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Enjoy Unique Experiences in 6 Popular Places in Aichi Prefecture!

Located in the middle of the Japanese archipelago, Aichi Prefecture offers year-round sightseeing, thanks to its mild climate in all seasons. Starting with the LEGOLAND Japan theme park, and ending up with one of the gourmet dishes called, "Nagoya-Meshi", I'll tell you about all the popular spots to visit in Aichi Prefecture!

1. LEGOLAND® Japan

The 8th LEGO® theme park in the world, LEGOLAND® Japan, just opened in 2017. As the only one in Japan, it features over 40 attractions spread out over 7 areas!

Take a picture with "Buddy" and all the other characters!
Take a picture with "Buddy" and all the other characters! / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.

Must-do①: Enjoy the Attractions

While there are many unique attractions in this theme park, I'd especially like to recommend the roller coaster with cars shaped like LEGO® blocks!

The roller coaster / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.
The roller coaster / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.

Must-do②: Eat LEGO® French Fries

LEGOLAND® Japan boasts a wide variety of gourmet restaurants to enjoy, but for a snack, there are LEGO® French fries shaped like LEGO® blocks at Oasis Snacks!

LEGO® French fries for ¥450 / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.
LEGO® French fries for ¥450 / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.

Must-do③: Visit Miniland

In "Miniland", you can see reproductions of structures representing Japan, such as Nagoya Castle.

Miniland / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.
Miniland / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.

After playing in the park, check out the souvenirs you can buy!

Recommended Merchandise:

  • Ninjago Keychains: ¥700 each
  • Ninjago Plush toys: ¥3,000 each
  • Notebooks: ¥800 each
Recommended Merchandise / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.
Recommended Merchandise / Ⓒ2017 The LEGO Group.
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Basic information on LEGOLAND® Japan

Address
2-2-1 Kinjo-Futo, Minato-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture[MAP]
Tel
050-5840-0555
Access
3 minutes on foot from Kinjo Futo Station on the Nagoya Aonami Line
Business Hours
Open at 10:00 am, please check the Website for Closing Hours
Closed
Irregular Holidays (please check the Website)
Tickets
Passport: Adult ¥6900, Child ¥5300 (Advance Purchase discount available)
Accepted credit cards
AmericanExpress/DinersClub/JCB/MasterCard/Visa/UnionPay
WEB
URL(English)

2. Aiya Nishio Matcha Museum "Waku Waku"

This is a museum attached to a tea production line where visitors can observe how matcha is made as well as learn how to perform the tea ceremony themselves.

Learn about the Tea Ceremony and experience how to do it!
Learn about the Tea Ceremony and experience how to do it!

In business for over 120 years, Aiya is a well-established retailer dedicated to tea ceremony utensils and tea-related merchandise. If you are looking for authentic tea ceremony materials, this is the place to get them!

When you whip up the matcha yourself, the deep aroma of the tea will entice you to savor its exceptional flavor!
When you whip up the matcha yourself, the deep aroma of the tea will entice you to savor its exceptional flavor!
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Basic information on Aiya Nishio Matcha Museum "Waku Waku"

Address
15 Yokomachi Yashiki, Kamimachi, Nishio City, Aichi Prefecture[MAP]
Tel
0563-77-6572 (from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Access
About 10 minutes by cab from Nishio Station on the Meitetsu Owari Line
Business Hours
9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
*Tours are conducted at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Closed
December 28, 2017 and January 1-3, 2018
Admission
¥500 per person for a 75-minute experience
*For 1-6 or 7-20 people, reservations are taken up to 2 months in advance.
Accepted credit cards
American Express/JCB/MasterCard/Visa
WEB
URL(Japanese)

3. SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

At this railway museum, visitors can learn all about Japan's progress in developing high-speed rail technology. From steam locomotives to superconducting magnetically levitated vehicle (SCMAGLEV) models, all kinds of railroad cars are exhibited here. It also boasts the largest diorama in Japan, which is very popular!

The highlight is seeing the rolling stock all lined up! / Photo credit: SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
The highlight is seeing the rolling stock all lined up! / Photo credit: SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Successive generations of the world record-holding rolling stock are exhibited here. Experience their powerful impact up close!

