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  • Museum Meiji-Mura
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    4.0
    12 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 got here late so couldn’t take my time to look at everything properly but the buildings were interesting and you could probably spend quite a few hours wandering around. Probably go on a weekend as...

  • Nagoya City Art Museum
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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.
  • Tokugawa Art Museum
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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.
  • 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.
  • Tokugawaen
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    433 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.

    The garden is closed on Mondays, but the area with the convention center is pretty interesting and worth a visit. We came back the next day to visit the garden. The garden is typical Japanese...

  • Toyohashi Zoo & Botanical Park (Non Hoi Park)
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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.
  • Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Kozakahonmachi 8-5-1
    An art museum located on the former site of the castle of Koromo Domain on a small hill which first opened in November 1995. A restored corner turret from the original castle stands near the entrance to the museum. The east and west sides offer differing atmospheres. A steep terrace on the eastern side provides a sweeping view of Toyota. Meanwhile, a Japanese garden on the western side is dotted with teahouses and other structures, creating more historically-oriented scenery. The museum has 11 exhibition rooms connected via galleries for visitors to follow and enjoy the art on display. The museum also has a museum shop, restaurant, and tea room.

    The Klimt in the permanent exhibit is the first one I’ve seen and I was floored. It’s a beautiful piece and with Toyota City a bit off the beaten path, you get to enjoy it without the crowds. The...

  • Toyota Museum
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    4.0
    1 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.

    長時間に渡って博物館見学をします、その合間にこちらのカフェでゆったりと 本を読みながらお茶をします。 すぐ隣には、お土産の売店もあり便利です。

  • Takeshima Aquarium【Temporarily closed】
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    4.0
    151 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 I've seen at any aquarium worldwide. Well done.

  • Nagoya City Museum
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Mizuho-ku Mizuhotori 1-27-1
    A historical museum which first opened in 1977. The museums standing exhibit on the history of Owari Province presents the history of Nagoya from the Paleolithic to the modern era. The museum also holds special exhibitions featuring amazing cultural assets from Japan and around the world. In addition to its exhibits, the museum also holds lectures, workshops, and other events. The museum’s frequent hands-on historical seminars teach children even as they have fun. Night Museum events have also become a tradition and are packed with touches which help visitors enjoy an evening at the museum even more.

    We went to visit the museum today and several qualities made it a major disappointment. First, a wholly unfriendly staff. It had a very awkward atmosphere and we were followed closely by a guide who...

  • Arimatsu-Narumi Shiborikaikan
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Midori-ku Arimatsu 3008
    Located in the Arimatsu district of Midori Ward in Nagoya City, this facility was constructed with the objective of preserving and displaying “Arimatsu Shibori,” a traditional craft that has been passed down in the town of Arimatsu. In addition to displays on the history and technology of “Arimatsu Shibori,” the museum also explains the technology behind shibori in an easily understood way through a mix of exhibitions of actual production and lectures by traditional artisans. The facility also offers a reservation-only class in which participants can actually dye and then tie-dye garments such as handkerchiefs or aprons.

    To be honest, there are few traditional buildings and houses in Nagoya, because of the war damage of WW2 and the after war development. But here in Arimatsu, you will see traditional town of...

  • INAX MUSEUMS (LIXIL GROUP)
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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.
  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    75 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

  • Mizkan Museum Mim
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Handashi Nakamurachou 2-6
    A hands on museum where visitors can learn about and enjoy the history of Mizkan vinegar production and food culture. The museum requires an advance reservation to view; a guided tour is provided. The museum is divided into different themes. First, the history of Mizkan vinegar production from the Edo period to modern times is introduced. The museum is full of interesting, interactive exhibits and clever ideas. The tour ends with an area where visitors can experience the wonders of foods with a focus on sushi and nabe hot pot. The museum also has a shop which sells unique original merchandise.

    I was taken here by my hosts. Luckily, I had a translator in Hebrew and English....cos the whole thing is written in Japanese and the guide gave the talk in Japanese. The place is a wonder...and...

  • World Children's Art Museum Okazaki
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    4.0
    25 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...

  • 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).
  • Japan Monkey Centre
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    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Kanrin 26
    This monkey zoo is one of a kind, and has 900 monkeys from over 60 different species. Monkey Valley has a unique way of exhibiting monkeys where you can see them build a bonfire in the winter. This is the only time you can see monkeys stuffing their faces with sweet potatoes they cooked in the flames. In addition, you can observe the lives of monkeys from various points of views in the park. They even go over your head in Monkey Scramble. There is also Wao Land, where you can see ring-tailed lemurs up close.
  • Maneki-Neko Museum
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    Aichi Pref. Setoshi Yakushimachi 2
    The Maneki-Neko Museum, housed in a building which resembles Seto’s Taisho period Western-style architecture, features a collection of maneki-neko (beckoning cat figurines) from across Japan including traditional toys, antiques, and daily miscellaneous goods. It is categorized by history, shrine-related items, traditional toys, main production areas, curios, and miscellaneous goods, and has impressive displays. It is approximately eight minutes on foot from Owari Seto Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.
  • Electricity Museum
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Sakae 2-2-5
    The Electricity Museum is a technological museum sponsored by Chubu Electric Power where you can learn all about electricity which is now such an integral part of our lives. In the Discovering Electricity section on the second floor you can learn about the roots and workings of electricity, along with the history of scientists like Volta and Edison who achieved great things with regards to electricity. There are lots more things to do such as an area where you can experience for yourself some scientific wonders, and an area where you can learn all about energy through games. Admission is free. The nearest station is Fushimi Station.

    Funny and interesting museum if you are good speaker of japanese language My son enjoied though And its free.

  • Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
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    4.5
    93 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 Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art is currently exhibiting three types of art; (1) paintings representing the French Rococo period, Romanticism, Neo-classicism, Realism, Impressionism, "Cubism" and...

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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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