Located in Central Japan, Nagoya (名古屋)is the capital of Aichi Prefecture. It’s the fourth most populated city in the country and is a manufacturing and shipping hub. During the Edo Period, it flourished into the castle town of the Owari Branch of the ruling Tokugawa family. There are loads to do here, be it history activities or modern entertainment.
Things to Know about Nagoya
During the Pacific War, the city became one of the leading aircraft manufacturers in the country. Hence, it became a prime target for allied bombing raids, which ultimately led to a quarter of it ending up in ruins.
After the war, it was rebuilt in such a way that made it a renowned example of modern city planning.
Unfortunately, Nagoya is rarely at the top of visitors’ lists, but rich with history, unique attractions and exquisite cuisine, it’s a city that’s definitely worth visiting.
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
Fans of trains will enjoy this railway museum established by Central Japan Railways (JR Central). Meant to educate visitors on the advances of high-speed rail in Japan, there are actual trains on display including historic steam locomotives and more.
You can partake in their interactive activities such as driving simulators for both conventional train and bullet train for an extra fee. Then, check out the massive train diorama, which would be an incredible experience.
- Spot name: SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
- Street address: 3-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato-ku, Nagoya-shi 455-0848, Aichi
- Access: About 2 minutes’ walk from Kinjofuto Station
Tokugawa Art Museum
Built on the grounds of the former feudal residence of the Owari’s, several valuables such as samurai armour and swords, noh masks and costumes and other objects are preserved and displayed here. A place perfect for those who love Japanese history.
Next to the museum is the gorgeous Japanese landscape garden, Tokugawa-en. There are plenty of walking trails, a tea house, and rest houses. You can have a relaxing stroll here.
- Spot name: Tokugawa Art Museum
- Street address: 1017 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi 461-0023, Aichi
- Access: About 8 minutes’ walk from Morishita Station
Formerly one of the biggest castles in the country, it was built as the seat for the Owari Branch for the ruling Tokugawa family in the beginning of Edo Period. You can delve into the captivating stories and details behind the artworks, and the history and the culture of the samurai in the newly restored Honmaru Goten.
- Spot name: Nagoya Castle
- Street address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi 460-0031, Aichi
- Access: About 8 minutes’ walk from Shiyakusho Station
Nagoya City Science Museum
Astronomy fans would be absolutely delighted to visit this museum as it houses one of the world’s largest planetariums. The programmes held here differ monthly based on the current astronomical phenomena.
Shows are conducted only in Japanese, but don’t let this deter you as it should be a one-of-a-kind experience, being able to look at the ‘stars’ in the sky so clearly as it’s projected on the huge spherical screen. There are also many other interactive experiments in which you can partake so you can learn about science.
- Spot name: Nagoya City Science Museum
- Street address: 2-17-1, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi 460-0008, Aichi
- Access: About 8 minutes’ walk from Fushimi Station
If you have kids and would like to spend some quality time with them, then head to the outdoor amusement park, Legoland! It has many attractions aimed at young children and some are of interest to accompanying adults. You can find grand Lego models, rides, building stations, and eateries.
- Spot name: Legoland Japan
- Street address: 2-2-1 Kinjofuto, Minato-ku, Nagoya-shi 455-8605, Aichi
- Access: About 8 minutes’ walk from Kinjofuto Station
Restaurants and Food You Should Check Out in Nagoya
Nagoya is well-known for its delectable cuisine. So, make sure to check some of these restaurants out and sink your teeth into these dishes!
The most famous Japanese dish outside of the country, you can get some of the freshest sushi at Furari Sushi. Reasonably priced from ¥120 each, you can also take advantage of their all-you-can-eat sushi bar (90 minutes) for ¥3,280 - ¥3,580.
- Spot name: Furari Sushi
- Street address: B1 EME Building, 4-24-8 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi 450-0002, Aichi
- Access: About 9 minutes’ walk from Nagoya Station
If you love eating rice topped with grilled eel coated with sweet and savoury sauce, then definitely try Nagoya’s famous hitsumabushi! Atsuta Horaiken is a traditional restaurant that serves it authentically. It’s ¥3,600 for a set meal, which is value for money as it’s hearty and delicious.
- Spot name: Atsuta Horaiken
- Street address: 503 Godo-cho, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi 456-0043, Aichi
- Access: About 6 minutes’ walk from Temma-cho Station
Recommended Hotels for You to Stay at in Nagoya
Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
Directly connected to Nagoya Station, the hotel has 5 types of rooms to choose from. All rooms are equipped with preloaded tablets with multiple languages and nanoi generators for cleansing the air of allergens.
You can make use of their fitness centre, then have a bite to eat at their restaurant that serves all-day dining and food made from fresh local produce.
- Spot name: Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
- Street address: 1-1-3 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi 450-6660, Aichi
- Access: About 5 minutes’ walk from Nagoya Station
Meitetsu Inn Nagoyaeki Shinkansenguchi
Located in Nagoya City Centre district, the inn has 3 types of rooms to choose from, including non-smoking ones. There’s breakfast every morning available from 5am till 11am for ¥500 (tax included). Also, if you’re tired and would like to feel rejuvenated, then use their sauna and massage services.
- Spot name: Meitetsu Inn Nagoyaeki Shinkansenguchi
- Street address: 1-6-3 Noritake, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi 453-0014, Aichi
- Access: About 4 minutes’ walk from Nagoya Station
Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya
Situated just outside Nagoya, Chubu Centrair is the fourth most important international airport in the country. Offering both domestic and international flights, it’s easily accessible from Nagoya Station via Meitetsu-Limited Express.
- Spot name: Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya
- Street address: 1-1 Centrair, Tokoname 479-0881, Aichi
A major railway station, it’s one of the biggest in the world. Adjacent to Meitetsu Nagoya Station, Nagoya Railroad terminal, Kintetsu Nagoya Station, and Kintetsu Nagoya Line, it’s easy for one to reach their destination via the many different types of transports available.
- Spot name: Nagoya Station
- Street address: 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi