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Print2008-04-01

Nagoya Station

picture of Nagoya Station

Gateway to the City of Nagoya, Nagoya Station is bustling with over one million passengers every day. The station is conveniently surrounded by department stores, hotels, office towers and other buildings, and it also boasts Aichi Prefecture’s largest underground shopping area.
The JR Central Towers were completed in 1999. In 2006, the 47-floor and 247-meter-tall Midland Square building was also completed, near the East entrance to Nagoya Station followed by the opening of the Nagoya Lucent Tower in 2007. This 40-floor, 180-meter high tower is located in the Ushijima Minami area, near the North entrance to Nagoya Station. Furthermore, the 36-floor, 170-meter-tall Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers, located South of Nagoya Station, are scheduled to be completed in 2008. A variety of development projects like these are under way befitting the gateway to 21st century Nagoya.

Port of Nagoya

picture of Port of Nagoya

The Port of Nagoya opened in 1907. Today, approximately three hundred ships, including container ships, various types of transport ships and car ferries, are able to anchor or moor at the wharf at any single point in time. Boasting the nation’s busiest port in both shipping tonnage and cargo value, the Port of Nagoya is in all reality, Japan’s leading port for international trade. There are also a number of exciting tourist spots in and around the Port area, including the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, the Nagoya Maritime Museum, the Port Building with its observation floor, the Italian Village and an amusement park.

Nagoya Castle

picture of Nagoya Castle

Completed in 1612, this castle was constructed to be the residence for the Owari Tokugawa clan per order of Tokugawa Ieyasu. It is the embodiment of the architectural skill of the Momoyama period (late 16th century). However it was lost to fire in 1945 during the war with the current donjon rebuilt in 1959. The remolded castle was opened in 1997. The 7th floor is the observation floor, the 3rd to 5th floors house exhibit rooms, which also function as a museum and amusement center.
The City of Nagoya has kick-started the “NC400” Project, with the “NC” representing “Nagoya Castle”, “Nagoya City” and “Nagoya Culture” and the “400” referring to the number of years since the foundation of a shogunate government in Nagoya. To tie in with Nagoya’s 400th anniversary in 2010, the City government is currently planning the restoration of the Nagoya Castle Hommaru Palace, once a world-class cultural heritage site and symbol of the tradition and culture of manufacturing in Nagoya, to its former glory.

Sakae

picture of Sakae

Overflowing with activity throughout the day, Sakae is Nagoya’s most popular area. It is here that Japan’s first integrated broadcast and observation tower, Nagoya TV Tower, was built. In 2002 another new symbol of the city, Oasis 21, was unveiled. Oasis 21 is home to the uniquely constructed “Spaceship-Aqua” and a street level park, as well as the open-air underground space “Galaxy Platform”, at which various events are held.
A designated “National Tangible Cultural Property”, the Nagoya TV Tower with its new, relaxing space of restaurants, cafes and galleries reopened in 2006.

Kanayama

picture of Kanayama

As a combined station for the subway, Meitetsu, and JR rail lines, Kanayama is one of the major transportation intersections in Nagoya; and, due to the completion of the Meijo subway loop line and the opening of the Central Japan International Airport, it is also an area with marked activity and growth. In the vicinity of the station are the NAGOYA BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, hotels and a newly developed Asunal Kanayama complex blending public and commercial facilities, all of which are frequented by many people.

Horikawa River

picture of Horikawa River

The Horikawa River was created in 1610, the same time Nagoya Castle was constructed. Used as a transportation waterway for the castle and castle town, and as a drainage route, the river was also a place at which merchants dealing in rice, marine, lumber, and other products would gather. At the time, it was truly a river that supported Nagoya’s economy. Rebuilt in 1913, and reconstructed in 1981, the beautiful and retro-style Nayabashi Bridge has come to be a popular location.
The quality of water in the Horikawa River has worsened with the urbanization of Nagoya. There are plans to revitalize the river as the “elegant and lively axis of the city”. Along with the goal of cleaning up the Horikawa River clean again, the area along its banks is also being developed to create a river for people to enjoy walking along, and to also increase the attraction of the many buildings, historical sites, and other points of interest nearby.

Yamazaki River

picture of Yamazaki River

Selected as one of the best one hundred places to view cherry blossoms, the cherry trees along the Yamazaki River are well known across Japan. Extending roughly 2.8 km from the Ishikawa Bridge to Aratama Bridge, the approximate 620 Someiyoshino cherry trees beautifully line both sides of the river.

Hirokoji-dori

picture of Hirokoji-dori

From the Meiji period (1868—1912) to the beginning of the Showa period (1926—1989), the operations of Japan’s second street trolley and the appearance of many department stores, restaurants, and other businesses allowed Hirokoji-dori to became more popular, eventually becoming the main street of Nagoya.

Hisaya-odori

picture of Hisaya-odori

The majority of Nagoya was burned down during World War II. During Nagoya’s reconstruction, 100 meter wide streets were designed to run through downtown, taking future traffic, appearance, and especially disaster prevention, into consideratin. Hisaya-odori crosses Nagoya from north to south, and Wakamiya-odori runs east to west. Making use of the middle of Hisaya-odori is Hisaya-odori Park, where one can enjoy nature of four seasons in the middle of the city.

Nagoya Higashiyama Forest

picture of Nagoya Higashiyama Forest

Trees and marshes are abundant in the Higashiyama Park and Heiwa Park area. This urban forest has been preserved as an important asset; and, as one of the symbols of the city’s greenery, Nagoya is developing this forest with the cooperation of residents, businesses and government so that it will continue to be loved by many people.

Nagoya Nishi Forest

picture of Nagoya Nishi Forest

Together with the private and residential sectors, the City of Nagoya is planting trees and developing a forest at the Todagawa Green in the western area of the city. With the goal of creating a lush forest at which one can enjoy the pleasures of water and greenery, this forest will be one of Nagoya’s legacies to the future generations.

Nagoya Festival

picture of Nagoya Festival

This is a huge event that adds bright colors to autumn in Nagoya. The highlight of the festival is the magnificent parade that marches through downtown Nagoya, including the Procession of the Three Feudal Lords, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, all of whom have strong connections to Nagoya; and a collection of floats staging performances by exquisitely embroidered mechanical dolls. Various events such as dance performances and exhibitions are also held across the city during the festival.