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名古屋市 · City of Nagoya[1]
Skyscrapers of Nagoya


Location of Nagoya in Aichi
Nagoya is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°11′N 136°54′E / 35.183°N 136.9°E / 35.183; 136.9
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Aichi
 - Mayor Takashi Kawamura (DPJ)
 - Total 326.45 km2 (126 sq mi)
(January 1, 2010)
 - Density 6,919.3/km2 (17,920.9/sq mi)
City Symbols
 - Tree Camphor laurel
(Cinnamomum camphora)
 - Flower Lilium
Website City of Nagoya
Phone number 052-972-2017

3-1-1 Sannomaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken

Nagoya (名古屋市 Nagoya-shi?) is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan.[2]

Located on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshū, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Moji. It is also the center of Japan's third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area. As of 2000, Chūkyō Metropolitan Area has 8.74 million people, of which 2.17 million live in the city of Nagoya.[3]



(The Japanese names in this section are written with the family name first. For example, in the name Oda Nobunaga, the family name is Oda.)

Oda Nobunaga and his proteges Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu were powerful warlords based in the Nagoya area who gradually succeeded in unifying Japan.

In 1610, Tokugawa Ieyasu moved the capital of Owari province from Kiyosu around seven kilometers to a more strategic location in present-day Nagoya. The city's name was historically written as 那古野(read as Nagoya).

Nagoya Castle, a new, large castle, was constructed partly from materials taken from Kiyosu Castle. During the construction, the entire town of around 60,000 people, including the temples and shrines, moved from Kiyosu to the new, planned town around Nagoya Castle.[4] Around the same time not far away, the ancient Atsuta Shrine was designated as a way station called Miya (the Shrine) on the important Tōkaidō, a road that linked the two capitals of Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo). A town thus developed around the temple to support travelers. The combination of these two castle and shrine towns forms what we now call Nagoya.

Through the following years Nagoya became an industrial hub for the surrounding region. Its economic sphere included the famous pottery towns Tokoname, Tajimi and Seto, as well as Okazaki, one of the only places where gunpowder was produced under the shogunate. Other industries in the area included cotton and complex mechanical dolls called karakuri ningyo.

Part of the modernization efforts of the Meiji Restoration saw a restructuring of Japan's provinces into prefectures and the government changed from family rule to that by government officials. Nagoya was proclaimed a city on October 1, 1889, and designated a city on September 1, 1956 by government ordinance.

Nagoya was the target of U.S. air raids during World War II, beginning on December 13, 1944 with an attack on a Mitsubishi war industries plant. The bombing of Nagoya in World War II continued through the spring of 1945, and included large scale firebombing. Nagoya Castle, which was being used as a military command post, was hit and mostly destroyed on May 14, 1945.[5][6] Reconstruction of the main building was completed in 1959.

In 1959, the city was severely damaged by the Ise-wan Typhoon.


Nagoya's two most famous sightseeing spots are Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Shrine.

Nagoya Castle was built in 1612. Although a large part of it burned down in the fires of World War II, the castle was restored in 1959, adding some modern amenities such as elevators. The castle is very famous for two magnificent Golden Orca (金の鯱 Kin no Shachihoko?) on the roof, often used as the symbol of Nagoya.

Atsuta Shrine is known as the second-most venerable shrine in Japan, after Ise Shrine. It is said to enshrine the Kusanagi sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan, but it is not on display to the public. It holds around 70 festivals in a year, and many people visit the shrine year-round. Also, the shrine has over 4,400 national treasures representing its 2,000 year history. It is currently (2009) undergoing restoration, and the main buildings are essentially completely concealed with protective sheets.

Nagoya TV Tower

Other Nagoya attractions include:

  • The Nagoya TV Tower and Hisaya-oodori Park.
  • JR Central Towers of Nagoya Station
  • Midland Square: The new international sales headquarters for the Toyota Motor Corporation features Japan's highest open-air observation deck.[7]
  • The Nagoya Port area: The Nagoya port area includes a themed shopping mall called Italia Mura as well as the popular Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.
  • Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Higashiyama Sky Tower.
  • The Toyota museums: The Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute and the Toyota Museum of Industry and Technology near Nagoya station.
  • The Noritake factory: The home of Noritake fine chinaware is open to visitors and allows people to browse through the history of the establishment. Complete with cafe and information/technology displays, as well as shopping facilities, visitors can spend a whole day wandering through the displays and grounds. It also holds a few sad reminders of devastation during the final stages of WWII.
  • The Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts (N/BMFA)
  • The Ōsu shopping district and Ōsu Kannon Temple.
  • The Tokugawa Art Museum.
  • The Nagoya City Science and Art Museums, located in Shirakawa Park, not far from Fushimi Subway Station.
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Money Museum, now located near the Akatsuka-shirakabe 赤塚白壁 bus stop on Dekimachi-dori.[8]

Nagoya was home to a Pokémon-based theme park and a robot museum, but both are now closed.[citation needed]


A map of Nagoya's Wards

Nagoya has 16 wards:


Climate data for Nagoya, Japan (1971–2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.8
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.3
Average low °C (°F) 1.0
Precipitation mm (inches) 43.2
Snowfall cm (inches) 4
Sunshine hours 169.8 165.7 189.3 188.4 199.6 145.2 162.9 195.4 141.9 165.6 159.7 169.7 2,053.4
% Humidity 65 62 60 62 66 74 76 73 73 69 67 66 68
Avg. snowy days 6.2 6.1 2.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.4 17.1
Source: [9] 2009-06-08


One of the earliest censuses, carried out in 1889, gave Nagoya's population as 157,496. It reached the 1 million mark in 1934 and, as of 2004, the city had an estimated population of 2,202,111 with a density of 6,745 persons per km². There are estimated to be 945,328 households in the city — a significant increase from 153,370 at the end of World War II, in 1945.

The total area is 326.45 km². Its metropolitan area extends into Mie and Gifu prefectures, with a total population of about 9 million people, with only Osaka and Tokyo being larger.


Entrance to Shiyakusho Subway Station.

Nagoya is served by Chūbu Centrair International Airport (NGO) built on the artificial island off shore of Tokoname and by Nagoya Airfield (Komaki Airport, NKM) near the city boundary with Komaki and Kasugai. On February 17, 2005, all of Nagoya Airport's commercial international flights moved to Centrair Airport. Nagoya Airfield is now used for general aviation and airbase facility as well as the main J-Air airline hub.

Nagoya Station, the world's largest train station by floor area, is on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Tōkaidō Main Line, and Chūō Main Line, among others. The Nagoya Railroad and Kintetsu provide regional rail service to points in the Tōkai and Kansai regions. The city is also serviced by the Nagoya Subway.

Nagoya Port is the largest port by international trade value in Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation uses Nagoya Port for export of their products.


Central Nagoya

Nagoya is the center of Greater Nagoya which earned nearly 70 percent of Japan's trade surplus as of 2003.[10].

Nagoya's main industry is the automotive business, as many Japanese automotive companies are based out of Nagoya, akin to how many U.S. automakers are based out of Detroit. Toyota is headquartered in Toyota and Nagoya. Mitsubishi Motors has R & D division in Okazaki located in a suburb of Nagoya. Many Japanese automotive suppliers such as DENSO, Aisin Seiki, Toyota Industries, JTEKT or Toyota Boshoku etc. are headquartered in Nagoya or suburbs of Nagoya. Furthermore, major automotive suppliers such as Magna International or PPG also have a presence in Nagoya.

Nagoya City Hall

JR Central, which operates the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, is headquartered in Nagoya, as is the fine ceramics company Noritake, Brother Industries which is known for office machines such as multifunction printers, NGK which is known for spark plugs and related products, Nippon Sharyo which is known for rolling stock include Shinkansen or Hoshizaki Electric which is known for commercial ice machines and refrigeration equipment. The Japanese confectionery company Marukawa is headquartered in Nagoya. There is also a sizable aerospace,machine tool and electronics industry in the area [11].

Aerospace-related firms operating in Nagoya include Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Bodycote, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Spirit AeroSystems, and Fuji Heavy Industries.

Robot technology is another rapidly developing industry. Mechanized puppets, called "karakuri ningyo", are a traditional craft in the Nagoya area. In addition to the aerospace and robotics industries, a materials engineering industry is also developing in this area.[12]


Breakdown of Nagoya's GDP by economic activity

(from the 2005 city profile published by the City of Nagoya)

  • Service 26.5%
  • Wholesale and Retail 20.2%
  • Manufacturing 12.3%
  • Shipping and Communications 10.4%
  • Real Estate 9.8%
  • Administrative Services Supply 5.9%
  • Construction 5.8%
  • Finance and Insurance 5.4%
  • Others 3.7%

The World Expo 2005, also known as Aichi Expo was held just outside of Nagoya in the neighboring cities of Nagakute and Seto. The event was held from March 25 to September 25, 2005.

Education and culture

JR Central Towers and Nagoya Station

Nagoya is home to the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a sister museum to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which was founded to bring aspects of the MFA's collection to Japan.

The Tokugawa Art Museum is a private museum belonging to the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan, who lived in Nagoya castle for 16 generations. Among other things, it contains 10 designated national treasures of Japan.[13]

Several universities are also located in Nagoya, including Nagoya University and Nanzan University.

The Nagoya dialect is referred to as Nagoya-ben.

Some famous Nagoya foods: misokatsu (pork cutlet with miso sauce), tebasaki (chicken wings marinated in a sweet sauce with sesame seeds - a type of yakitori), kishimen (flat udon noodles), misonikomi udon (noodles in thick miso soup), Nagoya kōchin (a special breed of free-range chicken).


