NAGOYA

Japan

Nagoya is the largest city in the Chūbu region of Japan. It is Japan's third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area. It is located on the Pacific coast on central Honshu.

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Nagoya is the largest city in the Chūbu region of Japan. It is Japan's third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area. It is located on the Pacific coast on central Honshu. It is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo,Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama,Chiba, and Kitakyushu. It is also the center of Japan's third-largest metropolitan region, known as the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area. As of 2010, 2.27 million people lived in the city, part of Chūkyō Metropolitan Area's 9.10 million people.

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POPULATION :• Designated city 2,283,289 
• Metro 9,107,414 
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE : Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
LANGUAGE : Japanese
RELIGION : observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)
AREA : 326.43 km2 (126.04 sq mi)
ELEVATION :
COORDINATES : 35°11′N 136°54′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 48.50
 Female: 51.50
ETHNIC : Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6%
AREA CODE : 52
POSTAL CODE :
DIALING CODE : +81 52
WEBSITE :  Official Website

Tourism

The hub of the Aichi region, Nagoya is Japan's fourth-largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka and one of the nation's major economic centers. In terms of manufacturing, as home to auto-making giants Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nagoya is to Japan what Detroit is to the United States — which, along with having been completely flattened during World War II, also explains why it's not one of Japan's top tourist draws and most tourists just zip through on the bullet train on their way between Tokyo and Kyoto. But if you do decide to stick around, there are plenty of car-related attractions, a restored castle, an ancient shrine and surprisingly happening nightlife.


Museums

Nagoya has multiple museums, including traditional and modern art, handicrafts to industrial high-tech, natural and scientific museums.

Nagoya Castle's collection is from the Owari Tokugawa era. The main tower is a museum that details the history of the castle and the city. The Honmaru Palace, destroyed in World War II, is slated for reconstruction by 2016 and will again be a prime example of the Shoin-zukuri architecture of the feudal era. Tokugawa Art Museumis a private museum belonging to the Owari Tokugawa, who lived in Nagoya castle for 16 generations. Among other things, it contains 10 designated national Treasures of Japan, including some of the oldest scrolls of The Tale of Genji. The Nagoya Noh Theatre houses various precious objects of Noh theatre. The Nagoya City Museumshowcases the history of the town.

Yōki-sō is a villa and gardens located in Chikusa-ku, close to Nittai-ji. It was constructed in the Taisho era for Ito Jirozaemon Suketami XV, the first president of Matsuzakaya.

Paintings and sculpture are exhibited at the Nagoya City Art Museum. Modern art is displayed at the Aichi Arts Center. The Aichi Arts Center also is the venue of rotating exhibitions. The city is also home to theNagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a sister museum to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which was founded to bring aspects of the MFA's collection to Japan.

The art of porcelain and ceramics can be seen at the Noritake Garden. Toyota has two museums in the city, the Toyota Automobile Museum which shows vintage cars, and the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which showcases company history, including its start as atextile mill.

The Nagoya City Tram & Subway Museum has trams and subway cars, as well as the Nagoya City Science Museum. The SCMaglev and Railway Park opened in March 2011 with various trains from the Central Japan Railway Company.

Other art museums in Aichi prefecture are the Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. Meiji Mura is an open-air museum with salvaged buildings from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras.

Other museums in the city include the International Design Centre Nagoya, the Japan Spinning Top Museum and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Money Museum.


Theatres

Noh theatre and Kyōgen date back to the feudal times of the Owari Tokugawa. The Nagoya Noh Theater at Nagoya Castle continues that tradition and is a prominent feature in the cultural life of the city, with monthly performances.

One of Japan's Kabuki grand stages is Misono-za, which also hosts various other Japanese entertainment such as concerts.

In 1992, the large, modern Aichi Arts Center was opened in Sakae. It is the main venue for performing arts, featuring a main hall that can be used for opera and theatre and a concert hall. The Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra performs there, as well as many visiting guest orchestras.


Festivals

Apart from the main national festivals and holidays, other festivals are unique to the city/region.

Major events include the June Atsuta Festival, the July Port Festival, the August Nagoya Castle Summer Festival Castle and the October Nagoya Festival. Wards and areas host local festivals such as the Daidō-chōnin Matsuri (大須大道町人祭 Street Performer's Festival?) in Ōsu.


Tourist Information

Nagoya Convention and Visitors BureauNagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry Bldg. 11F, 2-10-19 Sakae, Naka-ku,  +81 52 202-1143 (Tourism Dept).Operates three tourist information centers across the city:

  • Nagoya Station Tourist Information1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku (JR Nagoya Station Central Concourse (towards Sakura-dori side)),  +81 52-541-4301fax:+81 52-571-1669. Daily 9AM-7PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1
  • Kanayama Tourist InformationLOOP Kanayama 1F, 1-17-18 Kanayama, Naka-ku (Located at the N exit of Kanayama Station.),  +81 52-323-0161fax:+81 52-323-0162. Daily 9AM-8PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1.
  • Sakae Tourist InformationOasis 21 B1F, 1-11-1, Higashisakura, Higashi-ku(By subway, get off at Sakae Station and take exit 4A. Located in Oasis 21 underground shopping concourse.),  +81 52-963-5252fax: +81-52-963-5262.Daily 10AM-8PM.

History

Now a modern metropolis, Nagoya gets its name from an old manor called Nagono which was built in the area in the 12th century. The manor prospered for two hundred years, and people began to refer to the area by the manor's name. Over time, the pronunciation of the Chinese characters in the name "Nagono" shifted to "Nagoya", by which the city is now known.

Three famous local figures later helped to put Nagoya firmly on the map of Japan. Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu all hailed from around Nagoya, and all shared the ambitious goal of unifying Japan under one government. Tokugawa finally succeeded in 1603 after winning in the Battle of Sekigahara, and established the Tokugawa Shogunate, which would rule Japan for the next 250 years.

Soon after uniting the country, Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the construction of Nagoya Castle for his son. He then ordered the people of nearby Kiyosu (on the outskirts of Nagoya) to move to the area around the castle, and a town soon came into being. Cotton, ceramics and lumber were the main industries sustaining the town as it grew into a small city.

Following Japan's opening to the world during the Meiji era, Nagoya rapidly industrialized and established transportation links with the rest of Japan that would allow it to easily export its goods. During World War I, Nagoya became known for its foundries as well as its machinery and heavy industry exports, which would continue to grow throughout the 1930s.

The 1920s marked the beginnings of the automotive industry in Nagoya, which continues in importance to the current day. At the heart of the industry is the Toyota Motor Corporation. Starting from humble beginnings as a loom-making company, Toyota entered into the automobile business in the 1930s. It now stands as the world's largest automaker, and continues to dominate the local economy along with the car-making giants Honda and Mitsubishi.

During World War II, much of Nagoya's manufacturing infrastructure turned to the production of military goods, making it a prime target for bombing raids. Almost 25% of the city was destroyed during the war, with almost half the population fleeing to the countryside to avoid the attacks.

The end of the war marked a new start for Nagoya. Car-friendly wide streets and boulevards were bulldozed through the rubble of war, making for the city of today.

Nagoya now ranks as one of the nation's economic powerhouses, and is home to the head offices of Toyota Motor Corporation, Brother Industries, Daido Steel, Makita, Denso Corporation, INAX, Suzuki Motor, Honda Motor, Noritake, NGK Insulators, Olympus Optical, Yamaha and many others. Unlike other parts of Japan, which borrowed heavily for elaborate and expensive public works projects in the bubble years of the 1980s, ketchi(cheap) Nagoya held to a pay-as-you-go philosophy, and has not been as adversely affected by the post-bubble recession as other major centers.

