Nature Spots in Aichi Area

  • Korankei
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    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Asukechou Imori
    A mountain stream just in front of the point where the Yahagi River, its tributaries the Tomoe River and Asuke River meet. Here you can experience a naturally beautiful landscape whose appearance changes with the seasons. In spring, the area is carpeted with the elegant, pink blossoms of wild Asian fawnlilies. In summer, you can enjoy boating on the river and caressing summer breezes surrounded by new greenery. In fall, 11 varieties of maple show their autumn colors, said to be the most beautiful fall foliage in the Tokai region. In winter, falling snow creates an elegant atmosphere.
  • Chausuyama Highland
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    Aichi Pref. Kitashitaraguntoyonemura Sakauba 70-185
    This field of flowers is located near the summit of Mt. Hagitaroyama, in Sakauba, ToyoneVillage, Kitashitara County. At an altitude of 1,358 meters, there are seven kinds of approximately 400,000 Moss phlox flowers, which cover a vast area of 22,000 square meters. The Shibazakura Festival is held here from mid-May to early June.
  • Himakajima Island
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    Aichi Pref. Chitagunminamichitachou Himakajima
    This remote island is located in the Mikawa-wan Quasi-National Park, in Mikawa Bay, Minamichita-cho, Chita County, Aichi Prefecture. It is famous as an island of octopus and blowfish, where visitors can enjoy eating fresh seafood. In addition, every year from May to September, visitors can enjoy events such as dolphin petting and various other activities.
  • Hazu Cape
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    Aichi Pref. Chitagunminamichitachou Morozaki Myoujinyama
    The Chita Peninsula is sandwiched between Mikawa Bay in the east and Ise Bay in the west. This cape has a walking trail that goes through a warm climate deciduous forest made up primarily of ubame oaks, which are designated Natural Monuments. 800 meters long, it is also known as the “Romance Road of Love.” The trail leads to the Hazu Cape Observatory overlooking Atsumi Peninsula, as well as Hazu-jinja Shrine. Hazumisaki Park, to the south of the shrine, contains a stone monument inscribed with the SKE48 hit song, Hazumisaki.
  • Sakushima Island
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    Aichi Pref. Nishioshi Isshikichousakushima
    This island is the largest in Mikawa Bay. It is famous as an island of modern art, with many art projects being carried out. At the island's inns and cafeterias, visitors can enjoy fresh seafood dishes such as Oasaridon (rice bowl topped with big asari clam) and Sashimi set meals. Many tourists also visit the island for day trips.
  • Shinmaiko Marine Park
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    Aichi Pref. Chitashi Midorihamamachi 2
    This leisure facility is located in Midorihama-machi, Chita City. In addition to a man-made beach that is open for swimming from July through August, there is also a fishing area, a dog run, a ground golf course, a barbecue area, open green spaces and other facilities. The two huge wind turbines used for power generation are symbolic of the beach.
  • Mt. Chausu
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    Toyone village in Aichi Prefecture Kita-kusuga-gun
    A 1,415 tall mountain and the tallest mountain in Aichi Prefecture. In spring, moss phlox blooms in vast fields on the mountain, and visitors can enjoy six different varieties of moss phlox in different shapes and colors such as pink, white, pale blue and bluish purple. Visitors can also enjoy outdoor activities here year round such as hiking in summer, fall foliage viewing in autumn, and skiing in winter.
  • Lake Okuyahagi
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    Gifu Prefecture Ena City
    Lake Okuyahagi is a 40-minute drive from the Nagoya Interchange and 50 minutes from the Ena and Mizunami Interchanges. It is the second largest artificial lake in the prefecture after Lake Sakuma, and the Yahagi Dam is at the northwest part of the lake. The lake is V-shaped, stretching from east to west. The left bank is in the city of Toyota in Aichi Prefecture, and the east bank is in the city of Ena in Gifu Prefecture. Its capacity is equivalent to 52 Nagoya Domes. In 1969, more than 1,000 cherry trees were planted around the lake, and they bloom every spring. In the fall, visitors are treated to a mystical scene enveloped in fog. Both seasons attract large numbers of visitors.
  • Isegami Pass
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    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Asugawachou
    Isegami Pass is about a 30-minute drive from the Chikaraishi Interchange along the Iida Higway a little beyond the turnout. At the top of the pass, the road that people once used for messenger horse and for visiting Zenkoji Temple still remains as it was. On the downward slope drivers will find both the old Isegami tunnel, built in 1897, while the new Isegami tunnel is on National Route 153. There is a sidewalk along part of it, where one can see the reconstructed distant worship place of Ise Jingu Shrine. In addition to a stone Buddha, with an invocation to Kannon carved into it, The area also affords a view of the entire Ise Bay.
  • Katahama Jusanri Beach
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    Along the Pacific Ocean around Lake Ira, Aichi Prefecture
    This long sandy beach stretches east of the Hii-no-Sekimon reef in Hii-cho, Tahara City. Stretching 13 ri (approximately 52 kilometers) all the way to Lake Hamanako on the Pacific Ocean side of the Atsumi Peninsula. It includes the Ikobe Coast and Akabane Coast. The beach is easily accessed from Omotehama Highway and the Tokaido road. The Akabane Coast's Pacific Long Beach (also known as the Akabane Long Beach) is especially popular as a surfing spot.