Nagoya is home to several professional sports teams:

Club Sport League Venue Established
Chunichi Dragons Baseball Central League Nagoya Dome 1936
Nagoya Grampus Football J. League Mizuho Athletic Stadium,
Toyota Stadium
Nagoya Oceans Futsal F. League Taiyo Yakuhin Arena 2006

In 2007, the Chunichi Dragons won the Japan Series baseball championship.

Nagoya is also home of the Shonai FC amateur football club and Nagoya Barbarians amateur rugby football club. Since 1984 the city has hosted the Nagoya Marathon; an annual marathon race for women.

A honbasho or sumo tournament is held every July at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.

Sister cities

Nagoya has five sister cities:[14]

The Nagoya International Center promotes international exchange in the local community.

Notable people


The three men who unified Japan in the 16th century all have strong links to Nagoya.





Sports stars

Manga artists

Nagoya in films

Nagoya, especially Nagoya Castle, has been featured in two Godzilla movies, King Kong vs. Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Mothra. The city is also the main setting of the 2003 film Gozu and the 1993 American film "Mr. Baseball" starring Tom Selleck. Nagoya was the city-of-subject for the 2007 movie, "Ashita e no yuigon" (translated as "Best Wishes for Tomorrow"), whereby a Japanese war criminal sets out to take responsibility for the execution of U.S. Airmen.[15]


  1. ^ Nagoya's official English Name
  2. ^ Tokyo is not a single incorporated city - see Tokyo for more information on the definition and makeup of Tokyo.
  3. ^ "Population of Japan". Japanese Statistics Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Kiyosu Castle". Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  5. ^ "Incendiary Bombing of Japan". 
  6. ^ Preston John Hubbard. "Apocalypse Undone". Vanderbilt University Press. p. 199. 
  7. ^ "Midland Square". 2006-12. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  8. ^ "The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Money Museum". Nagoya International Center. 
  9. ^ "気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値)". Japan Meteorological Agency. 
  10. ^ "Report of Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry METI (in Japanese)" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "Greater Nagoya Initiative, Industry, Innovation". 
  12. ^ "GREATER NAGOYA INITIATIVE, Industry, Growth Sectors". 
  13. ^ "'s Tokugawa Art Museum page". 
  14. ^ "Nagoya's Sister Cities". Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  15. ^

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asia : East Asia : Japan : Honshu : Chubu : Aichi : Nagoya
Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle
For the city in Batam, Indonesia, see Nagoya (Batam).

Nagoya (名古屋, [1]) is the capital and largest city of Aichi prefecture, in the Chubu region of Honshu, one of the islands in Japan.


The hub of the Aichi region, Nagoya is Japan's fourth-largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka and one of the nation's major economic centers. In terms of manufacturing, as home to automaking giants Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nagoya is to Japan what Detroit is to the United States — which, along with being completely flattened during World War II, also explains why it's not one of Japan's top tourist draws and most tourists just zip through on the bullet train on their way between Tokyo and Kyoto. But if you do decide to stick around, there are plenty of car-related attractions, a restored castle, an ancient shrine and surprisingly happening nightlife.


Now a modern metropolis, Nagoya gets its name from an old manor called Nagono which was built in the area in the 12th century. The manor prospered for two hundred years, and people began to refer to the area by the manor's name. Over time, the pronunciation of the Chinese characters in the name "Nagono" shifted to "Nagoya", by which the city is now known.

Three famous local figures later helped to put Nagoya firmly on the map of Japan. Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu all hailed from around Nagoya, and all shared the ambitious goal of unifying Japan under one government. Tokugawa finally succeeded in 1603 after winning in the Battle of Sekigahara, and established the Tokugawa Shugunate, which would rule Japan for another 250 years.

Soon after uniting the country, Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the construction of Nagoya Castle for his son. He then ordered the people of nearby Kiyosu (on the outskirts of Nagoya) to move to the area around the castle, and a town soon came into being. Cotton, ceramics and lumber were the main industries sustaining the town as it grew into a small city.

Following Japan's opening to the world during the Meiji era, Nagoya rapidly industrialized and established transportation links with the rest of Japan that would allow it to easily export its goods. During World War I, Nagoya became known for its foundries as well as its machinery and heavy industry exports, which would continue to grow throughout the 1930's.

The 1920's marked the beginnings of the automotive industry in Nagoya, which continues in importance to the current day. At the heart of the industry is the Toyota Motor Corporation. Starting from humble beginnings as a loom-making company, Toyota entered into the automobile business in the 1930s. It now stands as the world's largest automaker, and continues to dominate the local economy along with the car-making giants Honda and Mitsubishi.

During World War II, much of Nagoya's manufacturing infrastructure turned to the production of military goods, making it a prime target for bombing raids. Almost 25% of the city was destroyed during the war, with almost half the population fleeing to the countryside to avoid the attacks.

The end of the war marked a new start for Nagoya. Car-friendly wide streets and boulevards were bulldozed through the rubble of war, making for the city of today.

Nagoya now ranks as one of the nation's economic powerhouses, and is home to the head offices of Toyota Motor Corporation, Brother Industries, Daido Steel, Makita, Denso Corporation, INAX, Suzuki Motor, Honda Motor, Noritake, NGK Insulators, Olympus Optical, Yamaha and many others. Unlike other parts of Japan, which borrowed heavily for elaborate and expensive public works projects in the bubble years of the 1980's, ketchi (cheap) Nagoya held to a pay-as-you-go philosophy, and has not been as adversely affected by the post-bubble recession as other major centres.

The booming economy has also brought many foreigners to the area, and the region now hosts a thriving community of Japanese-descent Brazilian immigrants, who help to keep the wheels of the local economy spinning. With its strong economy and growing population, Nagoya is a city to watch in the coming years.


Nagoya's climate varies greatly throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging from a low of 4°C (39.2°F) in January to a high of 27°C (80.6°F)in August. The city is known for its incredibly hot and humid summers like many cities in Japan, with high temperatures routinely surpassing 30°C (86°F)in August, so those with an aversion to heat would be better off visiting in the milder temperatures of the spring or fall.


While divided into 16 different wards or ku (区), the focal points of this sprawling agglomeration are Nagoya Station (名古屋駅) to the north, Sakae (栄) to the east and Kanayama (金山) to the south.

Tourist Information

Nagoya Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry Bldg. 11F, 2-10-19 Sakae, Naka-ku, Tourism Dept: +81-52-202-1143, [2]. Operates three tourist information centers across the city:  edit

  • Nagoya Station Tourist Information, 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku (JR Nagoya Station Central Concourse (towards Sakura-dori side)), +81-52-541-4301 (fax: +81-52-571-1669), [3]. Open daily 9AM-7PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1.  edit
  • Kanayama Tourist Information, LOOP Kanayama 1F, 1-17-18 Kanayama, Naka-ku (Located at N exit of Kanayama Station. (Asunal Side)), +81-52-323-0161 (fax: +81-52-323-0162), [4]. Open daily 9AM-8PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1.  edit
  • Sakae Tourist Information, Oasis 21 B1F, 1-11-1, Higashisakura, Higashi-ku (Subway: Sakae Stn (Higashiyama/Meijo lines) Exit 4A. Located in Oasis 21 underground shopping concourse.), +81-52-963-5252 (fax: +81-52-963-5262), [5]. Open daily 10-8PM.  edit

Not arriving via Centrair Airport?

  • If you happen to arrive in Japan at Osaka's Kansai International Airport, Nagoya can be reached in no less than two hours by taking the Haruka limited express train to Shin-Osaka station, then changing to the Tokaido Shinkansen.
  • A small number of air flights operate daily from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Centrair Airport, for the benefit of international passengers. Otherwise, Nagoya is no less than three hours away by taking the Narita Express limited express train to Tokyo station, then changing to the Tokaido Shinkansen.

Chubu Centrair International Airport (中部国際空港 Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō), Japan's third major international gateway, is on an artificial island 30 minutes south from the center of town. Facilities include two hotels, restaurants, a shopping concourse, and an onsen spa with views of the runways. Centrair opened in 2005, and this airport replaces the existing Nagoya airport, also taking over its IATA code NGO.

The best way of connecting between Centrair Airport and central Nagoya is the Meitetsu Airport Line. The fastest trains are called "μSKY" (myuu-sukai) and depart for Nagoya every 30 minutes. The journey takes 28 minutes at a cost of ¥1200: the ¥850 regular fare plus the mandatory ¥350 first class charge, also called the μticket (ミューチケット myuu-chiketto). Only first class cars are available on "μSKY" trains. Slower Limited Express trains, also operating every 30 minutes, offer both first class (reserved) and ordinary class (non-reserved) seating and take 37 minutes for the run to Nagoya.

Note that Meitetsu trains are not free for JR Railpass riders.

Nagoya Airport

While all other companies have moved to Chubu, regional flights by J-Air [6] still use the old Nagoya Airport [7] (IATA: NKM), also known as Komaki Airport, to the north of the city. Flights are available to a number of domestic destinations including Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Kochi, Matsuyama, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, and Nagasaki. Shuttle buses [8] (¥700) connect to Nagoya station in 28 minutes.

Nagoya Train Station
Nagoya Train Station

Nagoya is located along the Tokaido Shinkansen route between Tokyo and Osaka. To the west are Gifu and Kyoto, and to the east are Hamamatsu and Shizuoka.

  • A one-way ride from Tokyo is about 1 hour, 40 minutes via Nozomi (¥10780) and between 1 3/4 and 2 hours via Hikari (¥10580).
  • From Kyoto, Nagoya is reachable in 36 minutes via Nozomi (¥5640) and between 36 and 55 minutes via Hikari or Kodama (¥5440).
  • From the Shin-Osaka station in Osaka, Nagoya is 53 minutes away via Nozomi (¥6380) and between 53 and 70 minutes away via Hikari or Kodama (¥6180).