The booming economy has also brought many foreigners to the area, and the region now hosts a thriving community of Japanese-descent Brazilian immigrants, who help to keep the wheels of the local economy spinning. With its strong economy and growing population, Nagoya is a city to watch in the coming years.

Climate

Nagoya's climate varies greatly throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging from a low of 4°C (39.2°F) in January to a high of 27°C (80.6°F) in August. The city is known for its incredibly hot and humid summers like many cities in Japan, with high temperatures routinely surpassing 30°C (86°F)in August, so those with an aversion to heat would be better off visiting in the milder temperatures of the spring or autumn.

Climate data for Nagoya

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)21.0
(69.8)
22.6
(72.7)
25.8
(78.4)
30.5
(86.9)
34.8
(94.6)
35.8
(96.4)
38.9
(102)
39.9
(103.8)
38.0
(100.4)
32.7
(90.9)
27.2
(81)
21.3
(70.3)
39.9
(103.8)
Average high °C (°F)9.0
(48.2)
10.1
(50.2)
13.9
(57)
19.9
(67.8)
24.1
(75.4)
27.2
(81)
30.8
(87.4)
32.8
(91)
28.6
(83.5)
22.8
(73)
17.0
(62.6)
11.6
(52.9)
20.7
(69.3)
Daily mean °C (°F)4.5
(40.1)
5.2
(41.4)
8.7
(47.7)
14.4
(57.9)
18.9
(66)
22.7
(72.9)
26.4
(79.5)
27.8
(82)
24.1
(75.4)
18.1
(64.6)
12.2
(54)
7.0
(44.6)
15.8
(60.4)
Average low °C (°F)0.8
(33.4)
1.1
(34)
4.2
(39.6)
9.6
(49.3)
14.5
(58.1)
19.0
(66.2)
23.0
(73.4)
24.3
(75.7)
20.7
(69.3)
14.1
(57.4)
8.1
(46.6)
3.1
(37.6)
11.9
(53.4)
Record low °C (°F)−10.3
(13.5)
−9.5
(14.9)
−6.8
(19.8)
−2.1
(28.2)
2.8
(37)
8.2
(46.8)
14.0
(57.2)
14.4
(57.9)
9.5
(49.1)
1.5
(34.7)
−2.7
(27.1)
−7.2
(19)
−10.4
(13.3)
              

Geography

Nagoya lies north of Ise Bay on the Nōbi Plain. The city was built on low-level plateaus to ward off floodwaters. The plain is one of the nation's most fertile areas. The Kiso River flows to the west along the city border, and the Shōnai River comes from the northeast and turns south towards the bay at Nishi Ward. The man-made Hori River was constructed as a canal in 1610. It flows from north to south, as part of the Shōnai River system. The rivers allowed for trade with the hinterland. The Tempaku River feeds from a number of smaller river in the east, flows briefly south at Nonami and then west at Ōdaka into the bay.

The city's location and its position in the centre of Japan allowed it to develop economically and politically.

Economy

Nagoya is the center of Greater Nagoya, which earned nearly 70 percent of Japan's 2003 trade surplus.


Transportation

Nagoya's main industry is automotive. Toyota's luxury brand Lexus, Denso, Aisin Seiki Co.,Toyota Industries, JTEKT and Toyota Boshoku have their headquarters in or near Nagoya.Mitsubishi Motors has an R & D division in the suburb of Okazaki. Major component suppliers such as Magna International and PPG also have a strong presence here. S park plug maker NGK and Nippon Sharyo, known for manufacturing rolling stock including the Shinkansen are headquartered there.

The aviation history has historically been of importance since the industrialization. During the war the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter was constructed in Nagoya. The aviation tradition continues with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation headquartered in the Nagoya Airfield's terminal building in Komaki. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft is produced at a factory adjacent to the airport. The MRJ is a partnership between majority owner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota with design assistance from Toyota affiliate Fuji Heavy Industries, already a manufacturer of aircraft. It is the first airliner designed and produced in Japan since the NAMC YS-11 of the 1960s. The MRJ's first flight was on November 11, 2015.

JR Central, which operates Tōkaidō Shinkansen, has its headquarters in Nagoya, as does the regional Meitetsu railway company.


Technology

Mechanized puppets, called "karakuri ningyo", are a traditional craft from the area. Robot technology is another rapidly developing industry.

A materials engineering industry is developing.

Brother Industries, which is known for office electronics such as multifunction printers is based in Nagoya, as is Hoshizaki Electric, which is known for commercial ice machines and refrigeration equipment. Many small machine tool and electronics companies are also based in the area.

The World Expo 2005, also known as Aichi Expo was held near Nagoya in the neighboring cities of Nagakute and Seto from March 25 to September 25, 2005.


Retail

Retail is of importance in the city. Traditional department stores with roots in Nagoya are Matsuzakaya, Maruei and the Meitetsu Department Store.Oriental Nakamura was bought by Mitsukoshi from Tokyo in 1977.


Arts and Crafts

The ceramics company Noritake is based in Nagoya. The Owari province was historically well known for the cloisonné art form. The Ando Cloisonné Company continues the long tradition.


Other

Confectionery company Marukawa is well known.

The city offers venues for conferences and congresses led by the Nagoya Congress Center and the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall.

Subdivisions

Nagoya has 16 wards:

  • Atsuta-ku
  • Chikusa-ku
  • Higashi-ku
  • Kita-ku
  • Meitō-ku
  • Midori-ku
  • Minami-ku
  • Minato-ku
  • Mizuho-ku
  • Moriyama-ku
  • Naka-ku—administrative center
  • Nakagawa-ku
  • Nakamura-ku
  • Nishi-ku
  • Shōwa-ku
  • Tempaku-ku

Prices in Nagoya

PRICES LIST - USD

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter$1.82
Tomatoes1 kg$4.95
Cheese0.5 kg$10.00
Apples1 kg$3.55
Oranges1 kg$2.95
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$3.15
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$14.50
Coca-Cola2 liters$3.00
Bread1 piece$1.65
Water1.5 l$1.35

PRICES LIST - USD

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2$34.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$50.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$90.00
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$6.30
Water0.33 l$1.01
Cappuccino1 cup$3.15
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$4.90
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$3.45
Coca-Cola0.33 l$1.15
Coctail drink1 drink$8.00

PRICES LIST - USD

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets$32.00
Gym1 month$70.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$
Theatar2 tickets$
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.10
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$4.50

PRICES LIST - USD

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack$
Tampons32 pieces$7.00
Deodorant50 ml.$6.00
Shampoo400 ml.$3.10
Toilet paper4 rolls$1.75
Toothpaste1 tube$2.10

PRICES LIST - USD

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1$78.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1$41.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1$86.00
Leather shoes1$120.00

PRICES LIST - USD

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter$1.38
TaxiStart$5.80
Taxi1 km$
Local Transport1 ticket$2.45

Tourist (Backpacker)  

50 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

240 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Chubu Centrair International Airport (中部国際空港 Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō), Japan's third major international gateway, is on an artificial island 30 minutes south from the center of town. Facilities include two hotels, restaurants, a shopping concourse, and an onsen spa with views of the runways. Centrair opened in 2005, and this airport replaced the preexisting Nagoya airport, also taking over its IATA code NGO.

The best way of connecting between Centrair Airport and central Nagoya is the Meitetsu Airport Line. The fastest trains are called "μSKY" (myuu-sukai) and depart for Nagoya every 30 minutes. The journey takes 28 minutes at a cost of ¥1200: the ¥850 regular fare plus the mandatory ¥350 first class charge, also called the μticket (ミューチケット myuu-chiketto). Only first class cars are available on "μSKY" trains. Slower Limited Express trains, also operating every 30 minutes, offer both first class (reserved) and ordinary class (non-reserved) seating and take 37 minutes for the run to Nagoya. Note that Meitetsu trains are not free for JR Railpass riders.

