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Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya is the prefectural capital of Aichi prefecture of Japan. It is the central city of the third biggest industrial area of Japan, holding the forth largest population of 2.24 million in the country. It has as long as 400 years of history and have a variety of tourist destinations.


Transport In Nagoya

City SubwayCity busMeitetsu and JR train lines are main modes of transport in Nagoya.

Subway tickets varies from 200 up to 360 yen depending on your destination.

Bus ticket is 200 yen for any destination.

Manaca is a rechargable prepaid card which you can use for subway, bus and Meitetsu train line. You can pick it up with deposit of 500 yen at ticket vending machines at subway stations or counters at Meitetsu train stations.


Me-guru Nagoya Sightseeing Bus is highly recommended if you are visiting tourist spots such as some of the places listed in this page. Sigle ride is 200 yen and one-day pass is also available for 500 yen. Not in service on Mondays.

Details about the Me-guru Bus route and service is available on the website:
Me-guru Nagoya Sightseeing Bus (English) (Traditional Chinese) (Korean)

Useful Websites

For more information about Nagoya and Nagoya's tourist destionations, visit the following websites:

Tourist Spots

Here are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Nagoya.

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Nagoya Castle/Nagoya Jo
Nagoya castle was built in 1612, Ieyasu Tokugawa, one of the most important Shogun in Japanese history. With the golden dolphins (Kinshachi in Japanese) on the roof, Nagoya castle has been a symbol of Nagoya. Burnt during the World War II, the castle was rebuilt in 1962 and its open to the public.

Opening hour
9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Entrance to the building until 4:00)
Admission Fee
500 yen
Me-guru Bus is available 
Meijo subway line "Shiyakusho (City Hall)"
Nagoya Castle Official Website (English)


Tokugawa Garden/Tokugawaen
Tokugawaen was a private garden to Tokugawa family and it was completed in 1695. It was donated to the city of Nagoya in 1931, but the garden was burnt in the war and it had been a normal park for years. It was renovated as a Japanese garden again in 2004.

Opening hour
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Admission Fee
300 yen
1350 yen for both the Tokugawa Art Museum and Tokugawaen
Me-guru Bus is available
Tokugawaen (English)


The Tokugawa Art Museum/Tokugawa Bijutsukan
On the same site as Tougawaen, the museum holds a collection of items that Tokugawa family had owned for the past 400 years. The items were donated to the city of Nagoya, which varies from traditional Japanese swords to beautiful paintings from the era, preserved as they were when they were in use.

Opening hour
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Entrance closes at 4:30 pm)
Admission Fee
1200 yen
1350 yen for both the Tokugawa Art Museum and Tokugawaen
Me-guru Bus is available
The Tokugawa Art Museum (English)


Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology/Toyota Sangyo Gijutsu Kinenkan

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Toyota Motor Corporation was founded and developed in this Aichi prefecture. Using the first factory of Toyoda Boshoku Corporation that was the foundation of Toyota's car production, the Museum of Industry and Technology displays histories of textile manufacture and automobile production. It is the best place to learn the world and Japanese history of technology. It is recommended to visit Noritake no Mori as they are close to each other.

Opening Hour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed on Mondays
Admission Fee
500 yen for general admission
Me-guru Bus is available
3 minutes walk from Meitetsu line "Sako" Staiton 
10 minutes walk from Higashiyama subway line "Kamejima" Station
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology(English)


Noritake Garden/Noritake no Mori
Noritake is also one of the most famous companies based in Nagoya.
Noritake no Mori is a complex made up of galleries, museums, shops and a restaurant.
You can learn the history of ceramics and pottery and china ware, as well as enjoy the products in the restaurant and shops.

Opening Hour
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Craft Center, Museum, Canvas)
10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Shops, Gallery) 
Admission Fee
Free (except Craft Center and Museum)
Craft Center and Museum – 500 yen
Me-guru Bus is available
5 minute walk from Higashiyama subway line "Kamejima" station
15 minute walk from Nagoya Station 
Website (Japanese)
Noritake no Mori (Japanese)


Osu Kannon and Osu shopping Area
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Osu Kannon was originally built in 1333 in current Gifu prefecture, and it was moved to the currentt location by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1612. Destroyed by the fire in the war, it was rebuilt in the 70's and still holds a collection of oldest books of Japan that survived the fire. 
There is a arcade developed along with the temple for decades, which is still ideal for shopping and eating.

Admission Fee
Tsurumai subway line "Osukanon" station
Osu Kannon (Japanese)

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