From being the stronghold of legendary shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa and the scene of many epic feudal battles to hosting the World Cosplay Summit, Aichi Prefecture has a long and varied history. An integral contributor to Japan's manufacturing and technological strength, Aichi is most famous as the headquarters of Toyota Motors, but companies such as Noritake and Brother Industries also call Aichi home. Animators Studio Ghibli are slated to open a theme park in the prefecture in 2022.
Located in the middle of Honshu, Nagoya is a key transportation hub. Bullet trains there takes only 35 and 55 minutes from Kyoto and Osaka, respectively, and an hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo. Aichi hosts two airports, with Nagoya Airport mostly handling domestic flights and Centrair, international travel.
Well serviced by JR and private railways such as Meitetsu, Aichi Prefecture offers a robust transport network and convenient train and bus access to neighboring prefectures such as Gifu and Mie. Private and highway buses are cheaper options for those traveling from major cities.
Tenmusubi are rice balls wrapped around a flaky, deep-fried shrimp fritter and enfolded in crispy, salty seaweed.
The city of Seto near Nagoya is home to one of Japan’s six ancient kilns known as Akazu. A variety of ceramics are pr...
Seto Sometsuke Ware
With its beautifully painted, realistic scenes of nature in a startling cobalt blue upon a soft white background, Set...
A deliciously flaky, deep-fried pork cutlet covered in a thick miso sauce made from red miso, dashi broth and other s...
Miso Nikomi Udon
A Nagoya specialty, this flavorful dish begins with an umami-rich fish-based broth. Soy sauce, sweet cooking sake, an...
An eel dish in which all the ingredients such as rice, seaweed, eel and wasabi are served separately. You get an empt...
A steamed cake made from rice flour and sugar. Chewy, colorful and uniquely shaped, this Japanese sweet matches well ...
Calligraphy brush-making in Toyohashi dates back to the 19th century. Today, these premium fude are made for applying...
Cherry blossom season means time to visit places like Tsuruma Park, the Yamazaki River and Inuyama Castle for the fleeting show of Japan's most famous blooms.
Distract yourself from the increasingly steamy weather with fireworks and dance festivals, the World Cosplay Summit, the Nagoya Basho sumo tournament and cormorant fishing.
See rare shikizakura cherry blossoms in Obara blooming against a backdrop of fabulous fall foliage, watch float-filled festivals celebrating samurai and ninja prefecture wide.
Visit Osu Kannon in Nagoya for spectacular New Year’s festivities, see the Naked Festival at Konomiya Shrine, or head to the hills for some snow.