Aichi (愛知) is a prefecture in the Chubu region of Japan and was the host of Expo 2005.
Aichi Prefectural Tourist Association
Access to Aichi
- The new Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), just south of Nagoya, is the main international gateway.
- The Tokaido Shinkansen passes through Toyohashi and Nagoya on its way from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka.
Cities of Aichi Prefecture
- Inuyama - developed as a castle town and still today many historical sights (such as INUYAMA castle, a national treasure) are left as they were in those old days. Inuyama-City Information
- Toyohashi - an important city as the biggest import and export hub in Japan for automobiles, in volume terms. Toyohashi-City Information
- Seto - is famous for its pottery and ceramics, so much so that the generic word for ceramics in Japanese is Setomono (瀬戸物, setomono). Seto-City Information
- Okazaki - has a wide variety of historical sites, museums and festivals.
- Nagakute - the main site of Expo2005.
- Ichinomiya - a textile manufacturing town to the North of Nagoya. Hosts one of Japan's 3 major Tanabata festivals.
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.