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NAGOYA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS / 名古屋 おすすめ スポット マップ

Nagoya has a sizable number of tourist places to check out, including several museums, amusement parks, historical sites and of course, Nagoya Castle. Many attractions are located right in the heart of Nagoya, within a few subway stops from downtown. There are also options for day and over night trips too.

NAGOYA CASTLETourist Map E-2

This impressive traditional looking castle was first built in 1612, and then after being bombed during WWII, the current concrete structure was built. Some parts of the original buildings still survive. The museum inside has items from the Edo period. 500 yen entry fee. Open 9am to 4:30 daily.

A few minute walk from Shiyakusho station.

NAGOYA TV TOWERTourist Map E-3

A ride up to the observation deck of one of Sakae's landmarks is a great way to learn about the city and get one's bearings. The observation platform is just at 100 meters, but there is a nice view and food and beverages are available. Open 10am -10pm daily. 600 yen adults entry

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TOKUGAWA MUSEUMTourist Map F-2

One of the most famous collections in all of Japan, with over 10,000 pieces, art work, swords, robes, samurai goods, and more. The collections gains its name from being from the inheritance of the Tokugawa family, one of the first ruling dynasties of Japan. Open 10:00am-5:00pm Tues-Sun. 1200 yen admission.

A few minute walk from Morishita Station

NAGOYA INTERNATIONAL CENTERTourist Map D-3

Above is the Kokusai Center station, the 3rd floor has the Nagoya International Desk, offering information and help for tourists and residents in English, Japanese, and seven other languages.

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ATSUTA-JINGU SHRINETourist Map E-3

The largest shrine in Nagoya, and the center of any traditional festivals and events. The surrounding area is forested with 1000 year old Japanese cypress. Besides the shrine itself, there are some ancient structures, and an exhibition hall which displays several national treasures and goods. Open 9:30am-4:30pm daily, except last Wed of the month.

A few minute walk from Nishi-Jingu station.

TOYOTA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUMTourist Map J-5

Learn about the evolution of the automobile and see a large variety of classic cars at this beautiful collection run in connection with Toyota motors. All makes and brands are displayed at this well set-out museum. Open 9:30am-5:00pm Tues-Sun. Closed National holidays.

Take the bus from Fujigaoka station, or walk from Gedai-dori station.

OSU-KANNON TEMPLETourist Map D-5

Osu-kannon temple is Nagoya's most prestigious temple, and very exotic looking. On the 18th and 28th of every month there is an antique market at the temple. There are several other smaller temples also in the area.

A minute walk from Osu-kannon station.

OSU SHOPPING STREETTourist Map D-5

Near the Osu-kannon temple district, beyond the main temple is the Osu Shopping Arcade, a little bit on the dilapidated side, but full of small shops and eateries.

A few minute walk from Osu-Kannon Station.

NORITAKE CRAFT CENTERTourist Map B-3

One of the more famous things to come out of Nagoya is the Noritake brand of ceramics. At this large facility, there is a museum exhibiting items and products. Tours are offered daily. Open 10am-5pm Tues-Sun. Closed Tues after Natl. Hol. Fee can vary.

A short walk from Kamejima station.

OASIS 21Tourist Map E-3

This very modern piece of architecture just across from the Nagoya TV Tower is a neat place to walk around for different views of Nagoya, with especially stunning views at night. On the lower floors is a small mall with some restaurants, cafes and shops as well as a tourist information counter.

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MIDLAND SQUARE SKY PROMENADETourist Map C-4

220 meters high, at the top of the Midland Square Building outside the East exit of Nagoya JR Station, the Sky Promenade offers great views over looking the Nagoya station area and towards Fushimi and Sakae. Open 11am-9am, until 11pm from July 1 - Sept 30. 750 yen for adults

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MAGLEV and RAILWAY PARKTourist Map B-8

Showcasing the Maglev system this great museum can be appreciated whether a train buff or not. On display are whole trains from different eras, and there are several simulators visitors can try. OPEN: 10am - 5:30pm, closed tuesdays.

