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Aichi Prefecture

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Aichi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region. The region of Aichi is also known as the Tōkai region. The capital is Nagoya. It is the focus of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.HistoryOriginally, the region was divided into the two provinces of Owari and Mikawa. After the Meiji Restoration, Owari and Mikawa were united into a single entity. In 1871, after the abolition of the han system, Owari, with the exception of the Chita Peninsula, was established as Nagoya Prefecture, while Mikawa combined with the Chita Peninsula and formed Nukata Prefecture. Nagoya Prefecture was renamed to Aichi Prefecture in April 1872, and was united with Nukata Prefecture on November 27 of the same year.The government of Aichi Prefecture is located in the Aichi Prefectural Government Office in Nagoya, which is the old capital of Owari.The Expo 2005 World Exposition was held in Seto and Nagakute.EtymologyIn the third volume of the Man'yōshū there is a poem by Takechi Kurohito that reads: "The cry of the crane, calling to Sakurada; it sounds like the tide, draining from Ayuchi flats, hearing the crane cry". Ayuchi is the original form of the name Aichi, and the Fujimae tidal flat is all that remains of the earlier Ayuchi-gata. It is now a protected area.
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Religious Site
Atsuta Jingu Shrine Nagoya
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Osu Shopping Street Osu
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Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology Nagoya
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Aquarium
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium Nagoya
4.2
Duration: 3 hours

Historic Sites in Aichi Prefecture

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Castle
Inuyama Castle Inuyama
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Castle
Nagoya Castle Naka
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Toyokawa Inari Temple Toyokawa
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Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Kannon-ji Temple Tsushima
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Aichi Prefecture

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Science Museum
Nagoya City Science Museum Sakae
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Theme Park
LEGOLAND Japan Nagoya
3.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Marina
Koijigahama Tahara
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Aichi Prefecture

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Specialty Museum
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park Nagoya
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Tokugawa Art Museum Nagoya
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Toyota Automobile Museum Nagakute
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Noritake no Mori Nagoya
3.9
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Aichi Prefecture

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Landmark
Cape Irago Tahara
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Wildlife Area
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank Iwakura
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Spa
Fu no Yu Tokoname
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Toyota Kaikan Museum Toyota
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Aichi Prefecture

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Garden
Tokugawa Garden Nagoya
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Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Tsuruma Park Nagoya
3.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Garden
Meijo Park Nagoya
3.8
Duration: 1 hour