Why You Should Visit Nagoya During Your Trip to Japan

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.

Japanese Sake

Sake Brewery Visit and Tasting in Tokoname

Want to know more about sake production? Join our tour in Tokoname and learn about Hakuruo Sake Brewery.

2. Rich in History 

The unifiers of Japan, Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and the first shogun, Ieyasu Togukawa, were all born in this area. Sekigahara Battle, which was fought here, was one of the more significant battles in Japanese history. Today, you can discover more of the history of Japan by attending the Nagashino Kassen Nobori Matsuri that commemorates those who died in the Battle of Nagashino in Shinshiro City. You can admire weapons, armor and various objects owned by samurais at the Tokugawa Art Museum.

The historical importance of the area can be seen also from the many castles still standing in the area like Nagoya Castle, Okazaki Castle and the one of the only 5 original castles still remain in Japan, the Inuyama Castle.

Inuyama castle

3. Easier to Reach Popular Destinations

Set on the Shinkansen train track than connects Tokyo and Kyoto, Nagoya is a convenient base to many other tourist destinations in Japan. From here, there is easy access to various locations in the Japanese Alps such as the snow monkeys near Nagano, the Unesco Heritage Village of Shirakawago, or the onsen towns in Gifu. 

Nagoya is also well connected with the Kiso Valley and the ancient Nakasendo road, which has well preserved traditional towns like Magome, Tsumago and Narai.

The Ise Jungu in Mie prefecture, the most important Shinto shrine of Japann, and Iga, the town of ninjas, are two other notable locations that are easy to travel to from Nagoya. 

Shirakawa & Takayama Tour

Shirakawago & Takayama – Day Trip

Take a day trip from Nagoya to the Unesco Heritage Village of Shirakawago to see well-preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses. 

4. Theme Parks for Everyone!

Currently, the city holds Nagoya Port Sea Train Land and Dino Land – two family-friendly theme parks. If you are looking for something more exciting, fearless travelers can ride some of the most impressive roller coasters in the world at the nearby Nagashima Spa Land.

You can visit Legoland Nagoya, where you’ll find seven themed areas, each one matching the different universes in the Lego world. Right in the middle of the park is “Miniland Japan,” which highlights the iconic attractions across the entire country and is constructed out of millions of Lego bricks. 

Last but not least, The Ghibli Theme Park is scheduled to open in 2022 in Expo Commemorative Park, and is sure to be popular with both locals and tourists alike. 

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5. Perfect Mix of Past and Future

While the past of Nagoya is characterized by important historical figures and castles, today the Aichi prefecture is also home to some of the world’s most advanced technology.

In the old town of Arimatsu, the making of traditional tie-dye goods continue to the present day, in comparison to the modern H-IIA rocket launched at JAXA Tanegashima Space Center.  Antique engines found in Karakuri Dolls have developed into robots that are specifically designed to provide support in daily life. Some of the robots are even able to play a violin. 

Nagoya Castle and traditional temples stand close to the most advanced technology of Toyota, whose evolution over the years can be explored in depth at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry.

Visit Nagoya

Nagoya Highlights Tour

Discover the different shades of Nagoya with a local licensed guide among the history and the modernity of Aichi’s capital.

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