Aichi's southernmost town, Tahara has in recent years absorbed the towns of Akabane and Atsumi to become a single city of about 66,000. The city now claims all of the Atsumi peninsula, separating Mikawa Bay from the Pacific Ocean. It is also home to a Toyota factory reputed to be among the most sophisticated plants in the world.
Mount Zao Observatory (蔵王産展望台, Zaou-san Tenboudai), (Take a bus for 100 yen from Mikatawahara station.), ☎ 053-122-0426. 9AM-10PM. At an altitude of 250m, this observatory offer a nice 360-degree panorama of the city and Mikawa Bay. Especially nice at night.edit
Tahara Castle Ruins (田原城跡), Tahara-cho Hakou 11-1, ☎ 053-122-1720, . 9AM-5PM. Originally built around 1480, the grounds now house a small municipal museum.edit