Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan and is as important for tourism as it is for the economy. Capital of Aichi Prefecture, it has a population of 2.3 million and is very well connected to the country’s largest cities, such as Tokyo or Osaka, through the Shinkansen. Nagoya station, nicknamed Mei-eki, is the largest in the world!
Nagoya has the advantage of being located between the sea, on the Pacific Coast, and the mountains. It therefore has a variety of landscapes and there is always something to do and discover. Often neglected by tourist guides, it nevertheless seduces the locals for its pleasant atmosphere and charm, but also for its gastronomy!
Nagoya is a relatively new city. Although it developed in the 16th century, it was rebuilt almost entirely after the Second World War, during which it was heavily affected by bombardments. Today, its economy revolves mainly around the automobile industry (it is home to the headquarters of Toyota, Japan’s leading automobile manufacturer), but also electronics and port traffic (its industrial port is the 15th in the world).
The most popular tourist areas are Sakae, the bustling district of Nagoya; and Osu, a blend of tradition and modernity with its Shotengai shopping street and many temples.
During a stay in Nagoya, the main attraction is Nagoya Castle. Built in the 15th century, it was not spared from bombing during the Second World War and had to be rebuilt in 1959. Fortunately, it is a true copy of the original castle that can now be visited, with its 48-metre high keep and nearly 1050 paintings on the ceilings and sliding doors, classified as Important Cultural Property.
Nagoya also has many museums, including the Tokugawa Art Museum where you can see the famous painted scrolls of the Genji Tale classified as National Treasures; the Nagoya-Boston Fine Arts Museum; the Noritake Gardens Museum where you can discover porcelain making; and the Shibori Dye Museum in Arimatsu Narumi where you can find many painted kimonos.
The best views of the city are accessible from the Nagoya Television Tower (180 metres high) or Kakuozan Hill.
Nagoya is also appreciated for its particularly spicy cuisine, based on red miso, and in particular its noodle-based specialities (Kishimen, Miso Nikomi Udon).