Welcome to the city of Chiryu!Welcome to the city of Chiryu!

Overview of
Chiryu City

The city of Chiryu is located almost in the center of Aichi Prefecture. Chiryu is a transportation nexus with national and prefectural routes as well as Nagoya Railroad's Nagoya Main Line and Mikawa Line intersecting one another, welcoming and seeing off a large number of people day to day.
In ancient times during the Kamakura period, Chiryu was host to part of the Kamakura Road, and during the Edo period, its Chiryu Post Town prospered as the 39th stop from Shinagawa Post Town along the Tokai Road. Even today, the city offers visitors a chance to feel the Japan of days gone by.

City flower
Water iris

The water iris serves as the city's floral symbol and was designated as such by citizens in August 1973. The water iris is known for its appearance in the Heian period's Tales of Ise when the main character, Ariwara no Narihira, stops at Yatsuhashi (near Chiryu's current town of Yatsuhashi) and recites a poem.

Popular eats

Chiryu offers plenty of special culinary delights, but its most famous would have to be Ammaki. Ammaki is a Japanese confection with a lightly toasted flour breading sandwiching sweet adzuki bean paste-beloved by all, regardless of age.

Chiryu mascot

Chiryu's mascot, Chiryuppi, is a boy absolutely crazy about Chiryu City. He sports a water iris atop a horse hoodie, illustrating the city's historic horse markets along the Tokai Road and reputation as a highly traveled transit stop along the Tokaido and Kamakura Roads. Chiryuppi wears a vest embroidered with the city emblem as he dons an Ammaki bag, packing in all the appeal of Chiryu with his kind and relaxed manner.
Go up and talk to Chiryuppi next time you see him at events, passionately promoting the city of Chiryu.

People with ties
to Chiryu

  • Heian period poet Ariwara no Narihira

    Ariwara no Narihira, the main character of the classic Tales of Ise, stopped in Chiryu's Yatsuhashi area on his way east, where he recited a poem speaking of a longing for home and his beloved while gazing upon the beauty of blooming water irises. The poem is famous for a play on words, indicating the Japanese word for "water iris".

  • One of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu's wives, Oman no Kata

    Oman no Kata was the daughter of a Chiryu Jinja Shrine priest, Nagami Sadahide, and one of the famous unifier of Japan Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu's wives. She later bore him twins, of which one—Nagami Sadachika—became a priest at Chiryu Jinja Shrine.

  • Hogan Baisao

    Hogan Baisao studied the life and tea ceremony practices of the first tea master of the Baisao tradition, Ko Yugai, through Zen master Daiten before going on to sell tea around various provinces in Japan. In 1805, he visited the Yatsuhashi area, revived the then dilapidated Ariwaradera Temple and went on to join Muryojuji Temple.

  • Civil rights activist Roichi Naito

    Roichi Naito was the son of a chief retainer in Fukushima Province and came to Shigehara Province after the Meiji Restoration. Due to a government-related calamity, he was put into an employment program for former members of the samurai class, to which he belonged as a retainer, and became a leader in the advancement of civil rights.



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Welcome to the city of Chiryu!