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Masumida Shrine

Ichinomiya (一宮市) is a city of 380,000 people (2019) in Aichi prefecture.


After expansion in 2005 to include nearby Bisai and Kisogawa, it is the 4th largest city in the prefecture. Ichinomiya is historically a center for woolen textiles, and many aspects of textile production still flourish in the city, such as world-famous yarn manufacturer Eisaku Noro.

Tourist information site[edit]

The local tourist association has a multilingual guide site, Ichinomiya Navi.

Get in[edit]

Ichinomiya is roughly halfway between Nagoya and Gifu. By rail, take the JR Tokaido line from Nagoya to Owari-Ichinomiya (9 min, ¥290), or the Meitetsu Nagoya or Bisai lines. By road, Ichinomiya is accessible from the Toumei, Meishin, and Tokai-Hokoriku expressways.

Get around[edit]


Row of cherry blossom trees of the Kisogawa dike
  • 1 Masumida Shrine (真清田神社, Masumida Jinja). Ichinomiya means 'first shrine' (in the sense of most important) and Masumida was the principal shrine of Owari Province (now Aichi). The ornate shrine is surrounded by pleasant grounds, including a pool with carp and turtles, which are a pleasant place to stroll on a summer day. The main gate has been refurbished, to restore the carving and gilding. Masumida plays host to most of the town's festivals, including New Year celebrations, the Tanabata festival in late July, and an annual craft fair. Masumida Shrine (Q705916) on Wikidata Masumida Shrine on Wikipedia
  • 2 138 Tower Park (138タワーパーク, Ichino-mi-ya tower park). 'Ichino-mi-ya' can be read as the number '138', and so the number crops up regularly in the local area. Ichinomiya Twin Arch 138 is the tallest arch-style tower in Asia, at (you guessed it) 138 m tall. An observation platform at 100 m (admission ¥500 for adults) gives a panoramic view of the Kiso Valley. One sight of note is the nearby village which is constructed entirely on an island in the middle of the Kiso River. The tower is surrounded by parkland, which is especially pleasant during cherry-blossom season. The park is easily accessible by bus from Ichinomiya station. Twin Arch 138 (Q11318660) on Wikidata


Ichinomiya's streets are decorated for Tanabata Matsuri
  • 1 Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival (一宮七夕まつり, Ichinomiya Tanabata Matsuri). Held from Thursday to Sunday of the last weekend in July, this is reputed to be one of the three biggest Tanabata festivals in Japan, and attracts up to 1.3 million visitors annually. The streets are strikingly decorated and bustling with festival-goers in yukata, centering around Masumida Shrine, and the festivities include a parade to dedicate local products to the shrine, bon-dancing - which anyone is welcome to join in, live music of all kinds, and the usual summer festival stalls and attractions. Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival (Q21652456) on Wikidata
  • Bisai fireworks festival - held in August as part of Bisai summer festival, some 5000 fireworks (including some with blooms of up to 500 m) are released on the banks of the Kiso river. If you can't get a spot at the site, a popular and convenient place to see the show is from the rooftop carpark of Diamond City Kirio mall (10 min walk from JR Kisogawa).


various Noro handcrafting textiles

If you knit or sew, then Ichinomiya is a must-visit on your Japanese travels. The side-streets surrounding Masumida Shrine are a treasure-house of locally-produced yarns and fabrics.

  • Particularly of note is Ishii Shoten, a small yarn store to the right of the main gate of Masumida shrine. The store stocks an extensive range of current and vintage Eisaku Noro yarns, often at a discount, and many other beautiful local yarns at reasonable prices. The owner does not speak English, but is extremely friendly (without being pushy - if you just want to browse that's fine) and will help you find what you want.
  • May or early June see a large craft fair based around Masumida, with over 100 stalls selling handcrafted articles and craft materials, plus food, live music, and hands-on workshops where you can try various crafts such as leatherwork, spinning, weaving and dyeing.


  • 1 The Rumor Burger (ザ・ルーモァバーガー). A "French Burger" restaurant. It's a small restaurant, built into the walls of Masumida Shrine. The restaurant is built into the walls of the shrine and has the same address as the shrine, so it is considered to be a unique "shrine restaurant", billing itself as a food "Power Spot" for its melding of the spiritual with the gastronomical.
  • 2 Otaya Bisai (太田屋). A miso-nikomi udon restaurant.


  • 1 Rock On City (ロックオンシティ). A rock'n roll-themed bar with burgers, pasta, and cocktails.


Accommodation is mostly in the form of business hotels, and several chains (Toyoko Inn, Route-Inn, City Hotel, Green Hotel) have branches near the station.

If you drive, there are also large belts of love-hotels off the highway, at both ends of the city limits!


Go next[edit]

Routes through Ichinomiya
KyotoGifu  W  E  NagoyaHamamatsu
Gifu ← Kasamatsu ←  N  S  NagoyaOkazaki
Tamanoi  N  S  → Inazawa → Tsushima
TakayamaMino  N  S  END
KyotoGifu-Hashima  W  E  NagoyaHamamatsu
END  N  S  Kiyosu → into Nagoya
ToyotaSetoKomaki  E  S  TsushimaYatomi

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