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.
Tsutanofuchi Falls are large falls with a width of around 70m and height of 10m on the Ochisegawa River which flows through the center of Toei-cho. These large falls are called the Niagara Falls of Oku Mikawa and offer different scenery throughout the year for visitors to enjoy.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 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 >
Shibazakura Moss Pink Hill in the Chausu Highlands: The Floral Path to the Skies was constructed based on a 5-year plan starting in 2007. In spring, 400,000 pink moss bloom for an amazing shibazakura pink moss scenery from mid-May to mid-June. Around 300,000 people visit this tourist spot every year. The hills are like a floral path to the skies with 6 different varieties of shibazakura pink moss and the Southern Japanese Alps in the background.Details >
The Tahara Festival is widely known for its floats on which karakuri puppets are displayed. This festival is held in mid-September every year involving gorgeous floats holding karakuri puppets from Kayamachi, Shinmachi and Honmachi parading around the city. These floats are designated as a municipal tangible folk cultural property. Nighttime floats with children doing hand performances are carried out and rocket-type, hand-held type and exhibition fireworks are displayed in addition to other activities.Details >
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 >
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.