Explore The Fascinating Charm of Higashi-Mikawa
Why is Higashi Mikawa called Honokuni? Let’s learn about the origins of Honokuni’s naming by sifting through some history.
Before the Taika Reform of 645, there was an area called Honokuni. This area filled with abundant crops was in the Eastern part of Aichi Prefecture spreading to Mt. Miyaji in the west and the middle basin of the Toyokawa River in the north. The name Honokuni was passed down from generation to generation for the Higashi Mikawa Area in Aichi Prefecture (Toyohashi, Toyokawa, Gamagori, Shinshiro, Tahara, Shitara-cho, Toei-cho and Toyone-mura) throughout history.
Let’s take a look at some amazing tourist spots such as nature areas and leisure activities! Delve into the world of Honokuni, overflowing with wonder.
Tall palm trees are lined up along the roadside for a slight American west coast vibe in Japan. There are a lot of cars with out-of-prefecture license plates parked around the beach entrance with young people holding surfboards all over the place. This is one of the most prominent surfing spots in Japan with many events being held here including worldwide surfing events.Details >
These trees were planted by the magistrate Okubo Nagayasu under order of the Shogunate in 1604 to protect people traveling along the Tokaido Path from the heat of summer and strong winds in winter. There are around 300 large pine trees lined up for 600m from Goyu to Akasaka post towns still intact from the olden days. These popular trees are designated as a national natural monument among the many trees on the Tokaido Path.Details >
The Toyokawa Tezutsu Festival is known all over Japan for lighting off traditional hand-held fireworks which have been passed down for generations in the shrines of the city all at once. The pillars of flames instantaneously shooting out brilliantly towards the dark night sky and the thundering noises of last lighting off called a hane are an amazing experience. Onlookers can enjoy around 2,000 rocket and exhibition type fireworks including star-mine fireworks.Details >
The Gamagori Orange Park lets visitors enjoy fruit picking all year round. Strawberries are available January through May, melons and grapes are available May through September and Mandarin Oranges are available October through December. There is also a restaurant which can serve 1,000 people at a time and a lineup of local products.Details >
All udon noodle restaurants in Toyohashi make their own original noodles. These great tasting udon noodles were created based on the enthusiasm of wanting to provide more and more people with this delicious taste. People tend to leave some leftover curry roux when eating the udon noodles. There is a feature at the bottom of a bowl for udon noodledesigned to enjoy the remaining curry roux. Try out the great tasting Toyohashi curry udon noodles which are crafted with love down to the noodles, curry and methods of eating.Details >
Let’s take a look at some sample courses which let you fully enjoy the abundant nature! Experience the charm of Honokuni with some relaxing sightseeing.