Population: 7,443 million
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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.
- NAGOYA CITY
- The hub of the Aichi region, Nagoya is Japan's fourth-largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka and one of the nation's major economic centers. In terms of manufacturing, Nagoya is now home to the head offices of auto-making giants such as Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda Motor, Suzuki Motor, Yamaha and many others. .
In this region, the historical samurai and ninja culture has evolved and turned Nagoya into the center of automobile and aircraft manufacturing industry in Japan .
Today, Nagoya continues to draw attention and keeps on developing as a Japanese international city.
If you do decide to visit Nagoya, you will find that there are plenty of car-related attractions, a restored castle, an ancient shrine, fascinating museums, beautiful parks and gardens, and plenty of shopping, entertainment and dining areas.
Some of the main attractions include Nagoya Castle, Nagoya Tv Tower, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, the Tokugawa Art Museum and Noritake Garden. The major shopping areas are Sakea area, Osu (the No.1 shopping district), Uiro area and Nagoya Station Shopping Mall.
- WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE
- Notable sites in Aichi include the Inuyama Castle and Meiji Mura open-air architectural museum in Inuyama, which preserves some of the historic buildings from Japan's Meiji and Taishō periods, the Toyota Car Factory in the city by the same name, the Monkey Park in Inuyama, and the castles in Nagoya, Okazaki and Toyohashi.
- GETTING THERE
- By plane
The new Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), just south of Nagoya, is the main international gateway.
The Tokaido Shinkansen passes through Toyohashi and Nagoya on its way from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka.
- CLIMATE/ TEMPERATURE
- Aichi has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. The summer is noticeably wetter than the winter, although rain falls throughout the year.
Nagoya, which is situated in a plain, is remarkably hot in the summertime, experiencing higher summer temperatures than the lowland cities of Okazaki and Toyohashi.
The average temperatures range from a low of 4°C in January to a high of 35°C in August. The city is known for its incredibly hot and humid summers like many cities in Japan, with high temperatures routinely above 30°C in August.
- WHAT TO WEAR
- During summer, you should be fine if you wear a short-sleeved shirt, t-shirt or a dress, however a long sleeved shirt is highly recommended if you choose to go near water or to the mountains.
In the winter, be sure to bring warm clothes such as winter coat or jacket, hat, scarf and gloves.
For the spring and autumn a light jacket or a sweater should keep you warm.
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