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12 Things to Do in Nagoya

Nagoya is the capital of Aichi, enjoy many things to do, restaurants, shops, and historic sites. Being Japan's fourth most populated city there is something to do for everyone.

#1. Nagoya Castle

Nagoya castle

Nagoya Castle is one of the castles built by Ieyasu Tokugawa, first Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in the years 1610 to 1619, taking nine years to build. Recognizable and famed for the golden carp adorning the castle, and known as “Kinsachi”, people will understand which castle you are referring to, should you mention them. Because these golden carp are made with real gold, they are sure to catch the light and provide excellent photo opportunities. Though the original Kinsachi were destroyed in the WW II bombings, they were restored in 1959, and they now hold permanent residence in their original locations. In the castle, there are numerous photograph locations with these Kinsachi. This castle has a great cultural significance, not only due to it’s decorative nature, but also due to it’s historic status as one of Japan’s most important castles.
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Nagoya Castle

Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Shiyakusyo Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

500 yen (Adult)
Free (Under Junior high school student)

Phone: 052-231-1700

Website: Nagoya Castle (Japanese)


#2. Night Time View of Meikou Triton

Night time view of Meikou Triton

Miekou Triton is a huge highway bridge made up of three parts; the Meikou Higashi Oohashi (Eastern Meikou Bridge), Meikou Chou Oohashi (Central Meikou Bridge), and Meikou Nishi Oohashi (Western Meikou Bridge). Even in the day time these bridges are very a impressive sight, but at night they are lit up! These three big cable-stayed bridges are an especially beautiful part of Nagoya’s night.


#3. The Arimatsu-cho Preservation Area


The Arimatsu-cho Preservation Area is an old section of the town, along what used to be the old Tokaido road. Painstakingly preserved and intact from an era of Japanese history that ended over a century and a half ago, this restored merchant town provides a glimpse of the past, offering a location where time seemingly stands still. We recommend a visit to this remnant of Japanese history, not only for the historic value that the merchant buildings represent, but also for the vast array of souvenirs available to the public, the sale of which helps to support the preservation of traditional Japanese culture. This location is one which is truly enjoyable to walk through, where the age-old landscape of Edo period Japan is still visible, offering a true “blast from the past”.


#4. Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Port of Nagoya public aquarium

The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, famed for it’s Orca displays, has been a major tourist attraction in Nagoya since its opening in 1992. Spread over two separate buildings, with 500 species of undersea life, this aquarium is sure to provide enjoyment to all ages. Due to the numerous events throughout the day, including three separate dolphin shows, it is most unlikely that boredom will become an issue! Directly in the port outside the aquarium is the Antactic Museum, also known as the Fuji Icebreaker, an antarctic explorer used from the 1960s to the 1980s, now converted to be a museum. Open to the public throughout the year, except for Mondays and national holidays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or 5:30 PM depending on the month, this is sure to be an interesting location for any visitor.
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Address: 1-1-3 Minatomachi, Minato ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Nagoyako Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

2,000 yen (Adult)
1,000 yen (Junior high and Elementary school student)

Phone: 052-654-7080

Website: Port of Nagoya public aquarium


#5. Atuta Jingu Shrine


You’ll be amazed that how easy to access to the historic Atuta Jingu Shrine. You can taste so much nature that you will forget you actually just came in from the city center a couple of minutes ago. How much history, and how much nature does this place have? One of seven camphor trees can tell you, it is officially aged more than 1,000 years. One of the things which has made Atuta Jingu Shrine famous is Kusanagi no Mitsurgi (sword) this sword was called a “symbol of emperor”. If you are lucky, you can join a festival. There are many events held throughout the year, which are particularly interesting because they are carefully performed in the traditional ways.
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Atuta Jingu Shrine 

Address: 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 3 minute walk from Jingu Station

Phone: 052-671-4151

Website: Atuta Jingu Shrine


#6. Hitumabushi

Photo Credit: hitsumabushi.co.jp

Hitumabushi is Nagoya’s famous ways of preparing unagi (eel). Of course, you can eat unagi anywhere in Japan, but here in Nagoya, you can enjoy a special way of eating unagi. They usually serve you with another rice bowl, you’ll divide unagi and rice to 4 sections. First you enjoy eating unagi as it is. Second, you add it to a rice ball, add wasabi or nori, which gives you a different taste. Third, you add it to a rice ball again, and then add soup or tea over the unagi rice ball. Finally, you simply repeat whatever is your favorite way of enjoying unagi.


