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

NAGOYA CASTLE

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.

OPEN: 9am to 4:30pm daily
FEE: 500 yen admission fee.
LOCATION: A few min walk from Shiyakusho Station (Tourist Map E-3)
WEBSITE: www.nagoyajo-city.nagoya.jp

NAGOYA TV TOWER

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
FEE: 600 yen adults entry
LOCATION: SAKAE (Tourist Map E-3)

TOKUGAWA MUSEUM

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: Open 10:00am-5:00pm Tues-Sun
FEE: 1200 yen admission
LOCATION: Near Ozone Station, on the Meijo line (Tourist Map F-2)
WEBSITE: www.cjn.or.jp/tokugawa/

ATSUTA-JINGU SHRINE

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.
FEE: Donations accepted. Exhibitions may have charge.
LOCATION: A minute walk from JINGU-NISHI station (Tourist Map D-7)
WEBSITE: www.atsutajingu.or.jp

TOYOTA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

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, from the automobile's very beginnings, to current models, at this well set-out museum. A must see for any auto enthusiast, but others will be no less impressed.

OPEN: 9:30am-5:00pm Tues-Sun. Closed on Tuesdays when the previous Monday is a National holiday.
FEE: ¥1000 adults, HS & JHS students ¥600, Seniors ¥500
LOCATION: From Fujigaoka station take the Meitetsu bus to Nagakuta-shako (Tourist Map J-5)
WEBSITE: www.toyota.co.jp/Museum/index-j.html

OSU-KANNON TEMPLE

Not exactly in Fushimi, but just a 10 minute walk south on Fushimi-dori Ave, and you'll come to Osu-kannon station, with Osu-kannon temple just around the corner. It's 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.

LOCATION: A few minutes from Osu-Kannon station (Tourist Map D-5)

OSU SHOPPING STREET

If you walk 10 minutes south of Fushimi station on Fushimi dori, you'll soon get to the Osu-kannon temple district. On the left beyond the main temple is the Osu Shopping Arcade, a little bit on the dilapidated side, but full of small shops and eateries with a mix of unusual items about.

LOCATION: Osu-Kannon Station (Tourist Map D-5)

NORITAKE CRAFT CENTER

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. The surrounding grounds have a well laid out garden and a restaurant.

OPEN: 10am-5pm Tues-Sun. Closed Tues after Natl. Hol.
FEE: Depends on exhibit
LOCATION: A few minute walk from Kamejima Station (Tourist Map B-3)
WEBSITE: www.noritake.co.jp/mori/

OASIS 21

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.

LOCATION: SAKAE (Tourist Map E-3)

MIDLAND SQUARE SKY PROMENADE
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.

LOCATION: NAGOYA STATION (Tourist Map C-4)
OPEN: 11am-9am regularly, to 11pm from July 1 - Sept 30
PRICE: 750 yen for adults

NEAR BY ATTRACTIONS:

INUYAMA CASTLE

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: 9am to 5pm (closed Dec 29-31)
FEE: 550 yen Adults / 110 yen students
LOCATION: From Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Inuyama line to Inuyama Stn.
WEBSITE: www.inuyama-castle.jp

GERO ONSEN

One of the top three hot spring locations in Japan, this can be an fun day or over night trip out of the city. Spa users can make use of area hotel's onsens by acquiring a special pass which allows entry up to three different participating onsens.

LOCATION: Take the JR limited express, Hida, direct to Gero station, or less expensively, take JR Tokaido line to Gifu station, and transfer to the JR Takayama line to Gero station.
WEBSITE: www.gero-spa.or.jp

MEIJI MURA MUSEUM

See reproductions of Meiji era buildings and exhibitons from fhat time period at this unusual styled museum.

OPEN: 9:30am-5pm daily through Nov.
LOCATION: From Nagoya Station, take Meitetsu Inuyama line to Inuyama Station, then the 'Meiji Mura' bus.
WEBSITE: www.meijimura.com

OUTSIDE OF THE TOURIST PLACES:

HIGASHIYAMA ZOO

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 AQUARIUM

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.
WEBSITE: www.nagoyaaqua.jp

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)