Toyohashi (豊橋市) is a city located in Aichi prefecture in Honshu, Japan. As of March 2021, Toyohashi had a population of approximately 371,200 people.
Toyohashi, centrally located between the main metropolis cities of Tokyo and Osaka, is known for its port, the largest for the import/export of automobiles in Japan. The Toyota Motor Company also has a production facility in the nearby city of Tahara, and the city has a manufacturing base. Volkswagen (Germany's biggest car brand) also has a large factory here. Yoshida Castle is at the center of the city, which was once an important post town on the Tokaido road linking Edo with Kyoto. Toyohashi has extensive forests, and is close to the beaches of the Atsumi Peninsula, an important nesting habitat for the loggerhead turtle.
The nearest airport to Toyohashi is Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) near Nagoya. From there, Toyohashi is about 70 minutes away via the Meitetsu Line (¥1590). A change of trains at Jingu-mae station is required.
Toyohashi Railroad runs an hourly bus service from Centrair directly to Toyohashi station in 1 hour, 40 minutes (¥2200).
Toyohashi is a stop on the JR Tokaido Line and the Tokaido Shinkansen, and is also the terminus of the Meitetsu Main Line from Nagoya and Gifu.
Hikari trains on the Shinkansen run from Tokyo every 2 hours (with two late-night trains running 30 minutes apart), reaching Toyohashi in about 80 minutes. The all-stopping Kodama trains, which depart twice every hour, take 45 minutes longer. The price is the same for both trains (¥8570 adult, unreserved seat).
Bullet trains from Kyoto (¥7140 adult, unreserved seat) and Osaka (¥8240 adult, unreserved seat) reach Toyohashi in about 75 and 90 minutes, respectively (1 or 2 departures per hour).
From Nagoya you can reach Toyohashi in 25 minutes by Kodama bullet train (¥2330 unreserved seat, 2 to 3 departures per hour) or in 50-60 minutes on the Meitetsu Line (¥1140, 5 to 6 departures per hour).
Rapid trains on the regular JR Tokaido Line run from Nagoya in 50-55 minutes (¥1340). Local trains also run 2-3 times per hour from Hamamatsu (35 minutes, ¥650).
With the exception of the Meitetsu Line, all of the above trains can be used at no charge with the Japan Rail Pass.
Toyohashi Railroad and KB Bus run a daily overnight bus from Shinjuku to Toyohashi (6 hours, ¥4500 each way, ¥8000 round-trip).
Highway buses during the daytime only stop at the Toyohashi Kita stop of the Tomei Expressway. There are six daily Tokkyu buses from Tokyo station to Hamamatsu station, from which you can take a local train to Toyohashi (about 5 hours, ¥4420 [¥3770 Bus Fare + ¥650 Train Fare])
Toyohashi can be navigated by streetcar. It is one of the few cities in Japan where streetcars are still in regular use.
There are mainly two lines to get around this city.
・Toyohashi rail road Atsumi Line(渥美線)
・Toyohashi rail road Azumada Main Line(東田本線)
Botanical Garden & Amusement Park
Mara, Baby Elephant at Toyohashi Zoo
- Toyohashi City Futagawa-Shuku Honjin Museum (豊橋市二川宿本陣資料館), 65 Nakamachi, Futagawa-cho, ☎ 053-241-8580, . 9AM-5PM, Closed Mon unless holiday. A reconstruction of the original Tokaido lodge, completed in 1988. Adults ¥400, students ¥100. edit
- Nonhoi Park, Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park (のんほいパーク (豊橋総合動植物公園), ''Nonhoi Pa-ku Toyohashi Sōgō Dōshokubutsu Kōen), ☎ 0532-41-2185, . 9AM-4:30PM, Close4d Mon. Adults ¥600, children ¥100. edit
- Yoshida Castle (吉田城), Imahashi-cho, Toyohashi (Take the tram to Shiyakusho-mae and head into Toyohashi Park). Feudal lord Kohaku Makino built the castle in 1505 and originally called it Imahashi Castle. After the Warring States period, the castle was renamed Yoshida Castle and became the residence of Terumasa Ikeda. edit
- Kamo Iris Garden (賀茂しょうぶ園), Kamada Kamocho, Toyohashi, ☎ 053-288-3359, . Every year from the end of May until the middle of June, this 1 hectare park explodes in color with countless purple and white irises. One of the most beautiful sights in the city. Free. edit
- Imo Wetlands (葦毛湿原), Iwasakicho, Toyohashi, ☎ 053-256-6060, . The Imo Wetlands is a natural treasure trove where 250 species of wet plants, alpine plants, carnivorous plants, etc. grow naturally, and about 200 species of insects inhabit. Free. edit
- Ikobe Coast (伊古部海岸), 57 Biwagaya. 053-251-2485. A very long and wide beach perfect for beach scenery, walks, and surfing. Free Parking. Free. edit
Close to Toyohashi and right next to Tahara is Irago, the most popular surfing area for this part of Japan.
- Seibunkan has a surprisingly good English section for a city this size. Find it one block north and one block west from Toyohashi Station.
Most of the places to eat are concentrated on the northeast side of Toyohashi Station.
- Atlantika, 1-4 Hirokoji (200m NE of Toyohashi Stn), ☎ 053-255-5376, . 6PM-12AM, Sat-Sun 6PM-3AM. The first ever western-owned bar in Toyohashi. Serving ribs, wings, salads, tacos, brownies, cocktails, world beer and more. ¥2000-4000. edit
- British Cafe & Pub OXO, 1-1 Hirokoji (NE side of Toyohashi Stn), ☎ 053-256-0505, . 5PM–12AM, Fri 5PM–2AM, Sat 4PM-3AM. Offers the usual British pub food, pizza, Shepherd's pie, Guiness, and other drinks. ¥390~. edit
- 20's Bar Iroha, 1-5 Matsubacho 3F, ☎ 053-252-0568, . 6PM–12AM, Fri-Sat 6PM–1AM, Sun 5–11PM. Established in 1986, this long time bar specializes in fresh fruit cocktails. Table charge ¥600. ¥800~. edit
- Comfort Hotel Toyohashi (コンフォートホテル豊橋), 1-98 Ohashidori, Toyohashi, ☎ 053-253-7411, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Nationwide business hotel chain with clean and decent rooms, and conveniently located near Toyohashi Station. ¥5500~. edit
- Toyoko Inn Toyohashi Station Higashiguchi (東横Inn豊橋駅東口), 2-135 Ohashidori, Toyohashi, ☎ 053-281-1045, . checkin: 16; checkout: 10. Japan's biggest business hotel chain has one here too; spartan rooms but clean, quiet, and with free breakfast. ¥5500~. edit
- Hotel Associa Toyohashi (Directly connected to JR Toyohashi Stn), Nishijuku, Hanada-cho, ☎ 053-257-1010 , . checkin: 1PM; checkout: noon. Singles from ¥12500-14000, twins from ¥21000-24500. Japan Rail Pass holders receive a discounted rate. edit
For the latest info on events and sights, contact the Toyohashi Visitors & Convention Association (豊橋観光コンベンション協会, Toyohashi Kankō Konbenshon Kyōkai) Tel 053-254-1484
- Nagoya - Japan's fourth biggest city and main center of Aichi Prefecture is just an hour to the west by express train.
- Hamamatsu - The largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture, known as the "City of Music", and home to a vibrant Brazilian community.