Aichi Prefecture in Japan – Culture, History, Sightseeing and More
Aichi, Japan – A Beautiful and Unqiue Location to Visit
Aichi Prefecture is located approximately in the center of the Japanese archipelago. The prefecture adjoins four prefectures: Mie, Gifu, Nagano, and Shizuoka prefecture. South of Aichi prefecture is the Pacific Ocean, and from the south coast, you can see Ise Bay and Mikawa Bay. Aichi Prefecture ranks 27th in terms of size, occupying 1.4% of the country’s total area of 5,164.57 km 2.
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The west is formed by the Nobi Plain, a plain created by the Kiso River and the second largest plain in Japan, and by the Owari mountainous region to the east. Furthermore, the mountainous region of Owari extends to the south of the prefecture, shaping the Chita peninsula. The Yahagi River flows through central Aichi.
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At the top of the river are the Mikawa Mountains, and at the bottom of the river is the Okazaki Plain. In the eastern part of the prefecture, the Toyogawa River flows in its upper part are the mountains of Shitara and Yana-Yumihari. At the bottom of the river is the Toyohashi Plain. The Toyohashi Plain extends to the Atsumi Peninsula.
Nowadays, Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture, one of Japan’s most economically dynamic regions. The city is home to major international companies such as Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi Motors. It was in the 1920s that the automobile industry began to develop there. It is thus often compared to Detroit in the United States.
THE CULTURAL GEMS OF AICHI PREFECTURE
If Aichi Prefecture is far from being culturally rich as Tokyo or Kyoto, individual monuments, ancient or modern, are not missed. We will first think of Nagoya Castle: it is a perfect replica of 1959 of the original building built-in 1612. The museum’s interior tells the story of the place. We can only advise visiting the castle and its gardens during the hanami, the areas being magnificent when its numerous cherry trees bloom.
The Atsuta Shrine is a jewel of the city, founded in the 2nd century. It notably houses a mythical saber, which is one of the three imperial badges.
The Tokugawa art museum and its splendid Japanese gardens are also not missed if you pass by. It allows you to discover Japanese art and history through exquisite pieces such as katanas, armor, costumes, lacquers, paintings… etc.
Finally, the city’s modern side is revealed with the NHK Tower in Nagoya (180 meters high), very close to the recent Oasis 21 shopping center with the original architecture. On the roof of the “Spaceship Aqua”, you can enjoy a walk around a pool, which offers a beautiful view of the city.
Festival and Events to Enjoy in Aichi Prefecture
- Tokoname Floats Festival – Spring Festival (Tokoname no Dashi Matsuri – Haru Matsuri)
- Shellfish Gathering at Yamada Bay
- Azaleas Festival (Hagi-no-Mitsuba-Tsutsuji Matsuri)
- Denpark Flower Festival
- Higashiura Odai Festival
- Koto Garden Wisteria Festival (Kotoen Fuji Matsuri)
- Konan Wisteria Festival (Konan Fuji Matsuri)
- Sumo summer tournament
- Owari Tsushima Wisteria Festival (Owari Tsushima Fuji Matsuri)
PLACES TO VISIT IN AICHI
- The museums: the City Art Museum Nagoya, Tokugawa Museum, Art Museum of Aichi Prefecture, the Automobile Museum Toyota (for car enthusiasts!)
- Nagoya harbor aquarium. Address: 1-3 Minatomachi, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0033
- Osu Kannon temple. Address: 2-21-47 Ōsu, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0011
- Higashiyama Park. Address: Kameiri Tashirocho, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0000
Typical food from Aichi province and its surroundings
Free-range chicken raised in Nagoya is popularly known as Nagoya “cochin,” although initially, this chicken was raised in northern China. It is used in various dishes, such as chicken rice dishes, casserole chicken, chicken in sukiyaki, and chicken wings.
It is an “udon” in a flat shape cooked with soy sauce, miso broth, or curry broth. There are also other varieties such as tempura, rice cakes or “mochi”, etc.
The miso haccho (typical Aichi dressing) is added to the pork cutlet or escalope, and this is an original Aichi dish.
Miso nikomi udon
It is an essential dish of udon that is cooked in miso haccho broth.
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