Buses run from Centrair Airport and several destinations within Nagoya: the Nagoya Tokyu Hotel (5 minute walk from Sakae subway station),Nagoya Kanko Hotel (2 minute walk from Fushimi subway station) and the intersection between Nishiki Dori and Hommachi Dori, near the Circle K convenience store (also a 2 minute walk from the Fushimi subway station). The trip takes approximately one hour and costs ¥1000. Note that there are only eight round-trip buses per day, and the buses do not serve the main Nagoya train station.

Tsubame Airport Limousine offers private van service between Nagoya and Centrair Airport. The one-way cost is about ¥13,400 per vehicle. Vans can seat up to seven passengers, so a party of seven would pay ¥1,910 per person.

Slightly more expensive than the van is a taxi... one hailed directly by yourself is extremely expensive. As a rule of thumb, a trip to Nagoya station will run approximately ¥15,000-16,000.

Nagoya Airport

While all other companies have moved to Chubu, regional flights by Fuji Dream Airline still use the old Nagoya Airport , also known as Komaki Airport, to the north of the city. Flights are available to a number of domestic destinations including Aomori, Iwate, Niigata, Kochi,Fukuoka, Kumamoto, and Nagasaki. Shuttle buses (¥700) connect to Nagoya station in 28 minutes.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

Nagoya is located along the Tokaido Shinkansen route between Tokyo and Osaka. To the west are Gifu and Kyoto, and to the east are Hamamatsu and Shizuoka.

  • A one-way ride from Tokyo is about 1 hour, 40 minutes viaNozomi (¥10780) and between 1 3/4 and 2 hours via Hikari(¥10580).
  • From Kyoto, Nagoya is reachable in 36 minutes via Nozomi (¥5640) and between 36 and 55 minutes via Hikari or Kodama (¥5440).
  • From the Shin-Osaka station in Osaka, Nagoya is 53 minutes away viaNozomi (¥6380) and between 53 and 70 minutes away via Hikari orKodama (¥6180).

Thru Nozomi trains from western Japan reach Nagoya from Okayama (1 hr 40 mins, ¥10980), Hiroshima (2 hrs 20 mins, ¥13830) and Hakata station in Fukuoka (3 hrs 20 mins, ¥18030). It is slightly longer via the Hikari service; you will need to change trains at least once, either at Okayama, Shin-Kobe, or Shin-Osaka.

If you wish to sacrifice travel speed for savings, you can take advantage of the Puratto (Platt) Kodama Ticket, which offers a discount for Kodama services if you purchase at least one day in advance. You get a reserved seat and a coupon for a free drink (including beer) which can be redeemed at a "Kiosk" convenience counter inside the station. With this ticket a trip to Nagoya costs ¥8100 from Tokyo (3 hours; 2 trains per hour), ¥4200 from Kyoto (1 hour; 1 train per hour) and ¥4300 from Shin-Osaka (1 1/4 hours; 1 train per hour). A few early-morning Kodama trains cannot be used with this ticket.

Nagoya also serves as the terminal point for the hourly Wide View Shinano, a limited express train that runs from the mountain resort towns of Nagano and Matsumoto. Nagoya is reached in 3 hours and 2 hours, respectively.

Local trains from Tokyo take about 6 hours at a cost of ¥6090, requiring several train changes along the way. However, trips on local trains are more valuable if you purchase and use a Seishun 18 Ticket during the valid time period: as low as ¥2300 per person if five people travel together. Otherwise, consider using a bus starting from ¥5000, or step up to the bullet train for ¥7900 using the Puratto Kodama Ticket.

Remember that the Japan Rail Pass covers all journeys described above,EXCEPT for Nozomi trains.

Nagoya is also served by the Meitetsu (名鉄) and Kintetsu (近鉄)private railways. If coming to Nagoya from Osaka, a travel option that comes cheaper than the Shinkansen is a Kintetsu limited express service called the Urban Liner (アーバンライナー), which runs out of Namba station. The Urban Liner departs at 0 and 30 minutes past the hour, covering the journey in as little as two hours, but at a cost of ¥4150 each way. (The shinkansen, by comparison, makes the run from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya in under an hour for ¥5670). Japan Rail Passes are not valid for the Urban Liner.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

As Nagoya is a major city, there are many day and overnight buses which run between Nagoya and other locations throughout Japan, which can be a cheaper alternative than the shinkansen or local trains.

From Tokyo, bus runs to Nagoya are frequent, using the Tomei Expressway along the southern coast or the Chuo Expressway through the central part of the country. Trips take anywhere from 5 to 9 hours depending on the route and stops. Some of the faster, nonstop daytime runs utilize the Shin-Tomei Expressway, a new highway that runs parallel to the existing Tomei Expressway.

The following are among the major bus services available between Tokyo and Nagoya: (Current as of September, 2012)


Willer Express

Discount bus operator Willer Express runs daytime and overnight buses with a variety of seating options. Bus journeys can be booked online in English, and Willer's Japan Bus Pass is valid on all of their routes with some exceptions.

Buses from Tokyo leave from Willer's own bus terminal, located west of Shinjuku Station in the Sumitomo Building. Some buses also leave directly from Shinjuku Station's West exit, Tokyo Station - Yaesu-Chuo Exit, Tokyo Disneyland - Goofy Car Park, Hamamatsucho Station and Yokohama Station. Buses discharge in Nagoya at the Taiko exit in front of the BIC Camera store.

Willer's overnight one-way fares to/from Tokyo start from approximately ¥3000 for overnight trips in standard seats up to ¥5300 in canopy seats with advanced purchase. Daytime bus fares start from ¥3000. Fares are typically higher on weekends and holidays.


JR Bus

JR Bus (Japanese Website) is also a major operator on the Tokyo-Nagoya route. The drawback is that you cannot make online reservations in English, but you can make reservations in train stations at the same "Midori-no-Madoguchi" ticket windows used to reserve seats on trains.

JR Buses depart from Tokyo Station - Yaesu Exit (八重洲口) and the JR Highway Bus Terminal (JR高速バスターミナル) located adjacent to Yoyogi Station on the Yamanote Line (one stop south of Shinjuku).

JR Bus offers, in order of comfort and price, Seishun (youth) buses with 2x2 seating configurations and Standard buses with individual seats arranged 1x1x1. Some buses offer more spacious Super Seats andPremium Seats which incur an additional surcharge of ¥600 and ¥1200, respectively.

JR Bus' overnight one-way fares to/from Tokyo start from approximately ¥2350 for overnight trips in Seishun buses up to ¥3900 for standard buses with advanced purchase. Daytime bus fares start from ¥2280. Fares are typically higher on weekends and holidays.

Japan Rail Passes (for trains) used to be valid on this and other JR highway bus routes, but as of April 2013 this has been discontinued.


Meitetsu Bus

Meitetsu is a major transit operator located in Nagoya, operating long distance buses throughout Japan's major cities. Meitetsu runs daytime and overnight buses between Shinjuku and Nagoya's Meitetsu Bus Center in conjunction with Keio Bus. Fares start from ¥3500 one way.


To/From Kansai and Kobe

Meishin Highway Bus Line: 16 daily round-trips between Nagoya and Kyoto (2 1/2 hours, ¥2500), seven round-trips between Nagoya and Osaka(3 hours, ¥2900), and six round-trips between Nagoya and Kobe (3 hours, ¥3300). Discounts are given on round-trip purchases.

