Sights

The Highway Oasis

The Highway Oasis is an amusement facility located next to the Isewangan Expressway service area and is accessible to both expressway drivers and local people outside the service area. The park has a landmark Ferris Wheel and the service area is full of attractions to appeal to everyone, a shopping area, restaurants, and people can enjoy Kariya’s first hot spring. A footbath is available for everyone to soak their feet in the hot spring outside the bathhouse. The Highway Oasis

Field of Japanese Irises in Kozutsuminishi Pond

The Japanese iris is the official flower of both Aichi Prefecture and Kariya City. Kozutsuminishi Pond is one of three major fields of Japanese Irises, along with areas in Kyoto and Iwami town, Tottori Prefecture. This field of Japanese Irises in Kozutsuminishi Pond was designated as a national natural monument in 1938. The iris flowers are at their best during mid and late May. Visitors enjoy the vibrant Iris blooms in the pond. Because of its designation as national natural monument, visitors are requested to cooperate in protecting the environment by using the designated parking areas in the park and by not touching or taking any plants or animals. Field of Japanese Irises in Kozutsuminishi Pond

Floral Garden Yosami

Floral Garden Yosami is an area where everyone can enjoy flowers and greenery in the surrounding greenhouses and restaurants. In addition, there are activities in other facilities such as riding a miniature train and playing in the playground. Access to Floral Garden Yosami is easy by free city bus from JR Kariya Station. It takes about 23 minutes. Floral Garden Yosami

Yosami Transmitting Station Commemorative Museum

Yosami Transmitting Station was a large transmitting station that was established in 1929 as the first wireless communication between Japan and Europe. The antenna system used eight towers, each 250 meters high. This transmitting station played an important role in World War II for transmitting news to Germany and Italy. The facility was also used for communicating with submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1941 to 1945 and by the United States Navy from 1950 to 1993. After the station was shut down, the towers were destroyed in 1996. However, visitors can see communication equipment used, pictures and read stories about the station’s long history. Yosami Transmitting Station Commemorative Museum

Historical Library

Opened as a historical library in 1980, this building preserves the former main building of Kijyo Primary School as an example of early Showa (1926-19899) architecture. Visitors are able to learn about the history of Kariya and lifestyles of people from the area up to the present day. The Bell Tower Clock (made in the mid-Edo period) designated as a historically distinguished asset and is located in the lobby of this Library and is considered a model of skillful precision technology in this area. Historical Library

Ryogon-ji Temple

This is a Zen Buddhist temple established in 1414 by Rizan, a Buddhist monk from Eihiei-ji, the headquarters of the Soto-shu sect of Zen Buddhism. This is the family temple of the Mizuno family who built Kariya castle. In the precinct are the Mizuno family graves of Nobumoto Mizuno, a lord of Kariya Castle and Odai’s elder brother, and Tadashige Mizuno, the third lord. Ryogon-ji Temple

Statue of Toyoda, Sakichi

The statue was donated to Kariya City by Kubota Choutaro, an old friend of the Toyoda family, and placed in the Kijo park in 1952. The statue praises Toyoda’s great achievements and contributions to Kariya as the inventor of the Toyoda Automatic Loom. Toyoda built a test factory equipped with automatic looms in 1923. Statue of Toyoda, Sakichi
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