Explore some of the wonderful beauty and history that is Aichi Prefecture.
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About: Anjō (安城市 Anjō-shi) is a city located in Aichi, Japan, south of Nagoya. The city was founded on May 5, 1952 and as of 2008 had an estimated population of about 175000 people. Anjō was once known as “Japan’s Denmark” (日本デンマーク) in the 1920s and 1930s when the Meiji Irrigation Canal was opened. The city was transformed from a barren area into one of the most agriculturally productive regions of the period, sparking the comparison with Denmark, then the most highly advanced agricultural nation in the world. This reference to Denmark remains in the form of Den Park, a Danish theme park, as well as Den Beer, a micro-brew available in the park. After the post-war economic growth of Japan, the city became largely industrial, hosting many automotive-related factories. However, Anjō still has a sizeable farming sector; in addition to rice, wheat, and soy beans, notable agricultural products include figs, Japanese pears, and cucumbers.
About: Handa (半田市 Handa-shi) is a city located in Aichi, Japan, founded on October 1, 1937. As of 2003, the city had an estimated population of around 120000 people. Influenced by the opening of a Dow Chemical Company plant in Handa, the city has a sister city to Midland, Michigan, USA, the world headquarters of the corporation. Handa City is located roughly at the centre of the Chita Peninsula, which lies south of Nagoya, sandwiched between the Mikawa and lse Bays. Since the Edo period, the area has developed chiefly as a centre for commerce and manufacturing industries such as shipping. The local brewing and textiles industry make use of the areas high-quality water to produce high quality clothing and Sake. Due to its favourable geography and accessibility, Handa City remains the political, economic and cultural centre of the Chita Peninsula. The city is blessed with a rich variety of all things old which, have been preserved. In 1937,the three towns; Handa, Kamezaki and Narawa were merged together to form the new municipality of Handa City.
About: Tokoname City is a quaint city located on the west coast of the Chita Peninsula, Aichi Prefecture, in the central part of Japan. Famous for its 1000 year ceramic history, the city has very traditional feel to it with walks which take you through and past some of the old kilns and streets. Tokoname ware is one of the six traditional potteries of Japan, together with Seto, Shigaraki, Echizen, Tamba and Bizen. Being located on so far down on the Chita Peninsula mean you can enjoy excellent seafood. Another benefit to the city is how close it is to Chubu International Airport, just a single stop on the train. In 2005 when the airport opened the city became conscious of its role of being a gateway to Japan and thus strives to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for tourists.
Interesting Facts: Tokoname is the top producer of Japanese teapots in Japan. Additionally it is also the top producer of Maneki-neko (The Welcome cat porcelain ornaments you see so often in souvenir shops and restaurant entrances)
Access by Train: From Meitetsu Nagoya Station, between 33-37 minutes by express train on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line.
Access by Car: From Nagoya station, about 40 km on the highway on the Chitahanto Express.
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Aichi Bokujo / Aichi Farm (Nisshin City)
About: Aichi Bokujo is located in the south-east of Nagoya, is a commercial farm, allowing visitors to experience farm life first-hand. Entry to the farm is free and tickets for attractions such as a mini golf game, butter-making experience of cow milking, can be purchased from various vending machines dotted around the farm (ask at the reception for more details. There are discounts for large groups and concession prices for youngsters. The farm is of course famous for its dairy produce so highly recommended are their Gelato, cheesecakes and fresh milk. The farm is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.
Some of the attractions include:
Cow milking, Butter making, Ice-cream making, Sausage making, Horse riding, Mini-golf, Animal feeding, Tractor tours, Machine Milking tour, Milk packing tours and a BBQ garden. Most attractions run daily but occasionally some only run every other weekend so check the homepage before deciding what to do. Some of the courses (Butter-making, Ice-cream making, horse-riding and BBQ) do require reservations so call a few days in advance to make a bookings
Access: A 5-minute walk from Kurozasa Station, on the Tsurumai Line between Akaike and Toyota – cost = 650 Yen from Nagoya, 230 Yen from Akaike. There are over 500 free parking spaces available.
For reservations and more information: 0561-72-1300
Official Website: http://www.aiboku.com
Kunizaraki Sake Museum (Handa)
About: The museum features carefully preserved historical exhibits and sake-making equipment. Visitors can learn about the changes in sake production methods from the Edo period through the modern era. The sake-tasting corner is a very popular feature.
Access: The Kunizakari Sake Museum is a 7-minute walk from Handa station on the JR Taketoyo train line or 15-minute walk from Chita Handa station on the Meitetsu Kowa train line.
Okazaki Castle (Okazaki)
Hachou Miso no Sato (Okazaki)
About: Hatcho miso (bean paste) is a noted delicacy from this region. It is made from the best soy beans using old practised and
traditional methods. This museum provides detailed information about the 350-year history of miso making in Hatcho and the medicinal benefits of this unique type of miso.
Access: Hatcho Miso no Sato is a 5-minute walk from Okazaki Koen station on the Meitetsu Honsen
Pottery Path (Tokoname)
About: A famous Pottery path take you though the old winding streets of Tokoname giving you a real feeling of slipping back in time. On a spring day, its a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Ceramic Hall and Art Gallery (Tokoname)
Here you can pick up real Tokoname ware
Climbing Kiln, Climbing Kiln Plaza and Exhibition Studio (Tokoname)
Take a rest along the Pottery Path and stop at the Climbing Kilns. Built in 1887 and used until 1974 it is one of the largest climbing kilns in Japan, and has been assigned the status of “important cultural asset of Japan”.
INAX Live Museum (Tokoname)
The museum complex, operated by INAX Corporation, consists of the INAX Tile Museum, the INAX Kiln Plaza and Museum, the Soil and Mud Museum, the Manufacturing Factory, the Ceramic Factory, and other facilities that provide visitors
with hands-on experience of the beauty, fun and history of earthenware. You can try your hand at crafting some of your own ceramics in the workshop area.
Ceramall (Tokoname Ware Wholesale Center)
This shopping mall houses 18 wholesalers of Tokoname ware and is an excellent source of superior ceramic products at very reasonable prices.