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  • Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine)
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Jingu 1-1-1
    This shrine located in Nagoya City’s Atsuta Ward has been known familiarly as “Atsuta Sama” since long ago. Reported to have been established in 113, it is revered as a Great Shrine ranking second only to Ise Jingu Shrine. The shrine is famous as a place that enshrines the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, one of the three sacred treasures that symbolize the Imperial throne. The approximately 190,000-square meter premises are thick with kusunoki (camphor trees) that have been living for more than one thousand years, and are scattered with numerous setsumatsu-sha (smaller shrines managed under the shrine). There are numerous events and festivals held at the shrine including Hatsu Ebisu on January 5, and it is constantly bustling with visitors for Shichi-Go-San (shrine visit by children aged 7, 5 and 3), omiya-mairi (the first shrine visits by babies) and even Hatsu Mode (the first shrine visit of New Year).

    On the weekend there are lots of young couples with their children coming for their birthday blessings. Traditional costume dress is beautiful

  • Nagoya Castle
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Naka-ku Honmaru 1-1
    Nagoya Castle was built in 1612 as the castle of the feudal lord, Yoshinao who was the ninth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The large donjon and the small donjon with their characteristic golden dolphins were destroyed during the air raids of Nagoya in 1945, but they were rebuilt in 1959. The pictures on room partitions which are Important Cultural Properties and historical materials are on display in the large donjon, in addition, you can also observe a “full-scale replica of the Golden Dolphin” and you can experience stone pulling and palanquin riding. Nagoya Castle was selected as one of Japan’s 100 Great Castles, and it has also been designated as a Special Historic Site of Japan.

    We stayed in the Nagoya Castle Hotel in a castle view room. We arrived at 4 pm and saw the changing colour of the castle during sunset. Then the castle lighted up when the sun was down. The most...

  • Nagoya Congress Center
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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.

    2018年11月11日の段階で、口コミ1件に20マイルが付くということから分かるように人気がないのだと思います。 まず、値段が内容に伴ってなく、高い。 しかも昼時に行ったら、ランチメニューしかなく、コーヒーやデザートのみの注文は受け付けないという殿様商売。 周りに飲食店が少なく、他に時間を潰すところがないのをいいことにあまりにひどいです。

  • A National Treasure, Inuyama Castle
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    Aichi Pref. Inuyamashi Inuyama Kitakoken 65-2
    Inuyama Castle which was founded by Oda Nobuyasu, Oda Nobunaga’s uncle in 1537 during the Muromachi period. It is the oldest wooden donjon in existence in Japan and is one of “the 12 Castles with Existing Castle Towers”. The top floor of the watchtower style donjon overlooks Kiso River, Gifu Castle and Nagoya town, and it must surely be a superb view. I guess you will be able to get a sense of what it was like to be a feudal lord. The castle was designated as a National Treasure in 1952 based on the Cultural Property Protection Act.

    Just a train ride from Meitutsu to Inuyama station. Then a 10min walk where you will also pass a old town with many small restaurants and shops. The walk up to the castle entrance is very beautiful...

  • Zepp Nagoya
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nakamura-ku Hiraikechou 4-60-7
    A live performance and concert hall. Accommodating up to 1,864 people when standing, the facility is one of the largest concert halls in the Tokai region. There is a drink shop on-site as well as lockers. Limited edition original merchandise is also frequently sold here. Concerts and events are held at Zepp Nagoya monthly. The facility is also conveniently located a five minute walk from Sasashima-raibu Station on the Aonami Line.

    箱自体があまり広くないのでアーチストとの一体感を感じれるとおもいます。オールスタンディングなので整理番号順に中に入ります。ライブが始まったらもうぐちゃぐちゃで、汗だくになります。

  • 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.
  • Museum Meiji-Mura
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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...

