Aichi Prefecture is located in the Chubu region and the capital city Nagoya is the fourth most populous city in Japan. During the summer season, Aichi is rated as one of the hottest places in Japan as the temperature can reach up to 30 degrees. It has many museums which are worth visiting and among the famous ones are SCMAGLEV & Railway Park, Toyota Automobile Museum, and the Meiji Mura Museum. Other than these top-rated attractions, you should explore a few other places in Aichi.
A gorgeous view of the river. Image Source: Trip.
We are pretty sure you have seen this place before. Well, that’s because this place is one of the popular cherry blossoms viewing spots in Japan. During this time of the year, the number of visitors can reach up to 40,000 visitors. Yamazaki River runs for 2.5 kilometres long and it has over 500 cherry blossoms tree planted along the slow stream. The tree-lined promenade is not only famous during the cherry blossoms season, but also during other times as well, which is why the walking paths are called the Path of Four Seasons. This place is suitable for couples and family too as it is very romantic and child-friendly.
Tokugawa Art Museum
Entrance to the museum. Image Source: Wikipedia.
This art museum exhibits over 10,000 items from the Owari Tokugawa former feudal lords’ valuable collection. Among the collections you will see inside the museums are an original scroll painted by The Tale of Genji by Takayoshi Fujiwara in the 12th century, Kano School and Maruyama Okyo paintings, lacquerwares, ceramics, Noh theatre’s masks and more as can be seen throughout the museum.
There are nine main exhibition halls where you will be able to see rare items such as the symbols of samurai including its swords and armour, tea ceremony’s antique tools, a replica of a Noh theatre and many more. After that, head to Tokugawaen Garden to enjoy a beautiful landscape by a huge pond and bridges. The garden looks stunning during autumn and cherry blossoms seasons, thus, it is highly recommended for you to stop by and take in the view.
View of the garden. Image Source: Gaijinpot Blog.
Tokugawa Art Museum
Address: 1017 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya 461-0023
Operating Hours: 10:00AM-5:00PM
Admission Fee: ¥1,200 (Adults), ¥700(Children aged 16 to 22), ¥500 (Children aged 7 to 15),
Contact Number: 052 935 6262
Closest Train Station: Ozone Station
138 Tower Park Ichinomiya
138 meters high 138 Tower. Image Source: Wikimedia.
This twin arch tower is located in Ichinomiya and it is a symbol of the city. 138 Tower Park is the tallest twin arch tower in Asia. They named the tower 138 because you can read 1, 3 and 8 as Ichi-mi-ya in Japanese. 138 Tower has an observation deck 100 meters above the ground that overlooks the park and the metropolitan area.
Around the tower, you can see a huge carpet of over 4,000 roses bloom beautifully which is best viewed during summer and fall. There are also other flowers planted in the park, namely, cosmos, tulips, and hyacinths. This park is very famous in Japan because it has great attractions and is family-friendly.
Cosmos flowers blooming. Image Source: Japan-Highlights Travel.
As for winter, 138 Tower Park organizes one of the most beautiful night illuminations in Aichi. Operated using around 500,000 lights from November until early December, make sure you don’t leave this park out of your Aichi bucket list.
138 Tower Park Ichinomiya
Address: 21-3 Oaza Urazaki, Komyoji, Ichinomiya-shi, Aichi Prefecture 491-0135
Operating Hours: 9:30AM-5:00PM (Weekdays), 9:30AM-9:00PM (Weekends and holidays)
Admission Fee (Park): Free
Admission Fee (Tower): 500 (Adults aged 15 and above) , 200 (Children aged 6 to 14), 100 (Children
aged 4 to 5), Free (Children aged 3 and below), 250 (Seniors aged 65 and above)
Contact Number: 0586-51-7105 Closest Train Station: Take a bus from Ichinomiya Station
Visit a Huge Head Statue of Tokonyan
Tokonyan welcomes you from the street. Image Source: Aichi-Now.
Tokoname is a no strange name to those who like to collect Japanese ceramics and potteries. Located just a few minutes away from the city centre of Nagoya, Tokoname is also famous for their affection towards Maneki-Neko (beckoning cat). The first thing you will see from Tokoname Station is Tokonyan. It got its name from the townspeople and in case some of you might not know this, Nyan comes from the sound of Japanese cats make, similar to a meow. The statue stands at 3.8 meters tall and 6 meters wide.
Tokonyan is not the only cat statues you will see here. If you walk further to Tokonyan ‘Maneki-Neko’ Street, you will find many Maneki-Neko statues decorating the streets with each created by a different craftsman with distinctive meanings. Grab a pamphlet from Tokoname Station to read their meanings. The statues went on from the station until Tokoname City Ceramic Hall.
Two of the many cat statues. Image Source: Kawaii-Aichi.
Address: 2, Sakaemachi, Tokoname 479-0836, Aichi Prefecture
Closest Train Station: Tokoname Station
Tokoname Pottery Walk
A slope filled with earthenware. Image Source: Is Japan Cool?
Another not-to-be-missed sight in Tokoname is the famous Pottery Walk. Tokoname is one of the six most important ancient kiln towns in Japan due to its massive production of ceramics during the Heian Period. There are two main walking routes to enjoy a beautiful sight of the Tokoname’s ceramics and potteries slopes. The first route will take you one hour to complete the tour. You will see an old red brick chimney and Dokanzaka, a street where you will see most of the ancient ceramics furnished the wall.
As for the second route, it is much longer where it might take half of your day. The walking course will take you to see Tokoname Municipal Ceramic Art Research Institute and INAX Live Museum, where you will be shown with a history behind the ceramics production. You can also shop for these potteries when you go for the walking courses.
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The second-largest shrine in Japan after Ise Jingu is Atsuta Shrine and it is very important as it holds many treasures here including the sword known as Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi. The sword is a part of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan. The other two is a mirror, Yata no Kagami and the third one is a jewel called Yasakani no Magatama. You can view the jewel at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo and the mirror at Ise Jingu, Mie. However, the sword is kept from public viewing.
Inside the shrine, there is a Treasure Hall which stores a myriad of valuable historical items which were donated from the shoguns, Imperial Family, and lords. Among the items displayed here are Bungaku masks, important documents and old garments.
Address: 1-1-1 Shrine, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 456-8585, Japan
Operating Hours (for Treasure Hall): 9:00AM-4:30PM
Admission Fees: Free
Contact Number: 052-671-4151
Closest Train Station: Jingumae Station