Thru Nozomi trains from western Japan reach Nagoya from Okayama (1 hr 40 mins, ¥10980), Hiroshima (2 hrs 20 mins, ¥13830) and Hakata station in Fukuoka (3 hrs 20 mins, ¥18030). It is slightly longer via the Hikari service; you will need to change trains at least once, either at Okayama, Shin-Kobe, or Shin-Osaka.

If you wish to sacrifice travel speed for savings, you can take advantage of the Puratto Kodama Ticket (ぷらっとこだまエコノミープラン Puratto Kodama Economi Puran) [9] (in Japanese), which offers a discount for Kodama services if you purchase at least one day in advance. You get a reserved seat and a free drink on board. With this ticket a trip to Nagoya costs ¥7900 from Tokyo (3 hours; 2 trains per hour), ¥4100 from Kyoto (1 hour; 1 train per hour) and ¥4200 from Shin-Osaka (1 1/4 hours; 1 train per hour). A few early-morning Kodama trains cannot be used with this ticket.

Nagoya also serves as the terminal point for the hourly Wide View Shinano, a limited express train that runs from the mountain resort towns of Nagano and Matsumoto. Nagoya is reached in 3 hours and 2 hours, respectively.

Local trains from Tokyo take about 6 hours at a cost of ¥6090, requiring several train changes along the way. However, trips on local trains are more valuable if you purchase and use a Seishun 18 Ticket during the valid time period: as low as ¥2300 per person if five people travel together. Otherwise, consider using a bus starting from ¥5000, or step up to the bullet train for ¥7900 using the Puratto Kodama Ticket.

Remember that the Japan Rail Pass covers all journeys described above, EXCEPT for Nozomi trains.

Nagoya is also served by the Meitetsu (名鉄)[10] and Kintetsu (近鉄)[11] private railways. If coming to Nagoya from Osaka, a travel option that comes cheaper than the Shinkansen is a Kintetsu limited express service called the Urban Liner (アーバンライナー), which runs out of Namba station. The Urban Liner departs at 0 and 30 minutes past the hour, covering the journey in as little as two hours, but at a cost of ¥4150 each way. (The shinkansen, by comparison, makes the run from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya in under an hour for ¥5670). Japan Rail Passes are not valid for the Urban Liner.

By bus

As Nagoya is a major city, there are many daytime and overnight buses which run between Nagoya and other locations throughout Japan, which can result in significant savings when compared to shinkansen or local train fares.

The JR Bus Group (Japanese Website) is a major operator of the routes into and out of Nagoya.

Seat reservations for most JR Buses can be made in train stations at the same "Midori-no-Madoguchi" (みどりの窓口) ticket windows used to reserve seats on trains. Moreover, the Japan Rail Pass is valid on ALL JR buses operating from the Tokyo area to Nagoya.

Bus tickets are also sold at separate ticket counters operated by the various JR bus companies; you can find these counters in and around major train stations served by the buses. If you wish to buy discounted advance-purchase tickets offered on most buses, you must purchase your tickets at these counters, not from the "Midori-no-Madoguchi" windows.

The following services are available: (Current as of October, 2009)

To/From Tokyo

Buses operate from Tokyo via the Tomei Expressway (to/from Tokyo Station) or the Chuo Expressway (to/from Shinjuku Station).

  • Tomei Highway Bus Line: JR Bus operates 14 daily round-trips from Tokyo Station to Nagoya via the Tomei Expressway. From Tokyo, the first bus leaves at 7:00 and the final bus leaves at 17:20. From Nagoya, the first bus leaves at 6:00 and the final bus leaves at 17:00. Travel time is approximately 5 1/2 to 6 hours depending on the number of stops the bus makes. ¥5100 each way; ¥4080 if purchased at least one day in advance on the faster "Super Liner" departures. One round-trip run, departing at 12:00 each way, offers Premium Seats with more recline and amenities for ¥6300 each way.
  • Chuo Liner Bus Line: Four round-trip buses run from Shinjuku to Nagoya via the Chuo Expressway. Buses leave Shinjuku at 7:20, 10:40, 12:30 and 16:50; return buses from Nagoya depart at 7:15, 10:15, 12:30 and 16:15. Travel time is approximately 6 hours. ¥5100 each way; ¥4190 if purchased at least 14 days prior to departure.

Night buses to/from Tokyo

The nighttime bus service from Tokyo to Nagoya is called Dream. Buses are classified under two categories, in order of price:

  • Seishun (Youth) buses: While not exactly targeted at "youth", these are the budget-conscious buses on the route. Seats are narrow with four per row in a 2x2 configuration and limited recline.
  • Standard buses: These are the regular buses, which offer seats with increased width and footrests. They are arranged three per aisle in a 1x1x1 configuration. More amenities, such as blankets, are provided on these routes compared to the Seishun buses.

Most night buses run from Tokyo to Nagoya in about 7 - 7 1/2 hours, with the exception of the Dream Toyota (see below).

Seishun Bus
  • The Seishun Dream Nagoya operates on the Tomei Expressway. There is one daily bus departure from Tokyo Station (22:10) and Nagoya (22:45). On Fridays, weekends and holidays, there is an additional bus departure for Women Only at the same times. ¥5000 each way; ¥4500 if ticket is purchased 14 days in advance. For Monday-Thursday departures only, ¥3000 if ticket is purchased 3 days in advance.
Regular Bus
  • The Dream Nagoya runs on the Tomei Expressway. Three daily departures from Tokyo Station (23:00, 23:20, 23:40) and Nagoya Station (22:45, 23:00, 23:20).
  • The Dream Toyota also runs on the same route as the Dream Nagoya, but since it detours to the Toyota and Okazaki areas for pick-ups and drop-offs the bus ride is nine hours long. One daily departure from Tokyo (23:00) and one from Nagoya (21:00).
  • The Ladies Dream Nagoya is a bus for women only. One daily departure on the Tomei from Tokyo Station (23:40) and Nagoya (23:20).
  • The New Dream Nagoya runs on the Chuo Expressway. Two daily departures from Shinjuku Station (23:30, 23:50) and two from Nagoya (22:30, 22:50).

For the above routes: ¥6420 each way; ¥5780 if ticket is purchased 14 days in advance. For Monday-Thursday depatures only, ¥4900 if ticket is purchased 3 days in advance.

One round-trip run on the Dream Nagoya offers Premium Seats with more recline and amenities for ¥7620 each way.

To/From Kansai and Kobe

  • Meishin Highway Bus Line: JR bus operates 16 daily round-trips between Nagoya and Kyoto (2 1/2 hours, ¥2500), seven round-trips between Nagoya and Osaka (3 hours, ¥2900), and six round-trips between Nagoya and Kobe (3 hours, ¥3300). Discounts are given on round-trip purchases.

Other bus operators

Meitetsu (Japanese website) is a major transit company based in Nagoya, operating frequent buses to Kyoto and Kobe, as well as long-distance buses to Shinjuku and many other major cities throughout Japan.

Another bus provider on the Tokyo-Nagoya route is 123bus [12]. An advantage over the JR Buses is that the 123bus website offers bus descriptions and booking services in English. However, many services from this company do not allow you to carry large luggage (e.g. suitcases) with you. It is best to confirm with the company whether or not there will be space for luggage before making your booking.

By boat

Taiheiyo Ferry (太平洋フェリー) [13] (Japanese) +81-52-398-1023. Offers overnight car ferries to Sendai (21 hrs 40 mins) and Tomakomai in southern Hokkaido (40 hrs) on the SS Ishikari and SS Kitakami from the Nagoya Ferry Terminal [14] (Japanese).

Getting there: Ferry terminal is located south of Noseki stn (野跡駅) on the JR Aonami line (あおなみ線 Aonami-sen). Get off at the station and board a city bus bound for Feri futo (フェリーふ頭) bus stop (takes 7 to 10 mins). Shuttle bus also available from the downtown Meitetsu Bus Center (名鉄バスセンター) next to Nagoya Station. Bus departs from 4F, platform 2 at 5:20PM and arrives at the ferry terminal at around 5:55PM. For further details, check out ferry website [15] (Japanese)

Get around

Nagoya is a big automotive industry center, and it shows. The street network is extensive and even downtown locations can easily reached by car. On the downside, trains and subways are less convenient than in Tokyo or Kansai, but more expensive. For those travelling with a JR Rail Pass, note that the train network doesn't have many stations in the city and you'll probably find yourself using the bus or subway alot, something your pass won't cover.

By subway

There are 5 main subway lines:

  • The red Sakuradōri Line (桜通線) curves southwest from Nagoya Station.
  • The purple Meijō Line (名城線) runs in a loop around the eastern side of the city, connecting Sakae and Kanayama; the Meikō Line (名港線) spur branches from Kanayama to Nagoya Port.
  • The yellow Higashiyama Line (東山線) connects Nagoya, Fushimi, Sakae, and Fujigaoka.
  • The blue Tsurumai Line (鶴舞線) connects Fushimi and Osu Kannon, then goes south.

Subways run every several minutes between about 5:30AM until about 12:30AM. Fares range from ¥200 to ¥320. One day passes can be bought for ¥600 (bus), ¥740 (subway), and ¥850 (bus & subway).

On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays you can also take advantage of the cheaper Donichi-Eco-Kippu (ドニチエコきっぷ) one-day subway ticket which offers unlimited subway travel for ¥600. Please note that this pass is often not available from subway ticket machines and may have to be purchased in person from a station employee at the ticket gate.

