Aichi is great for first timers in that, while there are many traditionally Japanese experiences to be had like eating Miso-based food and visiting old shrines, there are also more modern buildings, factories, and theme parks to visit as well. Here, we will showcase several points of interest that will guarantee a great experience in Aichi.
Visit a Thousand-year old Shrine
The Atsuta Grand shrine is Japan’s second-holiest shrine, and while it is located in the metropolitan area of Nagoya, it is surrounded by forests and nature. The Atsuta shrine is most famous for holding the Kusanagi no Tsurugi, a legendary sword that is one of the three imperial regalia of Japan. According to legend, it was buried along with Yamato Takeru, a prince of the Yamato dynasty. Along with the Ise Grand Shrine in Mie, the Atsuta Grand Shrine is one of Japan and Shinto’s most important shrines, and regularly brings in many visitors every day.
Legoland, in Japan!
If you’ve ever wanted to visit legoland, but couldn’t afford to go to Malaysia or the US, now is your chance! Legoland Nagoya opened in April 2017, and is the second Legoland in Asia after Malaysia. Nagoya’s Legoland also has a miniature town called Miniland, which includes a miniature version of famous places in Japan such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and even a smaller scale version of the Nagoya Castle. While there are Legolands in Tokyo and Osaka, Nagoya is the only one of its kind that is fully outdoor: perfect for travelling with your kids.
See the Golden Carp at Nagoya Castle
Aichi is also home to the Nagoya castle
, in which the Tokugawa family resided. It was a very important castle during the Edo period, as the town linked two major trade routes in Japan, and was a major strategic point. Unfortunately, it was completely destroyed during bombing runs in World War 2, and while it has been rebuilt, complete reconstruction is planned to finish by 2018. Nagoya castle
is famous for the golden Shachihoko (mythical creature with the head of a tiger and body of a carp), an ornament on the roof of the highest tower. Each carp, thought they look small from the ground, is actually close to 3 meters in length and weight a ton (Literally)!
Learn at the Nagoya City Science Museum
The Nagoya City Science Museum is a very large museum located in Nagoya, known for its unique displays, and for having the largest planetarium in the world! It has three main sections, each for Modern science, Life Science, and General Science. It is also great for children, with hands-on displays and a large display of the fossils of a T-Rex. In its modern technology section, it has the parts of Japan’s space program and mechanical parts, fitting for Aichi as the home of many manufacturing companies.