Aichi Prefecture

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Aichi Prefecture (愛知県; Aichi-ken)
Nagoya Castle Nagoya Castle More Aichi photos here.
Map of Japan with Aichi highlighted in red
[{{{GoogleMapLink}}} Google Map of Aichi here.]
Location Honshu island, Chubu region 
Neighbors Gifu, Nagano, Shizuoka, and Mie Prefectures 
Population 7,260,623 (4th) (January 31, 2006)
Area 5,153.81 km² (5.4% water) (28th)
Major Cities Nagoya (capital), Toyohashi, Okazaki, Gamagori, Inuyama, Ichinomiya, Toyota 
Major Sights Nagoya Castle, Atsumi Peninsula (Cape Irako), Inuyama Castle, Meiji Mura, Takeshima island 
Major Gateways Chubu Centrair International Airport, JR Nagoya Station, Toyohashi Station 
Train Lines JR Tokaido Line, Tokaido Shinkansen, Chuo Line, Meitetsu Line, Line, Line 
Travel Time Less than 2 hours from Tokyo to Nagoya via Hikari shinkansen; 
Claim to Fame Most populous prefecture in central Japan, capital Nagoya is Japan's 4th largest city, home of Toyota Motor Corp., host of Aichi Expo in 2005, birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu
Products Automobiles (Toyota), miso soybean paste
Old Name(s) Owari, Mikawa, and Ho; 尾張国 (木曽川・庄内川地方), 三河国 (西三河の矢作川地方), 穂国(東三河の豊川地方)
Keywords Chukyo, Toyota, Chikyu-haku
Historical Persons Tokugawa Ieyasu
Related Links Aichi Articles | Aichi Photos
Tourist Links www.aichi-kanko.jp/english/ | {{{JNTOLink}}}
Aichi Prefectural Government
Address 〒460-8501名古屋市中区三の丸3-1-2
3-1-2 Sannomaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 460-8501 JAPAN
Phone (052) 961-2111 
Official Site www.pref.aichi.jp/index-e.html 
Symbols Flower:  Iris (kakitsubata)
Tree:  Hananoki maple (Acer pycnanthum)
Bird:  Scops Owl (konohazuku)
Others:  kuruma-ebi prawn (official fish)
Logo:  File:Aichilogo.png
Sister States State of Victoria, Australia; Jiangsu Province, China
Map of Aichi

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by Philbert Ono

Aichi Prefecture (愛知県; Aichi-ken) is in the Chubu or Tokai region near the center of Honshu, Japan's largest island. It has Japan's 4th largest city in Nagoya, which is also the prefectural capital and the largest city in central Japan between the Kanto and Kansai regions. Nagoya is often the first stop on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line's Hikari and Nozomi trains from Tokyo.

It was also the host of the successful Aichi Expo held in 2005.

Municipalities

As of March 31, 2006, Aichi has 34 cities (-shi; 市), 27 towns (-cho; 町), and 3 villages (-mura; 村). Before the Heisei Municipal Mergers on Aug. 19, 2003, there were 31 cities, 47 towns, and 10 villages. Nagoya is Aichi's capital and also Japan's fourth largest city.

Aichi also has the following regions: Owari (Ichinomiya, Inuyama, Komaki, etc.), Nagoya, Chita (Handa, Tokai, Chita, etc.), Nishi Mikawa (Okazaki, Anjo, Toyota, etc.), Oku Mikawa (Shinshiro, etc.), and Higashi Mikawa (Toyohashi, Toyokawa, Gamagori, etc.).

Cities

The major cities are Nagoya (capital), Toyohashi, Toyota, Gamagori, Inuyama, and Okazaki. *Asterisked sites are in English.

Towns and Villages

Towns (-cho; 町) and villages (-mura; 村) are grouped into non-administrative counties (-gun; 郡). *Asterisked sites are in English.

History

  • 2003
    • August 20, 2003: Tahara-cho and Akabane-cho towns merged to form Tahara city.
  • 2005
    • Aichi Expo held.
    • April 1: Heiwa-cho and Sobue-cho towns merged into the city of Inazawa. Nakashima-gun was thereby dissolved.
    • April 1: Bisai city and Kisogawa-cho town merged into the city of Ichinomiya. Haguri-gun was thereby dissolved.
    • April 1: Saya-cho and Saori-cho towns and Hachikai-mura and Tatsuta-mura villages of Ama-gun merged into Aisai city.
    • April 1: Fujioka-cho and Obara-cho towns in Nishikamo-gun and Shimoyama-mura village, Asuke-cho, Asahi-cho, and Inabu-cho towns in Higashikamo-gun merged into the city of Toyota. Higashikamo-gun was thereby dissolved.
    • July 7: Kiyosu-cho, Shinkawa-cho, and Nishibiwajima-cho towns merged to form the city of Kiyosu.
    • October 1: Tsugu-mura Village in Kitashitara-gun merged into Shitara-cho.
    • October 1: Atsumi-cho town in Atsumi-gun merged into the city of Tahara. Atsumi-gun was thereby dissolved.
    • October 1: Horai-cho town and Tsukude-mura village in Minamishitara-gun merged into the city of Shinshiro. Minamishitara-gun was thereby dissolved.
    • November 27: Tomiyama-mura village in Kitashitara-gun merged into the village of Toyone-mura.
  • 2006
    • January 1: Nukata-cho town in Nukata-gun merged into the city of Okazaki.
    • February 1: Ichinomiya-cho town in Hoi-gun merged into the city of Toyokawa.
    • March 20: Nishiharu-cho and Shikatsu-cho towns merged to form Kita Nagoya city.

Sights

More Aichi Photos here

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Tourist Bases

  • Nagoya
  • Gamagori

Must See

  • Nagoya Castle
  • Inuyama Castle (National Treasure)

Travel Tips

Scenic Points

Festivals & Events

Castles

  • Nagoya Castle
  • Inuyama Castle
  • Okazaki Castle
  • Komaki Castle
  • Yoshida Castle (Toyohashi)

Major Shrines

  • Atsuta Jinja

Major Temples

Other Structures

  • Meiji Mura

Nature

Flowers

  • Plum blossoms at Souri Pond in Chita
  • Gojo River cherry blossoms in Iwakura
  • Wisteria at Mandaraji Park in Konan.
  • Irises at Muryojuji Temple in Chiryu

Fall Colors

Parks & Gardens

  • Mikawa Wan (Mikawa Bay) National Park
  • Aichi Kogen (Aichi Highlands) National Park
  • Tenryu Okumikawa National Park

Mountains

Water

  • Ise Bay
  • Atsumi Bay
  • Atsumi Peninsula
  • Chita Peninsula
  • Kiso River
  • Cormorant fishing in Inuyama

Scenic Points

National Treasures

  • Inuyama Castle

National Historic Places

Other Attractions

Museums

  • Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute
  • Tokugawa Art Museum

Hot Springs

Amusement

Train Trips

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The major sights and faciltiies along the train lines are as follows:

JR Tokaido Line

Event Calendar

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February

March

April

May

June

July

  • "Nagoya Basho" Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya

August

September

October

November

December

Photos

Miscellaneous

Trivia

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Famous People

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