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    Nagoya – a brief overview

    Often overlooked thanks to the shining lights of Tokyo to the east and the ancient history of Kyoto to the west, Nagoya is one of Japan’s most underrated cities. Built around thriving industry (Toyota was founded here), this is a town chock-full of fantastic things to do. Think pretty temples, superb galleries and museums, plus acres of gorgeous parks.

    All that despite the entire city having to be rebuilt in the wake of WWII. So, rather than staying on the bullet train when it stops in Nagoya, hop off and explore. It’s guaranteed to serve up plenty of memorable delights.

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    Top 10 sights in Nagoya

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    Atsuta Shrine

    1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku
    456-8585 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 671 4151
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    One of the most sacred Shinto sights in Japan, Atsuta shrine is said to date back almost 2,000 years. The temple houses the sword of the dead prince Yamato Takeru and was rebuilt after fire ripped through it during the war. A must-see.

    Nagoya TV Tower

    3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku
    460-0003 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 971 8546
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2200 (Apr-Dec)
    Daily 1000-2100 (Jan-Mar)

    Locals love this TV Tower, the oldest in Japan. Built to resemble Paris’s Eiffel Tower, it has a viewing platform at 100m and a restaurant where you can kick back and take in huge views of the city and the countryside beyond.

    Nagoya Castle

    1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku
    460-0031 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 231 1700
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1630

    The 17th-century original might be no more, but the careful reconstruction is just as fascinating. The castle made Nagoya one of the most important towns in Japan and is full of fascinating artefacts from the Shogunate period.

    SCMaglev and Railway Park

    3-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato-ku
    455-0848 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 50 3772 3910
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1730

    If you love Japan’s peerless high-speed trains, then this is the place to come. There are 39 different trains on display, including the very latest Maglev models that zoom across the country at over 300kph.

    Osu Kannon Temple

    2-21-47 Osu, Naka-ku
    460-0011 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 231 6525
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    This Buddhist temple focuses on a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The main hall is a library storing over 15,000 texts, and the grounds hold a flea market twice a month. A peaceful haven in the city centre.

    The Tokugawa Art Museum

    1017 Tokugawacho, Higashi-ku
    461-0023 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 935 6262
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700

    Ceramics, calligraphy and traditional Japanese art are the mainstay of this, one of Japan’s finest museums. There is an excellent collection of Chinese pieces too, including swords, costumes and paintings.

    Nagoya City Science Museum

    2-17-1 Sakae, Naka-ku
    460-0008 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 201 4486
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1700

    From its striking globe design to its exhibits depicting the night sky and recreating extreme weather, the Nagoya City Science Museum is not to be missed. The Tornado Lab is the main highlight, with a 9m-high twister whipping up to the ceiling.

    Noritake Garden

    3-1-36 Noritake-Shinmachi, Nishi-ku
    451-8501 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 561 7290
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Located on a former ceramic factory grounds, this pretty open space is free to explore. Look at older pieces created in the brick buildings or just wander the manicured gardens and take in the scenery.

    Midland Square

    4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku
    450-0002 Nagoya
    Tel: +81 52 527 8877
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-2200 (observation deck)

    Japan’s fifth tallest building has the country’s highest outdoor observation deck. Standing at almost 250m tall, the views are spectacular and well worth seeking out. It takes just 40 seconds to reach the top in the speedy elevators.

    Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts

    1-1-1 Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku
    Tel: +81 52 684 0101
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1900
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700

    Designed to showcase the Boston Fine Arts Museum’s collection in a Japanese setting, this gallery is fantastic. Rolling exhibitions of works from the east coast of the USA are sent every few months, meaning this is an ever-changing space.

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    Country overview

    Japan is swathed in natural beauty, from the snow festivals and lavender farms of the northern isle of Hokkaido to the sun-drenched beaches and turquoise waters of the subtropical islands of Okinawa. Whether climbing volcanic Mount Fuji, wandering the pine forests of Mount Koya, taking in

    the springtime beauty of the sakura cherry blossoms or the spectacular maple leaves in the autumn, a journey to Japan is a wealth of unforgettable natural landscapes. In recent years, the powdery snow of Japan’s ski fields has also been attracting international visitors.


    The archipelago of Japan is separated from the Asian mainland by 160km (100 miles) of sea and split into four main islands: Hokkaidō, Honshū, Shikoku and Kyushū. About 70 percent of the country is covered by hills and mountains, a number of which are active or dormant volcanoes, including Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, reaching 3,776m (12,388ft). Japan sits on major seismic fault lines and is susceptible to frequent earthquakes.