City transportation one day passes also offer discounted entry at various attractions in Nagoya, including Nagoya Castle and the Toyota Museum.

More information about public transportation in Nagoya can be found on the official website of the Nagoya Transportation Bureau [16].

By taxi

Taxis are a viable option in this car city, especially as the basic fee is only ¥480 (compared to ¥710 in Tokyo or Yokohama). The catch is that the basic fee only takes you 1.3km compared to 2km in most other parts of Japan. But for shorter distances within the city, a taxi is not only much more convenient than descending to those dark unappealing subway stations, but (from 2 persons) also as cheap as the subway.

Nagoya Port Aquarium
Nagoya Port Aquarium
  • Port of Nagoya Aquarium (名古屋港水族館 Nagoya-ko-suizoukan), (A short walk from Subway Nagoyako Stn. (Meiko line)), +81-52-654-7080, [17]. Open daily 9:30AM-5:00PM (until 8:00PM Jul 21-Aug 31). (site in Japanese) Large aquarium featuring a number of different marine environments. Adults ¥2,000.  edit
  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (トヨタ産業技術記念館 Toyota-sangyou-gijutsu-kinenkan), 4-1-35 Noritake Shinmachi, Nishi-ku (3 minute walk from Meitetsu Sako Stn (Nagoya line), 10-minute walk from exit 2, Subway: Kamejima Station (Higashiyama Line)), +81-52-551-6115, [18]. Tu-Su 9:30AM-5:00PM (Last admission 4:30PM), (restaurant open until 9:00PM), Closed M, (T if M is a holiday), New Years' holidays. Built on the site of one of Toyota's original loom factories, this museum tells the story of the Toyota corporation, from its beginnings as an industrial loom manufacturer to its transformation into one of the world's largest car manufacturers. Includes large loom machinery and car display halls as well as a hands-on "Technoland" with interactive science exhibits. Museum also includes a library, video library with personal viewing booths, restaurant, cafe, and gift shop. Displays, brochures, and audioguides available in English and several other languages. Barrier-free access for disabled visitors. FREESPOT Wi-Fi access available. Adults ¥500, Jr. & Sr. high school students: ¥300, Elem. School Students: ¥200.   edit
  • Nagoya City Art Museum (名古屋市美術館 Nagoya-shi-bijutsukan), 2-17-25 Sakae, Naka-ku (8 mins on foot S of Fushimi stn (Higashiyama, Tsurumai Line), exit 5), +81-52-212-0001, [19]. Tu-Su 9:30-5:00PM(F 9:30-8:00PM) (Last admission 30mins before closing). Closed M, (T when M is a national holiday), Dec 29-Jan 3. Collection of 2,000 works including pieces by Modigliani, Laurencin, and Utrillo, as well as those of local artists, such as Takanori Ogisu and Tamiji Kitagawa. Permanent Collection: Adults ¥300, Students (over 16): ¥200, (under 15): Free.  edit
  • Nagoya Castle (名古屋城 Nagoya-jō), (Subway: Shiyakusho Stn (Meijo line). 5 min. walk from exit 7.), +81-52-231-1700, [20]. Open daily 9:00-4:30PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1. Trumpeted as a famous landmark, particularly the two golden carp (金の鯱 kin-no-shachi) on the roof. The original castle was home to Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's famous warlords. Largely destroyed during the war, the current castle is a concrete replica of the original, and was completed in 1959. The Castle houses an interesting museum (no flash photography on 1st floor), observation deck, and surrounding gardens. Adults: ¥500, Jr. high school students and younger: free.  edit
  • Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮 Atsuta Jingū), Jingūmae station. This shrine houses the sacred Kusanagi no mitsurugi (草薙神剣) sword, one of the three Imperial regalia of Japan — but unfortunately nobody but the emperor and a few high priests get to see it. There are some 4,400 other artifacts on the grounds though and the shrine hosts some 70 festivals every year.
  • Toyota Automobile Museum, (Take the Higashiyama subway line to Fujigaoka, then take the Linimo line to Geidei-dori), +81-56-163-5155, [21]. 9:30-5PM, closed M and holidays. Large collection of cars from many countries and manufacturers, up until about 1980. About 1/4 of the collection is dedicated to post-war Japanese cars. Restaurant on-site. ¥1000.  edit
  • Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts (名古屋ボストン美術館 Nagoya-bosuton-bijutsukan), 1-1-1 Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku (next to Kanayama station), +81-52-684-0786, [22]. Tu-F 10AM-7PM, Sa, Sun, Hols 10AM-5PM Closed M. Like any world-class art museum, the MFA in Boston has far more in its archives than it can reasonably display. This sister institution is one way to make the most of the extensive collection. Student / Adult admission: ¥300/400 for the general collection, ¥900/1200 for special exhibits.  edit
  • Nittaiji Temple (日泰寺), 1-1 Hohocho, Chikusa-ku, tel. +81-52-751-2121, [23]. Among the 165,000 square meters of temple grounds is the 15 meter Gandala-style Taian Pagoda, which houses relics of the Buddha that were presented to Japan by the king of Thailand.
  • Shirakawa Park. Beautiful trees, Nagoya Science and Modern Art Museums. South of Fushimi subway station.
  • Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館), 1017, Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku (Located 10 minutes on foot from the South exit of JR Ozone stn. (JR Chuo line), or a 15 minute walk from exit 3 of Ozone Subway Station (Meijo line).), +81-52-935-6262, [24]. 10AM-5PM (last admission 4:30PM). Displays some treasures of the Tokugawa family. Located next door to the beautiful Tokugawa-en Japanese gardens (additional admission charge required).  edit
  • Koshoji Temple, (5 min walk from Subway Yagoto stn (Meijo, Tsurumai lines)), +81-52-832-2801. Koshoji Temple was established in the 17th century by the Tokugawa family. The temple hosts the annual "1,000 Lantern Festival." There are numerous restaurants and universities surrounding the Koshoji Temple area.  edit
  • Shiroyama Hakusan Shrine, (5 min walk uphill N. of Motoyama stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines)). Formerly the Suemori Castle, the present day Shrine hosts festivals that feature Japanese dance and music.  edit
  • Toganji Temple, (Motoyama stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines)). Dating back to the 16th century, this temple features a statue of the seated Buddha and has many ties to Hindu religion, particularly a temple honoring the Goddess Saraswati, who is honored in a Benzaiten Festival every May 7-8. Toganji also contains a huge wood block said to purge past sins if touched with one hand.  edit
  • Nagoya City Science Museum, (Fushimi stn., exit 5). 9:30AM-5PM; closed Monday. Located in the city centre, this museum houses samurai armory and weaponry. ¥300.  edit
  • Arako Kannon Temple (荒子観音), Arako-cho, Nakagawa-ku (SE of Takabata subway station (Higashiyama line). Walk S from the major crossroads with Yagumo-dori. Follow the sign to reach the temple, which is a few hundred meters down the street, on the S side.), +81-52-361-1778. This small temple is the oldest building in Nagoya, with original construction on the site dating from the Heian Period (8th century). Despite several fires which destroyed older portions of the temple, the Tahoto pagoda on site remains intact after 472 years.  edit
  • Osu Kannon Temple (大須観音), 21-47 Osu 2-chome, Naka-ku Nagoya (S of Osu Kannon subway stn. (Tsurumai line), exit 2), +81-52-231-6525, [25]. Founded in the Kamakura era (1192-1333), this temple was moved to its current location by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612. The present main temple on the site was reconstructed in 1970. Check out the main hall or buy an お守り (omamori) charm in the gift shop for good luck. The grounds in front of the temple are host to a small flea market twice every month.  edit
Nagoya TV Tower
Nagoya TV Tower
  • Nagoya TV Tower (名古屋テレビ塔 Nagoya-terebi-tou), Hisaya-odori koen, Naka-ku (Subway: Hisaya Odori Station (Meijo line/Sakura-dori line)), +81-52-971-8546 (fax: +81-52-961-0561), [26]. M-F 10:00-6:00PM, Sa-Su 10:00-9:00PM. Standing 180 meters tall, the Nagoya TV Tower is Japan's oldest - predating even the Tokyo Tower. Take an elevator to the 100m-high sky balcony for great views of Hisaya-odori park and Sakae. Under the tower is a small terrace with tables and a number of small food stands. Adults: ¥500, Children ¥250.  edit
  • Hisaya-Odori Park, (Sakae or Hisaya-Odori subway exits.). Nice trees and fountains, Nagoya TV Tower observation deck. On weekend afternoons and evenings, local musicians set up in and around the park and strut their stuff for the passers-by.  edit
  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (愛知県美術館 Aichi-ken-bijutsukan), Aichi Arts Center, 10F, 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku (3 min walk via Oasis 21 park from Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines) or Sakaemachi station (Meitetsu Seto Line)), +81-52-971-5511, [27]. Tu-Th, Sa, Su:10:00-6:00PM; F:10:00-8:00PM (Last admission: 30 mins before closing). Closed M (or Tu if M is a public holiday), Dec 28-Jan 3. Collection features international and Japanese 20th century art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, German Expressionists, Surrealists, and postwar US artists. Japanese collection features the art of Yuichi Takahashi, Ryuzaburo Umehara, Sotaro Yasui, Taikan Yokoyama, and Shunso Hishida. Two private collections donated to the museum also include Edo-period paintings and traditional crafts. Permanent Collection: ¥500; High-school/college students: ¥300; Groups of 20+ people: adults ¥400, students ¥240; High-school groups, junior high-school students, children 12 and under, disabled visitors and escorts: free.  edit
  • Ride the gold and white Nagoya Sightseeing Bus Me-Guru [28] past many of the city's main attractions. Operates T-Su. Offers hop-on-hop-off hourly service from 9:30AM-5:30PM T-F, and every half hour on Sa-Su. Closed M, year-end holidays. Daypass: Adults ¥500, Children ¥250. (includes discount on featured attractions). Single Ride: Adults ¥200, Children ¥100. Daypasses may be purchased getting on the bus. 1-day transport passes also accepted.
  • Catch a traditional Japanese Noh play at the Nagoya Noh Theatre. (Subway: Shiyakusho stn.)
  • Go for a jog (or a walk) around beautiful Meijo Park (名城公園 Meijo Koen), one of Nagoya's largest green spaces, and take in the great view of Nagoya Castle (Subway: Meijo-Koen station, Meijo line). Showers and lockers available.
  • Higashiyama Park (東山公園 Higashiyama-koen). (Higashiyama-koen station). Features a zoo, conservatory, monorail, roller coasters, "sky tower" and a great deal of open space.
Nagoya Sumo Tournament
Nagoya Sumo Tournament
  • Nagoya Sumo Tournament (大相撲名古屋場所 Oo-sumou-Nagoya-bashou), Aichi Prefectual Gymnasium, 1-1 Ninomaru, Naka-ku (A short walk from Shiyakusho stn. (Meijo Line)), +81-52-221-0737 (fax: +81-52-221-0739), [29]. [15 days mid-July]. Watch the big boys of Japanese sumo battle it out in Nagoya. An annual tradition.  edit
  • Kakuozan Summer Festival (覚王山夏祭 Kakuozan natsu-matsuri), (In front of Nittaiji temple (日泰寺). A short walk uphill from Kakuozan stn (Higashiyama line)), [30]. Featuring live performances, games, an art market, beer garden, and foreign food vendors.  edit
  • Osu Summer Festival (大須夏祭り Osu Natsu-matsuri), (Short walk from Osu Kannon Stn (Tsurumai line) exit 1), [31]. Yearly street festival held in the shopping streets around Osu Kannon temple. Featuring live stage performances, street performers, Brazilian samba parade and cosplay parade.  edit
  • World Cosplay Summit (世界コスプレサミット Sekai-kosupure-samitto), (Parade: Osu Kannon (Tsurumai line) exit 1, World Cosplay Championship: Oasis 21, Sakae stn. exit 4A.), [32]. An otaku's dream come true. Watch as fans of Japanese animation from around the world dress up as their favorite anime characters and parade around the streets of Nagoya. The Summit culminates with the World Cosplay Championship (世界コスプレチャンピオンシップ Sekai-kosupure-championshippu) pitting teams from a number of countries as they show off their costumes and perform stage shows in tribute to their favorite Japanimation characters. Cheer on your nation's entry or just stare in wonderment at the strangeness of it all.  edit
  • Nagoya Castle Summer Night Festival (名古屋城宵まつり Nagoya-jo-sho-matsuri), (Nagoya Castle, Subway: Shiyakusho stn.), +81-52-231-1700 (fax: +81-52-201-3646), [33]. A traditional-style summer festival, complete with lanterns, numerous styles of traditional bon-odori (盆踊り)circle dancing (to honour family ancestors), festival stalls, and a beer garden under an illuminated Nagoya castle. Adults: ¥800 (¥700 w/ adv. purchase), Children ¥200 (¥100 w/ adv. purchase)..  edit
  • Nagoya Groovin' Summer, (Free outdoor concerts at Oasis 21 (Subway: Sakae stn.) and the Nagoya Tower (Subway: Hisaya-Odori stn). Paid concerts at the Nagoya Blue Note, Doxy and other clubs.), +81-52-971-0795, [34]. Jazz festival from August 7-9, 2009 featuring local jazz artists. Offers free afternoon and evening concerts at several outdoor venues around the city.  edit
  • Midland Square Cinemas (ミッドランドスクエア・シネマ), Midland Square Bldg. 5F, Meieki 4 chome 7-1, Nakamura-ku (Located directly across from JR Nagoya Stn. (Subway: Nagoya Stn.)), +81-52-527-8808, [35]. Located on the 5th floor of the towering Midland Square building, this complex boasts 7 screens with stadium seating, and shows a range of popular Hollywood and Japanese mainstream movies.  edit
  • 109 Cinemas Nagoya, La Vamo Sasashima 2F, 4-60-14 Hiraike-cho, Nakamura-ku (13 minute walk south of JR Nagoya stn. or 5 minute walk from Sasashima Raibu stn. (JR Aonami line)), +81-52-541-3109, [36]. Located in a relatively new entertainment complex, this large movie theater contains 10 cinemas with stadium seating and shows a mix of Hollywood and mainstream Japanese films.  edit


