Nagoya is the largest city in the ChÅ«bu region of Japan. It is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan. 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.
Points of interest
Atsuta Shrine is known as the second-most venerable shrine in Japan, after Ise Grand Shrine. It is said to enshrine the Kusanagi sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan, but it is not on display to the public. It holds around 70 festivals in a year, and many people visit the shrine year-round. Also, the shrine has over 4,400 national treasures representing its 2,000 year history.
Nagoya Castle was built in 1612. Although a large part of it burned down in the fires of World War II, the castle was restored in 1959, adding some modern amenities such as elevators. The castle is famous for two magnificent Golden tiger-headed carp on the roof, often used as the symbol of Nagoya.
The Nagoya TV Tower and Hisaya-ÅŒdori Park, located in the central Sakae district
JR Central Towers of Nagoya Station
Midland Square: The new international sales headquarters for Toyota features Japan's highest open-air observation deck.
The Nagoya Port area: The Nagoya port area includes a themed shopping mall called Italia Mura as well as the popular Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Higashiyama Sky Tower
The Toyota museums: The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology near Nagoya station
The Noritake factory: The home of Noritake fine chinaware is open to visitors and allows people to browse through the history of the establishment. Complete with cafe and information/technology displays, as well as shopping facilities, visitors can spend a whole day wandering through the displays and grounds. It also holds a few sad reminders of devastation during the final stages of World War II.