  • 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 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.
  • Okazaki Castle
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    Aichi Pref. Okazakishi Kouseichou 561-1
    Considered one of Japan’s 100 most famous castles, Okazaki Castle is famous as the birthplace of the mighty shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. After the Battle of Okehazama, Ieyasu re-took the castle from the Imagawa clan and achieved independence. Thereafter, Ieyasu moved his base of operations to Hamamatsu Castle in 1570. Until he defeated the Toyotomi clan at the Battle of Osaka in 1615, Tanaka Yoshimasa, a member of the Toyotomi clan, was the lord of the castle. After Ieyasu unified the country, high status hereditary daimyo lords, whose families had supported Ieyasu, inherited the lordship of the castle. Inside the castle, each floor contains displays of historical materials focusing on a different theme. From the observation room, visitors can get a sweeping view of Okazaki. The castle is also renowned for its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring.

    Despite its connection with one of the most famous historical figures - Tokugawa Ieyasu, this castle is quite small and probably not on anyone's 'must-see' list. I imagine the cherry blossoms would...

  • 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.
  • Toyokawa Inari Shrine  (Toyokawakaku Myogon-ji Temple)
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    Aichi Pref. Toyokawashi Toyokawachou 1
    A Soto Buddhist temple which is also regarded as one of the three great Inari Shinto shrines in Japan. The official name of the temple is the Toyokawakaku Myogon-ji, but it is popularly called the Toyokawa Inari. The nickname derives from the temple’s figure of a Buddhist Dakini spirit, which sits astride a white fox and carries an ear of rice, symbols of the Inari Okami, the god of foxes. The temple was built in the Muromachi period and came to be worshipped by the common people in the Edo period for purportedly blessing people with thriving businesses, good fortune, and peace and prosperity in the home. One of the highlights of the temple is the “fox mound” found on its grounds, which is covered with countless statues of foxes donated by worshippers. Restaurants in the neighborhood around the temple serve Toyokawa Inari-zushi fried tofu sushi rolls.
  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nishi-ku Noritakeshinmachi 4-1-35
    This is the corporate museum of the Toyota Group, which transitioned into the automobile industry from the textile machinery industry and has now become a global automobile manufacturer. The museum uses the brick building that was the former Sako Plant of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works. The exhibits inside the museum are divided into the Textile Machinery Pavilion and the Automobile Pavilion, and in the Textile Machinery Pavilion visitors can learn about textile machinery and the evolution of technology. The Automobile Pavilion introduces the mechanism of automobiles and the exercise of developmental technology and production technology. There is also a monozukuri (Japanese craftsmanship) corner intended for children.
  • Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
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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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    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。

  • Nagoya City Museum
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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...

  • Yamada Tenman-gu Shrine Kogane Shrine
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Kita-ku Yamadachou 3-25
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Ebisu, Okuninushi, and other gods located on the grounds of the Yamada Tenmangu. Visitors can wash their change here for good luck, and due to this the shrine is also nicknamed the Kogane-arai (Gold Washer). During the Hatsukogane Matsuri festival held in January of each year, many worshippers come to pray for business prosperity and luck with money.

    6月9日に神奈川からパワースポット巡りで名古屋の神社にお参りさせて頂きました! ここでお金を洗いお財布へと大切に保管しました。 翌日パチンコへ行ったら大爆発!! ギャンブル運のない私が初めて9万勝ち!! 驚きました!感謝感謝です!!!

  • Aichi Arts Center
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Higashisakura 1-13-2
    A large culture facility located in Higashi Ward, Nagoya City which first opened its doors in 1992. The center hosts three separate facilities-the Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater, the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, and the Aichi Prefectural Arts Promotion Service. Concerts, theater, musicals, and a variety of other events are held here regularly, attracting people from far and wide.
  • Kiyosu Castle
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    Aichi Pref. Kiyosushi Asahi Shiroyashiki 1-1
    Kiyosu was somewhere everyone wanted to have. The reason was because it is located at the point where the Kamakura and Ise highways cross. Nobunaga Oda occupied the castle in 1555. It is famous as the place where the Kiyosu Conference to decide Nobunaga’s successor was held. In the exhibitions from the first to fourth floors of the castle tower, you can learn about the history of Kiyosu and the exploits of its rulers. The top floor offers an amazing view of cherry blossoms blooming along the Gojo River in the spring.

    I'm sure you'll like this castle. It's not only the place, all of people working here are kind and nice. I and my sis experienced to wear the samurai costume free of charge. Please ask staff if 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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