The Chunichi Dragons (中日ドラゴンズ Chunichi-doragonzu) [37] (Japanese), winners of the 2008 Japan Series, play in the Central League of Japanese Professional Baseball. Check out one of their games at the Nagoya Dome [38] (Japanese) in Ozone, northeast of downtown. (15 minute walk E of JR Ozone stn. (Chuo line) via S exit, Subway: Nagoya-dome-mae-yada (Meijo line))

  • Osu Shopping Arcade, subway Osu Kannon exit 2 (straight ahead one block, turn left into the temple grounds and go straight on through the gravelled temple area). A series of old style shopping arcades packed with mom-and-pop stores, ¥100 shops, traditional crafts, used computers and a fantastic range of clothing stores. There is a little bit of everything. Osu is the shopping area and Osu Kannon the temple just to the west side. In fact, the shopping area extends from Osu Kannon temple in the west to Bansho-ji (万松寺) temple and Otsu-dori street (大津通り) in the east. Outside of the main shopping arcade, there are also a number of streets with a wide array of different specialty shops.
    • Akamon-dori (赤門通り) is known for the bright red banners hung along the street, and hosts a variety of stereo stores and record shops.
    • Otsu-dori (大津通り) marks the eastern boundary of the Osu shopping area. On the lively stretch of Otsu-dori north of Kamimaezu subway station you will find the Osu 301 Building (大須301). The building is known for its small dragon sculpture and Chinese theme designed to promote the "Chinatown" ('Chukagai') Chinese restaurant concourse on the third floor. Continuing north on Otsu-dori, you will also find the small but funky Gatten-shouchi (合点承知) building, a mini-mall featuring fashion accessories, coffee and bubble tea shops, various fortune tellers, and an English bookstore.
Ferris Wheel at Sakae
Ferris Wheel at Sakae
  • Sakae is a good choice for your mainstream department store shopping, restaurants, and night-life. Take a walk atop the rooftop promenade of the Oasis 21 shopping arcade and get a nice view of the TV Tower.
  • Maruzen (丸善), (Subway: Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo Lines). Next to the Maruei department store). M-F 9:00-8:00PM Sa-Su 9:00-7:00PM. Offers a reasonable selection of English books, magazines, and newspapers on the 3rd floor, including travel guidebooks, maps, a wide array of books on Japan, and Japanese language study materials.  edit
  • Sanseido Books, 11F, JR Central Towers above JR Nagoya Station (Subway: Nagoya stn (Sakura-dori, Higashiyama, Tsurumai lines). From inside the station, walk towards the Sakura-dori exit and turn right before the exit. You will see a bank of express elevators. Board an express elevator to the the 12th floor. Exit the elevator and head towards the open area with windows overlooking Nagoya. You will notice an escalator descending to Sanseido Books on the 11th floor.). Offers a corner with English books, magazines and newspapers. Features books on Japan plus a decent selection of current nonfiction titles and business books. A small selection of guidebooks are also available.  edit
  • Mondo Books & Cafe (問答書店), Gatten Shouchi Bldg. 1F, Osu 3-25, Naka-ku (Located on Otsu Dori (大津通り) N of Denny's restaurant and S of the Akamon (赤門) intersection. Subway: Kamimaezu stn. (Meijo, Tsurumai lines) Exit 9. Exit the subway and continue straight past two cross-streets. Continue past Mini-stop, and turn left in front of Kurage crepe shop with red awning. Bldg. entrance has green sign with white lettering reading 合点承知 (Gatten Shouchi) in Japanese. Continue inside the building. The bookshop is on the left side of the hallway.), +81-52-331-3799 (), [39]. W-M 11:00AM-8:00PM. Closed Tu. Small English used bookstore run by two friendly and knowledgeable local expats in cooperation with a Japanese cafe owner. Features a selection of fiction, nonfiction, and books on Japan.  edit


Best bets for cameras and electronics include Bic Camera, a massive 5 story camera and electronics megastore across the street from Nagoya station (on the Taiko-dori side). Osu Market also has a number of large and small electronics shops, including Goodwill (computers and peripherals - otaku culture fans will also want to check out the maid cafe in the basement), DOS Para and others. Unfortunately, some of the electronics shops in Osu (such as Goodwill) are not located on the main shopping streets, and you may have to ask around to find them. There are also two Eiden electronics superstores located in Fushimi and near JR Ozone stn on the JR Chuo Line.


Nagoya is big on miso, a sauce made from fermented soybeans and grain. You should not leave the city without trying misokatsu (味噌カツ), fried pork cutlet with a rich, red miso sauce on it.

The other Nagoya classic is shrimp tempura, particularly when wrapped up in rice and dried seaweed and turned into a handy portable package known as a tenmusu (天むす).

The city is also known for uirō (外郎), a confectionery made out of rice flour and sugar; a little firmer than gelatin but not as sticky as mochi. Many different flavors are available, including red bean (小豆 azuki) and green tea (抹茶 matcha).

