Industrial tourism: In Japan's Aichi prefecture, geek paradise awaits
(CNN) Japan's rise to global tech supremacy is legendary.
But few realize where the country's important industrial sectors have some of their deepest roots.
That place is Aichi prefecture, west of Tokyo.
One of Aichi's biggest claims is a key role in developing the Tokaido Shinkansen, the famed bullet train that changed Japanese business by making day trips across the country possible.
That's not all though, and as more foreign visitors head to Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, new English-language tours will help Aichi's rich industrial world become a star attraction.
"Aichi has been called 'the center of the manufacturing industry' in Japan, thanks to companies such as Toyota and [ceramic producer] Noritake," says Masaru Suzuki, a Japanese tourism expert and author.