Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Aichi is one of the nine prefectures in Chubu and Hokuriku area of central Japan. The area resembles a rising dragon, having its nickname of “Shoryudo”.  Nagoya is the major city of Aichi Prefecture, in which you can comprehend the history of Tokugawa family and the multicultural characters of central Japan.

Top 10 Attractions


Tokugawa Art Museum

Tokugawaen is a Japanese garden with walkways winding around a central pond symbolizing the ocean. The waterfall and steams utilize the differences in elevation to create an enjoyable, dynamic landscape throughout the four seasons. The Tokugawa Art Museum exhibits the tools of the Owari Tokugawa feudal lords, such as Japanese swords and armor, tea ceremony utensils, and Noh cos-tumes.


Toyata Commenmorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Preserving and utilizing the old factory and industrial heritage at the birthplace of Toyota, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology was established by the 13 Toyota Group companies. Centered on textiles and automobiles, the site introduces the industrial and technological revolutions through real machines and moving exhibits.


Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Caslte, a symbol of Nagoya was residence of the 620,000-koku Owari Tokugawa household. It was built by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612, and it symbolizes Nagoya’s pride and power. There are exhibits describing the lifestyle of the local lords in the castle tower (main donjon). Restoration of Hommaru Palace is currently underway, which was registered as Japan’s National Treasure but the original building was tragically burnt down during World War II.



Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture locates in the northwest foothills of the White Mountains. It is surrounded by mountains, paddy fields, with river flowing through the village. The Gasshozukuri, steep thatched roofs farmhouses (constructed like hands in prayer) is one of the signatures in the place and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.



Sanmachi is the old town area where houses from Edo period remains. The old Sanmachi downtown area grew as people gathered along the lanes linking the castle, prominent temples and shrines, and also flourished around the Takayama-Jinya, the old government office that was built over 300 years ago. The Jinya still stands today.


Alpine Street


Float Hall

The Float Hall locates in Sakurayama Hachiman and it is the place where the floats for Takayama Festival are kept. Every March, July and November, the beautifully decorated floats will be parading with live explanation by Miko, the shrine maiden.



Kazue-machi is an old geisha district. It is one of the three geisha districts of Kanazawa. Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainments, where geisha perform dances and play Japanese traditional musical instruments. The historical rows of this two storey teahouse town have been designated as Japan’s cultural assets.

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden is a Japanese garden located on the heights of the central of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation. From its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords’ gardens in Japan.


Inuyama Castle

Inuyama is located at the northwest of Aichi Prefecture with Inuyama Castle as the centre of the city. Inuyama Castle is also known as the White Emperor City which was built in late 16th century. It is the only private own castle in Japan. A conserved feature are the steep stairs, which visitors can scale up four stories to get to the top level and be rewarded with panoramic views over the castle grounds and Kiso River. The village under the castle is well conserved as well.