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Regional Information Aichi
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Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry 7F, 2-10-19 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-city, Aichi Prefecture 460-0008
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The information below is as of November 2017.
Aichi Prefecture is located along the sea in the center of Japan (in between Tokyo and Osaka). Because of this it has long been a strategic point of transportation between the eastern and western halves of Japan and is at the center of the country's transportation network. The Tomei, Meishin, Chuo, Tomeihan and other expressways run through the prefecture, and it has an extensive rail system which includes a shinkansen (bullet train) line. As for sea lanes, Aichi is home to Port Nagoya, which handles the largest volume of freight of any port in Japan, and Port Mikawa, which handles the largest volume of automobile imports. Furthermore, the Chubu Centrair International Airport is easily accessible from the city center, and is functioning as a convenient transit point for domestic flights and a key aerial gateway to overseas.
The Tomei, Meishin, Isewangan, Chuo, Tomeihan, Tokai-Hokuriku, Tokai-Kanjo and other expressways run through the prefecture. In Aichi prefecture, eastern and western Japan meet on National Route 1 - a major transportation artery. Aichi is, therefore, a key region for ground transport in Japan. In addition, work is currently progressing on the Nagoya-Daini-Kanjo Expressway, which is expected to make access even more convenient.
Access to major cities nearby: 3 hours 30 minutes to Tokyo, 2 hours to Osaka
Aichi features the Chubu Centrair International Airport, which can be reached in approximately 30 minutes from the city center, offers a full network of domestic and international flights, and is the first airport in Japan to be a comprehensive bonded area. There is also the prefecturally-administered Nagoya Airport, which serves as a full-scale transportation hub for small airplanes, providing commuter flights, international business flights and more. Combined, these facilities enable Aichi to meet a diverse demand for air travel.
Domestic flight: 70 minutes to Narita, 90 minutes to Fukuoka; International flight: 2 hours to Shanghai, 4 hours to Hong Kong
Annual number of passengers: 10.96 million (FY2016)
Volume of traded cargo: 166,000 tons (same as above)
Regular flight services to major cities in Japan: Approx. 20 routes, approx. 80 flights per day
The major ports in Aichi are Port Nagoya, Port Mikawa and Port Kinu-ura. Port Nagoya is Japan's No. 1 port in terms of trade and freight volume and has been designated as a “Super Central Port” due to it being one of the top international ports worldwide. Port Mikawa is Japan's No. 1 port in terms of automobile imports and is a key hub linking Japan with countries overseas.
Total volume of cargo traded via Port Nagoya (per year): 193.26 million tons
With Nagoya Station at its center, Aichi Prefecture provides good accessibility to every region in Japan taking advantage of its radial railway networks: the Tokaido Shinkansen (about 90 minutes travel to Tokyo and 50 minutes travel to Osaka), the Tokaido Line, the Chuo Main Line, and the Kansai Main Line operated by Japan Railway Companies; and other regional railway lines operated by Nagoya Railroad Co., Ltd., and Kintetsu Railway Co., Ltd. In addition, Nagoya City offers well-developed public transportation, including Japan’s first loop subway system, to provide the public with speedy access throughout the city. Moreover, the Superconducting Maglev Chuo Shinkansen will start Tokyo-Nagoya operation in 2027, connecting Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes.