Industrial Tourism in Japan
Niigata is adjacent to the Sea of Japan and the inlands experiences heavy snow during the winter. The Echigo Plain – where two of the largest rivers in Japan flow: the Agano River and the Shinano River – is one of the largest producers of rice, revolving around the Koshihikari brand. High-end brands of rice from the Uonuma region are especially well-known. Its rich water resources grow high-quality rice, enabling an active sake brewing industry as well as the production of food and semiconductors, where the water is used to wash precision equipment. Niigata’s natural gas production also accounts for 80% of national production. The Port of Niigata has a regular container shipping line to China, Korea, and Russia, functioning as the gate between neighboring countries. Niigata also has an active fishing industry, known throughout Japan for its yellowtail, crab, and salmon.
Niigata Manga Animation Museum
This museum introduces cartoonists and animators linked with Niigata. It features areas where guests can play with popular characters, ...
Location : Niigata-City, Niigata
Fukui is adjacent to the Sea of Japan and is known for its ria coasts, which are a common feature of the landscape in the Wakasa Bay area. It is also known as one of the least earthquake or tsunami-prone areas. Its marine produce includes the nationally-renowned Echizen crab as well as spot prawn, sea bream, flounder, and sea urchin. Fukui has a thriving optical frame manufacturing industry centered in Sabae, which has gained branding identity and popularity across the world and accounts for 90% of the domestic market share. It has unique and thriving businesses such as Echizen Washi, which is paper that is said to last a thousand years, and the only harp manufacturing industry in Japan, with a factory that boasts the second largest production volume in the world. Fukui’s traditional crafts include lacquerware and pottery, as well as crafts made from agate, which are bright vermillion.
Toyama is bordered by the sea as well as mountains and has many large and rapid rivers. It has access to abundant amounts of good water from the mountains and has eight water sources which were selected by the Ministry of the Environment to be part of Japan’s 100 Remarkable Waters, which is the most in the country. Since Toyama has a lot of land that is suited to growing rice, paddy fields account for 95.6% of its agricultural land, which was the highest number in Japan in 2016. It is also characterized by being Japan’s largest shipper of tulip bulbs in 2015 and by being an active pharmaceutical drug producer since olden times. It was also Japan’s largest producer of pharmaceutical drugs in 2015. Traveling medicine sellers from Toyama are popular throughout Japan. The fishing industry is active thanks to Toyama Bay – which lies just in front of the prefecture and is rich with marine resources – and revolves around fixed-net fishing. Toyama’s traditional crafts include Takaoka ironware – which has been around since 1611 – and Inami wood carvings, which are temple sculptures that have been continually produced since the 18th century.
Umekama U-mei Kan
At the Ume-Kama U-mei-Kan Museum, guests from around the world can learn about the history and types of kamaboko with large-screen explanation videos in four la...
Location: Toyama-CIty, Toyama
Ishikawa used to be called Kaga back in the early modern period and developed a refined culture under the reign of the lord at the time. Kenroku-en was built during that time, becoming one of the three top gardens in Japan and a popular tourist destination. Factors that contributed to the development of Ishikawa’s culture are water transportation and climate; it used the Sea of Japan to transport goods and was a major port for Kitamae cargo ships. It also has a wet climate perfect for handling gold film for plating. There are many classic Japanese traditional crafts, such as Kaga yuzen or dyed textiles, Wajima lacquerware, and Kutani ware. It is active in the food industry as a producer of Japanese confections to this day. Ishikawa has rich marine resources due to its long coastline. Its manufacturing industry is the most active in the production of equipment and makes construction equipment, liquid crystal, and computer components.
Nagano has a high-elevation mountain range called the Japanese Alps, which includes the Hida, Kiso, and Akaishi Mountains. Its high elevation provides a cool climate fit for lettuce, celery, and blueberry production, for which it ranked at the top nationally in 2013. It is also an active producer of fruit such as apples, grapes, and pears. Karuizawa and other highland areas are also known as the Japanese royal family’s summer resort and are a popular winter holiday destination as well. It was where the Kawanakajima Battle took place back in the late 16th century, increasing the demand for weaponry. This translated into a traditional blade craft called shinshu uchi hamono, meaning forged blades such as scythes and cooking knives. The precision equipment industry grew in the Suwa region due to its clear air and water.
