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Aichi Prefecture
Japanese: 愛知県
Map of Japan with Aichi highlighted
Capital Nagoya
Region Chūbu
Island Honshū
Governor Masaaki Kanda
Area (rank) 5,153.81 km² (28th)
 - % water 5.4%
Population  (April 27, 2007)
 - Population 7,341,000 (4th)
 - Density 1,424 /km²
Districts 10
Municipalities 63
ISO 3166-2 JP-23
Website Official site
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Kakitsubata (Iris laevigata)
 - Tree Hananoki (Acer pycnanthum)
 - Bird Scops-owl (Otus scops japonicus)
 - Fish Kuruma prawn (Penaeus japonicus)
Symbol of Aichi Prefecture
Symbol of Aichi Prefecture
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Aichi Prefecture (愛知県 Aichi-ken?) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tokai region of the Chūbu region. The capital is Nagoya. It is the focus of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.



Originally, the region was divided into the three provinces of Owari, Mikawa and Ho. After the Nou-sama era, Mikawa and Ho were united into a single entity. In 1871, after the abolition of the han system, Owari, with the exception of the Chita Peninsula, was institutionalized as Nagoya Prefecture, while Mikawa combined with the Chita Peninsula and formed Nukata Prefecture. Nagoya Prefecture was renamed to Aichi Prefecture in April 1872, and was united with Nukata Prefecture on November 27 of the same year.

The Expo 2005 World Exposition was held in Seto and Nagakute.

In 2009 the prefecture's Board of Education was accused of illegal hiring practices: Japan Times article


Satellite picture of Mikawa Bay.

Located near the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū, Aichi Prefecture faces the Ise and Mikawa Bays to the south and borders Shizuoka to the east, Nagano to the northeast, Gifu to the north, and Mie to the west. It measures 106 km east to west and 94 km south to north and forms a major portion of the Nōbi Plain. With 5,153.81 km² it accounts for approximately 1.36% of the total surface area of Japan. The highest spot is Chausuyama at 1415 m above sea level.

The western part of the prefecture is dominated by Nagoya, Japan's fourth largest city, and its suburbs, while the eastern part is less densely populated but still contains several major industrial centers. Due to its robust economy, for the Oct 2005-Oct 2006 period, Aichi was the fastest growing prefecture in terms of population, beating Tokyo, at 7.4%.

Map of Aichi Prefecture.



Thirty-Five cities are located in Aichi Prefecture:

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:




Aichi's industrial output is higher than any other prefecture in Japan: the prefecture is known as the center of Japan's automotive and aerospace industries. Companies headquartered in Aichi include:

Aisin Seiki Kariya
Brother Industries, Ltd. Nagoya
Central Japan Railway Company Nagoya
Denso Corporation Kariya
Makita Corporation Anjō
Matsuzakaya Nagoya
Nagoya Railroad Nagoya
Nippon Sharyo Nagoya
Noritake Nagoya
Toyota Motor Corporation Toyota

Companies such as Fuji Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Motors, Pfizer, Sony, Suzuki, Bodycote, and Volkswagen Group also operate plants and/or branch offices in Aichi.


As of 2001, Aichi Prefecture's population was 50.03% male and 49.97% female. 139,540 residents of which nearly 2% are of foreign nationality.

Population by age (2001)
Age  % Population  % Male  % Female
0 - 9 10.21 10.45 9.96
10 - 19 10.75 11.02 10.48
20 - 29 15.23 15.71 14.75
30 - 39 14.81 15.31 14.30
40 - 49 12.21 12.41 12.01
50 - 59 15.22 15.31 15.12
60 - 69 11.31 11.22 11.41
70 - 79 6.76 6.01 7.52
over 80 3.12 2.01 4.23
unknown 0.38 0.54 0.23


The sports teams listed below are based in Aichi.

Football (soccer)





Notable sites in Aichi include the Meiji Mura open-air architectural museum in Inuyama, which preserves historic buildings from Japan's Meiji and Taishō periods, including the reconstructed lobby of Frank Lloyd Wright's old Imperial Hotel (which originally stood in Tokyo from 1923 to 1967).

Other sites in Aichi include the tour of the Toyota car factory in the city by the same name, the monkey park in Inuyama, and the castles in Nagoya, Okazaki, Toyohashi, and Inuyama.

Because of Aichi's location along the Eastern seacoast, there are some scenic spots, but other than the Atsumi Peninsula surf beaches there are no significant beach destinations when compared to neighboring Shizuoka Prefecture. Most attractions are man-made destinations, dealing with the region's history or modern marvels.

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Coordinates: 35°5′N 136°59′E / 35.083°N 136.983°E / 35.083; 136.983

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asia : East Asia : Japan : Honshu : Chubu : Aichi

Aichi (愛知)[1] is a prefecture in the Chubu region of Japan and was the host of Expo 2005.

  • Inuyama - a large castle and two kinky fertility shrines
  • Nagoya - Japan's fourth-largest city. The capital and economic hub of Aichi Prefecture.
  • Toyohashi - car manufacturing hub
  • Seto - A center of ceramic art.
  • Okazaki - A suburban town with a small castle.
  • Toyota - yes, that Toyota
  • Nagakute
  • Ichinomiya - a textile manufacturing town to the North of Nagoya. Hosts one of Japan's 3 major Tanabata festivals.
  • Gamagori- its really famous about Orange
  • Aichi Prefectural Tourist Association Aichi-ken Chusho Kigyo Center 1st fl, 4-4-39 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0002. 052 581-5788 [2]

Get in

By plane

The new Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), just south of Nagoya, is the main international gateway.

By train

The Tokaido Shinkansen passes through Toyohashi and Nagoya on its way from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka.


There is the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium in Nagoya. This big aquarium consists of two buildings, the North and the South. The dolphin show is very exciting. There is also an orca, however the tank is not nearly large enough for a whale of this size.

Nagoya Castle.

Inuyama Castle in Inuyama is a very nice castle. Meiji Mura, also in Inuyama, makes for a fun day trip from Nagoya.


Aichi is famous for its "miso(味噌) culture". Miso is one of Japan's traditional seasonings. (Usually Japanese eat miso as "miso soup". Of course people in Aichi eat miso soup, too.) People spread sweetened miso paste on fried pork, fried shrimp (it’s not tempura), tofu and so on.

Other Aichi specialities worth a try are: Tebasaki - grilled chicken wings with a sweet, mildly spicy glaze and white sesame seeds. Eaten with the fingers, they are a popular and delicious izakaya delicacy.

Tenmusu - a local variety of onigiri, filled with prawn tenpura and a fruity brown sauce.

Kishimen - flat, ribbonlike wheat noodles, usually served cold with a dipping sauce, but sometimes hot in broth.

Aka-miso soup - Red miso soup rather than the standard white miso you get everywhere else in Japan.

Miso katsu - Fried pork cutlet (tonkatsu), but is topped with a miso based sauce.

  • Ise - one of Japan's holiest shrines, just a short trip south from Aichi
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  1. A prefecture in the Southern central region of Japan.



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