Displaying successive generations of rolling stock / Photo credit: SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
Displaying successive generations of rolling stock / Photo credit: SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
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Basic information on SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Address
3-2-2 Kinjo-Futo, Minato-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi[MAP]
Tel
052-389-6100
Access
2 minutes on foot from Kinjo Futo station on the Nagoya Aonami Line
Business Hours
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ( Last admission 5:00 p.m.)
Closed
Tuesdays (Wednesdays when Tuesdays fall on a national holiday); 12/28-1/1
Admission
Adult ¥1000 (discounts are available for children)
Accepted credit cards
NONE accepted
WEB
URL(English)

4. Toyokawa Inari

The proper name of Toyokawa Inari is actually "Toyokawa Kaku Myogonji" temple, but it is known throughout Japan as one of the three greatest Inari shrines in Japan. It's famous for a mound of over 800 stone foxes, representing the souls of foxes, that are enshrined here. It's also known as a "power spot" for luck in making money!

Stone foxes surround you on their mound. It's the perfect spot to take a fantastic photo!
Stone foxes surround you on their mound. It's the perfect spot to take a fantastic photo!

When you visit Toyokawa Inari, be sure to write your wish on a wooden tablet and dedicate it to the gods!

Wooden tablets featuring a fox design
Wooden tablets featuring a fox design
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Basic information on Toyokawa Inari

Address
1 Toyokawacho, Toyokawa City, Aichi[MAP]
Tel
0533-85-2030
Access
3 minutes on foot from Toyokawa Station on the Meitetsu Toyokawa Line and JR Iida Line
Hours/Admission
Free to visit
WEB
URL(Japanese)

5. The Maneki-Neko Museum

This is the largest museum in Japan displaying talismans of the unique Japanese "Maneki Neko", or cats that "beckon" good luck to come your way.
From antiques to miscellaneous items, there are several thousand cats in this collection to check out!
What's more, you can design and paint an original lucky cat charm (from ¥300).

Create an original Beckoning Lucky Cat!
Create an original Beckoning Lucky Cat!

After firing your cat, it will be mailed to you. (About one month later, postage extra)

A Beckoning Lucky Cat
A Beckoning Lucky Cat
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Basic information on The Maneki-Neko Museum

Address
2 Yakushi-machi, Seto City, Aichi Prefecture[MAP]
Tel
0561-21-0345
Access
8 minutes on foot from Owari-Seto Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line
Business Hours
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Final admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Closed
Tuesdays (open if it is a national holiday); at the end and beginning of the year (12/29-1/3)
Admission
Adults ¥300, Students (High School and University) ¥200, Children 15 and under are free
Accepted credit cards
American Express/Diners Club/JCB/MasterCard/Visa/UnionPay
WEB
URL(English)

6. Atsuta Houraiken

Founded in 1873, Atsuta Houraiken restaurant is the home of one of Nagoya's signature dishes, "Hitsumabushi". Here, you can savor eel so fresh it almost seems alive, grilled over "binchotan" charcoal, served with just-steamed rice and their secret sauce!

Have a relaxing meal in this calm and peaceful atmosphere
Have a relaxing meal in this calm and peaceful atmosphere

Hitsumabushi is one of the dishes representing "Nagoya-Meshi", the rice dishes that the area is known for. It's a Japanese dish using "kabayaki" grilled eel. Starting from ¥3600 at Atsuta Houraiken, you can benefit from the chefs' skills in bringing out the flavor of the eel when it's grilled to perfection!

"Hitsumabushi", a dish representing Nagoya-Meshi
"Hitsumabushi", a dish representing Nagoya-Meshi

How to eat Hitsumabushi:

1) Divide the eel in the round wooden dish (the "Hitsu" of Hitsumabushi) into four and place one quarter of it in a rice bowl.

How to eat Hitsumabushi
How to eat Hitsumabushi

2) Savor the flavor of the eel "as is" in the first bowl.

How to eat Hitsumabushi

3) In the second bowl, sprinkle the condiments over it.

How to eat Hitsumabushi

4)Pour tea over the third bowl, and enjoy the fourth bowl as you like.

How to eat Hitsumabushi

There are many restaurants in Nagoya where you can try Hitsumabushi, so why not try them out? It's fun to eat and compare the taste of various versions of this dish!

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Basic information on Atsuta Houraiken

Address
503 Godocho, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi[MAP]
Tel
052-671-8686
Access
7 minutes on foot from Tenma-cho Station on the Meijo Subway Line
Business Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (L.O.) /4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (L.O.)
Closed
Wednesdays, Second and fourth Thursday (except national holidays)
Accepted credit cards
American Express/Diners Club/JCB/MasterCard/Visa/UnionPay
WEB
URL(English)

Although this article introduced some fresh, popular places to visit, there are many others that are highly recommended! For more useful information about sightseeing in Aichi, just click on the link below. It's just a hop, skip and a jump from Kansai!

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