Nagoya's noodle specialty is kishimen (きしめん), a flat, broad noodle often served in a miso or soy sauce broth. Available in most restaurant-gai in shopping centres or close to major railway stations.

  • Café de Metro, 1F Kanayama station (North Exit). Serves up basic curry and donburi dishes, including a decent misokatsu, for ¥480 with coffee/tea, or ¥680 with miso soup and pickles.
  • Fu-A-Men (ふぁーめん), Dai-Ni Ameyoko Bldg 2F, Osu 3-14-43, Naka-ku (5 min from Osu Kannon stn (Tsurumai Line)). Thu-Tue 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, 5-8 PM. The world's first ramen restaurant where the chefs are robots. A bowl starts from ¥700, and the preprogrammed antics of the chefs are complimentary.  edit
  • Jerry's UNO, Located near Fureai Plaza in the Osu shopping district, to the giant manekineko statue's left (your right if you are facing the statue). It's a nice little taco shop that will run you about 500 yen per taco. They also have a nice selection of international beers.
  • Desperados, Fujimatsu Building 2 FL, 1-8-11 Shinsakae, Naka-ku (Located SW of Shinsakae subway stn. (Higashiyama line)), +81-52-264-0663, [40]. M-Th: 18:00-1:00 F-Sa: 18:00-2:00 (kitchen closes at midnight) Closed Su. Tex-mex restaurant and bar operated by Mexican-born and American-raised owner Rudy and his wife Takako. Features a variety of Mexican dishes and a selection of premium Tequilas.  edit
  • Kanran aka Marche du Soleil, [41]. European style restaurant, near Osu Kannon subway station. Plenty of vegetarian options on the (available in English) menu - the organic vegetable sticks and vegetable pizza are good choices. Staff are friendly and speak a usable amount of English.
  • Yamamotoya Sōhonke (山本屋総本家), 25-9 Meieki, B1F Horinouchi Bldg (on Sakura-dori not far from Exit 6 of the Nagoya subway station). The home of the classic Nagoya miso dish nikomi udon, consisting of thick, chewy, handmade udon noodles served in boiling hot miso sauce/stock. Fairly pricy at ¥1200 for a basic bowl and rather difficult to eat — diners are provided with bibs to protect themselves from soup spray — but the effort is worth it.
  • La Marmite (ラ・マルミット), ALA Daikan-cho Bldg. 1F, 40-18 Daikan-cho, Higashi-ku (Subway: Kurumamichi Stn. (Sakura-dori line). 5 minute walk west of Exit 1 (towards Sakae) on N side of Sakura Dori street), +81-52-937-7474, [42]. Tu-Su Lunch 11:30am-2:00pm, cafe time 3:00pm-5:00pm, dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm Closed M.. French bistro operated by long time expat chef Jean-Luc Ravion, (member, Culinary Academy of France). Offers home-made ham, sausages and other traditional French food. Wine from the Loire also available. 4,000-5,000yen.  edit


Nagoya's nouveaux riche are catered for by several luxury department stores and many first-class restaurants, which are sometimes difficult find for auto-less tourists.

  • Arena Venini. Chikusa-ku, Kiribayashi 1-4-1 Ikeshita Hills 1F, Tel: +81-52-757-5100. An outstanding yet small Italian restaurant in a very small on the street behind the Chikusa Ward office across the street from Ikeshita station.
  • Antica Roma, Daikancho 39-18, Higashi-ku (Subway: Kurumamichi Stn. (Sakura-dori line). 5 minute walk west of Exit 1 (towards Sakae) on N side of Sakura Dori street), +81-52-930-2770 (, fax: +81-52-930-2771), [43]. Cafe 14:00-17:00 (Terrazza, Pizzeria). Dinner 17:30-23:30 (last order 22:30). Excellent high-class Italian food (like seafood risotto, broccoli pasta or herb-stuffed pork rolls), but also delicious oven-baked pizzas. All this in three superbly furnished rooms. The main room is baroque-style with chandeliers and has not only a live pianist, but also a live opera singer every night (dress code for this room). The course menus start at ¥4,000, the pizzas at ¥1,500, a half-bottle of house wine is ¥2,500..  edit
  • Garden Restaurant Tokugawa-en (ガーデンレストラン徳川園), 1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku (10 min. walk from South Exit of JR Ozone Station (JR Chuo line). 15 min. walk from Exit 3 of Ozone Subway Station (Meijo line).), +81-52-932-7887 (). Restaurant:(Lunch) 11:00am-2:00pm (last order), (Dinner) 5:00pm-10:30pm (last order). Bar & Lounge 10:00am-5:00pm, 7:00pm-midnight. This eatery serves Japanese-French cuisine with views of the beautiful Tokugawa-en Japanese gardens located next door. 10,000-15,000yen.  edit
  • Serge Gen's Restaurant Group NAGOYA, 11-26 Nishiki 3-Chome, Naka-ku, +81-52-209-2333, [44]. 11:00AM-3:00PM. Five top-quality restaurants in the heart of Nagoya, Japan. From Italian cafe, Yakiniku, Sushi, to catered party events. ¥3000.  edit
  • The Tower Restaurant Nagoya (ザ・タワーレストランナゴヤ), Nagoya TV Tower 4F, 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku (Subway: Hisaya-odori Stn. (Meijo, Sakura-dori lines)), +81-52-951-3505, [45]. Restaurant: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-midnight. Lounge: 11:30am-2:00am. Located in the Nagoya TV tower, this restaurant offers continental European cuisine accompanied by great views of downtown Sakae. 8,000-10,000yen.  edit


Around Nagoya station, there are a lot of places for cheap drinking. Sakae is the big nightlife district, in a loose triangle formed by the Sakae, Yaba-cho and Osu Kannon stations. Sakae has a large red light district as well, but as with most of Japan, there's no sense of danger so don't worry about drifting around. There are countless izakayas around Kanayama station, both cheap chains and more upscale places.

If the bar and club scene is not for you, try Nagoya Friends [46] and their bimonthly international parties. Always a dynamic mix of foreigners and Japanese. At the party it's all you can drink and eat (~¥3000).

  • Serge Gen's Restaurant Group NAGOYA, Address: 11-26 Nishiki 3-Chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 460-0003, +81-52-209-2333, [47]. 11:00AM-3:00AM. Five top-quality restaurants in the heart of Nagoya, Japan. From Italian cafe, Yakiniku, Sushi, to catered party events. ¥3000.  edit
  • Shooters, Pola Building 2F, Sakae 2-9-26, Naka-ku (Located S of Fushimi subway stn. (Higashiyama, Tsurumai lines) exit 5), +81-52-202-7077 (), [48]. M-Th 5:00PM-1:00AM, F 5:00PM-5:00AM, Sa 11:30AM-5:00AM, Su 11:30 AM-1:00 AM. An American sports bar that attracts a mixed crowd with live music on Sundays.  edit
  • Hard Rock Cafe, ZXA Bldg 3F, 1-4-5 Sakae, Naka-ku (Subway: Fushimi stn (Higashiyama, Tsurumai lines) Exit 7. Close to Hilton.), +81-52-218-3220. Su-Th: 11:30-11:00PM, F and before natl. holidays: 11:30-12:00AM, Sa: 11:30-3:00. Serves the usual mix of rock music and American food.  edit
  • Misfits, Imaike Bee House Bldg. 3F, 4-10-16 Imaike, Chikusa-ku (Subway: Imaike stn. (Higashiyama line) Exit 4 or 5. Located on the street behind the Imaike post office.), +81-52-733-7525, [49]. Open Daily 7:00 PM-late. A small and cozy bar located behind the post office in Imaike. Attracts a mixed crowd of young Japanese and both short and long-time expats. Often live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Offers a weekly 1000 yen all-you-can-drink special (Wednesdays 8-11PM).  edit
  • Yama-chan (山ちゃん), (35 locations in and around Nagoya), [50]. (Japanese) Known for its tebasaki (手羽先) fried chicken wings (one of Nagoya's specialties), this seemingly ubiquitous chain of izakayas is one of Nagoya's favorites. English menu available.  edit
  • The Hub, [51]. This nationwide chain of affordable British-style pubs has three locations across the city, offering cocktails, bar food/pub grub, an English menu and some basic service in English.
    • Sakae, Ark Building 1F, 3-22-7, Nishiki, Naka-ku (3 min. walk from Sakae subway stn. exit 8. Located W of the Kokusai hotel), +81-52-962-8682. Su-Th 4:00pm-1:00am Fr-Sa and day before holiday 4:00pm-5:00am. Happy hour daily 4:00pm-7:00pm.  edit,
    • Fushimi, C Forest III Bldg. 2F, Sakae 1-4-10, Naka-ku (1 min. walk from Fushimi subway stn. (towards the Hilton Hotel)), +81-52-220-0082. M-Th 17:00-1:00, F 17:00-2:00, Sa and night before hol. 16:00-2:00, Su 16:00-1:00. Happy hour daily from open to 19:00.  edit
    • Nagoya Station Area (Meieki), M-san Dainingu Biru 1F, Meieki 3-15-11, Nakamura-ku (2 min. walk E of Nagoya Station (Sakura Dori side) Located N of the Royal Park Inn Nagoya), +81-52-533-4882. M-Th 12:00-midnight, F 12:00-2:00, Sa 17:00-2:00, Su and Hol. 17:00-23:30. Happy hour daily 17:00-19:00.  edit


