About Japan



Aichi Prefecture is located on the island of Honshu south of Tokyo and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Its capital, Nagoya, located approximately halfway from Tokyo to Osaka, is one of Japan's largest cities and also an important seaport.


The territory of modern Aichi Prefecture was the scene of fierce struggle between local samurai clans in the Middle Ages. Subsequently, Nagoya was alternately the fiefdom of the powerful shoguns, the rulers of Japan - Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ieyasu Tokugawa.

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Nagoya Castle was built in the early Edo era for the Tokugawa clan. In the post-war period it was completely reconstructed. Today it is a modern museum, which is especially beautiful during cherry blossom time. Perhaps one of the most important treasures not only of Aichi Prefecture, but of the entire country is located in the Atsuta Shinto shrine complex, one of the oldest and most important in Japan. It is believed that this temple was founded under the legendary Emperor Keikyo in the second century AD. Amaterasu, the sun goddess and head of the Shinto pantheon, is the main object of worship at the shrine. One of the three imperial regalia, the sacred sword “kusanagi,” is kept here. Along with the bronze mirror and jasper pendants, this sword is one of the most valuable relics of Japan and is Amaterasu’s gift to the people of Japan. According to the canons of Shintoism, these relics are shown by the priests to each emperor who ascends the throne only once. They are so important that it is believed that as long as these regalia exist, Japan itself will exist. The temple regularly hosts several dozen Shinto festivals throughout the year. In the center of Nagoya is also the Tokugawa Art Museum, dedicated to this samurai clan that ruled Japan for two and a half centuries during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). And in the vicinity of the capital is the city of Toyota, which gave its name to the world-famous automobile concern Toyota, the leading automaker in Japan. In addition to the factory buildings, there is also a Toyota Kaikan museum, where new car models and robot shows are demonstrated. In addition, a separate exhibition presents cars from Europe, America and Japan since the end of the nineteenth century. The Noritake Pottery Factory houses the Noritake Garden Crafts Center, where visitors can learn about the process of creating porcelain or even try to make it themselves using the technology. There is also a porcelain museum on site, the production of which here spans over a century. Not far from Nagoya is the famous Mount Inuyama, which literally means “Dog Mountain”. Its attractions include a local castle with a traditional Japanese garden and an ancient tea house. Inuyama Castle is one of only four castles in the country to be designated a National Treasure of Japan. The other three are Himeji, Matsumoto and Hikone castles. The shortest route from Tokyo to Nagoya is on the Shinkansen super express, the journey time is 110 minutes.
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