A short walk from Kinjo-futo station.

NAGOYA SCIENCE MUSEUMTourist Map C-4

Near Fushimi station in downtown Nagoya, learn science at this fun museum with hands on exhibits as well as the world’s biggest planetarium.
OPEN 9:30-5pm, Closed Mondays. WEBSITE: www.ncsm.city.nagoya.jp

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HIGASHIYAMA ZOOTourist Map I-3

Nagoya's city zoo and botanical gardens with koalas, lions, elephants and other crickey stuff.

OPEN 9am-4:30 daily, Closed Mondays and Dec 29-Jan 2.
FEE: Adults 500 yen.
LOCATION: Just outside Higashiyama Koen Station

NAGOYA AQUARIUMTourist Map C-8

Located near Nagoya Port, the Nagoya Aquarium is one of Japan's best, and well worth a visit.

OPEN 9:30am-5:30pm daily - Closed Mon and Dec 29-Jan 2.
FEE: Adults 2000 yen, Students 1000 yen, Child 500 yen
LOCATION: Nearby Nagoya-ko Station.

NAGOYA DOMETourist Map H-2

Located near Nagoya Dome Mae station, the Nagoya Dome is where the professional baseball team the Nagoya Dragons play. There isn't all too much to do around the stadium on non-game days, but it is an impressive site.

NEAR BY ATTRACTIONS:

INUYAMA CASTLETourist Map B-1

Some regard this 16th century structure as being more impressive than the more famous Nagoya Castle. Most of the building survived WWII intact, making it Japan's oldest 'donjon' and it has been named a National treasure. Open daily 9am to 5pm (closed Dec 29-31). 550 yen Adults / 110 yen students. To get there from Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Inuyama line to Inuyama Station.

GERO ONSENTourist Map B-2

One of the top three hot spring locations in Japan, this can be a day or over night trip out of the city. There is a special pass which allows entry up to three different participating onsens. From Nagoya Station take the JR limited express, Hida, direct to Gero station, or the JR Tokaido line to Gifu station, athen transfer to the JR Takayama line to Gero station.

MEIJI MURA MUSEUMTourist Map B-1

See reproductions of Meiji era buildings and exhibitons from fhat time period at this unusual styled museum. Open 9:30am-5pm daily through Nov. From Nagoya Station, take Meitetsu Inuyama line to Inuyama Station, then the 'Meiji Mura' bus.

OUTSIDE OF THE TOURIST PLACES:

NAGOYA SUMO TOURNAMENT

Sumo tournaments are held once a year in July in Nagoya and last 15 days. Advance tickets available from May.

FEE: Prices vary from 38,000 yen for a box seat for four, to 3800 yen for arena seats.
LOCATION: The Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium at Shiyakusho Station
WEBSITE: www.sumo.or.jp

NAGOYA GRAMPUS PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL / SOCCER

Nagoya's team on the Japanese National J-League. Home stadium is wither Nagoya Mizuho Stadium in Nagoya or Toyota Stadium in Toyota city.

WEBSITE: www.nagoya-grampus.jp.

NAGOYA DRAGONS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL TEAM

Catching a baseball game in Japan is good even if you don't watch the game. FEE: Tickets from less than 1000 yen to over 10,000 yen depending on seating.

WHEN: Season is from late March to September.
LOCATION: Nagoya Dome station on the Meijo subway line.
WEBSITE: sp.chunichi.co.jp (japanese)

NAGOYA SHOPPING

Shopping in Nagoya usually means around the downtown area of Sakae station, although there are some stations known for certain goods:

COMPUTERS - Kamimaezu Station area

NAGOYA RECREATION

Nagoya has a fair amount of parks for jogging and excercise, as well as Public Sports centers. Most have indoor pools and training rooms.

PLACE: Nakamura Sports Center a short walk from Nakamura Nisseki subway station
SCHEDULE: Closed Mondays
WEBSITE: nespa.or.jp

NAGOYA TOURIST MAP with LISTINGS and LOCATIONS of TOP SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTIONS (PDF)