Overlooking Ise Bay at the foot of the Suzuka Mountains, Yokkaichi is a small city with a big commitment to reducing environmental pollution. Along with being near Suzuka Forest Garden, it’s home to fascinating museums and a prominent observation deck.
Things to do in Yokkaichi
Explore the natural and cultural history of the region at the Yokkaichi Municipal Museum, which details its development from multiple perspectives. There are interactive exhibits in the on-site children’s museum and a planetarium with regularly changing presentations about Japan’s night sky.
If you’re interested in the impact of humans on the environment, visit the Yokkaichi Pollution and Environmental Museum for Future Awareness. It explores the industrial developments and changes in lifestyle that have led to pollution and showcases how Yokkaichi is working to become an environmentally advanced city.
A short drive west of Yokkaichi takes you to Suzuka Forest Garden, which features more than 200 weeping willow plum trees. These whimsical trees ignite in pink during the spring bloom, with the scene particularly magical after dark when the garden is illuminated in light displays.
For the best views of Yokkaichi, head to the observation deck at Tarusaka Park. Wander the walking trails or picnic on the grassy lawns. You can also visit at night to see Yokkaichi illuminated with twinkling lights.
Getting around Yokkaichi
Yokkaichi is just over one hour’s drive from Nagoya International Airport and three hours by train from Tokyo. Buses travel throughout Yokkaichi and access most of the city’s sights.