  • St. James's Gate, Miyaki Bldg. 1F, 3-14-22 Nishiki, Naka-ku (Subway: Sakae stn (Higashiyama, Meijo lines). Short walk NW of Exit 1.), +81-52-973-4560. M-Sa 6:00PM-5:00AM. Closed Su. Hidden in a courtyard at the end of a small alleyway, this large Irish pub features imported beer, whiskey, cigars, TVs blaring the latest football/rugby matches, and a small outdoor seating area.  edit
  • MyBar, Tatenomachi Bldg. B1F, 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku (Sakae stn. exit 3. S. of the Nagoya TV tower on the W. side of Hisaya-odori park), +81-52-971-8888. Su-Th 6:00PM-1:00AM, F, Sa 4:00PM-3:00AM. Run by a Canadian expat, MyBar offers hockey night on Monday evenings. Serves imported beers and cocktails, Italian food, tacos, and burgers.  edit
  • The Rock, Aster Plaza Bldg. 2F, 4-14-6 Sakae, Naka-ku (Subway: Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines). Located directly behind the Chunichi Building, a short walk SE of Sakae subway exit 13.), +81-52-262-7893, [52]. M-Th 17:30-02:00, F, Sa 17:30-3:00, Su 11:30-2:00. An Australian pub experience. Free Wi-fi / internet terminal access with food or drink purchase. Offers weekly Sunday brunch (11:30AM-4:00PM) and Thursday trivia night (8:30-11:00PM).  edit


Nagoya has some of the best clubs in Japan, possibly second only to Tokyo. A lot of the DJs who play Tokyo also pass through Nagoya. Many of the most popular clubs are located in Sakae and Shin-sakae-machi (just east of Sakae and south of the Naka ward office).

Be aware that even on week-ends, on less popular nights, clubs empty or even close early (around 2-3AM) in Nagoya. This is a sharp contrast to Tokyo, where most people come by train and have to stick around for good or for bad until the first train in the morning. In auto-city Toyota, however, many people come by car; they can and will go home early if they are bored.

  • Radix, 4-7-38 Chiyoda, Naka-ku (Tsurumai stn. (JR Chuo, Subway Tsurumai line) 10 min walk SW of exit 6 alongside the elevated train tracks), +81-52-332-0073 (fax: +81-52-332-0180), [53]. One of the bigger clubs in Nagoya, a lot of big house, jungle and dub Djs play here. Expect to pay from ¥2000-3000, usually with a free drink included.  edit
  • J-Max [54] in Fushimi attracts foreigners and Japanese alike for weekend dance events. Entry fee is usually ¥2000-3000, with a couple of drinks included.


  • ID club [55] - the most popular and well-known club in Nagoya. Nagoya's largest club, 5 different floors of style and music. R & B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Hard House, All Mix, 70's & 80's disco. Open Thurs-Sun 8:00PM-closing. (Closed at 1am on a Friday night (!?) Entry ¥1000 (2 drinks) weekdays, ¥2000 (4 drinks) Fri, ¥3000 (4 drinks) Sat, ¥2000 (4 drinks) Sun. 3-1-15 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya Tel:+81-52-251-0382.
  • STEPS, Hasegawa Bldg. 2F, 3-2-29 Sakae, Naka-ku (Close to subway Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines) Opposite ID Cafe. Around 100m S of Sakae Tokyu Inn Hotel on the left.), +81-52-242-7544, [56]. M-Sa 6PM-6AM. Closed Su. Food and drinks from \500 including pasta, hamburgers, and steak dishes. TVs covering live sports events. Music from 12AM with DJs, occasional live music. Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B.  edit
  • Club Daughter [57] has something happening almost every night, so you'll never be stuck for something to do. It's a small place though. To western clubbers, it may seem more like a basement party than a club, and if you're going out on a Monday or a Tuesday, you may find it pretty empty. Fridays and Saturdays, though, the place is normally packed. Drinks are about ¥600 each, entry varies, check on the site.
  • Club JB's [58] is another good Nagoya club. Right around the corner from Club Daughter.
  • Lush The Underground, Marumi Kanko Bldg. 3-4F, 3-4-15 Sakae, Naka-ku (In Shin-sakae-machi entertainment district.), +81-52-242-1388 (fax: +81-52-264-9663), [59]. Tu-Su 11:00PM-5:00AM. Closed M.. Has two floors for one price, upstairs is hip-hop at maximum volume levels, while downstairs more dance music is played. Always a happy crowd without annoying bouncers, on weekdays ladies pay ¥1000 and guys ¥1500 with 1 drink included. Foreigners welcome.  edit
  • Club Mago [60] In Shin-Sakae on the basement level of the Flex-building. Great for house, techno, electro-clash, progressive house. ¥2500-3000 cover.
  • Jazz Inn Lovely, 1-10-15 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, +81-52-951-6085 (), [61]. Open Daily 6PM-3AM. Jazz club featuring Japanese and international jazz artists. Cover charge varies per artist. From ¥1500 to ¥5000.  edit
  • Club Quattro Nagoya (クラブクアトロ Kurabu-kuatoro), Nagoya Parco Department Store East Building (東館 ''Higashi-kan''), 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku (Subway: Yaba-cho stn. (Meijo line). Located in the east building of the Parco Department Store), +81-52-264-8211, [62]. Concerts in early evening (5:30-8PM start). One of Nagoya's main live houses, featuring a wide array of Japanese and international rock and pop music acts. Ticket price varies per artist.  edit
  • Capsule Inn Nagoya (カプセルイン名古屋), 7F Kanayama 4-1-20 (on Otsu-dori near Kanayama stn), tel. +81-52-331-3278, [63]. Showing its age, but kept clean and still a perfectly functional capsule hotel. Reservations accepted and you're free to come and go, payment on arrival by cash or credit card. ¥2800 gets you a capsule for night, plus ¥800 if you want to sample the sauna/spa downstairs (there are no bathing facilities in the capsule levels) and ¥500 extra if you check-in after midnight. You get ¥300 off if you present a paper with the printout of the online coupon [64] at check-in time. Hotel is men only.
  • Hostel Ann, 2-4-2 Kanayama, Naka-ku (Located north of Kanayama station (JR Chuo, Meitetsu, Meijo/Meiko subway lines). Walk out the north exit of Kanayama station and turn right. Cross Otsu street, and turn left at the McDonald's. Continue along Otsu street for 1-2 mins. Take a right at the Chukyo-bunka-shimin-kaikan-mae (中京文化市民会館前) intersection. Go straight and turn left at the park. Take a right at the second corner and you will see the sign on your right). Small hostel in central Nagoya. Offers parking, internet access, luggage storage, air conditioning and security lockers. Dorm beds from ¥2500, private twin room for ¥6000 yen.  edit
  • APA Hotel Nagoya Nishiki, 3-15-30 Nishiki, Chuo-ku (Sakae subway station, exit 2, one block forward), +81-52-953-5111, fax +81-52-951-7269. This business hotel is in the middle of the Sakae dining and shopping district. The rooms are comparatively clean and the staff speaks English; internet access is included. ¥9800/single. [65]
  • Daiichi Fuji Hotel, 13-17 Tsubaki-cho, Naka-ku (Nagoya train station, Shinkansen side, cross street 1 block south of Bic Camera, pass one alley, then turn left), +81-52-452-1111, fax +81-52-452-1762. This business hotel is just a few blocks from train station on a street lined with business hotels. The rooms are very small; internet access is included if you have an Ethernet cable. ¥6200/single, ¥9450/twin.
  • Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Kanayama (名鉄イン名古屋金山), 1-11-7 Kanayama, Naka-ku (Kanayama subway station, exit 6. Turn right at Daiei, left at Coco, look for the blue-and-white Japanese sign), +81-52-324-3434, fax +81-52-324-3435. This business hotel was built in February 2005 and has very clean rooms; in-room internet access and breakfast is included. The staff has some limited English ability. ¥6800/10,800/13,000 for single/small double/double [66] (in Japanese)
  • Mielparque-Nagoya 3-16-16 Aoi, Higashi-ku (Chikusa subway station, exit 1, right across the street), +81-52-937-3535, fax +81-52-937-3673. This hotel is optimized for business and weddings, with in-room internet access and rooftop wedding chapel. The staff has some limited English ability. Large breakfast buffet, Western & Japanese, ¥1,000/adult, ¥800/child, 7:00-9:30 am. Rooms: ¥6,300 single, ¥12,390/15,540 twin for two/three, ¥23,520/29,400 Japanese-style for three/five [67]
  • Marriott Associa Hotel, Nagoya Station (directly above Takashimaya Department Store). A three minute walk from a Nozomi Shinkansen train to a well-marked elevator portal takes you to the 15th floor check-in level. This often-full five star hotel (¥20,000-70,000/night) is equipped with ten good restaurants, which tend to be jammed, but the adjacent office tower also has more than 20 restaurants on two levels ranging from inexpensive noodle eateries to high-end sushi places. Note that if you have a concierge room reservation, you need to go to the concierge level (35th floor) to check in. Rooms are extremely clean and comfortable. [68]
  • Nagoya Kanko Hotel (名古屋観光ホテル), 19-30, Nishiki 1-chome, Naka-ku (Fushimi station, exits 8, 9 or 10, 2 minute walk), +81-52-231-7711, fax +81-52-231-7719, [[69]. Founded in 1936 as the Nagoya State Guest and still going strong. Rooms from standard (¥15,015) to suite (¥346,500). Free parking.
  • Freebell Apartments [70] +81-52-571-5055 (Exit Nagoya Station Sakura-dori side entrance and turn left. Continue past the post office. The building will be on your left.) Provides monthly furnished and non-furnished apartments for a range of budgets. Popular with longer-term visitors seeking to avoid the hefty deposits required by traditional Japanese landlords.
  • Nagoya International Center (名古屋国際センター Nagoya kokusai sentaa), 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku (Subway: Sakura-dori line, Kokusai Center stn.), +81-52-581-0100 (), [71]. Tu-Su, 9:00-7:00PM. Closed M, Dec 29-Jan 3, 2nd Su of Aug and Feb. This city-run center for newcomers to Nagoya provides useful information about upcoming local events through their free monthly publication The Nagoya Calendar [72] (available at numerous locations around the city) and offers various multilingual services for foreigners on longer stays or taking up residence in the city. Their headquarters near Nagoya Station also includes a lending library with books on numerous topics in English and other languages. free.  edit