    A series of mountain ranges runs from northern Hokkaidō, to southern Kyushu. The Japanese Alps (the most prominent range) run in a north-south direction through central Honshu.

    Lowlands and plains are small and scattered, mostly lying along the coast, and composed of alluvial lowlands and diluvial uplands. The coastline is very long in relation to the land area, and has very varied features, for example, the deeply indented bays with good natural harbours tend to be adjacent to mountainous terrain. Many of Japan’s major cities are located on the coastline, and have extremely high population density.

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    Population: 127,5 Million (estimate 2018)

    Capital: Tokyo


    Japanese is the official language. Some English is spoken in Tokyo and other large cities but is less usual in rural areas. There are many regional dialects and there are distinct differences in the intonation and pronunciation between regional variations.


    Japanese Yen (JPY; symbol ¥). Notes are in denominations of ¥10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of ¥500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1.


    100 volts AC, 60Hz in the west (Osaka); 100 volts AC, 50Hz in eastern Japan and Tokyo. Plugs are flat two-pin plugs.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are the public holidays for the period January 2020 to December 2021.


    Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday. When there is a single day between two national holidays, it is also taken as a holiday.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Coming of Age Day: 13 January 2020
    National Foundation Day: 11 February 2020
    Vernal Equinox: 20 March 2020
    Showa Day: 29 April 2020
    Constitution Memorial Day: 3 May 2020
    Greenery Day: 4 May 2020
    Children’s Day: 5 May 2020
    Additional Public Holiday: 6 May 2020
    Marine Day: 23 July 2020
    Health and Sports Day: 24 July 2020
    Mountain Day: 8 –10 August 2020
    Respect for the Aged Day: 21 September 2020
    Autumnal Equinox: 22 September 2020
    Culture Day: 3 November 2020
    Labor Thanksgiving Day: 23 November 2020
    Emperor’s Birthday: 23 December 2020


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2021
    Coming of Age Day: 11 January 2021
    National Foundation Day: 11 February 2021
    Vernal Equinox: 20 March 2021
    Showa Day: 29 April 2021
    Constitution Memorial Day: 3 May 2021
    Greenery Day: 4 May 2021
    Children’s Day: 5 May 2021
    Additional Public Holiday: 6 May 2021
    Marine Day: 19 July 2021
    Mountain Day: 10 August 2021
    Respect for the Aged Day: 20 September 2021
    Autumnal Equinox: 23 September 2021
    Health and Sports Day: 11 October 2021
    Culture Day: 3 November 2021
    Labor Thanksgiving Day: 23 November 2021
    Emperor’s Birthday: 23 December 2021

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Nagoya


    Nagoya knows how to relax after a hard day in the office. Bars and clubs proliferate around the central railway station, with loads of excellent izakayas for grabbing a late-night beer.

    The Sakae shopping area also has plenty of good nightlife spots.

    Elephant’s Nest

    1-4-3 Sakae, Naka-ku
    460-0008 Nagoya
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    An English-style pub in the heart of Nagoya – think darts, bar snacks and ales and you get the picture.

    Gen’s 2nd

    3 Chome-25-20 Nishiki
    Naka Ward, Nagoya
    Aichi 460-0003
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    A cheap and cheerful bar with great tunes and DJs from across the globe.

    The Hub

    3-15-11 Meieki, Nakamura-ku
    450-0002 Nagoya
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    The largest of a small bar chain (there are three in the city), The Hub has a proper pub atmosphere.


    4 Chome-3-15 Sakae
    Naka Ward, Nagoya
    Aichi 460-0008
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    One of Nagoya’s best clubs, Soulground plays hip-hop, soul and house in three different zones.


    Hasegawa Bldg. 2F, 3-2-29 Sakae
    Naka-ku, Nagoya
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    With its heady mix of live sports and banging tunes, Steps keeps on kicking until 6am at weekends.

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    Restaurants in Nagoya


    Nagoya’s food scene is bustling and brilliant.

    You can easily find local delicacies such as unagi (eel) and cochin (chicken), but there’s plenty of excellent international cuisine if you fancy something different.


    1-31 Nishino-cho, Atsuta-ku
    456-0063 Nagoya
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    Price: Expensive

    A great place to try super fresh seafood; the sashimi here is particularly good.