Transportation - Get In

By boat

Taiheiyo Ferry (太平洋フェリー) +81-52-398-1023. Offers overnight car ferries to Sendai (21 hrs 40 mins) and Tomakomai in southern Hokkaido(40 hrs) on the SS Ishikari and SS Kitakami from the Nagoya Ferry Terminal (Japanese).

The ferry terminal is located south of Noseki stn (野跡駅) on the JR Aonami line (あおなみ線 Aonami-sen). Get off at the station and board a city bus bound for Feri futo (フェリーふ頭) bus stop (takes 7 to 10 mins). Shuttle bus also available from the downtown Meitetsu Bus Center (名鉄バスセンター) next to Nagoya Station. Bus departs from 4F, platform 2 at 5:20PM and arrives at the ferry terminal at around 5:55PM. For further details, check out the ferry's website.


Transportation - Get Around

Nagoya is a big automotive industry center, and it shows. The street network is extensive and even downtown locations can be easily reached by car. On the downside, trains and subways are less convenient than in Tokyo or Kansai, and more expensive. For those travelling with a JR Rail Pass, note that the train network doesn't have many stations in the city and you'll probably find yourself using the bus or subway a lot, something your pass won't cover.

Transportation - Get Around

By subway

There are 5 main subway lines:

  • The red Sakuradōri Line (桜通線) curves southwest from Nagoya Station.
  • The purple Meijō Line (名城線) runs in a loop around the eastern side of the city, connecting Sakae and Kanayama; the Meikō Line (名港線) spur branches from Kanayama to Nagoya Port.
  • The yellow Higashiyama Line (東山線) connects Nagoya, Fushimi, Sakae, and Fujigaoka.
  • The blue Tsurumai Line (鶴舞線) connects Fushimi and Osu Kannon, then goes south.

Subways run every several minutes between about 5:30AM until about 12:30AM. Fares range from ¥200 to ¥320. One day passes can be bought for ¥600 (bus), ¥740 (subway), and ¥850 (bus & subway).

On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays you can also take advantage of the cheaper Donichi-Eco-Kippu (ドニチエコきっぷ) one-day subway ticket which offers unlimited subway travel for ¥600. Please note that this pass is often not available from subway ticket machines and may have to be purchased in person from a station employee at the ticket gate.

City transportation one day passes also offer discounted entry at various attractions in Nagoya, including Nagoya Castle and the Toyota Museum.

Wifi access is available in most subway stations. More information about public transportation in Nagoya can be found on the official website of the Nagoya Transportation Bureau.

Transportation - Get Around

By Taxi

Taxis are a viable option in this car city, especially as the basic fee is only ¥480 (compared to ¥710 in Tokyo or Yokohama). The catch is that the basic fee only takes you 1.3 km compared to 2 km in most other parts of Japan. But for shorter distances within the city, a taxi is not only much more convenient than descending to those dark, unappealing subway stations, but also as cheap as the subway if there are at least two of you.

 

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Shopping Areas

  • Ōsu Shopping Arcade, subway Ōsu Kannon exit 2 (straight ahead one block, turn left into the temple grounds and go straight on through the gravelled temple area). A series of old style shopping arcades packed with mom-and-pop stores, ¥100 shops, traditional crafts, used computers and a fantastic range of clothing stores. There is a little bit of everything. Ōsu is the shopping area and Osu Kannon the temple just to the west side. In fact, the shopping area extends from Ōsu Kannon temple in the west to Banshō-ji (万松寺) temple and Ōtsu-dōri street (大津通り) in the east. Outside of the main shopping arcade, there are also a number of streets with a wide array of different specialty shops.
    • Akamon-dōri (赤門通り) is known for the bright red banners hung along the street, and hosts a variety of stereo and electronics stores as well as used record shops. On the 28th of every month, Daikō-in temple (大光院) hosts a small temple festival(縁日 ennichi) on Akamon-dori with traditional street food stalls and lots of burning incense.
    • Ōtsu-dōri (大津通り) marks the eastern boundary of the Ōsu shopping area. On the lively stretch of Otsu-dori north of Kamimaezu subway station you will find the Ōsu 301 Building (大須301). The building is known for its small dragon sculpture and Chinese theme, and contains a number of small shops. Continuing north on Ōtsu-dōri, you will also find the small but funky Gatten-shōchi (合点承知) building, a mini-mall featuring fashion accessories, food stands, and various fortune tellers.
  • Sakae offers good department store shopping, restaurants and night-life. Take a walk atop the rooftop promenade of the Oasis 21 shopping arcade and get a nice view of the TV Tower.

Books

  • Maruzen (丸善) (Subway: Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo Lines). Next to the Maruei department store). M-F 9:00-8PM Sa-Su 9:00-7PM. Offers a reasonable selection of English books, magazines, and newspapers on the 3rd floor, including travel guidebooks, maps, a wide array of books on Japan, and Japanese language study materials.
  • Sanseido Books11F, JR Central Towers above JR Nagoya Station (Subway: Nagoya stn (Sakura-dori, Higashiyama, Tsurumai lines). From inside the station, walk towards the Sakura-dori exit and turn right before the exit. You will see a bank of express elevators. Board an express elevator to the 12th floor. Exit the elevator and head towards the open area with windows overlooking Nagoya. You will notice an escalator descending to Sanseido Books on the 11th floor.). Offers a corner with English books, magazines and newspapers. Features books on Japan plus a decent selection of current nonfiction titles and business books. A small selection of guidebooks are also available.
  • The Mondo Lounge (問答ラウンジ), Ishou Mansion Bldg. 2F, Kamimaezu 2-4-6, Naka-ku (Located on Osu Dori (大須道)east of Kamimaezu exit 3 and before the river. Subway: Kamimaezu stn. (Meijo, Tsurumai lines) Exit 3. Exit the subway and immediately turn left at the top of the stairs. You will see a small restaurant in front of you with awnings and shutters on the windows. Turn left again and continue to the street corner. You will see a small Japanese used bookstore Tsutaya Shouten (つたや書店) immediately on your right. Turn right and continue down the street. You will pass by a restaurant with a stainless steel statue of a chef. Continue straight across a small side street. The Mondo Lounge entrance is located just after the brown Bank of Nagoya (名古屋銀行)building.),  +81-52-331-3799, e-mail: . M-Su 10AM-10PM. Formerly Mondo Books, this English second-hand bookstore and cafe lounge is run by two friendly and knowledgeable local expats and a fluently bilingual Japanese woman. Features a selection of affordable books on a variety of subjects and a cafe and event space. Offering service in English, Spanish and French.

Electronics

Best bets for cameras and electronics include Bic Camera, a massive 5 story camera and electronics megastore across the street from Nagoya station (on the Taikō-dōri side). Ōsu Market also has a number of large and small electronics shops, includingGoodwill (computers and peripherals - otaku culture fans will also want to check out the maid cafe in the basement), DOS Para and others. Unfortunately, some of the electronics shops in Osu (such as Goodwill) are not located on the main shopping streets, and you may have to ask around to find them. There are also two Eiden electronics superstores located in Fushimi and near JR Ōzone stn on the JR Chūō Line.

Restaurants

Nagoya is big on miso, a sauce made from fermented soybeans and grain. You should not leave the city without trying misokatsu (味噌カツ), fried pork cutlet with a rich, red miso sauce on it.

The other Nagoya classic is shrimp tempura, particularly when wrapped up in rice and dried seaweed and turned into a handy portable package known as a tenmusu (天むす).

The city is also known for uirō (外郎), a confectionery made out of rice flour and sugar; a little firmer than gelatin but not as sticky as mochi. Many different flavors are available, including red bean (小豆 azuki) and green tea (抹茶 matcha).

