What to do and see in Aichi Prefecture, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

September 21, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Aichi Prefecture (愛知県, Aichi-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region. The region of Aichi is also known as the Tōkai region. The capital is Nagoya. It is the focus of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.

1. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

4-1-35 Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0051, Aichi Prefecture +81 52-551-6115
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Reviewed By Ilseum - Anaheim, California

We visited this place because we ran out of stuff to do and didn't really think anything about it before going in.
That changed quickly. We absolutely enjoyed everything about this visit. The attention to detail of the Toyota museum, the hands on sections, the great explanations, and the helpful guides. Everything was pot on.
At the end of the museum is a car science playground where you can try out everything yourself.
For roughly $4 per person, I didn't expect something this elaborate and fun. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone visiting Nagoya, even if you are not into cars.

2. The Museum Meiji-mura

1 Uchiyama | Museum Meiji-mura, Inuyama 484-0000, Aichi Prefecture +81 568-67-0314
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4.5 based on 395 reviews

The Museum Meiji-mura

Beautifully located on a hillside facing Lake Iruka, it occupies an area of 1,000,000m2, where currently over sixty Meiji buildings have been brought and rebuilt. On display inside the buildings are furniture and other items of interst, objects of reference related to the respective buildings, and temporary Exhibitions of historic materials as occasions call. The Meiji-mura offers the Japanese people a place of social education, where they can discover and have first-hand contact with the form and spirit of the Meiji period. We also believe that the Meiji-mura, as an evidence of East-West cultural exchange, can be helpful to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of Japan and other countries of the world.

Reviewed By Agnes L

A very nice museum with very good shuttle bus taking you throughout the museum if you don't want to walk.
My kids are crazy steam train (SL) fans and they have been taking a number of rides there.
There is a large open space with desk and bench where you can relax and picnic but it was too hot when we were there.
Not much tourists which gave you more space and time to enjoy!
Unfortunately we were too engaged with stream train and left no time to shop and go to the post office.

3. Toyota Kaikan Museum

1 Toyota-Cho, Toyota 471-8571, Aichi Prefecture +81 565-28-2121
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

Toyota Kaikan Museum

Reviewed By eugenzz - Zurich, Switzerland

Factory tour shows how cars are produced (seems like not much has changed since decades), which is very interesting! Museum shows current technologies intend of engines and current cars. Would be interesting to see a bit more futuristic stuff, like self driving cars and car of the future. Nonetheless great place to see where tps was invented! Would not recommend though to do the trip just for the museum!

4. Toyota Automobile Museum

41-100 Yokomichi, Nagakute 480-1118, Aichi Prefecture +81 561-63-5151
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Toyota Automobile Museum

Reviewed By TayNayNak - Luzon, Philippines

One word ....awesome!
Glad that we went despite the initial apprehension since the museum wasn't located at the city centre.
The trip was definitely worth it.
For those who grew up with Toyopet, Celica, Corona, Corolla, Volkswagen Beetle and a host of other vintage cars...this exhibit brings back memories.
Glad we were able to visit this museum and I recommend tourists to make a detour to see this awesome place.

5. Toyohashi General Botanical Garden, Non Hoi Park

1-238 Oiwacho, Toyohashi 441-3147, Aichi Prefecture +81 532-41-2185
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Toyohashi General Botanical Garden, Non Hoi Park

Reviewed By Taigaa - Fujieda, Japan

It is a perfect place for a family with kids to enjoy a whole day. The huge park has zoo, botanical garden and a natural history museum. Among them I love the museum best. It is no doubt one of the finest of the sort in Japan. It also has an amusement park. This place is dubbed as Toyohashi Non Hoi Park.

6. Tokoname City Pottery Footpath

Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture +81 569-35-4003
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4 based on 118 reviews

Tokoname City Pottery Footpath

Reviewed By michaelsS260DH

Had a great time in Tokoname exploring the pottery for which that region is famous. Would recommend shipping or carrying on any purchases made. One item in one checked in bag broke. Many others were fine with carry-on. Also highly recommend the little udon noodle shop in town.....don't know the name unfortunately!

7. Toyokawa Inari

1 Toyokawacho, Toyokawa 442-8538, Aichi Prefecture +81 533-85-2030
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Toyokawa Inari

Reviewed By Kevin B - Brooklyn, New York

My in-laws live in Toyokawa so I've visited this shrine many times. The main shrine is stunning, and the surrounding grounds with smaller shrines provides a peaceful walk. However, the highlight for me is tucked away in the back so you have to be careful not to miss it. This is the Kitsune (japanese for fox) Shrine. Well not sure if its a shrine or not, but basically an area with hundreds of stone fox statues that people have donated to the Shrine. Overall a very nice place to visit and popular among Japanese because the god is associated with business. So its a great place to make an offering to improve your business luck! The streets just outside the shrine offer a variety of food options and the Toyokawa Inari train station is a short 10 minute walk from the main gate.

8. Gamagori Takeshima

Takeshimacho, Gamagori 443-0031, Aichi Prefecture
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4 based on 152 reviews

Gamagori Takeshima

Reviewed By SoonKuan - Singapore

This is one of the most visited sites in Gamagori, within walking distance from Gamagori station.
I decided to ask for a volunteer guide at the tourist office at the entrance to Takeshima. Unfortunately they do not have English speaking guide but if you have rudimentary knowledge of Japanese, it is a good way to practise your listening skills. The guide comes well prepared with many pictures which is helpful to better your understanding. The highlight of the island tour is the temple complex at its peak. While it is not as glamorous as the ones in Kyoto and Nara, it is a group of shrines to protect the sea. Apparently in the old days, there were pirates in the sea around here.
The volunteer guide also showed me remains of a old ryokan below the hill.
It was a trip made more pleasant and informative due to the volunteer guide

9. Minami Chita Beach Land

428-1 Okuda, Mihama-cho, Chita-gun 470-3233, Aichi Prefecture +81 569-87-2000
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4 based on 143 reviews

Minami Chita Beach Land

Reviewed By Masahiro_12 - Ichinomiya, Japan

If you could understand their rearing the see animal, you could enjoy seeing the performance by dolphins including the crossbreed of Risso's dolphin & Bottlenose, which has a nickname PUDDING, 23years old, the world record as the culture date, and one by the sea lion. In addition, you have a chance to shake hands with dolphin before getting the certification their office issued.

10. Inuyama Castle

65-2 Inuyama Kitakoken, Inuyama 484-0082, Aichi Prefecture +81 568-61-1711
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4.5 based on 827 reviews

Inuyama Castle

Reviewed By tettut - Nagoya, Japan

Inuyama Castle (犬山城 Inuyama-jō) is located in the city of Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The castle overlooks the Kiso River, which serves as the border between Aichi and Gifu prefectures. Inuyama Castle is one of only 12 surviving Japanese Castles built before the Edo period.

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