Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Inuyama

Meiji-mura

Few Meiji-era buildings have survived due to war, earthquakes and development. In 1965 this open-air museum was created to preserve this unique style, known for unifying Western and Japanese architectural elements. …
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Tagata-jinja

Izanagi, the male counterpart of female deity Izanami, is commemorated at this shrine, with countless wooden and stone phalluses to celebrate. You can buy souvenirs from ¥500. The Tagata Hōnen-sai Matsuri takes plac…
Top Choice Castle in Inuyama

Inuyama-jō

A National Treasure, Japan's oldest standing castle is said to have originated as a fort in 1440. The current donjon (main keep) built atop a 40m rise beside the Kiso-gawa dates from 1537 and has resisted war, earth…
Top Choice Museum in Nagoya

JR SCMAGLEV & Railway Park

Trainspotters will be in heaven at this fantastic hands-on museum. Featuring actual maglev (the world's fastest train – 581km/h), shinkansen, historical rolling stock and rail simulators, the massive museum offers a…
Top Choice Gallery in Nagoya

Tokugawa Art Museum

A must for anyone interested in Japanese culture and history, this museum has a collection of over 10,000 pieces that includes National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties once belonging to the shogun family…
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Ōagata-jinja

This ancient shrine set on a lovely hillside is dedicated to the female Shintō deity Izanami and attracts women seeking marriage or fertility. See if you can find the large hime-ishi (姫石; princess stone) and other i…
Museum in Nagoya

Toyota Exhibition Hall

See up to 20 shiny examples of the latest automotive technology hot off the production line and witness first-hand how they're made here at Toyota's global HQ. Fascinating two-hour tours of Toyota Motor Corporation'…
Museum in Nagoya

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology

The world's largest car manufacturer had humble beginnings in the weaving industry. This interesting museum occupies the site of Toyota's original weaving plant. Revheads will find things textile heavy before warmin…
Museum in Nagoya

Nagoya City Science Museum

This hands-on museum claims the world's largest dome-screen planetarium with some seriously out-of-this-world projection technology. There's also a tornado lab and a deep-freeze lab complete with indoor aurora. Desp…
Buddhist Temple in Gifu

Shōhō-ji (Gifu Great Buddha)

The main attraction of this orange-and-white temple is the papier-mâché daibutsu (Great Buddha; c 1832), one of the three Great Buddha statues of Japan. It's 13.7m tall and is said to have been fashioned over 38 yea…