Nagoya is an economic powerhouse, home to Japan’s auto manufacturing giants Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi. It once served as a castle town of the Owari, a branch of Japan’s ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period (1603–1868). Most of the town’s historic buildings, temples and shrines didn’t survive the WWII bombing campaigns – the Nagoya Castle we see today is a concrete recreation of the original that was built in the early Edo Period.

    Most visitors to Japan often catch a glimpse of Nagoya between bullet train stops, but those who take the time to discover the city will find a very lively nightlife, great restaurants, and a number of interesting attractions. The city has a wonderful zoo and botanic gardens in Higashiyama, as well as an excellent orchid garden that will delight anyone who loves the delicate flora species.

    What to see & do in Nagoya

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    Nagoya offers a balanced mix of classic and modern sights and experiences. It’s home to one of the most beautiful, towering castles in Japan. Not far south is the highly revered Atsuta, the second most revered shrine in the country. Head down to the Naka ward for a host of museums. Exhibits range from ancient Edo treasures to contemporary arts and Japan’s automobile industry. Hit the Sakae district for some... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Nagoya

    Dining in Nagoya introduces you to a wonderful assortment of regional Japanese delights, fondly known as Nagoya meshi. Some of the local dishes that have also become national favorites include tebasaki chicken wings, Ogura toast, and red miso. Besides offering heritage food galore, Nagoya has you covered with a wide range of flavors, from Asian to Western. Sakae, Fushimi, and Meiki are among Nagoya’s best dining areas where you can... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Nagoya

    • 10 Best Shopping Experiences in Nagoya

      The shopping scene in Nagoya ranges from big department stores to street and flea markets, and a whole lot more in between. Many visitors make a start at Nagoya Station (aka Meieki) because of its central location surrounded by big players like Takashimaya and Meitetsu department stores. It also helps that the actual station is built on top of huge...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Nagoya

    • 7 Great Bars in Nagoya

      Downtown Nagoya, especially the Sakae district, has all kinds of nightlife ranging from traditional Japanese bars to modern and international live music venues as well as nightclubs. The area’s vibrancy attracts not only residents but also partygoers from other nearby cities, mainly thanks to a superb transportation system which make it fast and easy to get in and out of...

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