Nagoya Guide


Make Nagoya your gateway and enjoy touring all the famous tourist sites!

Nagoya is situated in the very center of Japan, serving as a terminal for public transportation services. Whether enjoying travel in Central Japan or in the Hokuriku region, Nagoya is incredibly convenient as a gateway. Via the Shinkansen bullet train, Kyoto is about 35 minutes away, Osaka about 55 minutes and Tokyo about 100 minutes. Getting to anywhere in Japan is easy from Nagoya.

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Chubu Centrair International Airport,
Central Japan Railway
Nagoya Railroad Co.

Meitetsu Bus


Nagoya , the largest city in Central Japan, is full of culture and history. You can also shop for global brands and enjoy gourmet foods.

Nagoya Castle

OPEN 9:00~16:30(Entrance for Castle Tower closes at 16:00)
Close 12/29~1/1

Nagoya castle is famous for the magificent gold-plated kinshachi, or tiger-headed dolphins, that adorn the topmost castle roof. Said to be the most wonderful of all kinshachi in Japan, these exquisite pieces were originally crafted in 1612 by order of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who is one of the famous samurai, and today have become one of the most recognizable symbols of Nagoya City.
The donjon(castle keep) itself was rebuilt in 1959, and visitors can now enjoy its extensive collection of historical exhibits in addition to the gorgeous exterior. A portion of the Honmaru Palace, where the lord of the castle once resided and received guests, was restored and opend to the public in May 2013.

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The Tokugawa Art Museum/Tokugawaen

OPEN 10:00~17:00(Entrance close at 16:30)
Closed on Mondays(on the following day if Mon. falls on a national holiday), and mid Dec.
through early Jan.

This museum houses a collection of more than 10,000 daimyo dogu items (furniture and equipment used by the feudal lord) that has been inherited by the Owari Tokugawa family and mainly consists of the personal effects of Tokugawa Ieyasu. It also has a "The tale of Genji" Picture Scroll, a national treasure. In Tokugawaen, you can enjoy the many blooming flowers in this Japanese Daimyo garden, built in a traditional style with a pond and walking paths.

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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Preserving and utilizing the old factory and industrial hetritage at the birthplace of Toyota, this facility was established by the Toyota Group companies. Centered on textiles and automobiles, the site introduces the industrial and technological revolutions through real machines and moving exhibits.

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Noritake Garden

The Craft Center contains the porcelain factory, where visitors can observe the delicate creation process of porcelain, and Old Noritake Museum.
Noritake outlet store and a few restaurants are also located here.

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Atsuta Shrine

OPEN Trasure Hall 9:00~16:30 (Entrance closes at 16:10)

It is ranked the second largest after the "Ise Shrine", the greatest shrine in Japan. Every year, nearly 6.5 million people visit this shrine which spreads over an approx. 200,000 sq.m. area, where there is a tranqui atmosphere surrounded by trees that are more than a thousand years old.
The Treasure Hall in the premises displays many offerings dedicated from the Imperial Family as well as many national treasures and cultural assets.

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National Treasure Inuyama Castle

The symbol of Inuyama, built by Nobunaga Oda, also known as "Hakutei Castle".
The main keep (tower) of the castle is said to be the oldest in Japan and is designated as a national treasure of Japan.

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Hida Takayama

Takayama has acquired three stars in the Michelin tour guidebook which has been published for more than 80 years.
The main reason for this high rating is our “Old Town” (Sanmachi) where wooden buildings from the Edo Period are still used as houses and shops as well as the Takayama Festival and its floats.

“MICHELIN Voyager Pratique Japon” (2007), the first practical tour guide book about Japan from Michelin, gave its highest rating of three stars to Takayama as a must go destination.

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World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go

Japan's Traditional life style culture lives on in these gassho-zukuri thatched-roof houses. The scenery of this gassho-zukuri settlement nestled deep in the mountains is known across the globe. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 alongside Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture, this location sees over 1.3 million visitors each year from both within Japan and from abroad.

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Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus

the Me~guru bus (sightseeing route bus) makes getting around Nagoya easy and provides access to most tourist facilities. Almost all tourist attractions around the outskirts of Nagoya are also easy to reach by train or bus, even for individual travelers.

Useful Information

Money Exchange

The yen (¥) is the currency of Japan and banknotes and coins are identified easily.
There are ¥1,000, ¥2,000, ¥5,000 and ¥10,000 banknotes; and ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100 and ¥500 coins.
Cash is the most widely used in Japan. However, major department stores and large hotels major accept credit cards.
You can buy yen at Authorized Foreign Exchange banks, major post offices, international airports and other authorized money exchanger hotels and department stores.


Most automated teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit, debit or ATM cards issued outside of Japan.
The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 21,000 post offices and at 13,000 Seven Bank ATMs throughout the country.
ATMs at Post offices are available for this service, but only for those cards the sticker indicates.
These ATMs at post office allow you to withdraw cash by foreign Visa, Plus, MasterCard, Euro card, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Diners and JCB cards and provide an English user menu.
ATMs at major post offices are typically available weekdays from 7:00 to 21:00 and closed on weekends, some may also open on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition to the ATMs at post offices, small number of international ATMs are located in major department stores, airports and Citibank branches.
In order to use international ATMs, make sure that your credit or debit card can be used abroad and that you know its PIN before leaving for Japan.

SevenBank accepts Visa, Plus, Master card, Euro card, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Diners,JCB card and China UnionPay.
ATMs for Seven Bank can be found at Seven-Eleven convenience stores nationwide, and nearly all are conveniently accessible 24 hours a day.
Also, check what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdraws.

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Japan offers tax-free shopping program for  more enjoyable shopping experience!

Tax free shop (Nagoya Area)

>AKKY ONE (electronics shop)

>BIC CAMERA (electronics shop)

>YAMADA DENKI (electronics shop)

>Osu Shopping District