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Japan’s fourth-largest city is home to a fascinating history, an up-to-date shopping scene and gorgeous springtime cherry blossoms.

With nearly 3 million inhabitants, Nagoya is the fourth-largest metropolis in Japan. Still, this vibrant modern city has retained its strong historical flavour and its distinctive local charms. Visit Nagoya for its its shopping opportunities, its lovely springtime scenery and its well-maintained cultural attractions.

If you come to Nagoya by high-speed train, you will arrive at the city’s main railroad station. Nagoya Station is in fact the world’s largest railroad complex. Head upstairs to the JR Central Towers, where some of Nagoya’s finest shopping is to be done. You will also find two viewing decks, luxury hotels, bars and day spa facilities.

Take the train to the city’s outskirts to learn about another favourite mode of transport in Japan, the automobile. The Toyota Automobile Museum is home to a variety of luxury cars from Europe and the United States, along with some classic Japanese models. Auto enthusiasts will also enjoy the educational Toyota Techno Museum in town.

Nagoya’s historical side is on show at the Nagoya Castle, at the city’s historical centre. This castle was damaged during World War II but has been carefully restored since then, with renovations ongoing. Check out the moats and the turreted walls in the surrounding park as well.

During springtime, Nagoya bursts with colour as the cherry blossoms bloom. Take part in the Japanese tradition of hanami, a pastime that brings crowds together in parks to enjoy the trees’ beautiful display. Head to Helwa Park to experience one of the most well-known hanami spots in town.

Just 15 minutes on the train will bring you to one of Japan’s most sacred sites. Pay your respects at the Atsuta Shrine, and linger a while to enjoy the serenity of this lovely wooded area.

Nagoya’s well-known cuisine is certainly worth a taste test. The city’s signature dish is hitsumabushi, a meal of grilled eel served with broth and rice in a wooden bowl.

Reach Nagoya by air or by high-speed train. The train journey takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes from Tokyo or 35 minutes from Kyoto.

Top hotels in Nagoya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
1-1-3 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
AU$182
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in Nakamura, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Nagoya City Science Museum and Nagoya Castle. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,877 reviews)

"Easy to access and staffs are helpful. Have some shops nearby."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2020

Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae
APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae
3 out of 5
4-10-16, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi-ken
AU$95
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hisaya Odori Park, Osu and Oasis 21. Nagoya TV Tower and Nagoya City Science Museum are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (1,065 reviews)

"Mixed frelings about this place. Convenient location but smacked in the middle of seedy bars and night clubs. Only a very thin pillow was provided, however the bed was relatively comfortable. One specialty about all APA hotels is the onsen featured in every single hotels."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2019

APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nagoya Taiko dori Side
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nagoya Taiko dori Side
3.5 out of 5
AU$133
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Located in Nakamura, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers and Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center. Osu and Nagoya City Science ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,174 reviews)

"Great hotel to stay as it is conveniently located near nagoya station and takashimaya. Room is too small and limited space for luggages. Matresses are abit hard. Hotel is clean and there are coin operated laundry and 7 Eleven store within the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nagoya Taiko dori Side

Popular activities in Nagoya

Nagoya Castle
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Nagoya Castle

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Originally just a castle town, Nagoya has grown to be one the largest cities in Japan. See where it all began at this impressive downtown attraction.

Atsuta Jingu Shrine
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine

4/5(10 reviews)

Head to the outskirts of Nagoya to see one of Japan’s most sacred sites, a gorgeous Shinto monument in the most tranquil of settings.

Top activities in Nagoya

Takayama and Shirakawago 1 Day Bus Tour from Nagoya
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Takayama and Shirakawago 1 Day Bus Tour from Nagoya

AU$115
Per adult
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

AU$53
Per adult
Half-Day Sushi-Making Experience with Lunch
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Half-Day Sushi-Making Experience with Lunch

AU$147
Per adult
Meet the Locals: Nagoya Nighttime Food and Frolic
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Meet the Locals: Nagoya Nighttime Food and Frolic

100% of travellers recommend
AU$156
Per adult
Shared Departure Transfer : Nagoya City to Chubu Airport
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Shared Departure Transfer : Nagoya City to Chubu Airport

AU$67
Per adult
Explore Nagoya's Castle, Gardens, History, and More!
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Explore Nagoya's Castle, Gardens, History, and More!

AU$145
Per adult

Reviews of Nagoya

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
28
5 - Excellent 43.75%
4 - Good
30
4 - Good 46.875%
3 - Okay
4
3 - Okay 6.25%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 3.125%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

Good place to go after you've been to a lot of other places (2nd trip kind of place)

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 16, 2020

We enjoyed visiting Nagoya Castle and walking through the gardens near Atsuta Shrine.

4/5 - Good

G

Nov 26, 2019

Lovely bits of Japanese history to be found and lots of nice food too

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 18, 2019

We really loved Nagoya and found the transport on the subway really easy to use and good value for money

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 4, 2019

Very clean and modern city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 22, 2019

We were in Nagoya only to get to the Grand Prix in Suzuka. Very nice clean hotel with shuttle bus to Nagoya station. Very clean nice relaxing onsen.

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