The highest point in Aichi Prefecture, Chausuyama Highlands in Toyone Village is a spot where you can fully enjoy each season, with the pink moss phlox Shibazakura Festival in spring, fresh greenery in summer, colored leaves in autumn, and skiing in winter. Take a satisfying course centered around gourmet food and the great outdoors.
Visit Point No.1
- Roadside Station Toyone Green Port Miyajima
- Blessed with trees and abundant clear water, Toyone Village is raising sturgeon. The luxury food caviar is made from sturgeon's roe! Caviar has not been harvested yet, but the sturgeon, which has been eaten by royalty and nobility, is given the brand name "Royal Fish" and raised with great care. At Toyone Green Port Miyajima, you can try food made with this Royal Fish. The dishes made with sturgeon and plenty of vegetables, like "Chozame Dango no Kozu Teishoku" (set meal with sturgeon dumplings in vinegar sauce), are very popular with the locals. Besides that, the roadside station also carries fresh vegetables, a local traditional food called gohei-mochi, products made from Toyone specialty blueberries, and more.
Visit Point No.2
- Chausuyama Highlands
- The highlands at the foot of Mt. Chausu—the tallest mountain in Aichi—is home to the only ski resort in the prefecture. But the highlands do not only attract visitors in the winter. Many people look forward with much excitement to the spring—mid-May to early June to be exact—when the Shibazakura Festival is held. With shibazakura (moss phlox) painting the highlands pink as far as the eyes can see, the scenery will surely take your breath away. You can also take a walk around the illuminated garden at night. You'll surely get a great shot to remember the visit. What's more, from July to August, you can try many exciting activities like fish-catching, hiking, and canoeing. At night, you might get to see shooting stars and wild deer! Great nature awaits you throughout the year.
Visit Point No.3
- One step outside and you can see a sky full of stars. Shimizukan is one of the few ryokan in Japan that serve halal food to cater to Muslim guests. The hostess speaks English, so if you want to know more about the charms of Okumikawa, feel free to ask her. She knows good places to eat river fish cuisine, try your hands at making the specialty gohei-mochi, and see fireflies. Here, you will get to make great memories of Okumikawa like no others.
Visit Point No.4
- Shin Toyone Dam
- Japan boasts the world's leading auto industry, but its infrastructure technology is top-tier, too. Here at Shin Toyone Dam, you can go inside the dam to see the wonders of Japan's infrastructure technology. The crescent-shaped dam is about 116 meters tall. You will be impressed by the sheer size of it. There are also four "Yamabiko Echo Points" that make use of the fact that the dam is surrounded by mountains. You should give them a try. It's exhilarating to hear your own voice echo through the mountains. There are a few trails around the dam, and there are also restrooms. Why not take a leisurely stroll? The dam is also a great hidden spot for enjoying cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn foliage in the fall, and is quite popular among those who know of it.
Visit Point No.5
- Togashima Onsen Yu-Land Pal Toyone
- Do you know "dam curry?" It's Japanese curry rice arranged on a dish to look like a small dam, and is a favorite among dam enthusiasts! The restaurant in this facility located near Shin Toyone Dam serves "Shin Toyone Dam Curry." The rice is molded in a crescent, the same unique shape as the dam. Imagine the real Shin Toyone Dam, and break the "dam" on your plate. (The Japanese do love some weird stuff, huh?) The facility also has hot spring baths, including open-air baths where you can take a soak while admiring scenery that changes with the seasons. The spring water is raved about by many as skin-beautifying water. In addition to a restaurant and shop, the facility also has karaoke and a barbecue facility. It's a great place to stop by on your road trip. Unwind and spend some time relaxing.
Visit Point No.6
- Bäckerei Minden German Bakery
- The only bakery in Toyone Village. Despite its remote location in the mountains, the bakery is surprisingly visited by many customers who travel long distances to get there. But you will understand why, once you have a bite of their bread. The bakery is run by a couple who moved to Toyone from Nagoya. Their German bread is so authentic that even German people love and approve of it. You can fully taste the natural flavor of the ingredients used in the bread. The more you eat it, the more you'll love it.