Photo/IllutrationA ceremony marking the publication of “Michelin Guide Aichi Gifu Mie 2019 special edition” in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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How do you attract adventurous, hungry tourists with perhaps more than a little spending money?

Gourmet food, of course.

The three Tokai region prefectures of Aichi, Gifu and Mie have set up a website in English featuring Michelin-rated gastronomic sites.

The online guide also introduces local tourist information on such historical towns as Hida Takayama in mountainous Gifu Prefecture and traditional "ama" female divers in Mie Prefecture.

It also introduces sites associated with three of Japan's most famous warlords, Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616), all from present-day Aichi Prefecture.

The Michelin Guide offers foodies a selection of highly rated destinations.

"Michelin Guide Aichi Gifu Mie 2019 special edition" was published in Japanese on May 17, listing a total of 628 restaurants, hotels and other sites.

Aichi and Mie prefectures attract tourists mainly from Asia, while Gifu tends to be popular among visitors from Western countries.

With Aichi Prefecture set to host a number of games in the Rugby World Cup in September, officials are bracing for an influx of visitors.

"We want to promote (the prefecture's attractions) through gourmet food," a prefectural government official said.

The website can be found at (https://gmagm.gnavi.co.jp/home/)