    503 Godo-cho, Atsuta-ku
    456-0043 Nagoya
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    Price: Moderate

    Drop by Horaiken to sample the best unagi (eel) you’ll ever eat – try and get one of the private tatami rooms to make the experience even better.

    Yabaton Honten

    3-6-18 Osu
    Nakaku, Nagoya
    Aichi 460-0011
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    Price: Moderate

    Famed for its deep-fried pork and red miso, this is a Nagoya institution, serving hungry locals since 1947.

    Sekai no Yamachan

    3-1-9 Nishiki, Naka-ku
    460-8679 Nagoya
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    Price: Cheap

    The best place to try tebasaki (chicken wings) in Nagoya; wash it down with one of a vast array of local beers.

    Tiger Cafe

    1-9-22 Higashisakura
    Higashi Ward, Nagoya
    Aichi 461-0005
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    Price: Cheap

    A European-style café that pulls a chic crowd and serves impressive French food that offers a nice break from rice and noodles.

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    Nagoya Basho (Sumo Tournament)

    July 19 – August 3, 2020

    Venue: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

    This annual summer sumo wrestling tournament in Nagoya is very popular and attracts large crowds.

    Atsuta Matsuri

    June 5, 2020

    Venue: Atsuta Shrine

    This is Atsuta shrine’s annual festival with various performances (martial arts and sumo wrestling) and processions of floats, which are particularly impressive when decorated with lanterns at night.

    Nagoya Fireworks Festival

    June – August 2020

    Venue: Yada River

    Firework makers from all over Japan show their skills at this impressive fireworks festival that draws several hundred thousand spectators to the banks of the Yada River in Nagoya.

    Nagoya Port Marine Day Festival

    July 15, 2020

    Venue: Garden Pier and the surrounding areas

    The Port festival celebrates Nagoya’s connection to the seas which have made it prosperous. The harbour comes alive with maritime displays and activities including a water logging contest throughout the day. The festival closes with an impressive fireworks display from an internationally renowned crew.

    World Cosplay Summit

    July 28 – August 4,  2020

    Venue: Aichi Arts Center

    Fans of manga and anime from all over the world gather in the costumes of their favourite characters at this annual event in Nagoya.

    Nippon Domannaka Festival

    August 2020

    Venue: Hisaya-Odori Park

    The streets of Nagoya are filled with entertainers and dancers boasting colourful costumes celebrating the cultural meld of north and south Japanese traditions in Nagoya.

    Nagoya Castle Summer Festival

    August 2020

    Venue: Nagoya Castle

    Noh-theatre and bon-odoridancing are held in the castle grounds in the evening, and there are food and games stalls.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Nagoya


    As with Japan’s other major cities, truly budget accommodation is virtually nonexistent. However, there are plenty of decent mid-range business hotels and cosy local ryokan for those looking to save.

    Top-end rooms are also plentiful.

    Crown Plaza Ana Grand Court

    1-1-1 Kanayama - Cho,
    Naka-Ku, Nagoya, 4600023
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    Category: Expensive

    One of Nagoya’s finest, this major international hotel has plush rooms and a great restaurant.

    Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel

    1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku
    450-6002 Nagoya
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    Category: Expensive

    Luxury outpost of the Marriott chain; upscale facilities make this great for unwinding after a day of sightseeing.

    Hotel Wing International

    460-0003, Nagoya-shi
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    Category: Moderate

    Reasonably priced joint with cosy rooms and a traditional Japanese breakfast.

    Nagoya Kanko Hotel

    1-19-30 Nishiki, Naka-ku
    460-8608 Nagoya
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    Category: Moderate

    Modern and elegant hotel in the heart of Nagoya.

    Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Nishiki

    Nishiki, 460-0003,
    Nagoya-shi - Naka-ku
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    Category: Cheap

    This simple business hotel is one of the best deals in Nagoya, with small, but comfortable rooms.

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    Except for the Hokkaido area and the subtropical Okinawa region, the weather in Japan is mostly temperate, with four distinct seasons. Winters are cool and sunny in the south, cold and sunny around Tokyo (which occasionally has snow), and very cold around Hokkaido, which is covered in snow for up to four months a year. The Japan Sea coastline also often receives heavy snowfall during winter.

    Summer, between June and September, ranges from warm to very hot with high levels of humidity in many areas. Typhoons, or tropical cyclones, with strong winds and torrential rains often hit Japan during August and September, but can occur through May to October. Strong typhoons often affect transport systems, causing rail and air services to be stopped, and there is a danger of landslides in rural areas.