#7. Nagoya Sea Train Land

Nagoya sea train land

This compact amusement park is located in front of the aquarium. A lot of people gather here because of the big Ferris Wheel at 85 meters. The Ferris Wheel has see-through gondolas, so if you ride them, you feel like you are in the sky. And at night on this 85 meters Ferris Wheel you can see the beautiful Nagoya night lights. You can also see Ise bay and the Suzuka mountains. In this park there are many attractions including merry-go-rounds, a maze, and a haunted house, so children will love it!
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Nagoya Sea Train Land

Address: 1-51 Nishikuracho, Minato ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from Nagoyako Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Fee: Free Entrance

Phone: 052-661-1520

Website: Nagoya Sea Train Land (Japanese)


#8. Tougokusan Fruit Park

Tougokusan fruit park
Photo Credit: fruitpark.org

Tougokusan Fruit Park is located by the bottom of the Higashiyama mountain. In this park, you can enjoy a great variety of fruits. There is 15 orchards with a total of abut 1,100 fruit trees. There are two tropical green houses, and at the fruit section you can learn about the fruits, enjoy looking, learning, and tasting! Of course, there is a shop which sells the fruit they grow in this park!
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Tougokusan Fruit Park

Address: 1-51 Nishikurachō, Minato ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 25 minute walk from Kozoji Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fee: Free Entrance

Phone: 052-736-3344

Website: Tougokusan Fruit Park (Japanese)


#9. Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Photo Credit: Emran Kassim@Flickr

There are famous zoo in Japan, one is Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, and here Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya. Most famous is the worldwide medaka section at this zoo. About 500 type of animals live here, there is a botanical garden, green house, amusement park, and Higashiyama tower. You could enjoy an entire day at this zoo.
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Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Address: 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa District, Nagoya, Aichi

Access: 14 minute walk from Higashiyama Park Station

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Over Age 65)

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:50 PM

Phone: 052-782-2111

Website: Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens


#10. Osu Shopping Street

Photo Credit: Emran Kassim@Flickr

Oosu shopping area is one of the most popular shopping areas in Nagoya. There is about 1,200 shops in this area with all sorts of things you can find and buy. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you like, there are things from any culture, all mixed here. Oosu shopping area is even host to the annual cosplay summit if you are interested in Japanese anime sub-culture. Oosu shopping area accepts everyone. This area grew because of visitors to the ancient Buddhist temples including the Oosu Kannon Temple. If you have time you can visit lots of temples and shrines around this area.
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Osu Shopping Street

Address: 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa District, Nagoya, Aichi

Access: 14 minute walk from Higashiyama Park Station

Admission Fee:
500 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Over Age 65)

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:50 PM

Phone: 052-261-2287

Website: Osu Shopping Street


#11. Shirotori Teien


Shirotori Tien is a Japanese garden surround by ponds and streams. The garden is approximately 3.7 hectares. To the southwest corner of the garden, there is a large mound and it represents Mt. Ontake and the stream coming from the mountain is Kiso River. In the center there is Seiu-tei, a complex for tea ceremony rooms. Shirotori translates to white bird, and Seiu-tei was inspired by a swan, flying down to rest its wings.
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Shirotori Tien 

Address: 2-2-5 Atsuta Nishimachi, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Access: 10 minute walk from Jingunishi Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fee: 300 yen (Adult)

Phone: 052-681-8928

Website: Shirotori Tien


#12. Miso Katsu

Miso Katsu
Photo Credit: emi moriya@Flickr

Miso katsu might be the most famous food in Nagoya. In Tokyo, Tonkatu (buttered pork) is served with ketchup or Worcester source, but here in Nagoya, they serve it with special miso sauce.  The interesting thing is that all restaurants have their own original recipe, you can enjoy the unique flavors from each restaurant.


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