Although often overlooked by its neighbours, Nagoya has a lot to offer in terms of culture, style and entertainment. Conveniently situated between Tokyo and Osaka, this manufacturing entity boasts popular museums, historic sights and lavish green spaces.
Things to do in Nagoya
To get a grasp on local culture, take a walk through one of the Nagoya’s many fine museums. The Tokugawa Art Museum has over 10,000 pieces of art from the Edo period including samurai swords and armour, tea utensils, scrolls and maps. Once you’re finished inside head next door for some fresh air in Tokugawa-en, an exquisite Japanese garden.
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is Nagoya’s highlight attraction, exciting both trainspotters and tourists of all ages. Educational exhibits serve as a presentation of the development of the high-speed rail in Japan including a collection of 39 retired train cars. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy the realistic railcar simulators.
Want to learn how beer is made? Book a tour through either the Kirin or Asahi beer factory, two of Japan’s most popular beers.Educate yourself on Japan’s most popular drink and enjoy a few samples along the way.
Nagoya Castle is a prominent reconstruction from the Edo period and is one of Nagoya’s top cultural attractions. It was one of the largest castles in the country and the centrepiece around which the city was originally built. Stroll through the park surrounding the castle for an impressive exhibition of moats and corner turrets.
Getting around Nagoya
The Chūbu Centrair International Airport is your way in and out of the city, offering both domestic and international flights. The easiest and most convenient way of getting around, hop on one of the trains routing out of Nagoya Station. For a change of scenery, catch a ride on the Taiheiyo Ferry over to Tomakomai.