You may have heard the name Toyota before. It might be because of the car, or perhaps the sponsor name of a sports team. Nowadays, everyone throughout all generations will have heard the name in everyday life. What you may not know, however, is that Toyota is a city in Japan, and where the automobile company was founded. There are several fantastic sightseeing spots in Toyota City, and it’s well worth a visit when you travel to Japan.
Besides a fascinating technology museum, another attraction in visiting Toyota city is that you can take a glimpse into the past. Asuke is a popular sightseeing spot in Toyota city, and takes approximately 40 minutes to get to from Toyota-shi Station, which is the closest train station to the Stadium of Toyota. At Asuke Yashiki, visitors can turn back the clock and experience the old style way of life.
Once you pass the gate, you’ll find a typical old style Japanese village. You can see how the Japanese lived in the past and have a go at using some of the primitive facilities of the time. In those days, it was common for Japanese people to live in farm and store houses, which you are able to wander through and see some of the traditional crafts being practiced before trying them out for yourself. This will be particularly enjoyable for families wishing to spend a fun 2 -3 hours learning about a simpler time. If you feel hungry, there is a café and restaurant nearby.
Asuke Castle is another symbolic building in Asuke and it stands a whopping 307m above sea level. You can climb the stairs of the castle and will be able rewarded with a breathtaking view of the whole town. It takes 40 minutes on foot to reach the castle from the centre of Asuke.
Asuke Hachiman Shrine can be found close to the Asuke Tourist Association, on the National Route No.153.
The history of this shrine dates back over 1,300 years. Traditional festivals of Asuke Hachiman Shrine are held several times a year and one of the biggest is held on the 2nd Week of October annually. Be sure to check out the shrine when you visit Toyota City, and perhaps you may get to experience a traditional Japanese festival during your stay.
Although we see and hear them everywhere in modern society, the high-spec cars we know of today would not be here if it wasn’t for the pioneers of the car industry all those years ago. At the Toyota Automobile Museum, you will be able to see how the industry evolved since the early beginnings of cars to what we have today. You can see old fashioned models on display, most of which are still able to run remarkably well – there is a video screen showing the cars running on the street to prove it!
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