Nagoya has two Citibank [73] branches for foreign-friendly cash withdrawals with a main branch in Sakae and a mini-branch in the North Tower above Nagoya Station:

  • Citibank Nagoya Branch, 1F, 8F, Sugi Bldg., 3-14-15 Sakae, Naka-ku (Subway Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines), Exit 7. 5 min walk from Crystal Hiroba in the Sakae subway mall. In Sugi Building, 8th floor, which is across the street from Sakae Gas Building at Shirakawa Street Ohtsu Crossing on Ohtsu Street.), (M-F 9:00-5:00PM) +81-52-243-9252, [74]. M-F 9:00-3:00PM, Sa (ltd. services) 10:00-4:00PM. Closed Su and Hols. ATM Open 24/7.  edit.
  • Citibank Nagoya Station Mini-Branch, 33F Office Tower, JR Central Towers, 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku (Located the North tower.), (M-F 9:00-17:00) +81-52-565-4430, [75]. M-F 9:00-7:00PM, Sa (ltd. services) 10:00-4:00PM. Closed Su and hols. ATM only open during branch hours..  edit

There is also a 24/7 Citibank ATM across from the Meitetsu station entrance gate at the airport. As elsewhere in Japan, post offices and 7-11s also allow international ATM withdrawals.

Foreign Exchange

  • Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank Foreign Exchange Shop (三菱東京UFJ銀行外貨両替ショップ笹島店 Mitsubishi-Tokyo-UFJ-Gaika-ryougai-shoppu-sasajima-ten), 1-2-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku (Located on 1st flr. of Nagoya station near the Meitetsu Bus Terminal), +81-52-541-6330, [76]. M-F 10:00-19:30, Sa, Su, Hols. 10:00-5:00PM, Dec 30: 10:00-3:00PM. Closed Dec 31-Jan 3. (Website in Japanese)   edit
  • Australian Consulate Nagoya (オーストラリア領事館 Osutoraria-ryoujikan), Level 13, AMMNAT Bldg. 1-3-3 Sakae, Nakaku, +81-52-211-0630 (Emergency line: +81-3-5232-4111) (fax: +81-52-211-0632), [77]. M-F 9:00-17:30. Closed Sa, Su. Offers limited consular services for Australians by appointment only.  edit
  • Consulate General of Brazil (ブラジル総領事館 Burajiru-souryoujikan), Shirakawa Daihachi Bldg. 2F, 1-10-29 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, +81-52-222-1077, +81-52-222-1078 (Emergency line: +81-90-3483-6949, +81-80-6637-6131) (, fax: +81-52-222-1079), [78]. General: M-F 9:00-3:00PM, Visa desk: M-F 9:00-2:30PM Closed Sa, Su, and Hols.. Provides consular services for Brazilians and issues Brazilian visas for foreign visitors to Brazil  edit
  • Consulate of Canada (カナダ領事館 Kanada-ryoujikan), Nakato Marunouchi Bldg. 6F, 3-17-6 Marunouchi, Naka-ku (Subway: Hisaya-odori stn (Meijo, Sakura-dori lines) Exit 1. Walk 2 blocks N on Otsu-dori to Uonotana-dori. Consulate located at the intersection of Otsu-dori and Uonotana-dori and directly across the street from Circle K convenience store.), +81-52-972-0450 (, fax: +81-52-972-0453), [79]. Offering limited consular services for Canadians in Nagoya  edit
  • U.S. Consulate (アメリカ領事館 Amerika-ryoujikan), Nagoya Kokusai Center Bldg. 6F, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku (Subway: Kokusai Center (Sakura-dori line).), +81-52-581-4501 (fax: +81-52-581-3190), [80].  edit
  • RADIO-i 79.5 FM [81] (site in Japanese) In between the music and DJ chatter, Radio-i offers a 5 min. public service broadcast about local events and community news in English on Mondays at 6:46, 12:56 and 11:56PM.
  • ZIP FM 77.8 [82] (site in Japanese) Broadcasts Global Voice Weekend Magic a ten-minute long program in English on daily life and events in the Nagoya area for earlybirds at 5:40 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Avenues: Voices of Central Japan [83] Quarterly magazine featuring articles on local history and culture, reviews of attractions, events, restaurants and bars. Available free at International Center and for a fee at Maruzen Bookstore in Sakae.
  • Japanzine [84] Monthly tabloid-style magazine published in Nagoya featuring a section on local events, concerts, job listings, and a restaurant/bar map and guide. Available free at numerous businesses catering to foreign residents, and at Maruzen bookstore in Sakae.
  • RAN Magazine [85] A new magazine focused on life in Nagoya and the city's culture and arts scene. Features articles on a wide array of topics. Available online and for free at businesses catering to foreigners around the Nagoya area.
  • Nagoya Calendar [86] Monthly magazine featuring event information, daily-living advice, movie & TV listings, and a community bulletin board. Available free at International Center, the Maruzen Bookstore in Sakae, and several subway stations.
  • ET People [87] Small monthly magazine aimed at English learners. Offers restaurant/bar map and listings in English. Available free at numerous bars and restaurants around the city.

Like other major cities in Japan, you can also pick up the (Tokyo-centric) English dailies The Japan Times [88] and Daily Yomiuri [89] at selected bookstores and convenience stores around the city (or read them for free at the International Center library).

Inuyama Castle
Inuyama Castle
  • Inuyama, with its picturesque castle, kinky fertility shrines, and nearby Meiji Village, is a short day trip from the city. From Meitetsu Nagoya station [90] located next to Nagoya station, there are express trains (around a 30 minute ride) to Inuyama station or Inuyamayuen station. From either station, Inuyama castle is about a 20 minute walk to the west and is on the south side of the river. The entrance is on the south side of the castle grounds.
  • Gifu - Visit Gifu castle (take a bus from the train station). Ride the cable car up the mountain, feed the squirrels (they jump on your arm and eat from your hand), visit the museum, enjoy the amazing view from the top of the castle. See the Nagaragawa fireworks display during the summer festival.
  • Okazaki - Take in the castle, tour the miso factory and enjoy the fresh suburban air.
  • Ise, home to Japan's holiest shrine, is within striking distance.
  • Tsushima - Visit Tenno River park in the spring to see amazing cherry blossoms and wisteria.
  • Tajimi - Visit Eihoji Zen Temple. A beautiful walk down to the river. Be sure to see the bamboo grove (takebayashi).
  • Hida-Takayama - Check out the Edo-era atmosphere of this famous historic town.
  • Kiso Valley - Walk the historic Nakasendo highway, an old post road running through the valley's beautiful green hills and well-preserved towns.
  • Gujo Hachiman, an idyllic town where 80% of Japan's plastic food replicas are created.
Routes through Nagoya
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NAGOYA, the capital of the province of Owari, Japan,. on the great trunk railway of Japan, 235 m. from Tokyo and 94 m. from Kioto. Pop. (1903) 284,82 9. It is the fifth of the chief cities in Japan. It lies near the head of the shallow Isenumi Bay, about 30 m. from the port of Yokkaichi, with which it communicates by light-draught steamers and by rail. The castle of Nagoya, erected in 1610, never suffered in war, but in modern times became a military depot; the interior contains much splendid decoration. The central keep of the citadel is a remarkable structure, covering close upon half an acre, but rapidly diminishing in each of its five storeys till the top room is only about 12 yds. square. Gabled roofs and hanging rafters break the almost pyramidal outline; and a pair of gold-plated dolphins 8 ft. high form a striking finial. Both were removed in 1872, and one of them was at the Vienna Exhibition in 1873; but they have been restored to their proper site. The religious buildings of Nagoya include a very fine Buddhist temple, Higashi Hongwanji. Nagoya is well known as one of the great seats of the pottery trade; 132 m. distant are the potteries of Seto, where the first glazed pottery made in Japan was produced by Kato Shirozaemon, after a visit to China in 1229. From Kato's time Seto continued, during several centuries, to be the chief centre of ceramic production in Japan, the manufacture of porcelain being added to that of pottery in the 1 9 th century. All the products of the flourishing industry now carried on there and at other places in the province are transported to Nagoya, for sale there or for export. Cotton mills have been established, and an extensive business is carried on in the embroidery of handkerchiefs. Another of its celebrated manufactures is arimatsushibori, or textile fabrics (silk or cotton), dyed so as to show spots in relief from which the colour radiates. It is further distinguished as the birthplace of cloisonné enamelling in Japan, all work of that nature before 1838 - when a new departure was made by Kaji Tsunekichi - having been for purposes of subordinate decoration. Quantities of cloisonné enamels are now produced in the town.

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From the Japanese 名古屋 (なごや, Nagoya).

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  1. The capital of Aichi prefecture in central Honshu in Japan.




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Nagoya (hiragana なごや)

  1. 名古屋: the capital city of Aichi prefecture

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Nagoya is one of the largest cities in Japan. It is in Aichi prefecture.


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