The film thoroughly introduces us to Toyokawa City. It mainly appeals its development as an industrial city, the natural blessings that surround it, and its attractive sightseeing spots.
Tokoyawa City, located in the eastern part of Aichi Prefecture, has been developing as a temple town around the Toyokawa Inari sanctuary since long ago. It is an easily accessible city, being nearby Nagoya and in between Tokyo and Osaka. The mountainous region spreads in its North and the built-up area in its South. The Imperial Japanese Navy’s war plant used to lay in the city and during the Second World War, it suffered heavy damage due to air raids.
Access Information to Toyokawa City
It is an hour flight from Haneda Airport to Chubu Centrair International Airport. From the airport to Jingu-Mae Station, take the Meitetsu Limited Express train for 20 minutes and 40 minutes to Toyohashi Station. It is a 10 minute ride to Toyokawa Station using the JR Iida Line Local train.
Take the JR Tokaido Main Line Special Rapid Service train from Nagoya to Toyohashi Station for 50 minutes. It is a 10 minute ride to Toyokawa Station using the JR Iida Line Local train.
Must-Go Spots in Toyokawa City!
It is known as one of the three major Inari sanctuaries in Japan, where most of its worshippers come and pray for business prosperity. Ever since it was built in the year of 1441, the sanctuary has taken an important part in the development of the whole region. More than a million people make a New Year’s visit during the first three days of the year.
Roadside Pine Trees “Goyu-no-Matsu”
The city of Toyokawa was once Tokaido Way’s important post station. There are about 300 pine trees on the roadside between Goyushuku and Akasakashuku. Back in the Edo Era, although lots of pine trees where planted on the roadsides, nowadays, only a few of them are left. Walking along and feeling like traveling in the Edo Era may be a good way to spend the day.
Must-Try Foods in Toyokawa City!
Inarizushi (Inari Sushi)
Inarizushi is a variety of sushi with a sweet and spicy taste made with seasoned Aburaage (deep-fried tofu) filled with sushi rice. It is widely sold around Toyokawa Inari’s temple town, which is said to be the birthplace of Inarizushi. Although Inarizushi is well-known throughout Japan, Toyokawa City has branded it and lots of different flavored Inarizushi can be enjoyed at the shops.
Must-See Festivals in Toyokawa City!
Toyokawa Tezutsu Matsuri (Festival)
This summer festival is hold every late-August. Fire-spewing bamboo cannons are hand-held by men, which the fire’s height can reach up to 10 meters. Regions including the city of Toyokawa have been celebrating this traditional event since the Sengoku Period (the Age of Civil Wars). Watching its exhilarating demonstration and the toughness of the men who are holding the fire-spewing cannons will no doubt be a fulfilling experience.
Toyokawa Inari as the center of development, the city of Toyokawa is an attractive place where its traditional atmosphere remains drifting.