  • Fudogataki Falls Park
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    Aichi Pref. Nukatagunkoutachou Ogi 4 pieces
    This 15-meter-tall waterfall in Ogi, Kota Town, Nukata County is fed by Mt. Toboneyama. The entire area has been developed into a park as Fudogataki-en Park. Visitors can enjoy barbecuing, camping, water play, and other activities amongst a rich natural setting. Every July, the park hosts the Fudogataki Falls Festival.
  • Takeshima Beach
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    Aichi Pref. Gamagorishi Takeshimachou Takeshima Coast
    This scenic coast overlooks Takeshima, the symbol of Gamagori City. Takeshima is connected by a 387-meter bridge, so you can freely enjoy taking strolls. Also known as a popular clam digging spot, people from both inside and outside the prefecture visit each year during the clamming season.
  • Nishiura Beach
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    Aichi Gamagori-shi Nishiuracho Kanizawa 30
    A beach adjoining Nishiura Onsen, a natural hot spring district. The beach is also a renowned destination to go clamming for Japanese littleneck clams. Facing Mikawa Bay, the beach's waves are extremely gentle, ensuring visitors can enjoy fun and safe clamming. The entire beach is managed by a fishery cooperative, and both adults and children can pay the same price to be allowed to gather around two kilograms of Japanese littleneck clams in a specially designated bag. Note that clamming may be suspended depending on the weather.
  • Nishihazu Toba Coast
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    Aichi Nishio-shi Tobacho
    A five-minute walk from Meitetsu Mikawa Toba Station, Mikawa Bay is a popular clamming spot known for its high-quality clams. The shallow water means even kids can safely join in. There are a number of clam varieties, including manila asari, common orient hamaguri, surf clam bakagai, razor clam mategai and more. Clamming rakes are available for sale, although there is no gear rental. Kira Onsenkyo is nearby, making it a great spot for families or groups to enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Higashihazu Coast, Maeshima
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Nishio-shi
    "A part of Mikawa Bay's coastline in Nishio City, Aichi Prefecture. Maeshima Island was once known as ""Rabbit Island"" because of the 400 rabbits that roamed freely. Famous for its clams, this popular clamming spot gets about 70,000 visitors a year. The season lasts over an extended period from early March to early August. A barbecue area is available for you to have a clambake with your harvest. This is one of Maeshima's highlights."
  • Imo Bog
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    Aichi Pref. Toyohashishi Iwasakichou
    A bog located close to an urban area, Imo Bog’s origins are unique and unlike any other bog found around the world. The wetlands are created from spring water flowing from the Yumihari Mountains. This is a unique feature of the Tokai region; Imo Bog is also large, making it an academically intriguing area as well. The constant flow of water into the bog enables rare plants to flourish here, in turn giving visitors a chance to enjoy them. Distinctively, northern and southern plants both grow here. You can see species endemic to the region such as “Mikawa baikeiso” (Veratrum stamineum var. micranthum).
  • Takeshima Island
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    Aichi Pref. Gamagorishi Takeshimachou
    An uninhabited island floating in Miura Bay; the entire island was designated a Natural Monument in 1930. Just 1.9 hectares in size, the island is small; 238 varieties of warm climate plants spread across 65 families grow on the island. Takeshima Bridge, 387 meters in length, connects the island to the mainland; couples crossing it are said to be tied together. There are five Shinto shrines on the island, including Yaotomi-jinja Shrine, considered one of seven great Benzaiten shrines in Japan. The shrine is believed to improve fortunes, provide luck in love and marriage, and grant easy childbirth.
  • Atera no Nanataki (Atera Seven Waterfalls)
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    Aichi Pref. Shinshiroshi Shimoyoshida Sawaya Shimo 25-3
    A waterfall comprised of seven stages located along the Atera River which has been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. The waterfalls and surrounding area has been established as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument. The waterfalls exude a mystical atmosphere and legend has it that the sorcerer Abe no Seimei trained here during his youth. According to folklore, the waterfalls is also said to bless visitors with children. This derives from the giant cauldron formed by the waterfall’s current and the conglomerate stone near the falls called the Child Bearing Stone.
  • Shintoyone Dam (Lake Midori)
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Kitashitara-gun Toyonemura
    Lake Midori, where one can get their fill of amazing nature throughout each of the four seasons, has some history behind it in that with the construction of the Shintoyone Dam in 1970 the two communities of Sogawa and Taka in the Komadate district became submerged at the bottom of the lake, and 75 households had no choice but to leave their villages and relocate elsewhere. There is the Sogawa Oike Daimyojin Shrine that is dedicated to a dragon god, and there are several legends that are passed down about it.
  • Pacific Long Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Taharashi Akabanechou Oishi
    On the coast of Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture overlooking the Enshu sea, Pacific Long Beach is one of the best surf points in the whole country. With big waves coming in from the Pacific Ocean the place attracts surfers from far and wide during the peak surfing season. Tropical palm trees line the road giving the beach the air of a foreign land. World surfing championships and other competitions are held here attracting many visitors as well. It is also famous as a beach where loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs from June to July. Swimming is prohibited.

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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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