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4/7-8 Inuyama Festival
National significant intangible folk cultural asset Inuyama-Matsuri is a festival that boasts a tradition of over 370 years. 13 festival floats called “yoyama” parade through the castle town of national treasure Inuyama Castle, showing “karakuri” (tricks) during...
 
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Gojo River | Inuyama City
Gojo River snake its way through Iwakura, a city located to the north of Nagoya. In spring you can have a view of “Nombori-arai”, a seasonal scene of washing the freshly dyed koinobori cloth. Lines of cherry trees stretch along the river for 7.6km, and at night the river reflects the beautiful image of the lit-up blossoms.

Inuyama Castle | Inuyama City
This castle is known to be the oldest remaining castle in Japan and is counted as one of the Four National Treasure Castle of Japan. From the castle tower built on a small hill you can have a grand view of Inuyama City, Komakiyama and Owari Fuji. There are a number of cherry trees on the castle ground and also along the paths.
 
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Kourankei Gorge | Asuke Town
Kourankei Gorge located in Asuke town, the eastern end of Aichi prefecture, has been known as a famous place for colored leaves from long ago. It is created by the erosion of the rivers Asukegawa and Tomoegawa, and the 1km-long gorge between Tomoe bridge and Kouran bridge is called Kourankei. The legend says that a Buddhist monk planting maple trees as he chanted the Buddhist sutra along the river is the beginning of this rich nature and scenery. A red tunnel covers the gorge as to match with the red bridge. There is a hot spring resort nearby which is said to have good effects on nerve pain and rheumatism.
 
 
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Atsuta Shrine (Atsuta) Jingu

This shrine enshrines the sword Kusanagi no mitsurugi, one of the Three Divine Ornaments, and is worshipped by the Japanese Imperial Family next to Ise Jingu.
It is a great shrine with tradition and nobleness, with a precinct of 190,000 square meters and 8 bigger shrines and 18 other smaller shrines.
About 70 festivals and divine rituals are held in one year, including a Eyōdo, a rare old-style ritual held on May 4th.
The shrine has been a familiar existence to the local people from the old days with the nickname of “Atsuta-san” and many worshippers pay visits throughout the year especially during the New Year’s and Shichigosan seasons.

 


Laguna Gamagori
This sea-oriented gigantic complex contains Lagunasia, an amusement zone where you can enjoy 22 kinds of attractions including Japan’s first Germany-made coaster, and during the summertime you can have a splash at the Waterpark.
In addition, connected by a deck, you can enjoy shopping at the Festival Market with a large-scale outlet and fish market.
There are also Japan’s largest thalassotherapy facilities and hot springs.
 


Toyokawa Inari

This city has a long history of being a cathedral town of Toyokawa Inari (a shrine: Inari is the god of harvest), one of Japan’s Three Great Inari.
Places such as Goyu and Akasaka, the former post towns of Tokaido, will welcome you with an air of old Japan.
 


Nagoya Castle
This castle is the symbol of Nagoya with a pair of golden shachihoko (legendary dolphin-like fish) perched on the castle roof. It was built in 1612 by orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the shogunate in Edo (now Tokyo). Although destroyed in World War Ⅱ, it was rebuilt in 1959.
 


Higashiyama Zoo (Higashiyama Dobutsuen)

Having “A zoo you can never get bored” as its slogan, Higashiyama Zoo is one of Japan’s largest zoos with approximately 1,800 animals of 600 kinds from around the world is being kept.

At the kid’s zoo, you can play along with smaller animals such as sheep, goat, horses and raccoons as well as playing at the playground, artificial creek and the observatory.

Additionally to the animal zoo, there are also an amusement park and a botanical garden, so the whole family can spend an entire day at this zoo.
 

 
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