||Kariya was built by Tadamasa Mizuno, a feudal lord, in 1533 and flourished as a castle town where Lady Odai lived when she was young. Lady Odai was the daughter of Tadamasa Mizuno and the mother of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa shogun.
In the Taisho period (1912-1926), Kariya began as an industrial town by successfully inviting Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Company to locate there. Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Company was founded by Sakichi Toyoda who is known as Japan’s king of inventors. Kiichiro Toyoda was a Japanese entrepreneur and the son of Toyoda Loom Works founder Sakichi Toyoda. His decision to take Toyoda Automatic Loom Works into automobile manufacturing created what would eventually become Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s largest automobile manufacturer.