Even though most of the tourists visiting Japan know the name of Nagoya and actually pass the city by Shinkansen while traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto, only a few decide to stop in the fourth biggest city of Japan for sightseeing.
Nagoya is the capital of Aichi prefecture and is commonly known as an industrial area. The headquarters of Toyota and Mitsubishi are located in the city, but what a lot of people do not know is that it is also an area rich in traditional Japanese history.
Nagoya is an important central traffic hub with easy access to various other touristic sites around the area, making the city a great place to base yourself during your stay in Japan.
So here are 5 reasons why you should include Nagoya in your itinerary in Japan:
1. Delicious Gourmet
Nagoya is foodie heaven and many representative dishes of Japan were actually born in Nagoya. There’s hatchu miso based dishes like miso katsu, miso-nikomi udon, and nameshi dengaku. There’s also tenmusu, small rice balls wrapped in seaweed that contain small shrimp tempura. Another amazing dish to try would be the delicious Nagoya tebasaki, deep-fried fried chicken wings with sweet soy sauce and sesame seeds.
The local sake also stands out nationally for its savory taste. It is brewed using high-grade rice, water from clear streams and cultivated in a perfect climate using techniques specifically aimed to increase quality. To the south of the city lies a traditional sake brewery that has been producing quality sake for over 170 years.