Nagoya's noodle specialty is kishimen (きしめん), a flat, broad noodle often served in a miso or soy sauce broth. Available in most restaurant-gai in shopping centres or close to major railway stations.

Hitsumabushi (ひつまぶし) is an eel dish. Hitsumabushi is served with rice in a small box, and can be eaten three ways. First, just the eel and rice; second, with green onions and nori, and third, with tea or soup stock poured over it.


Budget

  • Café de Metro, 1F Kanayama station (North Exit). Serves up basic curry anddonburi dishes, including a decent misokatsu, for ¥480 with coffee/tea, or ¥680 with miso soup and pickles.
  • Jerry's UNO, Located near Fureai Plaza in the Osu shopping district, to the giantmanekineko statue's left (your right if you are facing the statue). It's a nice little taco shop that will run you about 500 yen per taco. They also have a nice selection of international beers.

Mid-range

  • DesperadosFujimatsu Building 2 FL, 1-8-11 Shinsakae, Naka-ku (Located SW of Shinsakae subway stn. (Higashiyama line)), +81-52-264-0663. M-Th: 18:00-1:00 F-Sa: 18:00-2:00 (kitchen closes at midnight) Closed Su. Tex-mex restaurant and bar operated by Mexican-born and American-raised owner Rudy and his wife Takako. Features a variety of Mexican dishes and a selection of premium Tequilas.
  • Kanran aka Marche du Soleil. European style restaurant, near Osu Kannon subway station. Plenty of vegetarian options on the (available in English) menu - the organic vegetable sticks and vegetable pizza are good choices. Staff are friendly and speak a usable amount of English.
  • Yamamotoya Sōhonke (山本屋総本家), 25-9 Meieki, B1F Horinouchi Bldg (on Sakura-dori not far from Exit 6 of the Nagoya subway station). The home of the classic Nagoya miso dish nikomi udon, consisting of thick, chewy, handmade udonnoodles served in boiling hot miso sauce/stock. Fairly pricy at ¥1200 for a basic bowl and rather difficult to eat — diners are provided with bibs to protect themselves from soup spray — but the effort is worth it.
  • La Marmite (ラ・マルミット), ALA Daikan-cho Bldg. 1F, 40-18 Daikan-cho, Higashi-ku (Subway: Kurumamichi Stn. (Sakura-dori line). 5 minute walk west of Exit 1 (towards Sakae) on N side of Sakura Dori street), +81-52-937-7474. Tu-Su Lunch 11:30AM-2PM, cafe time 3PM-5PM, dinner 6PM-10:30PM Closed M..French bistro operated by long time expat chef Jean-Luc Ravion, (member, Culinary Academy of France). Offers home-made ham, sausages and other traditional French food. Wine from the Loire also available. 4,000-5,000yen.

Splurge

Nagoya's nouveaux riche are catered for by several luxury department stores and many first-class restaurants, which are sometimes difficult find for auto-less tourists.

  • Arena Venini+81-52-757-5100. Chikusa-ku, Kiribayashi 1-4-1 Ikeshita Hills 1F. An outstanding yet small Italian restaurant in a very small on the street behind the Chikusa Ward office across the street from Ikeshita station.
  • Antica RomaDaikancho 39-18, Higashi-ku (Subway: Kurumamichi Stn. (Sakura-dori line). 5 minute walk west of Exit 1 (towards Sakae) on N side of Sakura Dori street), +81-52-930-2770fax: +81-52-930-2771, e-mail:. Cafe 14:00-17:00 (Terrazza, Pizzeria). Dinner 17:30-23:30 (last order 22:30). Excellent high-class Italian food (like seafood risotto, broccoli pasta or herb-stuffed pork rolls), but also delicious oven-baked pizzas. All this in three superbly furnished rooms. The main room is baroque-style with chandeliers and has not only a live pianist, but also a live opera singer every night (dress code for this room). The course menus start at ¥4,000, the pizzas at ¥1,500, a half-bottle of house wine is ¥2,500.
  • Garden Restaurant Tokugawa-en (ガーデンレストラン徳川園), 1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku (10 min. walk from South Exit of JR Ozone Station (JR Chuo line). 15 min. walk from Exit 3 of Ozone Subway Station (Meijo line).), +81-52-932-7887, e-mail: . Restaurant:(Lunch) 11AM-2PM (last order), (Dinner) 5PM-10:30PM (last order). Bar & Lounge 10AM-5PM, 7PM-midnight. This eatery serves Japanese-French cuisine with views of the beautiful Tokugawa-en Japanese gardens located next door. 10,000-15,000yen.
  • Serge Gen's Restaurant Group NAGOYA11-26 Nishiki 3-Chome, Naka-ku+81-52-209-2333. 11AM-3PM. Five top-quality restaurants in the heart of Nagoya, Japan. From Italian cafe, Yakiniku, Sushi, to catered party events. ¥3000.

