Ichinomiya, Aichi

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This article is about the city. For the town, see Ichinomiya, Aichi (town).
Special city
Masumida Shrine
Masumida Shrine
Flag of Ichinomiya
Coat of arms of Ichinomiya
Coat of arms
Location of Ichinomiya in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Ichinomiya in Aichi Prefecture
Ichinomiya is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°18′14″N 136°48′11″E / 35.30389°N 136.80306°E / 35.30389; 136.80306Coordinates: 35°18′14″N 136°48′11″E / 35.30389°N 136.80306°E / 35.30389; 136.80306
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Aichi Prefecture
 • Total 113.82 km2 (43.95 sq mi)
Population (March 2015)
 • Total 378,829
 • Density 3,330/km2 (8,600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Round-Leaf Holly
- Flower Chinese bellflower
Phone number 0586-28-8100
Address 2-5-6 Honmachi, Ichinomiya-shi, Aichi-ken 491-8501
Website Official website

Ichinomiya (一宮市 Ichinomiya-shi?) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The city is often called Owari-Ichinomiya to avoid confusion with another Ichinomiya (now part of the city of Toyokawa).

As of March 2015, the city had an estimated population of 378,829 and a population density of 3330 persons per km². The total area was 113.92 square kilometres (43.98 sq mi).


Ichinomiya is situated in western Aichi Prefecture, bordered by Gifu Prefecture to the west.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Ichinomiya literally means "the first shrine" of the province. In case of this city, it was Masumida Shrine of Owari Province. Ichinomiya developed as a monzen-machi from the Heian period.[citation needed]

The modern town of Ichinomiya was founded with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to city status on September 1, 1921. The city annexed the neighboring villages of Haguri and Nishinari in 1940, and with an additional eight surrounding municipalities (the villages of Chiaki, Tanyo and Kitakata, and the towns of Asai, Yamato, Akiwara, Oku and a portion of Imaise) in 1955.

On April 1, 2002 Ichinomiya was designated as a Special City, with increased local autonomy. On April 1, 2005, the city was further expanded by absorbing the city of Bisai, and the town of Kisogawa (from Haguri District) which would make the city the fourth largest in Aichi Prefecture, behind Nagoya, Toyota, and Toyohashi.


The headquarters of Kanesue

Traditional noted for textiles, Ichinomiya is now a regional commercial center with a mixed economy of manufacturing and agriculture. Kanesue has its headquarters in Ichinomiya. It moved to its current headquarters in July 1976.[1]





Sister cities[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

138 Tower Park
Row of cherry blossom trees of the Kisogawa dike



  • RRR Material it's a project run by a team of local people, whose mission is to preserve and support local wool makers. Their shop offers high quality, locally made textiles and yarn with affordable prices. The shop RRR Material is located in an old wool trading centre in a close proximity to the station [5 min walk], which is another reason to visit. RRR Material
  • A Second Life Of Noko Giri exibition and art space, if you wish to see an old weaving factory inside - this is the place, the owners speak English, so if you wish to learn a little bit about the history of the place and the area - this is your destination. You can also stay for a night in their place, for arrangements - contact them directly. Noko Giri II


  • Slow Room a vegetarian bar famous for life music events, close proximity to the station. Slow Room
  • Sanpachiya a bar, where you can try locally brewed beers, it also serves as a community gathering place, the owner speaks good English and since he is involved in a local art scene, he can tell you where to go and what is currently happening in the town. Sanpachiya Bar

Noted people from Ichinomiya[edit]


  1. ^ "recruit.kanesue.co.jp Company profile" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  2. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ichinomiya, Aichi at Wikimedia Commons