Top 10 Places to Visit in Nagoya

1. Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle is one of the most important symbols of Nagoya and represents the power and pride of Nagoya. Although the original castle was tragically burnt down during World War II, the city of Nagoya has started to restore the castle in 2010 to its original form. There used to be a resident of 620,000 households in this castle, when this castle was originally built in 1612, by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu Shogun (Warrior). Currently, the Hommaru Palace is under construction but you can visit the reconstructed Nagoya castle, where the exhibition describes the lifestyle of the local lords and people in the castle, Japan’s national treasures, arts, traditional Japanese architecture method, and a brilliant view from the top of the castle.

The entrance fee is 500 yen per adult and their business hours are from 9:00~16:30. Age younger than a junior year of high school have free entrance to the castle. The location is one of the routes that Me~guru tourist bus and the Nagoya Sightseeing route bus stop by and the subway station of the meijo-line at shiyakusho station is the closest station by train. You can receive a 100yen discount for using the me~guru bus.

2. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

The ‘Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology’ is a museum for preserving and utilizing the old factory and industrial heritage at the birthplace where the 13 Toyota group companies were established. The museum presents the textiles and automobiles used at the time, which also an exhibition of the industrial and technological revolutions through the real machines and moving exhibition.

At the museum, an English tour is available on Sunday from 14:00 to 15:30 if you are interested, where there are no reservations required. Business hours are from 9:30 to 17:00 (admission until 16:30) and are closed on Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a national holiday) or New Year eves and New Year holidays.

Fares are 500 yen for Adult, 300 yen for High school and junior high school students, and 200 yen for elementary students.

The location is one of the routes that Me~guru tourist bus and the Nagoya Sightseeing route bus stop by and the subway station of the Higashiyama-line at Kamejima station is the closest station by train. You can receive a 100yen discount for using the Me~guru bus for adults and a small discount for younger age as well.

3. Sakae City

Sakae is located on the east of the Nagoya station, and the Sakae station can be accessed by the Higashiyama-Line. This major city is another tourist (Oasis 21 and TV tower) spot as a whole, which includes famous Japanese malls, such as Matsuzakaya, Lasix, Mitsukoshi, Parco, and much more. Sakae city is known to be in the center of Nagoya and a major shopping area for everyone.

Map for Major Tourist spots in Nagoya

Map for Sakae area

4. Oasis 21

This major tourist spot was established in 2002, in Sakae city, which is a multi-level park having different floors with different themes. This beautiful park lights up at night time and is right near the Nagoya TV tower. The ground level is filled with flowers and trees, as well as multiple shops and various restaurants. In the basement level is called the Galaxy Platform, where many events are held.

The park is free to enter and their business hours are from 10:00 to 22:00. The location is one of the routes that Me~guru tourist bus and the Nagoya Sightseeing route bus stop by a nearby TV tower station. Also, the subway station of the Higashiyama-line and Meijo-line are at the Sakae station, which is the closest station by train.

5. Atsuta Shrine

The Atsuta Shrine is one of the most important shrines in Japan where 65 million people visit every year since it is the home to the “Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi(a sword).” This sword is one of the Three Sacred Imperial Treasures. This shrine is the second largest shrine after the Ise Shrine in the Mie prefecture and the shrine includes the Nobunaga walls, which are made by Nobunaga Oda Shogun (Warrior) in 1560. The shrine also has the oldest stone bridge, called the Nijugocho-Bashi, made with 25 stone plates. There are 4,000 articles donated to this shrine from the imperial family, shogun, feudal lords, and to common people. Exhibitions are open for these treasuries through the hall and a great experience to learn the long history of the shrine.

Their business hours are from 9:00 to 16:30 and are closed during New Year holidays. The entrance fees are 300 yen for adults, entering the treasury hall.

The station of the shrine is at the Jingu-Nishi station through subway and Jingu-Mae station for Meitetsu line.

6. Osu Shopping District and the Osu Kannon Temple

Osu shopping district is another huge and popular shopping area, where it contains thousands of shops and restaurants. There is a wide range of products sold at a fairly cheap price.
Osu Kannon Temple was relocated from the Osu Village and now currently located at the Mino Province by the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1612. Also, each and every month an outdoor, old fashion market is held on the 18th and the 28th.

Map for Major Tourist spots in Nagoya

Map for Sakae area

7. The Tokugawa Art Museum

The Tokugawa Art Museum is an exhibition of tools which the feudal lords of Tokugawa owned; such as samurai swords, tea ceremony utensils, and Noh costumes. There are also the limited time displays of the scroll of Tale of Genji (National Treasure), and the Doll festival furnish of the Owari Tokugawa clan. Also, the Hosa library is another place to look where there are collections of books from the Tokugawa clan and approximately 110,000 of Japan and China’s old masterworks.

Business hours are from 10:00 to 17:00 (admission until 16:30) and are closed every Monday (or the following day if a national holiday falls on Monday) and New Year holidays.

Admission fees are 1,200 yen for adults and 700 yen for high school or college students. Also 500 yen for Jr. High or elementary school students. The location is one of the routes that Me~guru tourist bus

8. Nagoya TV tower

This TV tower is a symbol of Nagoya. It was designated as a “Lover’s Sanctuary” in 2008. The 90-meters-high observation deck offers 360-degree views of Nagoya and its surrounding areas.

The TV tower is another major symbol of Nagoya. This tower was designed to present the sanctuary for lovers in 2008. The tower itself is 90 meters high and the observation deck has a view of 360 degrees of Nagoya’s great view.

Their business hours are from 10:00 to 22:00 from April to December and until 21:00 from January to March. Admission fees are 700 yen for adults, 600 yen for age 65 or above, and 300 yen for elementary students.

The location is one of the routes that Me~guru tourist bus and the Nagoya Sightseeing route bus stop by and the subway station of the Higashiyama-line and Meijo-line at Sakae station is the closest station by train. You can receive a 100yen discount for using the Me~guru bus.

Map for Major Tourist spots in Nagoya

Map for Sakae area

9. Noritake Garden

The Noritake garden is a kind of museum and also can purchase a wide selection of products at a great value, in this building called the BOX Outlet shop. Definitely, a great chance to buy quality products at a low price. This museum also provides a restaurant called ‘Kiln’, which is French and Italian cuisine using Noritake tableware.

The Noritake is one of the world’s most famous table wear brand which is originally a business started at Nagoya, in 1904. Once entering the museum, visitors can learn about the history of the Noritake and the company’s craft center. The maps of the Noritake Garden and the brochures are also available in each facility. Visitors can get an up-close look of the Noritake’s finest craftsmanship and traditions throughout each process from production to decorations.

The location is one of the routes that Me~guru tourist bus and the Nagoya Sightseeing route bus stop by and the subway station of the Higashiyama-line at Nishi-ku station is the closest station by train. You can receive a 50yen discount for using the Me~guru bus for adults and a small discount for younger age as well.

10. SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

This exhibition mainly focuses on the Tokaido Shinkan-sen (Bullet Train), and also all conventional trains to the next generation Superconducting SCMAGLEV. The museum shows the progress of rapid-transit railway technology, as well as experiencing the actual trains, and rail transport history and traffic control.

The location is quite far from the Nagoya station; however, is a lifetime experience to learn about the bullet train in hand. This exhibition is located at Kinjofuto (3-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato-ku, Nagoya) and the train station is Kinjo-Futo station from Aonami Line. Their business hours are from 10:00 to 17:30 (admission until 17:00) and they are closed on Tuesdays (or the next day if Tuesday is a national holiday) and New Year holidays.

Admission fees are 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for high school students, where children for 200yen.