Sights & Landmarks

  • Port of Nagoya Aquarium (名古屋港水族館 Nagoya-kō-suizoukan) (A short walk from Subway Nagoyakō Stn. (Meikō line)), +81 52 654-7080. Open daily 9:30AM-5PM (until 8PM Jul 21-Aug 31).(site in Japanese) Large aquarium featuring a number of different marine environments. Adults ¥2,000.
  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (トヨタ産業技術記念館 Toyota-sangyō-gijutsu-kinenkan), 4-1-35 Noritake Shinmachi, Nishi-ku (3 minute walk from Meitetsu Sako Stn (Nagoya line), 10-minute walk from exit 2, Subway: Kamejima Station (Higashiyama Line)),  +81-52-551-6115.Tu-Su 9:30AM-5PM (Last admission 4:30PM), (restaurant open until 9PM), Closed M, (T if M is a holiday), New Years' holidays. Built on the site of one of Toyota's original loom factories, this museum tells the story of the Toyota corporation, from its beginnings as an industrial loom manufacturer to its transformation into one of the world's largest car manufacturers. Includes large loom machinery and car display halls as well as a hands-on "Technoland" with interactive science exhibits. Museum also includes a library, video library with personal viewing booths, restaurant, cafe, and gift shop. Displays, brochures, and audioguides available in English and several other languages. Barrier-free access for disabled visitors. FREESPOT Wi-Fi access available. Adults ¥500, Jr. & Sr. high school students: ¥300, Elem. School Students: ¥200.
  • Nagoya City Art Museum (名古屋市美術館 Nagoya-shi-bijutsukan), 2-17-25 Sakae, Naka-ku (8 mins on foot S of Fushimi stn (Higashiyama, Tsurumai Line), exit 5),  +81-52-212-0001. Tu-Su 9:30-5PM (F 9:30-8PM) (Last admission 30min before closing). Closed M, (T when M is a national holiday), Dec 29-Jan 3. Collection of 2,000 works including pieces by Modigliani, Laurencin, and Utrillo, as well as those of local artists, such as Takanori Ogisu and Tamiji Kitagawa. Permanent Collection: Adults ¥300, Students (over 16): ¥200, (under 15): Free.
  • Nagoya Castle (名古屋城 Nagoya-jō) (Subway: Shiyakusho Stn (Meijo line). 5 min. walk from exit 7.), +81-52-231-1700. Open daily 9:00-4:30PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1. Trumpeted as a famous landmark, particularly the two golden carp (金の鯱 kin-no-shachi) on the roof. The original castle was home to Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's famous warlords. Largely destroyed during the war, the current castle is a concrete replica of the original, and was completed in 1959. The Castle houses an interesting museum (no flash photography on 1st floor), observation deck, and surrounding gardens. Free English tours with volunteer English speaking Japanese guides are sometimes available. Adults: ¥500, Jr. high school students and younger: free.
  • Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮 Atsuta Jingū) (Jingūmae station). This shrine houses the sacred Kusanagi no mitsurugi (草薙神剣) sword, one of the three Imperial regalia of Japan — but unfortunately nobody but the emperor and a few high priests get to see it. There are some 4,400 other artifacts on the grounds though and the shrine hosts some 70 festivals every year.
  • Shirotori Garden (白鳥庭園, Shirotori Teien) (Jingūnishi station, located relatively near Atsuta Shrine). In this Japanese garden you can see and feed koi fish in large ponds, take a look at the tea ceremony house, and also view the beautiful waterfall. On spring the plum trees bloom beautifully and on autumn you can enjoy the night illumination. ¥300, middle-schoolers and younger: free.
  • Toyota Automobile Museum (トヨタ博物館 Toyota Hakubutsukan) (Take the Higashiyama subway line to Fujigaoka, then take the Linimo line to Geidei-dori),  +81-56-163-5155. 9:30-5PM, closed M and holidays. Large collection of cars from many countries and manufacturers, up until about 1980. About 1/4 of the collection is dedicated to post-war Japanese cars. Restaurant on-site.¥1000.
  • Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts (名古屋ボストン美術館 Nagoya-bosuton-bijutsukan), 1-1-1 Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku (next to Kanayama station),  +81-52-684-0786. Tu-F 10AM-7PM, Sa, Sun, Hols 10AM-5PM Closed M. Like any world-class art museum, the MFA in Boston, USA has far more in its archives than it can reasonably display. This sister institution is one way to make the most of the extensive collection. Student / Adult admission: ¥300/400 for the general collection, ¥900/1200 for special exhibits.
  • Nittai-ji Temple (覚王山日泰寺, kakuōzan nittai-ji), nittai-ji, 1-1 Hōhōchō, Chikusa-ku+81-52-751-2121. Among the 165,000 square meters of temple grounds is the 15 meter Gandhara-style Taian Pagoda, which houses relics of the Buddha that were presented to Japan by the king of Thailand.
  • Shirakawa Park (白川公園, shirakawa-kōen) (South of Fushimi subway station.). Beautiful trees, Nagoya Science and Modern Art Museums.
  • Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館), 1017, Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku(Located 10 minutes on foot from the South exit of JR Ōzone stn. (JR Chuo line), or a 15 minute walk from exit 3 of Ōzone Subway Station (Meijo line).), +81-52-935-6262. 10AM-5PM (last admission 4:30PM). Displays some treasures of the Tokugawa family. Located next door to the beautiful Tokugawa-en Japanese gardens (additional admission charge required).
  • Kōshō-ji Temple (興正寺) (5 min walk from Subway Yagoto stn (Meijo, Tsurumai lines)), +81-52-832-2801. Koshoji Temple was established in the 17th century by the Tokugawa family. The temple hosts the annual "1,000 Lantern Festival." There are numerous restaurants and universities surrounding the Koshoji Temple area.
  • Shiroyama Hakusan Shrine (城山八幡宮, shiroyama hachiman-gū) (5 min walk uphill N. of Motoyama stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines)). Formerly the Suemori Castle, the present day Shrine hosts festivals that feature Japanese dance and music.
  • Tōgan-ji Temple (桃巌寺) (Motoyama stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines)).Dating back to the 16th century, this temple features a statue of the seated Buddha and has many ties to Hindu religion, particularly a temple honoring the Goddess Saraswati, who is honored in a Benzaiten Festival every May 7–8. Toganji also contains a huge wood block said to purge past sins if touched with one hand.
  • Nagoya City Science Museum (名古屋市科学館, Nagoya-shi Kagakukan) (Fushimi stn., exit 5). 9:30AM-5PM; closed Monday, third Friday every month, and Dec 29-Jan 3. Located in the city centre, this museum houses samurai armory and weaponry. ¥300.
  • Arako Kannon Temple (荒子観音), Arako-cho, Nakagawa-ku (SE of Takabata subway station (Higashiyama line). Walk S from the major crossroads with Yagumo-dori. Follow the sign to reach the temple, which is a few hundred meters down the street, on the S side.),  +81-52-361-1778. This small temple is the oldest building in Nagoya, with original construction on the site dating from the Heian Period (8th century). Despite several fires which destroyed older portions of the temple, the Tahoto pagoda on site remains intact after 472 years.
  • Ōsu Kannon Temple (大須観音), 21-47 Osu 2-chome, Naka-ku (S of Osu Kannon subway stn. (Tsurumai line), exit 2), +81-52-231-6525. Founded in the Kamakura era (1192-1333), this temple was moved to its current location by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612. The present main temple on the site was reconstructed in 1970. Check out the main hall or buy an お守り (omamori) charm in the gift shop for good luck. The grounds in front of the temple are host to a small flea market twice every month.

Sakae

  • Nagoya TV Tower (名古屋テレビ塔 Nagoya-terebi-tō), Hisaya-ōdōri kōen, Naka-ku (Subway: Hisaya Odori Station (Meijo line/Sakura-dori line)), +81-52-971-8546fax: +81-52-961-0561. Daily 10:00-9PM. Standing 180 meters tall, the Nagoya TV Tower is Japan's oldest - predating even the Tokyo Tower. Take an elevator to the 100m-high sky balcony for great views of Hisaya-odori park and Sakae. Under the tower is a small terrace with tables and a number of small food stands. Adults: ¥500, Children ¥250.
  • Hisaya-Odori Park (久屋大通公園, hisaya-ōdōri kōen) (Sakae or Hisaya-Odori subway exits.). Nice trees and fountains, Nagoya TV Tower observation deck. On weekend afternoons and evenings, local musicians set up in and around the park and strut their stuff for the passers-by.
  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (愛知県美術館 Aichi-ken-bijutsukan), Aichi Arts Center, 10F, 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku (3 min walk via Oasis 21 park from Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines) or Sakaemachi station (Meitetsu Seto Line)),  +81-52-971-5511. Tu-Th, Sa, Su:10:00-6PM; F:10:00-8PM (Last admission: 30 mins before closing). Closed M (or Tu if M is a public holiday), Dec 28-Jan 3. Collection features international and Japanese 20th century art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, German Expressionists, Surrealists, and postwar US artists. Japanese collection features the art of Yuichi Takahashi, Ryuzaburo Umehara, Sotaro Yasui, Taikan Yokoyama, and Shunso Hishida. Two private collections donated to the museum also include Edo-period paintings and traditional crafts. Permanent Collection: ¥500; High-school/college students: ¥300; Groups of 20+ people: adults ¥400, students ¥240; High-school groups, junior high-school students, children 12 and under, disabled visitors and escorts: free.

Museums & Galleries


Museums

Nagoya has multiple museums, including traditional and modern art, handicrafts to industrial high-tech, natural and scientific museums.

Nagoya Castle's collection is from the Owari Tokugawa era. The main tower is a museum that details the history of the castle and the city. The Honmaru Palace, destroyed in World War II, is slated for reconstruction by 2016 and will again be a prime example of the Shoin-zukuri architecture of the feudal era. Tokugawa Art Museumis a private museum belonging to the Owari Tokugawa, who lived in Nagoya castle for 16 generations. Among other things, it contains 10 designated national Treasures of Japan, including some of the oldest scrolls of The Tale of Genji. The Nagoya Noh Theatre houses various precious objects of Noh theatre. The Nagoya City Museumshowcases the history of the town.

Yōki-sō is a villa and gardens located in Chikusa-ku, close to Nittai-ji. It was constructed in the Taisho era for Ito Jirozaemon Suketami XV, the first president of Matsuzakaya.

