Tahara City is situated on the Atsumi Peninsula in the southeast sector of Aichi Prefecture. It is bounded on the north by the enchanting scenery of Mikawa Bay and on the south by the mighty Pacific Ocean. Tahara City had its birth on August 20, 2003 when Tahara Town and Akabane Town merged. Tahara City was the first city to be created in the great wave of municipal mergers that has begun in the Heisei Era in Aichi Prefecture. After that, with the merger that took place on October 1, 2005 with Atsumi Town, we embarked on a new chapter in city building as the new Tahara Cify.
With spots like Irago Misaki, which is captured in the lyric poem ''Yashi_no_mi (Coconut)'' written by Toson Shimazaki, Tahara is richly blessed with tourist resources. The deep green of Mt. Zao and other mountains makes a beautiful natural setting for the view of Mikawa Bay that can be seen from their summits. And the Coastal industriaI zone that is one of the largest in Japan, combined with agriculture, livestock and fishing as well as other important local industries contribute to the economic vitality of this region. These features assure that Tahara City will not come up short when speaking of its future prospects.
In addition, there Tahara is renowned for its historical heritage extending back 500 years to the days when it was first founded as a castle town, and made even more famous by its being the home town of Kazan Watanabe, a leading figure of the later Tokugawa Era. Evidences of this long history include the Yoshigo Shell Mound, where valuable artifacts from the late Jomon Era have been discovered, and the ruins of the lrago Brick Kiln where roof tiles for the Todaiji Great Buddha Hall in Nara were made in the Kamakura Era. In recent years, Tahara City has taken important steps to promote ecology and energy conservation by its investments in energy saving facilities, just another area in which the people of Tahara City are attempting to demonstrate that they are the worthy successors to the foresight of Kazan Watanabe who through his great ingenuity overcame the great Tenpo famine that occurred in his day.