Located in the heart of Japan is a prefecture that is at once forwardly futuristic and richly historic: Aichi.
An innovative hub of Japan’s manufacturing industries, Aichi is famously the home of transport, electric and general machinery production for the nation. At the same time, the prefecture is also known as Japan’s samurai homeland and was the central battle area during the Sengoku Jidai, a period of almost continuous military conflict that lasted from the middle of the 15th to the beginning of the 17th centuries. Aichi is, in fact, the birthplace of many famous samurai heroes such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
The vibrant combination of Aichi’s past, present, and future is transparently evident as you travel around the stunning Okumikawa region—because, yes, it’s landscape is absolutely beautiful too.
For our three-day video trip we mainly explored Shinshiro City and Toyota City, historic regions where you can find spectacular natural landscapes and innovative museums. Those staying longer should include a couple of days in Nagoya too.
- How to get to and get around central Japan and Aichi Prefecture
- Things to do in Aichi
- Example three-day itinerary for exploring Aichi
- What to eat in Aichi
- When to go to Aichi
- Where to stay in Shinshiro and Toyota cities
- Resources and guides for traveling in Aichi
How to get to and get around central Japan and Aichi Prefecture
We took a plane from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport right into Chubu Centrair International Airport (approx. 1 hour). Flight costs from Haneda usually start at around ¥7,000 one way. Not only is the transport there convenient, affordable and swift; the airport itself is worth a visit as the world’s first airport to be certified with a 5-star rating!
Chubu Centrair International Airport is located just outside of the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture. There are 465 flights per week between central Japan and more than 39 cities including Detroit, Helsinki, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. So if you’re coming from overseas, you can fly to the very heart of Japan directly for around the same price as flying to Tokyo first.
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