Okazaki City is located almost in the centre of Aichi Prefecture and is known as the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu who founded the Edo Shogunate. In the Central Rally 2021, an SS was set up on the banks of the Otogawa River, which flows by Okazaki Castle, the birthplace of Ieyasu, and attracted many spectators. The Okazaki City Rally Support Team has also been formed, and the whole community are now involved in promoting Rally Japan.
Toyota CIty is a central core metropolis with the largest land area in Aichi, and the second largest population after Nagoya City. Being led by Toyota Motor Corporation, it is a ‘car town’ boasting one of the highest shipments of manufactured goods in the country. On the other hand, the city is also a land of abundant greenery, with rich forests covering approximately 70% of the city area, the Yahagi River running through the city area and rice paddies that produce seasonal vegetables and fruits. The Toyota Stadium will be assigned as the venue for the Service Park and Ceremonial Start.
Located in the eastern part of Aichi, Shinshiro City has the second largest area in the prefecture after Toyota City. The area is rich in nature with mountain ranges, which allows visitors to fully enjoy the seasonal beauty of nature. During the period of Warring States, numerous castles were built in the area, and it is a place that evokes the historical romance of the period. The Shinshiro Rally, based in the city’s Shinshiro General Park, is famous as the largest of the All-Japan Rally Championships.
Shitara Town is in the northern part of the East Mikawa region, known as Okumikawa, enjoying a rich natural environment with mountains and forests covering approximately 90% of the total land area. The Dando-Uraya Primeval Forest, one of the largest primeval beech forests in the prefecture, is locally known as the ‘Kirara (twinkling) Forest’ because of the mica on the ground surface that glistens when it reflects sunlight and light through the trees in the forest. The area is a favourite place for many people enjoying activities that allow them to integrate with nature through trail running, orienteering, stargazing, etc.
Ena City, Gifu Prefecture
Ena City is located in the south-east of Gifu Prefecture and is blessed with rich natural beauty. The city has so much to see including the 100-year-old ‘Oi Dam’, a designated prefectural natural park ‘Ena Gorge’, a post town ‘Oi-juku’ on the Nakasendo Road, a town with an 800-year history of female castle lords ‘Iwamura’, and the retro atmosphere of the ‘Japanese Taisho Village’. The town aims to be ‘motorsport and car culture friendly town Ena’ by organising ‘Women’s Rally in Ena’ and ‘Ena Classic Car Festival’
Surrounded by mountains with several clear streams running through it, Nakatsugawa City is rich in nature and offers a variety of activities. It was ranked first in the Tokai region and sixth in Japan (towns with a population of between 50,000 and 200,000) in the 'Best countryside to live in' ranking in 2022 in the 'category of towns where young and single people want to live'. When the linear railway line opens in 2027, Gifu Pref. Station (tentative name) and the Chubu General Rail Depots will be opened, linking the city with Tokyo in 58 minutes and Nagoya in 13 minutes.