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Aichi Prefecture is located in the approximate center of the Japanese archipelago. Right in the middle of Aichi is the city of Nagoya, a megalopolis second only to Tokyo and Osaka. To know Nagoya, you first must enjoy its food. It is home to unique cuisine not found in other prefectures, such as hatcho miso, cafe morning sets, hitsumabushi eel bowl, tebasaki chicken wings, and kishimen noodles. Nagoya cuisine is known for its rich flavors, inexpensive prices, and generous servings. It differs from Kyoto’s refined cuisine and Osaka’s starchy cuisine, and the region’s character is evident in every bite.

Aichi is also an area of importance in Japanese history. Nowadays it is a single prefecture, but several hundred years ago it was divided into two provinces: Mikawa (in the east) and Owari (in the west). Owari was ruled by Sengoku-era general Oda Nobunaga, while Mikawa was ruled by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the architect of Japan’s Edo era. Because these two forces were hostile, the culture and language were very different even within the same prefecture.

After you have enjoyed Nagoya, you should head east to sample the atmosphere of Mikawa. Further south, there are also beautiful islands full of nature’s blessings. The luxury of tasting all this is part of Aichi’s appeal.

    • Spring 8°C –25°C
      Inuyama Festival, Okazaki Cherry Blossom Festival, Shibazakura Festival, butterbur, mantis shrimp
    • Summer 23°C –32°C
      Tsushima Shrine Tenno Festival, Toyohama Sea Bream Festival, Toyohashi Fire Festival, large clams, early winter melons
    • Autumn 24°C –8°C
      Dashi Festival, Setomono Festival, steamed oni buns, persimmons
    • Winter 11°C –1°C
      Toba Fire Festival, hitsumabushi eel bowls, yubeshi sweets, stewed miso noodles, Nagoya cochin hotpot
    • Nagoya
      Located in the center of Aichi Prefecture. With a population of about 2.2 million, Nagoya is Japan’s third-largest city (after Tokyo and Osaka). Known as a paradise for the cheap-but-cheerful gourmet, with popular dishes including kishimen noodles, Taiwan-style ramen, ankake spaghetti, fried shrimp sushi, miso katsu pork, and tebasaki chicken wings.
    • Chita Peninsula
      This area contains the Chubu International Airport. Tokoname (a name made famous by Tokoname-yaki ceramic ware) is also in the immediate vicinity of the airport. The area has plenty of beach spots such as Ohno Beach, known as the oldest sea bathing beach in the world.
    • Okumikawa
      Lying deep within the Mikawa area that extends to the east of Nagoya, this area is home to many places where you can feel the dynamic power of nature, including wetland forests and the historic site of the Nagashino battle.
    • Toyota
      The home territory of automobile manufacturer Toyota. Also home to the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, visited by art lovers from all over the country. This idyllic town extends out centrally along the west bank of the Yahagi River.
    • Inuyama & Owari
      Located to the north of Nagoya, this area contains several historic tourist destinations such as Inuyama Castle (a listed national treasure) and Jakko-in Temple. There are many beautiful natural parks too, such as Kisogawa Ryokuchi Park and Mount Komaki Historical Park.
    • Car
      There are plenty of highways, including the Tomei Expressway. Nagoya’s traffic rules are also easier to understand than in Tokyo or Kyoto.
    • Bus
      The bus route connecting the Mikawa district to the airport is handy. Because Nagoya has a well-developed subway network, you can get around quite easily without catching the bus.
    • Train
      The Meitetsu private railway line extending all around Aichi is quite well developed. The city of Nagoya itself is crisscrossed with subway lines.
    • Air
      It takes 1 hour by air between Haneda Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. From the airport, you can get to the city of Nagoya in 40 minutes.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 1-hour flight from Haneda Airport.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 100-minute flight from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 75-minute flight from Sendai Airport.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 65-minute flight from Matsuyama Airport.
  • Coffee Shops & Morning Service
    Coffee Shops & Morning Service

    Nagoya city

  • Hatcho miso
    Hatcho miso

    All over Aichi

  • Hitsumabushi Eel Cuisine
    Hitsumabushi Eel Cuisine

    Nagoya city

  • Sakushima
    Sakushima

    Nishio city

  • Nagoya Castle & Inuyama Castle
    Nagoya Castle & Inuyama Castle

    Nagoya city & Inuyama city

  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
    Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

    Nagoya city

  • Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
    Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

    Toyota city

  • Kiso River Ukai Fishing
    Kiso River Ukai Fishing

    Inuyama City

  • Tokoname-yaki & Seto-yaki
    Tokoname-yaki & Seto-yaki

    Tokoname city & Seto city

  • Chubu Centrair International Airport
    Chubu Centrair International Airport

    Tokoname city