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.
The Tsugu Flower Festival is held every year from the afternoon of January 2nd in the Maido Garden of Tsugu’s Shiratori Shrine. The festival starts with the hachinomai performance and continues with the shikisanban, hinenogi, jigatamenomai and mikagura performances. At around 9:00PM, there is a yamami oni performance. Afterwards, performers carry yutabusa straw brushes and dance the yubayashi to a nimble tempo for a shizume calming ceremony which is carried out until the following morning.Details >
Terraced paddies spread out to the southwest of Mt. Kurakake on a slope. The elevation difference is around 210m. The countryside scenery created by the mountain spring water is amazing.Details >
This seaside spot is filled with dreams, aspirations and excitement. The theme park LAGUNASIA holds enticing attractions and events while the Festival Market includes a fish market, restaurants and fantastic shopping. This area also has a full lineup of entertainment including natural hot springs. This compound marine resort overlooks the naturally beautiful Mikawa Bay.Details >
The Sakuma Dam was constructed on the Tenryugawa River which stretches through Shizuoka and Aichi Prefectures. In addition to generating power, the dam has other functions such as being an important water source for the eastern part of Aichi Prefecture and serving as waterworks and industrial water supply provided by the Toyokawa Yosui Irrigation Channel. In winter, the water level drops dramatically creating a distinctive scenery. There are also features such as hiking paths around the Lake Sakuma in the roadside Toyama Area.Details >
This is one of the most famous hydrangea gardens in the Tokai Area. 50,000 hydrangeas at over 120 varieties are in bloom and the garden is lit up until 9:30PM while in season. Visitors can also enjoy the genji fireflies which live in the garden.Details >
Sakurabuchi Park is said to have started with the planting of cherry blossom trees along the Toyokawa River by the lord of Shinshiro Castle in the early 17th century. Visitors can enjoy beauty all year round with cherry blossoms in spring and changing colors of the leaves in autumn.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.