Nagoya is one of the more famous cities to travel to in Japan, but’s not the only place where you can find interesting spots in Aichi Prefecture. Located in central Japan, Aichi was the center of the Sengoku period and is considered “The Land of the Samurai.” In fact, the three unifiers of Japan, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, were all born in this prefecture.
There are lots of interesting spots in Aichi Prefecture but not all of them are well known, particularly those outside located outside Nagoya city. Visiting them will expand your view of Aichi prefecture and help contribute to your understanding of Japanese history.
Allegedly the birthplace of one of the three famous Japanese warlords – Tokugawa Ieyasu, who completed the unification of Japan and founded the Edo government and its first Shogun – the rebuilt Okazaki Castle is proclaimed as one of the “100 Fine Castles of Japan.” The castle exhibits the authentic parts of the original castle, including the samurai swords and armors. On the top level, you’ll be able to see a panoramic view of the area.
The park surrounding the castle showcases the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu and the local history of the area. Here you’ll find the central zone of Okazaki City where stone walls of the original castle remain, Tatsuki Shrine, a famous well apparently used for Ieyasu’s first bath, the Mikawa Bushi and Ieyasu Museum, and many other monuments and statues.
This tower park consists of the Twin Arch 138 and the Kiso Sansen National Government Park. The Twin Arch 138, which got its name from the city’s name “Ichinomiya,” is a dual arch observation tower standing more than 100 meters above ground. It offers an enthralling panoramic view and is named as the tallest arch tower in Asia.
Now, if seeing the city from such vantage point is still not enough, you can also enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the amazing view. There is a restaurant and a sky lounge on the observation floor, which gives you more reason to appreciate the sight of the city and the Kiso Valley. It’s really breathtaking!
The Kiso Sansen National Government Park is the largest national government park in Japan, straddling Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures. Its name refers to the three great rivers of Nagara, Kiso, and Ibi, which all pass by the park.
Kiso Sansen Park is an ideal location for a picnic, especially if you are traveling with kids as they will surely enjoy running on the wide open lawns. It also features a play area with wooden playing facilities. If you forget to bring any food during your trip, you need not worry because there are food stands that will cater to your hunger.
Learn about the history and culture of Japan by exploring these unknown spots in less-frequented areas of Aichi Prefecture. There is more to the country than just the capital city and its popular tourist spots.