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Location : Suwa-City, Nagano
Yamanashi is landlocked, with many mountains such as Mt. Fuji to the south surrounding it, and it has been developing around the Kofu Basin. It is an active producer of fruit due to its hilly landscape and it was Japan’s largest producer of grapes, peaches, and plums in 2016. It recently began producing wine and has now become a high-end wine producer. Forestry is also an active business due to forests accounting for 80% of Yamanashi. Yamanashi’s local dishes include hoto, which is a hot pot dish with flat noodles made from flour and other ingredients such as pumpkin, as well as dishes using food from the mountains. Its traditional crafts are Inden, which uses lacquer to draw patterns on deerskin, and crystal ware, which began when crystals were found in the local soil. Yamanashi is also home to many factories that manufacture electronic technology and machinery.
Suntory (Suntory Hakushu Distillery)
Known as the "Forest Distillery", Hakushu Distillery is located at a site known for the pristine waters of the Ojira River, which has been designated ...
Location : Hokuto-City, Yamanashi
Gifu has rich water resources and forests, which cover 80% of the land. It produced the most hydroelectricity in Japan in 2012 and is an active farmer of sweetfish, which is also the prefecture’s symbolic fish. Popular sightseeing spots include the Shirakawa Village – registered as a world heritage site due to the architectural style known as gassho-zukuri, characterized by steeply sloped roofs – and the Gero hot springs, located in a mountainous area. Like its neighbor Aichi, Gifu is active in the manufacturing of transportation equipment, producing aircraft equipment. It ranked at the top nationally in Japanese tableware, Western tableware, and tile shipment in 2012, drawing on its past as a producer of Mino ware and other pottery during olden times. Gifu’s dense forests are used as a source of wood for blacksmithing charcoal and timber, allowing the manufacturing of blades and wooden furniture. Gifu is also known for its cafe culture.
Home to the prefectural government office, Nagoya City has the third largest economy in Japan. Aichi hosted the 2005 World Expo, for which the Chubu Centrair International Airport was built. It is open 24 hours a day, with flights coming and going at all times. It was ranked at the top nationally for product shipment 40 years in a row until 2016, over half of which was taken up by transportation equipment manufacturers. Toyota City and the surrounding area is where the global automobile manufacturer has its headquarters. It is one of Japan’s most prominent urban districts. Aichi ranked at the top nationally in the production of clams and sweetfish farming in 2015. It has a distinct food culture, which revolves around miso-based local dishes. Its traditional crafts include Tokoname ware, which bears an unusual red color; Owari Shippo, which is cloisonné with beautiful silver lines; and onigawara, which are roof tiles or statues depicting a Japanese ogre or a fearsome beast.
Located by the sea, the northeast of Shizuoka is home to Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji. It is an active producer of fruits such as oranges, strawberries, and kiwi, and was Japan’s largest producer of tea in 2017. It has a thriving fishing industry revolving around the Yaizu Port and was Japan’s largest producer of skipjack tuna in 2013. The Tokaido Shinkansen and the Tomei Expressway run through Shizuoka, providing easy access to the area and therefore creating a ground for large factories. Not only is it a center of world-renowned major automobile manufacturers but it also has piano manufacturers in the west, as well as thriving paper and pulp businesses in Fuji City. Shizuoka’s traditional crafts include pottery and wooden crafts made from pine and camphor, as well as the manufacture of traditional Japanese sandals called geta.
Chibi Maruko-chan Land
A museum where you can experience a day in the life of Maru-chan, "Chibi Maruko-chan Land" is located on the third floor of S-Pulse Dream Plaza, a landmark of the Shimizu district. ...
Location : Shizuoka-city, Shizuoka