Hiking Gems in and Around Aichi: Your Guide on the Road Less Travelled

Aichi, Japan. Home to approximately 7 million people, Aichi isn't exactly the first place people think of when Japan is mentioned, but that doesn't detract from the sheer amount of things to see and do. Geographically, Aichi is surrounded by the mountains which border Nagano, Gifu and Mie prefecture, so naturally it's a hikers dream. For those that are looking to get out and about in Aichi, here's a guide off the beaten path.

A Visit to Ise Shrine

Ise Jingu is the biggest Shinto Shrine in Japan which enshrined the Amaterasu Oomikami (Goddess of Sun). The name Ise comes from where the shrine is located which is in Ise City, Mie Prefecture and Jingu means shrine in Japanese.

Begin a festive 2015 at Oshichiya Matsuri, Takada Honzan Temple, Mie Prefecture!

Takada Honzan temple, also known as Senju-ji, is one of the main tourist attractions in Mie Prefecture. Located in Isshinden area of Tsu city, it is popular as the largest Buddhist temple in the prefecture. Surrounded by a temple compound village, the atmosphere of past history is enchanting for the visitors. Earthen walls with set of gates will welcome you at the entrance area enclosing beautiful buildings. Miei-do hall, the main building used as a sacred hall, is an important cultural asset as the largest wooden structure in the prefecture. Inside the building, gold and fancy ornamentation contrasted with 725-tatami mat floor and traditional-style roof made perfect combination. Next to […]

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