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3-Day Model Trip Outline of the region


3-Day Model Trip Outline of the region / Tokai / THE ROADS THROUGH JAPAN'S HEARTLAND

Tokai Region Map

Past and Present Harmony

The Tokai region, located west of central Japan, is known not only for its automobile and musical instrument manufacturing, but also for its rich historical and cultural heritage and superb coastal and mountain scenery. The Tokai region consists of four prefectures. Gifu is an inland prefecture, famous for the Hida Mountains and charming old houses that have existed for centuries. Facing the Pacific Ocean, Shizuoka is a prefecture with a mild climate and is well known for growing tea. Mie is another coastal prefecture and boasts a 2,000-year-old shrine, the Ise Jingu. Aichi is home of the world-famous Toyota Motor Corporation and is surrounded by many industrial cities. Nagoya, the capital of Aichi, is one of Japan's major international cities, and plays an important role in the industrial, historical, and cultural aspects of the Tokai region.

  • Course A

    This route welcomes you with a breathtaking view of the mountains. In the valley below you will find historic traditional houses and hot spring resorts.

  • Course B

    Facing the Pacific Ocean, industry, agriculture, fisheries and other businesses have grown along this route. Here you can enjoy a view of lakes and beaches, and savor local fresh seafood.

  • Course C

    Along the Bay of Ise, this route leads you to one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan--the Ise Jingu. You can also visit traditional villages that produce crafts such as cultured pearls and dyed textiles.

  • Course D

    This route, stretching along the suburbs of major cities, brings you to places associated with a famous haiku (a Japanese seventeen-syllable poem) poet and a town where you can watch a traditional, rare fishing technique called ukai that uses trained cormorants to catch fish.


Nagoya is not only the capital of Aichi Prefecture, it is also a cosmopolitan city that plays a central role in the Tokai region. In the past, Nagoya prospered because of the textile and ceramic industries. Now, many large corporations have established their offices here. Nagoya is also an important city from a historical point of view. From the time Nagoya Castle was built in the early seventeenth century, the city has been central to this region, and grew quickly as a post-station town on the Tokai Highway during the Edo Period. With this historical background, Nagoya also boasts of many historic buildings including Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Shrine. In addition, local businesses, such as spinning and ceramic companies, offer factory visits. In recent years many cultural facilities were built as the city's role became increasingly significant. These include the Nagoya Dome (a multi-purpose stadium for baseball games and other events) and Nagoya Nohgakudo (a facility for the performing arts such as Noh plays).