Nagoya is located in Japan and is the capital of the Aichi Prefecture in the Chūbu region. It is the largest city in the region and is one of the country’s major ports. Nagoya is also the center of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area, Japan’s third largest metropolitan region.
Nagoya is home to several of the country’s cultural assets. This includes castles, temples, shrines and many museums ranging from traditional and modern art to natural and science museums. In the 1980’s the local civic authorities established the “Cultural Path” which is a residential area that features historical buildings with most dating back to the Meiji and Taisho era. The “Cultural Path” is located between the Nagoya Castle and the Tokugawa Art Museum. In the path you will find grand historic buildings such as the Futaba Museum, the Nagoya City Archives and City Hall, the former residences of Sasuke Toyoda and Tetsujiro Haruta, the Chikaramachi Catholic Church and many more.
What to See & Do
When you start planning a trip to Nagoya in Japan, here are just a few of the more popular tourist destinations to add to your holiday plans:
Nagoya Castle – This castle was once the center of Nagoya-juku. During the Edo period, Nagoya-juku was considered to be one of the most important castle towns in Japan. Today, Nagoya Castle still enjoys a prominent place in the city and is considered to be one of the largest castles in Japan. It was built between the periods of 1610 to 1619 but was demolished in 1945. It has since been reconstructed and open to the public. It is open most days except from December 29 to January 1. Entry hours are from 9 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. It is best to visit official websites for the most up to date information.
Atsuta Shrine – A Shinto shrine especially revered and believed to have been built during Emperor Keikō’s reign, the Atsuta Shrine is located in Atsuta-ku in Nagoya. It is locally known as Atsuta-Sama (Venerable Atsuta) or just simply Miya (the Shrine). A visit to the shrine’s Bunkaden or treasure hall is not to be missed. It houses over 4,000 relics including 174 “Important Cultural Properties” and a dagger that has been entitled as a National Treasure of Japan.
Ōsu Kannon – A Buddhist temple located in Ōsu, it is a temple of the Shingon sect and belongs to the Owari Thirty-three Kannon. The Owari Thirty-three Kannon is a collection of Buddhist temples dedicated to the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon). All of these temples are located in the western Aichi Prefecture in Japan.
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium – Located in Minato-ku, the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium houses over 500 species in 24,600 tons of water. The aquarium also features major exhibits such as a dolphin show and an orca show. It is usually open from 9:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon. The hours may vary during the Golden Week and winter season. The aquarium is open daily during the Golden Week period, the months of July to September and the spring/winter vacation season. However, it is closed on Mondays and the following day if a holiday. It is best to refer to their official website for the most up to date information on schedules and entrance fees.
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