Located on the island of Honshu, where you can find Japan’s famous Mt. Fuji, Nagoya is the capital of the Aichi Prefecture in the Chubo region. Its history stretches back thousands of years, with its famous Atsuta Shrine believed to have been built during the reign of Emporer Keiko from 71-130AD. Nagoya became a city in 1889. Almost one quarter of the city was destroyed during World War Two, and had to be rebuilt once the war ended. Today, Nagoya is a major centre of industry. Close by is Toyota City, where you’ll find Toyota’s head office.
Things to do
Atsuta Shrine is an essential part of Nagoya mythology. Legend has it the Shinto shrine houses a sword called Kusanagi, one of the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Whether or not the story is true, Atsuta still draws about nine million visitors a year to its site in a lovely leafy park. The shrine’s treasure hall contains over 4,000 relics, including swords, masks and sacred garments.
One of the most unique sights you’re likely to come across is Nagoya Castle. Built in 1612 and partly reconstructed in 1959 after WW2, it’s a striking five-level pagoda where each storey is capped by a green roof. Full of historic exhibits and topped off by an observation deck, it’s well worth a visit.
Maybe you just want to have some fun? Nagashima Spa Land, about an hour away, has huge roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and a park full of wild waterslides. You can also check out some of Nagoya’s history, art or science museums like the Nagoya / Boston Museum of Fine Arts, hit up a city cafe or bar, or grab some bargains at some of Nagoya’s huge shopping mall like PARCO or Sunshine Sakae. Pay a visit to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium to see two buildings filled with dolphins, orcas and other sea creatures.
Getting there and around
To get there, book a flight to Nagoya and Nagoya accommodation with us. Once you’re in Nagoya, it’s pretty easy to get around on the train or bus. For one-of-a-kind Japanese adventures, add Nagoya to your Japan trip.
Hotels in Nagoya start at AU$60 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.