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Matsudaira-Go was the birthplace of the Matsudaira clan, said to be the origin of the Tokugawa family. In addition to Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine, there are many other historic sites connected with the Matsudaira clan, including Kogetsuin Temple, which is dedicated to the first Chikauji, and the Matsudaira Castle Ruins. There are also many wild-growing plants, so visitors can enjoy a variety of natural scenery throughout the four seaso...
Located within Matsudaira-go, a garden of irises and hydrangea bloom at Kogetsuin Temple in the early summer. Also known by its original name, Jakusei-ji Temple, Kogetsuin Temple was reputedly built in 1367 by the monk Kanryu with the support of Ariwara Nobushige (the father of Matsudaira Chikauji’s wife). Tradition holds that it came to be known as Kogetsuin Temple in 1377, when Chikauji donated the main image of the Amida Buddha,...
|Opening days / hours :||Open all day|
|Holidays :||Open every day|
Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine consecrates Chikauji Matsudaira, the ancestral patriarch of the Matsudaira clan, to which shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu traced his roots. The shrine grounds were once the villa of Matsudaira. Immediately adjacent to the worship hall is the Matsudairagou hall, which features various items tied to the Matsudaira and Tokugawa clans. There you will also find the well at which Matsudaira was first bathed. It is held to ...
|Opening days / hours :||All-day admission: 10:00AM-3:00 PM (Matsudairagou)|
Located inside the grounds of the Toyota Sangyo Bunka Center, Kirakutei is a modern Japanese-style building from the late Taisho period and early Showa period. Formerly a restaurant and hotel, many famous guests stayed at Kirakutei, among them politician Korekiyo Takahashi, Prince Takamatsu, and actress Yaeko Mizutani. In 1967, Kirakutei was no longer used as a business, and underwent renovations in 1982 with support from the owner....
|Opening days / hours :||9:00-17:00
|Holidays :||Mondays, national holidays, and New Year's holidays (December 28 to January 4)|
Toyota City Folk Craft Museum is a facility that commemorates Shizuo Honda, a scholar of ancient ceramics. The inside is devoted to the appreciation of exquisite handiwork and the beauty of folk craft. The museum has started holding a number of lectures on Sanagekoyo pottery, Koromo cotton, and other industrial art with connections to the surrounding regions. Located in a wooded nature area next to Hiratobashi Park, the museum plans ...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00-17:00|
|Holidays :||Mondays (open if Monday is a holiday) and New Year's holidays|
This commemorative hall operated by Toyota Motor Co. adjoins Kuragaike Park. Toyota Motor Co. built this hall in 1975 to commemorate reaching the production of its 10 millionth vehicle in the 35th year after its founding. Designed by the architect Fumihiko Maki, it presents a beautiful geometric form amid an environment surrounded by greenery. Inside the hall is the Toyota Establishment Exhibit Room, which is filled with passion fo...
|Opening days / hours :||9:30 to 17:00|
|Holidays :||Mondays (closed the following day if a holiday)/ year end and New Year period|
The Sanage Festival is famous for dedications of bonote implements, a martial art designated as an intangible folk cultural property by the prefecture. The festival is centered around Sanage Shrine. The guardian deity of Sanage Shrine is Ousu no Mikoto. Ousu no Mikoto was a member of the royalty in the Kofun period and is the elder twin brother of Ousu no Mikoto, who bears the same name. Ousu no Mikoto strived to open up and expand t...
|Opening days / hours :||All-day admission|
|Holidays :||Open every day|
An intangible folk cultural property designated by the prefecture, the bonote is a martial art that is consecrated at a shrine festival. Here you will find a range of exhibits and materials describing it in detail. The Toyota region is home to many different variants of bonote. The exhibits go into detail about its origin, schools, and the implements used.
|Opening days / hours :||9:00AM-9:00 PM (Toyota Bonote Kaikan Permanent Exhibit room hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM)|
|Holidays :||Every Monday (except where Monday is a holiday), and January 1-4 and December 28-31|
A Noh theater in the Toyota Sangohkan urban redevelopment building. Featuring a Kirizuma-style roof and a stage of hinoki wood, or Japanese cypress, it draws visitors into the world of Japan's traditional arts. A true Noh stage patterned after those in the Momoyama period in the late 16th century when Noh thrived, it hosts children's events and interpretive lectures in addition to Noh and kyogen performances. Visitors can also enjoy ...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.|
|Holidays :||Mondays / end of December and early January|
This folk culture museum opened in 1980. The former villa of a wealthy farming family has been reproduced here, with the rear house, main house, and bamboo house featuring a thatched-roof, wooden construction. The Asuke Mansion reproduces the handmade aspects that were a part of mountain life in the region, among them charcoal brazier cooking, traditional paper making, Kiji, and weaving. Ten different handicrafts are demonstrated by ...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00-17:00 (doors close at 16:30)|
|Holidays :||Thursday (or following day if falling on a holiday), year-end/New Year (12/24-1/2), third Wednesday of June, 12/16, and other irregular closings/openings|
The basic pattern of the Asuke Townscape (Important Preservation District of Historic Buildings) was formed during the Sengoku era, while the modern layout of the town developed in the early Edo period. The current townscape is lined with machiya townhouses built after the great fire of 1775 in the nurigome-zukuri style, which are coated in plaster to the eaves in order to prevent fires, and conveys the look of the town in those da...
|Opening days / hours :||Tours all day|
Culture is spread through information, information is spread through communication, communication is written on paper, paper is produced in Aichi. Kozo is the Japanese name for the mulberry trees that seem to grow particularly well in the Obara region of Aichi Prefecture’s Toyota City. These mulberry trees have been the source of the particularly strong and versatile traditionally handcrafted washi paper produced here since at lea...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00 to 16:30|
|Holidays :||Monday (no substitute holiday if Monday is a public holiday, etc.), year-end and New Years (December 28 to January 4)|
The Obara district is well-suited to growing the mulberry plant, so it has been known as a cradle of papermaking since the Muromachi period. Washi-no-Furusato is a site where you can learn all about the charms of papermaking. The Toyotashi Obara Paper Art Museum offers both the Toyotashi Washi Artwork Gallery, where you can experience the charms of Obara paper crafting, and the Toyotashi Art and Craft Center, where you can try your h...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00AM-4:30 PM ■Workshop hours: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM|
|Holidays :||Monday (where Monday is a holiday, open; date not rolled over); year-end/New Year (12/28-1/4)|