Aichi Prefecture can be found near the center of Honshu, the main Japanese island. The Western side of the Prefecture is focused on the city of Nagoya, which is the third largest city in Japan. It shares a border with Shizuoka, Nagano, Gifu, and Mie.
Nagoya Castle is one of the most famous buildings in Aichi Prefecture, and it is famous for the creatures that it has. It features a golden shachihoko, which is a mythical creature that has the head of a tiger and the body of a carp. Throughout history, it was believed that this creature could make rain fall from the sky. You may wonder why people would want it to rain, but it was actually to protect the temple from a fire.
If you travel towards the Northernmost area of the Prefecture, then you will be able to find another famous Japanese Castle. The Inuyama Castle at Inuyama is actually considered to be a national treasure, and visitors flock there in large numbers to see the cherry blossoms bloom during the spring. This castle is also considered to be a holy place to visit, so you should always be respectful in the grounds.
Nagoya itself is a world away from the historical buildings that you can find surrounding Inuyama Castle, as most of the historical buildings in the city were destroyed during the air raids of WWII. The city itself had to be rebuilt, and it was built with clusters of skyscrapers and modern streets.
If you would like to step back into the Meiji Period of Japan’s history, then you should visit Meiji-Mura, an open-air museum. It is just a short distance away from Inuyama and Inuyama Castle. It always showcases the architecture, style, and fashion that was found during the period. Out of the museum windows, you will be able to see Lake Iruka-ike, which provides this museum with a perfect backdrop.
While you are in Aichi Prefecture, you will need to make sure that you try Tebasaki Karaage. The dish is a rather special type of deep fried chicken wing for which the region is known for.