    Spring and autumn are generally mild throughout the country, and offer spectacular views of pretty sakura cherry blossoms and colourful autumnal leaves, respectively. Rain falls all over Japan throughout the year but June and early July is the main rainy season. Umbrellas are a daily essential during this season. Hokkaido, however, is generally much drier than the Tokyo area. For weather updates, including information of when and where cherry blossoms are expected to bloom and typhoon trajectories, check the Japan Meteorological Association website (


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    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +81

    Mobile Telephone

    The Japanese mobile network uses PDC (Personal Digital Cellular System) technology, which is not compatible with GSM or other mobile services. Modern smartphones will ususally work, though. Visitors can hire handsets at the airport from companies such as bemobile (, Softbank Mobile ( and NTT DOCOMO ( Coverage is generally good.


    Internet is widely available; there are many internet cafés in Tokyo and in the main cities in Japan. Most hotels have Wi-Fi internet access. Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots, too. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Nagoya

    Key Areas

    Nagoya’s shops are largely nestled away in malls. The Sakae district, in the centre of town, is spoiled with shopping centres and high-end stores, while the main railway station has a maze of small clothes stores and trinket shops which you can easily get lost in. Osu is the place to go for alternative and independent shops.


    Flea markets are popular and plentiful in Nagoya. The Osu Kannon temple (2-21-47 Osu, Naka-ku) holds one on the 18th and 28th of every month. The Koshoji temple (78 Yagotohonmachi, Showa-ku) also hosts a flea twice a month. Head to the Oasis 21 centre (1-11-1 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku) in Sakae every Saturday to trawl the stalls.

    Shopping Centres

    The Midland Square tower (4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku) has an excellent mall, with high-end global brands. Parco (3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku) is a sprawling mall which you can easily lose a day in, while nearby La Chic (3-6-1 Sakae Naka-ku) is also a superb option for shopaholics.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Japanese manners and customs are vastly different from those of Western people. A strict code of behaviour and politeness is recognised and followed by almost everyone. However, Japanese people do not expect visitors to be familiar with all their customs but do expect them to behave formally and politely.

    A straightforward refusal traditionally does not form part of Japanese etiquette, and a vague ‘yes’ does not always mean ‘yes’. (The visitor may be comforted to know that confusion caused by non-committal replies occurs between the Japanese themselves.)

    When entering a Japanese home or restaurant, shoes must be removed.

    Bowing is the customary greeting but handshaking is becoming more common for business meetings with Westerners. The honorific suffix san should be used when addressing all men and women; for instance Mr Yamada would be addressed as Yamada-san.

    Table manners are very important, although the Japanese host will be very tolerant towards a visitor. However, it is best if visitors familiarise themselves with basic table etiquette and use chopsticks. Exchange of gifts is also a common business practice and may take the form of souvenir items such as company pens, ties or high-quality spirits.

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    Main emergency number: 119

    Food & Drink

    If travelling to the area near the Fukushima nuclear accident it is advisable to take supplies of food and water. Produce from the area near the Fukushima nuclear accident, which is still being sold in some supermarkets nationwide, should be avoided due to the lack of a centralized testing system in Japan for radioactive contamination in food, and discrepancies between Japanese and international standards for safe levels of radioactive substances in food. Tap water in Tokyo was declared not safe for consumption after the accident, although the government has since stated otherwise. Nevertheless, if travelling with children it is advisable to take precautions. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website ( has updates on contamination levels in tested food. In other parts of Japan, food and drink are generally considered safe.

    Only eat raw fish, seafood and meat from recognised establishments, and be aware that there is a risk of parasitic infection and toxins if these foods have not been prepared properly. E-coli food poisoning outbreaks tend to occur in Japan during the warmer months (June-September), and it is advisable to take precautions when consuming perishable foods at outdoor summer festivals, where refrigeration may be an issue.

    Other Risks

    You should make sure you are up to date with routine vaccinations. Influenza and measles epidemics have occurred in recent years and precautions should be taken. Tuberculosis and hepatitis B occur and vaccination is sometimes advised. Typhus occurs in some river valleys. Japanese encephalitis may occur. Vaccination is recommended for long-term travel (greater than one month) in rural areas. All normal precautions should also be exercised to avoid exposure to sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

    If spending prolonged periods outdoors during the summer months when heat and humidity can be extreme, make sure to have plenty of fluids on hand to avoid dehydration and wear hats and other protective clothing to avoid heatstroke.

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