to...

  • Toyota Kaikan
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    Toyota-cho, Toyota-shi, Aichi
    This exhibition hall was built on the company premises in 1977 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Toyota Motors. It explains high-quality car manufacturing with Toyota’s production methods and the latest technologies concerning the environment and safety, and shows new Toyota and Lexus models. In addition, they also conduct factory tours with full-time staff (reservation required).
  • Menard Art Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Komakishi Komaki 5-250
    An art museum standing along Prefectural Route 197 in Komaki, Komaki City. The museum's approximately 1,500 piece collection primarily consists of works gathered by Mr. and Mrs. Daisuke Nonogawa, founder of Japanese cosmetics company Menard, and includes Western paintings from the Impressionists onward, Japanese paintings from the Meiji period and onward, Western-style paintings created by Japanese artists, sculptures, crafts, and ancient works of art. The museum holds a variety of special exhibitions, related lectures, workshops, and other events.

    I went here on a recommendation and discount ticket from a friend and I wasnt disappointed. There are many famous artists paintings here including Van Gogh and Monet. Although its not a large...

  • Noritake Garden
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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.
  • Tokoname-shi Ceramic Hall
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Tokonameshi Sakaemachi 3-8
    Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture is known as one of the “Six Old Kilns of Japan,” and it is the birthplace of Tokoname ware. The Tokoname City Ceramic Hall, located between Tokoname Station and the Tokoname Interchange, produces and sells Tokoname ware. You can purchase teacups, rice bowls, vases, and ornaments. The facility itself is a tourist location and the first stop on the “pottery trail.” There’s a parking lot, rest area, bathroom, and other amenities, making it a kind of base for Tokoname tourism.

    There are teapots made in Tokoname here in a very broad price range. if you want to get a souvenir for someone or for yourself, you can get reasonable or expensive teapots here. The staff is helpful...

  • Nagoya City Tram and Subway Museum
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nisshinshi Asadachou Sasahara 30
    This museum is located about a seven-minute walk from the No. 2 exit of the Akaike Station on the Tsurumai Subway Line. Three representative cars from the street tram that used to traverse Nagoya City, and two Model 100 cars, fondly called the yellow train, from when the subway was first built are on display. Visitors can freely enter the train cars, sit and take in the atmosphere decorated with period posters and newspaper articles, and study the history of the streetcars from the displays of the mechanical parts, and more. There is a drive simulator so that one can experience what it’s like to be a train engineer, games, quizzes, and more, making this museum a fun place for both children and adults.

    I took my 5 months old son here and we both had fun. Small museum but worth a visit if you like trains and youre in the area. They have a great model train track based on the city of Nagoya and you...

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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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