Recommended spots around Ghibli Park (Nagakute/Toyota area)

Posting date: 2023.04.28
Recommended spots around Ghibli Park (Nagakute/Toyota area)

"Ghibli Park" opened in November 2022 at Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park.

This time, titled "Recommended Spots Around Ghibli Park", we will introduce spots from Nagakute City, where Ghibli Park is located, and Toyota City, which is next to Ghibli Park.

Full of spots that parents and children can enjoy!
"Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park (Moricoro Park)"

`` Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park'', where ``Ghibli Park'' is located, is affectionately known by many people as `` Moricoro Park.'' The area is approximately 150 ha, approximately the size of 30 Vantelin Dome Nagoya (formerly Nagoya Dome).

On the vast grounds, there is a large `` Aichi Children's Center'' where children can have a lot of fun, leisure facilities such as ``Nature Experience Play Equipment'' and a ``Big Ferris Wheel'', and nature facilities such as the ``Field Center Morino Gakusha''. It is dotted with a wide variety of facilities, including ice skating rinks and other sports facilities.

[Aichi Expo Memorial Park (Moricoro Park)]
Address: 1533-1 Ibaragabasama Otsu, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture
Admission fee: Free (with paid facilities)
Parking lot: 500 yen for normal cars, 200 yen for motorcycles

Thin and crispy! Plenty of red bean paste up to the tail
"Japan's No. 1 Taiyaki Toyoda Yakusa"

About 7 minutes drive from Ghibli Park. Nihon No.1 Taiyaki Toyota Yakusa is located in Ohata-cho, Toyota City. The thin, crispy crust is filled with red bean paste all the way to the tail!

The specialty of "Japan's No. 1 Taiyaki Toyoda Yakusa" is "homemade anko (red bean paste). They use carefully selected azuki beans from Hokkaido. Nitsurudo, a long-established confectionery maker in Fukuoka, has conducted extensive research on the anko (sweet red bean paste).

Another feature is the crispy thin skin! Since it is fermented and left in the refrigerator for a day, it is finished as soon as the dough runs out.

To achieve a crispy thin crust, a patented taiyaki oven is used. Furthermore, only those who have passed the Taiyaki certification test can become the "best Taiyaki baker in Japan!" The certification test is from level 1 to 5, and it takes more than 5 years of training to become a level 1 artisan.

There are four types of taiyaki: azuki bean, white bean, custard, and limited time offerings. The limited time offer is available in chocolate, Anno sweet potato, and green tea.

The most popular item is the "Azuki An (red bean paste)" made with homemade anko (red bean paste). Although it is filled with red bean paste, its light sweetness makes it easy to eat. It goes well with Japanese tea!

There is also a cosmetic box, so you can use it as a souvenir!

If you heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and bake it in the oven toaster for about 3 minutes, you can enjoy the crispy texture at home.

[Japan's No.1 taiyaki Toyota Yakusa]
Address: 260-5 Maeda, Ohata-cho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture
Phone number: 0565-48-6177
Business hours: 10:00-19:00 (closes when sold out around 19:00)
Closed: Mondays (if Monday is a holiday, the next day will be closed)
Parking lot: 15 spaces

Learn the Evolution and Culture of Cars around the World!
"Toyota Automobile Museum"

"Toyota Automobile Museum" in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture.

This museum provides visitors with an insight into the history of automobiles and car culture around the world. It was established in April 1989 as one of the projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Toyota Motor Corporation.

Although the name "Toyota" is attached, the exhibition includes not only Toyota cars but also about 140 representative vehicles from Japan, the U.S., and Europe. Visitors can enjoy learning about how automobiles, which are indispensable to our daily lives, were born and how they have evolved over the years.

In addition, there are plenty of things to see, such as a museum that exhibits about 4,000 items related to automobiles, special exhibitions that are held several times a year, and a restaurant where you can taste the famous curry. It is a perfect facility not only for car lovers but also for family outings.

[Toyota Automobile Museum]
Address: 41-100 Yokomichi, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture
Phone number: 0561-63-5151
Business hours: 9:30-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (the next day if Monday is a public holiday) and year-end and New Year holidays
Parking lot: 320 cars (free)

There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy Nordic cuisine!
"IKEA Nagakute"

IKEA Nagakute is the first IKEA store to open in the Tokai area. IKEA Nagakute is a sprawling 20,000 m2 complex that offers not only a wide variety of furniture and interior goods, but also IKEA Restaurant, where you can taste Scandinavian cuisine, and Småland, a playroom for children, so that the whole family can enjoy all day long.

