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TOYOTA ITINERARY 2

A trip through Nagoya and Ise Shrine, home of the Tokugawa generals, local cuisine, and lovely foliage

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Nagoya
    Walking
    Nagoya Station
    Subway
    Toyotashi Station
    Bus

    Experience Momiji Manju sweets and Dāoxiāomiàn Noodles in the Korankei Gorge

    In 1634, the 11th generation priest of Kojaku-ji Temple, Osho Sanei, planted cedar and maple trees by hand. This was said to be the origin of the trees here, with resident volunteers later planting more maple trees in the early Taisho through Showa periods.

    4,000 trees of eleven types of Japanese maple can be found here and range in color from different shades of red to yellow.
    Address26-1 Miyadaira, Asuke-cho, Toyota-shi, Aichi Prefecture
    Bus
    Toyotashi Station
    Walking

    Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

    Designed by noted museum architect Yoshio Taniguchi, this space is noted for its simple and functional design.
    Located on a small hill where the Koromo Castle once stood, a large garden with pond designed by landscape designer Peter Walker is home to a range of outdoor sculptures that you can enjoy while taking a stroll.

    Several special exhibits are held each year, with a collection containing pieces of modern art, design, and craftwork from around the world on a permanent exhibit that is rotated seasonally.

    This space also contains the Takahashi Setsuro Gallery, which features lacquerware.
    In addition to a museum shop and restaurant, there is the Doji-en teahouse with seated tea ceremony furnishings.
    Address8-5-1 Kozakahonmachi, Toyota-shi, Aichi Prefecture
    Walking
    Dinner in Toyotashi
    Walking
    Toyotashi Station
    Subway
    Nagoya Station
    Walking
    Hotel in Nagoya
  • Day 2

    Hotel in Nagoya
    Walking
    Nagoya Station
    Subway
    JINGŪ-MAE Station
    Walking
    Lunch in Jingu-mae
    Walking
    JINGŪ-MAE Station
    Subway
    Kanayama Station
    JR
    Ōzone Station
    Walking

    Tokugawa Garden

    The Tokugawa Garden was a retirement home for Tokugawa Mitsumoto, the second generation lord of Owari domain and head of the Tokugawa Gosanke family. It was called the “Ozone Yashiki” at the time.

    In 1931, the city of Nagoya rebuilt the villa and garden, which had become its property. The “daimyo garden” was opened in 2004 and features a path around a pond.

    In addition to incorporating an Edo period daimyo garden into the design, there are also ponds designed to suggest a waterfall, a mountain stream, and the ocean, a nod to vistas around Owari. The existing topography and evergreen trees, as well as rock formations, present a varied and interesting display.


    In spring, you can see the peonies in flower, and in early summer the irises. This is followed in fall by lovely foliage.
    Address1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
    Walking
    Ōzone Station
    Subway
    Marunouchi Station
    Walking

    Nagoya Castle

    Nagoya Castle was the final strategic piece in the puzzle for Tokugawa Ieyasu as he set out to unify Japan.
    The Honmaru Palace was a national treasure and considered the pinnacle of castle architecture until it was destroyed in an air raid in WWII.

    Restoration of the Honmaru Palace began in January 2009, and it opened to the public in June of 2018.
    1,047 images, among them the sliding screens and ceiling paintings that avoided damage, are designated as important cultural properties.
    Address1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
    Walking
    Marunouchi Station
    Subway
    Nagoya Station
    Walking
    Dinner in Nagoya
    Walking
    Hotel in Nagoya
  • Day 3

    Hotel in Nagoya
    Walking
    Nagoya Station
    Kintetsu Railway
    Iseshi Station

    Ise Grand Shrine

    Also called Ise Shrine, the formal name is “Jingu,” or “Shrine,” without the place name.
    In order to distinguish it from other shrines, it is dubbed “Ise Shrine,” from which the colloquial names “Oise-san” and “Grand Shrine” come.
    Ise Shrine is dedicated to consecrating the tutelary deity Amaterasu Omikami. Ise Shrine has historically had strong ties to the Imperial family and court and wielded influence. In recent years, the prime minister and the minister of Agriculture, Forestries, and Fisheries have made it a custom to make annual visits.

    Starting 1,300 years ago, the shrine performs a regular rite in which the tutelary deity is moved and installed in a new shrine. This rite has been performed in an unbroken lineage on the grounds here, making the space like a living museum to Japanese culture.
    Address1 Ujitachi-cho, Ise-shi, Mie Prefecture
    Walking
    Lunch in Iseshi
    Walking
    Iseshi Station
    Kintetsu Railway
    Nagoya Station

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