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Nagoya gateway to central Japan Nature

Experience Japan’s four beautiful seasons

Surrounded by seas and with many mountainous areas, Japan is truly blessed with natural beauty. Its people have long learned to cherish the beautiful views offered by each season. Centered on the expanses of the Nobi Plain, Aichi Prefecture provides its inhabitants with a peaceful lifestyle. The location is especially suitable for enjoying outdoor activities in a natural setting. There are four national parks in Aichi Prefecture: Mikawa Bay, Aichi Highlands, Tenryu Okumikawa and Hida Kisogawa, and people have long admired and protected the prefecture’s natural beauty.

Cherry Blossoms

The blooming of sakura (cherry blossoms), the most famous spring flower in Japan, is a favorite scene for many Japanese people. There are many famous places for viewing sakura in Aichi Prefecture, such as Meijo Park and Yamazaki River in Nagoya City, beside the Gojo River in Iwakura City and Okazaki Park in Okazaki City. These popular spots attract many visitors, especially at the peak of the sakura season.

 

Autumn Leaves

The dramatic blaze of color of the autumn leaves is another of Japan’s most gorgeous and emblematic scenes. The mountains turn to scarlet, yellow or gold, and are at their radiant best by the light of the rising sun and at sunset, providing a scene that you will never grow tired of watching. In Aichi Prefecture, the blaze of autumn leaves can be viewed in urban areas, but the Korankei Gorge is a particularly famous place to enjoy them.

 

Sea

Aichi Prefecture faces the sea to the south, so you can enjoy activities such as swimming in the sea and hunting for clams in the shallows. If you are looking for swimming beaches, Minamichita in Minamichita-cho, Shinmaiko in Chita City, and Irako in Tahara City are popular options. In particular, Irako faces the Pacific Ocean and many young people enjoy surfing there.

 

Mountains

The mountain ranges in the northern part of Aichi are not so high, making them ideal for activities such as hiking. Horaijisan near Shinshiro City and Chausuyama in Kitashitara-gun are the most well-known mountains, but if you cross the prefectural border, you can try climbing in the higher ranges of neighboring Gifu and Nagano Prefectures.

 

Hot Springs

In Japan, there are many onsen, or hot springs, and people have been long accustomed to the therapeutic effects of hot springs. Nowadays, many people visit onsen for relaxation and onsen resorts are more popular than ever. The most famous hot springs in Aichi are: Minamichita Onsen in Minamichita-cho, Yudani Onsen in Shinshiro City and Nishiura Onsen in Gamagori City.

Skiing

Large amounts of snow fall in Japan, allowing us to enjoy winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. However, little snow falls in Aichi Prefecture, where Chausuyama in Kitashitara-gun is the only ski area. In Gifu and Nagano, neighboring prefectures of Aichi, there are many excellent ski areas that make for great destinations for one-day ski trips.