Paintings and sculpture are exhibited at the Nagoya City Art Museum. Modern art is displayed at the Aichi Arts Center. The Aichi Arts Center also is the venue of rotating exhibitions. The city is also home to theNagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a sister museum to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which was founded to bring aspects of the MFA's collection to Japan.

The art of porcelain and ceramics can be seen at the Noritake Garden. Toyota has two museums in the city, the Toyota Automobile Museum which shows vintage cars, and the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which showcases company history, including its start as atextile mill.

The Nagoya City Tram & Subway Museum has trams and subway cars, as well as the Nagoya City Science Museum. The SCMaglev and Railway Park opened in March 2011 with various trains from the Central Japan Railway Company.

Other art museums in Aichi prefecture are the Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. Meiji Mura is an open-air museum with salvaged buildings from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras.

Other museums in the city include the International Design Centre Nagoya, the Japan Spinning Top Museum and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Money Museum.

Things to do

  • Ride the gold and white Nagoya Sightseeing Bus Me-Guru past many of the city's main attractions. Operates T-Su. Offers hop-on-hop-off hourly service from 9:30AM-5:30PM T-F, and every half hour on Sa-Su. Closed M, year-end holidays. Daypass: Adults ¥500, Children ¥250. (includes discount on featured attractions). Single ride: adults ¥200, children ¥100. Daypasses may be purchased getting on the bus. 1-day transport passes also accepted.
  • Catch a traditional Japanese Noh play at the Nagoya Noh Theatre. (Subway: Shiyakusho stn.)
  • Go for a jog (or a walk) around beautiful Meijo Park (名城公園 Meijo Koen), one of Nagoya's largest green spaces, and take in the great view of Nagoya Castle (Subway: Meijo-Koen station, Meijo line). Showers and lockers available.
  • Higashiyama Park (東山公園 Higashiyama-koen). (Higashiyama-koen station). Features a zoo, conservatory, monorail, roller coasters, "sky tower" and a great deal of open space.

Movies

  • Midland Square Cinemas (ミッドランドスクエア・シネマ), Midland Square Bldg. 5F, Meieki 4 chome 7-1, Nakamura-ku (Located directly across from JR Nagoya Stn. (Subway: Nagoya Stn.)),  +81-52-527-8808. Located on the 5th floor of the towering Midland Square building, this complex boasts 7 screens with stadium seating, and shows a range of popular Hollywood and Japanese mainstream movies.
  • 109 Cinemas NagoyaLa Vamo Sasashima 2F, 4-60-14 Hiraike-cho, Nakamura-ku (13 min walk south of JR Nagoya stn. or 5 minute walk from Sasashima Raibu stn. (JR Aonami line)),  +81 52 541-3109. Located in a relatively new entertainment complex, this large movie theater contains 10 cinemas with stadium seating and shows a mix of Hollywood and mainstream Japanese films.
  • Nagoya Cinémathèque (名古屋シネマテーク), Imaike Star Bldg. 2F, Imaike 1 chome 6-13, Chikusa-ku (Located W of Imaike subway station (Subway: Higashiyama, Sakura-dori lines). Exit via subway exit 9 and turn 180 degrees to face the Nakaya bakery (中屋パン). Walk towards the bakery and turn left onto the side street running in front of it. Continue down the side street for two blocks. The Imaike Star building is on the corner of the second block. Climb the stairs to the second floor.),  +81-52-733-3959, e-mail: . One of Nagoya's smallest theatres (with only 40 seats), the Cinémathèque shows a mix of foreign and art films (Japanese subtitles only), and contains a small cinema shop.
  • Meien Cinesalon (Meien Kogekijou 名演小劇場), Higashi-sakura 2 chome 23-7, Higashi-ku (E of Sakae subway stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines.) Exit via Sakae stn. exit 5 and continue E towards Nagoya highway overpass. Cross the street under the overpass and continue past the GS gas station. The Meien Cinesalon is on the right-hand side of the street.),  +81-52-931-1701fax: +81-52-931-8588.Downtown movie theatre showing foreign and Japanese art films (Subtitles in Japanese only.)

Sports

The Chūnichi Dragons (中日ドラゴンズ Chūnichi-doragonzu) , winners of the 2007 Japan Series, play in the Central League of Japanese Professional Baseball. Check out one of their games at the Nagoya Dome (Japanese) in Ōzone, northeast of downtown. (15 min walk E of JR Ōzone stn. (Chūō line) via S exit, Subway: Nagoya-dome-mae-yada (Meijō line))

Festivals and events

  • Nagoya Sumo Tournament (大相撲名古屋場所 Oo-sumou-Nagoya-bashou), Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, 1-1 Ninomaru, Naka-ku (A short walk from Shiyakusho stn. (Meijo Line)),  +81-52-221-0737fax: +81 52 221-0739. 15 days mid-July. Watch the big boys of Japanese sumo battle it out in Nagoya. An annual tradition. Tickets are generally available at the counter unless it is the first or last day. Ticket prices start at ¥3,200 and up. The cheapest seats are fine for first-time sumo watchers and are not much worse than the ¥4,700 seats.
  • Osu Summer Festival (大須夏祭り Osu Natsu-matsuri) (Short walk from Osu Kannon Stn (Tsurumai line) exit 1). Yearly street festival held in the shopping streets around Osu Kannon temple. Featuring live stage performances, street performers, Brazilian samba parade and cosplay parade.
  • World Cosplay Summit (世界コスプレサミット Sekai-kosupure-samitto (World Cosplay Summit)) (Parade: Osu Kannon (Tsurumai line) exit 1, World Cosplay Championship: Oasis 21, Sakae stn. exit 4A.). An otaku's dream come true. Watch as fans of Japanese animation from around the world dress up as their favoriteanime characters and parade around the streets of Nagoya. The Summit culminates with the World Cosplay Championship (世界コスプレチャンピオンシップ Sekai-kosupure-championshippu) pitting teams from a number of countries as they show off their costumes and perform stage shows in tribute to their favorite Japanimation characters. Cheer on your nation's entry or just stare in wonderment at the strangeness of it all.
  • Nagoya Castle Summer Night Festival (名古屋城宵まつり Nagoya-jo-yoi-matsuri) (Nagoya Castle, Subway: Shiyakusho stn.), +81-52-231-1700fax:+81-52-201-3646. A traditional-style summer festival, complete with lanterns, numerous styles of traditional bon-odori (盆踊り ) circle dancing (to honour family ancestors), festival stalls, and a beer garden under an illuminated Nagoya castle.Adults: ¥800 (¥700 w/ adv. purchase), Children ¥200 (¥100 w/advanced purchase).

Nightlife

Around Nagoya station, there are a lot of places for cheap drinking. Sakae is the big nightlife district, in a loose triangle formed by the Sakae, Yaba-cho and Osu Kannon stations. Sakae has a large red light district as well, but as with most of Japan, there's no sense of danger so don't worry about drifting around. There are countless izakayas around Kanayama station, both cheap chains and more upscale places.

If the bar and club scene is not for you, try Nagoya Friends and their bimonthly international parties. Always a dynamic mix of foreigners and Japanese. At the party it's all you can drink and eat (~¥3000).

  • Serge Gen's Restaurant Group NAGOYAAddress: 11-26 Nishiki 3-Chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 460-0003,+81-52-209-2333. 11AM-3AM. Five top-quality restaurants in the heart of Nagoya, Japan. From Italian cafe, Yakiniku, Sushi, to catered party events. ¥3000.

