Aichi 愛知

view over Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture

Aichi Prefecture is located in the Chubu Region on Japan's main island Honshu. The prefectural capital is Nagoya with a population of around 2,280,000 people. Making it the largest city in the Chubu Region. Nagoya is also a part of the surrounding Chukyo Metropolitan Area, the third largest metropolitan area in Japan. The prefecture is also the home to the headquarters of many large Japanese companies, such as Toyota.

Things to see in Aichi

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Aichi.

  1. Nagoya Castle

    Nagoya Castle during the cherry blossom season

    Nagoya Castle is one of the largest castles in Japan. It was originally build in the early Edo Period (1603 to 1868) by the order of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Unfortunately most of the original castle buildings were destroyed in 1945 by air raids. The current concrete reconstruction was build in 1959 and holds a museum displaying the castle's history. Since 2009 work has begun on reconstructing the castle's palace by using traditional techniques and materials. Some of the areas under reconstructing is open to the public for viewing. The current reconstruction project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018. The park surrounding the castle keep becomes a popular cherry blossom spot during the cherry blossom season.

    sakura blossoming around Nagoya Castle's moat

    How to get there

    From Nagoya Station ride the Higashiyama Subway Line to Sakae Station. From there transfer to the Meijo Subway Line getting off at Shiyakusho Station, from where the castle is a short 3 minutes walk away. The one way ride takes about 10 minutes in total.

  2. SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

    trains exhibits at the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park Museum

    SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is a railway museum run by JR Central (Central Japan Railways) and is located close to the Kinjofuto Station, south of central Nagoya. The museum have several full size trains on display, ranging from historic steam locomotives to experimental shinkansen and levitating (maglev) magnetic trains. Many of the trains on display can also be entered. Perhaps the most popular attraction at the museum are the detailed train simulators. Allowing visitors to try their hand at driving both conventional trains and the high speed shinkansen. The simulators are popular and requires reservations to be made at the information desk in advance for a small fee.

    SCMAGLEV and Railway Park Museum have some of the largest train dioramas in Japan

    The museum also houses some of the largest train dioramas in Japan, with very detailed miniatures of Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo.

    train simulator at the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park Museum

    How to get there

    From Nagoya station ride the Aonami Line until Kinjofuto Station which is the terminal stop. The one way trip takes about 25 minutes with trains running every 15 minutes.