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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

AICHI Nagoya The world's largest railway hub leads to castles, fine museums and Earth's biggest planetarium

The world's largest railway hub leads to castles, fine museums and Earth's biggest planetarium

The center of the region that was the birthplace of Japan's greatest samurai warriors has so much to offer. It's also where you can see half-naked men fighting for fortune and the best view of the universe this side of the stratosphere.

Don't Miss

  • Nagoya and Kiyosu Castles, the former being the symbol of the city and the latter the largest
  • Spicy 'Taiwan' ramen in Nagoya
  • Catch the competitive dancers of Domatsuri

How to Get There

Being in the heart of Japan it is easy to get to Nagoya from almost anywhere in the country.

From Tokyo the Shinkansen bullet train takes just one hour and 45 minutes, and from Kyoto it's a mere 40 minutes.

Quick Facts

Nagoya is Japan's third largest city

The city is famed for having close connections to history's three most famous samurai

Home of Toyota Motors

Hitting the heights

Not content with being the world's biggest, Nagoya Station is also one of its busiest transport centers with more than 193,000 people passing through each day. And with extensive shopping opportunities and great restaurants, you need not even leave the station to sample many of the delights of the city.

With that said, you certainly should leave.

Taste the culture and then the food

Nagoya is near the physical center of Japan. The centrality, both physically and strategically, of the area around Nagoya has continued through the centuries, and includes the great warlords Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu, the three most famous samurai in Japanese history. These three warlords re-unified Japan after a century of civil war.

Hideyoshi was born in what is now Nagoya, as was Nobunaga, who made Nagoya Castle his home for many years. Ieyasu's importance to Nagoya may exceed even that of the others. Ieyasu was born in Okazaki Castle in Aichi prefecture (Nagoya's prefecture), and the legacy of the most important sub-branch of the Tokugawa Clan lives on in the Tokugawa Art Museum, which continues to be managed by the family foundation, and has its home in Nagoya.

Though the castle at Kiyosu is the oldest in the area, it is the towering Nagoya Castle that is the symbol of the city. Walking its grounds while chatting with ‘samurai warriors' dressed in full armor will give you an unmistakable taste for the historical importance of the city.

And it should only be your first taste. Nagoya is famed for its full-flavored, piquant cuisine, and throughout the station area you can find fantastic restaurants dishing up peppery teacake chicken wings, succulent red miso pork cutlets, and spicy ‘Taiwan' ramen.

Dancing and wrestling, clothing optional

No matter what time of year you are in central Nagoya, you are bound to come across a major spectacle, event or festival. Whether it is the combatting sumo wrestlers of the Nagoya Basho, the competitive dancers of Domatsuri, the elaborately dressed anime aficionados of the World Cosplay Summit, or the half-naked men braving the February chill of Konomiya's Naked Festival, you will find something that you cannot find anywhere else in Japan.

A city for all times

With Aichi so important to Japan's past and present, there are plenty of museum exhibitions in the city center underlining this. Within 15 minutes of the station you can see the galaxy and beyond in the world's largest planetarium at the City Science Museum, learn about the history of Aichi's most famous company at the Toyota Tecno Museum, or discover samurai culture at the Tokugawa Art Museum.

A city in bloom

Despite it being a thriving city center, in late March everyone stops what they are doing to enjoy the glorious cherry blossoms. To join the lively party, head over to Tsuruma Park. But if a more mature and refined approach is your style, then the Nagoya Castle grounds or nearby Meijo Park will probably be more to your liking.

Shop until the lights stop shining

Whether you head to the station for its upmarket department stores, Sakae for its high street shopping, or Osu for its 400 year old commercial arcade, there are plenty of opportunities for all your shopping needs.

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