Nagoya is an ancient city symbolized by Nagoya Castle, and unique food known as “Nagoya Meshi (Nagoya food)”. The traditional culture of Nagoya has stood the test of time. In recent years, Nagoya is a rapidly redeveloping city with new tourist spots emerging one after another. Enjoy the rich history and delicious gourmet local food and visit the new tourist spots where you can discover a different side of Nagoya.
Nagoya Castle – Nagoya Castle, one of the 100 most famous castles in Japan, is designated as a national special historical site with its symbol of a golden fish on the roof. You can walk through the castle park and enjoy a tour of Japan’s largest castle tower and the restored Honmaru Palace.
Nagoya City Science Museum – The museum, with its symbolic large sphere, is located in Shirakawa Park. The huge sphere is the world’s largest planetarium, according to Guinness World Records. The theme of the museum is “look, touch and behold”. It is a place where you can enjoy science while playing.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology – The museum, operated by the Toyota Group, is ranked as the best factory tour and social studies tour on TripAdvisor. It is located next to Nagoya station, and both children and adults can enjoy demonstrations and workshops to learn the fun of manufacturing.
Tokugawaen and Tokugawa Art Museum – Tokugawaen is a Japanese garden created in the ruins of the residence of the Owari Tokugawa family, located in Nagoya. Adjacent to the Tokugawa Art Museum, where the national treasure Genji Monogatari Emaki is displayed, and Nagoya City Saori Bunko, which houses Kawachi Genji Monogatari. The garden is a fine example of the beauty of Japan created by history and tradition, and contains a restaurant surrounded by lush greenery.
Atsuta Shrine – The shrine is one of Nagoya’s best-known tourist spots – also known as a “power spot” – with nearly 6.5 million visitors a year. A variety of gods are enshrined, but it is also famous for being dedicated to the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, one of the three sacred treasures of Japan.
Noritake Garden (Noritake-no-Mori) – Noritake Company Ltd, which began as a tableware maker in 1904, completed and exported Japan’s first dinner set. The company made its name worldwide as Noritake China. Noritake-no-Mori was created by the company on a former factory site adjacent to its head office in commemoration of its 100th anniversary.
Nagoya City Museum – The museum opened in 1977 as part of a project to commemorate the population of 2 million people in Nagoya City. Its collection includes archaeological materials, fine art, crafts, documents, books and folk materials including samurai armour and weaponry. It also owns a collection of rare Kawana ware. There is a permanent exhibition of the history of the Owari domain, and most of the materials on show are from before the Edo period.
Toyota Automobile Museum – Opened in April 1989 in Nagakute City, the museum was part of the Toyota Motor 50th anniversary celebrations. It exhibits the history of motorisation in Japan in relation to human life and life culture.
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