*The photo is a limited-time menu

At the IKEA Restaurant on the 2nd floor, you can easily enjoy the authentic taste of Sweden. In addition to traditional Swedish dishes, desserts and drinks are also available.

It's about 3 minutes by car from Ghibli Park, so it's recommended as a stopover spot!

[IKEA Nagakute]
Address: 2-9-1 Block 1 in the land readjustment project around Koen-Nishi Station, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture
Business hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-21:00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 9:00-21:00
Closed: Open all year round (except January 1st)
Parking lot: 1,445 cars (free)

Lunch is popular! Pasta and cake specialty store
"cafe flour"

“cafe flour” in Nagakute City. The location is about 10 minutes on foot from Linimo "Nagakute City Irigaike Park" station.

A pasta and cake specialty store that focuses on the deliciousness of the ingredients. You can enjoy lunch, cafe, dinner and full time.

Lunch time is especially popular, when you can enjoy pasta and cakes at a reasonable price! Many customers come all the way from outside of the prefecture as well as within the prefecture to visit.

You can choose one of three types of pasta: oil-based, tomato-based, or cream-based. The menu changes weekly, so you can enjoy a different flavor each week.

[cafe flour]
Address: 201 Nagaosa Yazako, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture
Phone number: 0561-62-8478

Roasted beans for sale & coffee take-out
Matsumoto Coffee Factory

Matsumoto Coffee Kobo is located just one stop on the Linimo from Fujigaoka Station in Meito Ward, Nagoya City, and a few minutes' walk from Hanamizukidori Station in Nagakute City. The coffee studio offers more than 20 varieties of home-roasted coffee beans, coffee classes, and support for opening a cafe. (*Please note that the cafe is not open for business.)

The most popular is Nagakute Blend. It is a refreshing blend with a clean taste that is both fresh and full-bodied. It is also recommended for an awakening cup.

Matsumoto Coffee Factory (Nagakute Main Store)
Address : 901 Nishiura, Nagakute, Aichi, Japan
Phone number : 0561-56-2260
Business hours : 10:30-18:00
Closed :Mondays and Tuesdays

Nagakute Roaster & Cafe

IMOM COFFEE ROASTERS is a roastery and cafe in Nagakute. The location is a 10-minute walk from Linimo's "Irigaike Koen" station. This store offers specialty coffees of the highest quality in a spacious, foreign-like space.

There are also light snacks that go well with coffee. Morning breakfast time is from 9:00 to 11:30, so it's a great place to stop by if you're heading to Ghibli Park in the afternoon!

Address: 907 Kanihara, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture
Phone number: 0561-57-7285

A must-see for history lovers!
“Historic Site Nagakute Kosenjo (Kosenjo Park)”

Historic Site Nagakute Kosenjo (Kosenjo Park) is located just outside Nagakute Kosenjo Station on the Linimo. It is the site of the main battlefield where Hideyoshi Hashiba (later Hideyoshi Toyotomi) and Ieyasu Tokugawa fought a fierce battle in Tensho 12 (1584) and is designated as a national historic site.

There is also the Nagakute City Folk Museum in the park, where many materials related to the Battle of Nagakute are on display.

A visitor stamp (¥300) available at the Tourism Exchange Support Center in the Nagakute City Local Museum. Recommended as a souvenir!

[Historic Site Nagakute Kosenjo (Kosenjo Park)]
Address: 204 Musashizuka, Nagakute City

It can also be used as a cherry blossom viewing spot in spring!
"Irigaike Park"

Irigaike Park is a 7-minute walk from Linimo Irigaike Park Station. It is a green park that surrounds Irigaike Pond in the southwestern part of Nagakute City. A popular spot for families with children, including a playground area where children can play and a roller slide.

There is a walking course around Irigaike Pond, and it is popular as a spot to enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring.

Water flows like a stream near the playground equipment area, and is popular as a water playground for children in the summer!

[Irigaike Park]
Address: Irigaike, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture

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