Enjoy Nagoya on a Budget
Cheap areas to stay in NagoyaNagoya is one of those rare cities where you can find cheap accommodation right in the center of town. The Sakae area in downtown Nagoya is the place to look for budget accommodation with both cheap hotels and hostel-style lodgings, some with dormitory accommodation available. Sakae is a great district to stay in as it offers easy access via subway and bus to all of Nagoya’s main attractions, and it’s just a 50-minute train ride from the Chubu Centrair International Airport. The district also has a large selection of restaurants and bars.
Cheap hotels in NagoyaThe reasonably priced R&B Hotel Nagoya Sakae Higashi is in the Sakae district in the center of Nagoya, just a 4-minute walk from Sakae subway station. The compact rooms have both wired and wireless Internet connections. Also in Sakae, the budget-friendly Nagoya Travellers Hostel has private rooms and dormitory accommodation, with the latter a great option to save money. Room rates also include a free continental breakfast. A third option in Sakae is the R&B Hotel Nagoya Nishiki. It offers cheap rooms, as well as both wired and wireless Internet connections.
Where to find cheap food in NagoyaYou’ll find lots of places offering cheap eats in Nagoya’s Sakea district – the very same area where you’ll also find the best cheap accommodation. One source of cheap food is the many noodle bars on the city streets, serving large bowls of noodles in a delicious steaming broth. Noodles come with a variety of additions such as chicken or pork, with vegetarian versions also available. Another place to get cheap snacks is in the izakayas, Japanese style pubs. A winning combination is the spicy chicken wings, washed down with a glass of ice-cold Japanese beer.
Cheap things to do in NagoyaIt’s absolutely free to visit the exquisite Atsuta Shrine, set on a site that’s been a revered sacred place for Shinto worshippers for 19 centuries. A 20-minute train ride south of the Sakae district, Atsuta is set among spreading cypress trees. For a modest fee, you can also visit the Treasure Hall here, which exhibits traditional masks, swords, and artworks. About an hour’s train ride west of Sakae, you’ll find the typically Japanese Iwasaki Castle. With its sloping, curved eaves, it’s a handsome building that dates back to the early 16th century. You can also make your way to the Hisaya Odori Park, which is the location of the 590-foot-tall Nagoya TV Tower. It’ll cost you a few dollars to ascend to the viewing platform at a height of 295 feet, which is a real bargain when you see the spectacular city views.
Cheap ways to get around NagoyaNagoya is an easy city to get around thanks to its extensive network of bus services, as well as a fast and efficient subway system with 6 lines that will whisk you to most city destinations. One-day passes are available, and are valid on both buses and the subway. You can buy these at subway stations from the automatic ticket machines, which have an option to operate in English. Signage throughout the subway network is in English as well as Japanese.