Bars

  • ShootersPola Building 2F, Sakae 2-9-26, Naka-ku (Located S of Fushimi subway stn. (Higashiyama, Tsurumai lines) exit 5), +81-52-202-7077, e-mail:. M-Th 5PM-1AM, F 5PM-5AM, Sa 11:30AM-5AM, Su 11:30AM-1AM. An American sports bar that attracts a mixed crowd with live music on Sundays.
  • Yama-chan (山ちゃん) (35 locations in and around Nagoya). (Japanese) Known for its tebasaki (手羽先) fried chicken wings (one of Nagoya's specialties), this seemingly ubiquitous chain of izakayas is one of Nagoya's favorites. English menu available.
  • Cigar Club KanouMontesharine Bldg. 1F, Sakae 1 chome 10-30, Naka-ku(Located near Fushimi Stn. (Higashiyama, Tsurumai Lines). Exit via exit 7 and continue W to the Hilton Hotel. Turn left in front of the Hilton and continue S. The bar is on the left side of the street.), +81-52-231-5534fax: +81-52-231-5534.4:30PM-1AM Tu-Sa. Located near the Hilton hotel, Cigar Club Kanou offers food, drink and a wide array of cigars (with a walk-in humidor.)
  • The Hub. This nationwide chain of affordable British-style pubs has three locations across the city, offering cocktails, bar food/pub grub, an English menu and some basic service in English.
    • SakaeArk Building 1F, 3-22-7, Nishiki, Naka-ku (3 min. walk from Sakae subway stn. exit 8. Located W of the Kokusai hotel),  +81-52-962-8682. Su-Th 4PM-1AM Fr-Sa and day before holiday 4PM-5AM. Happy hour daily 4PM-7PM.
    • FushimiC Forest III Bldg. 2F, Sakae 1-4-10, Naka-ku (1 min. walk from Fushimi subway stn. (towards the Hilton Hotel)), +81-52-220-0082. M-Th 5PM-1AM, F 5PM-2AM, Sa and night before holidays 4PM-2AM, Su 4PM-1AM. Happy hour daily from opening to 7PM
    • Nagoya Station Area (Meieki)M-san Dainingu Biru 1F, Meieki 3-15-11, Nakamura-ku (2 min walk E of Nagoya Station (Sakura Dori side) Located N of the Royal Park Inn Nagoya), +81-52-533-4882. M-Th 12:00-midnight, F 12:00-2:00, Sa 17:00-2:00, Su and Hol. 17:00-23:30. Happy hour daily 17:00-19:00.
  • Shinchan (しんちゃん) This is a chain izakaya located all around Nagoya. They sell great chicken wings and mugs of beer for 320 yen.
    • Kanayama,  +81 120-29-5688. Washington Hotel plaza 2nd floor.
    • Sakae,  +81 120-77-1868. Located just a few doors away from iD Bar.

Sakae

  • MyBarTatenomachi Bldg. B1F, 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku (Sakae stn. exit 3. S. of the Nagoya TV tower on the W. side of Hisaya-odori park),  +81-52-971-8888.Su-Th 6PM-1AM, F, Sa 4PM-3AM. Run by a Canadian expat, MyBar offers hockey night on Monday evenings. Serves imported beers and cocktails, Italian food, tacos, and burgers.
  • The Red RockAster Plaza Bldg. 2F, 4-14-6 Sakae, Naka-ku (Subway: Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines). Located directly behind the Chunichi Building, a short walk SE of Sakae subway exit 13.), +81-52-262-7893. M-Th 17:30-02:00, F, Sa 17:30-3:00, Su 11:30-2:00. An Australian pub. Free Wi-fi / internet terminal access with food or drink purchase. Offers weekly Sunday brunch (11:30AM-4PM) and Thursday trivia night (8:30-11PM).

Nightclubs

Nagoya has some good clubs. A lot of the DJs who play Tokyo also pass through Nagoya. Many of the most popular clubs are located in Sakae and Shin-sakae-machi (just east of Sakae and south of the Naka ward office).

Be aware that even on week-ends, on less popular nights, clubs empty or even close early (around 2-3AM) in Nagoya. This is a sharp contrast to Tokyo, where most people come by train and have to stick around for good or for bad until the first train in the morning. In auto-city Toyota, however, many people come by car; they can and will go home early if they are bored.

Gay and Lesbian dance events are held monthly by the Nagoya Metro Club at LOVER: z across from the CBC-TV building in Shinsakae-machi.

  • Radix4-7-38 Chiyoda, Naka-ku (Tsurumai stn. (JR Chuo, Subway Tsurumai line) 10 min walk SW of exit 6 alongside the elevated train tracks),  +81-52-332-0073fax: +81-52-332-0180. One of the bigger clubs in Nagoya, a lot of big house, jungle and dub Djs play here. Expect to pay from ¥2000-3000, usually with a free drink included.
  • Maverick. In Fushimi attracts foreigners and Japanese alike for weekend dance events. Entry fee is usually ¥2000-3000, with a couple of drinks included.

Sakae

  • ID club. The most popular and well-known club in Nagoya. Nagoya's largest club, 5 different floors of style and music. R & B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Hard House, All Mix, 70's & 80's disco. Open Thurs-Sun 8PM-closing. (Closed at 1AM on a Friday night Entry ¥1000 (2 drinks) weekdays, ¥2000 (4 drinks) Fri, ¥3000 (4 drinks) Sat, ¥2000 (4 drinks) Sun. 3-1-15 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya Tel:+81-52-251-0382.
  • STEPSHasegawa Bldg. 2F, 3-2-29 Sakae, Naka-ku (Close to subway Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines) Opposite ID Cafe. Around 100m S of Sakae Tokyu Inn Hotel on the left.), +81-52-242-7544. M-Sa 6PM-6AM. Closed Su. Food and drinks from 500 including pasta, hamburgers, and steak dishes. TVs covering live sports events. Music from 12AM with DJs, occasional live music. Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B.
  • Club Daughter. Has something happening almost every night, so you'll never be stuck for something to do. It's a small place though. To western clubbers, it may seem more like a basement party than a club, and if you're going out on a Monday or a Tuesday, you may find it pretty empty. Fridays and Saturdays, though, the place is normally packed. Drinks are about ¥600 each, entry varies, check on the site.
  • Club JB's. Is another good Nagoya club. Right around the corner from Club Daughter.
  • Lush The UndergroundMarumi Kanko Bldg. 3-4F, 3-4-15 Sakae, Naka-ku (In Shin-sakae-machi entertainment district.), +81-52-242-1388fax: +81-52-264-9663. Tu-Su 11PM-5AM. Closed M.. Has two floors for one price, upstairs is hip-hop at maximum volume levels, while downstairs more dance music is played. Always a happy crowd without annoying bouncers, on weekdays ladies pay ¥1000 and guys ¥1500 with 1 drink included. Foreigners welcome.
  • Club Mago. In Shin-Sakae on the basement level of the Flex-building. Great for house, techno, electro-clash, progressive house. ¥2500-3000 cover.
  • Jazz Inn Lovely1-10-15 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku (Subway: Hisaya-odori stn. (Sakura-dori, Meijo lines). Exit the subway for),  +81-52-951-6085, e-mail:. Open Daily 6PM-3AM. Jazz club featuring Japanese and international jazz artists. Cover charge varies per artist. From ¥1500 to ¥5000.
  • Club Quattro Nagoya (クラブクアトロ Kurabu-kuatoro), Nagoya Parco Department Store East Building (東館 Higashi-kan), 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku(Subway: Yaba-cho stn. (Meijo line). Located in the east building of the Parco Department Store),  +81-52-264-8211. Concerts in early evening (5:30-8PM start). One of Nagoya's main live houses, featuring a wide array of Japanese and international rock and pop music acts. Ticket price varies per artist.

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