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【Guide to studying in Nagoya】 Features of Nagoya

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Nagoya is one of Japan's three great urban centers and home to 2.26 million people. It is also well known for its close proximity to numerous natural scenic and tourist attractions, and is a great place both to study and to enjoy your time in Japan. 
Nagoya is a center of manufacturing craftsmanship, with strong connections to the automotive, aircraft, and industrial robot industries. It's a great place to live, study, and come in contact with Japanese culture and traditions.

Reasonable cost of living

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Compared with Tokyo and Osaka, rents in Nagoya are very reasonable

Rent is a major part of the cost of living. One of Nagoya's biggest attractions is the reasonable rents you will find here. Many universities also provide dormitories for international students, which is another way of reducing expenditure while you are a student.

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Enjoy a reasonable cost of living in Nagoya

According to data from 2012, the consumer price index of the City of Nagoya is 99.7. This is lower than the 23 wards in Tokyo (106.0), Osaka (100.6), Yokohama, or Kyoto. The food index is 98.8, which is also lower than other major cities. Nagoya is said to be a convenient place to live. There are 82 shopping centers within the city as of the end of 2011. This means that the number of shopping centers per capita is the second largest in 21 major cities across Japan.*1

*1 2012(cf. Japan Council of Shopping Centers)

Enjoying life in Nagoya

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Easy-going, fun-filled, and a great sports city

Nagoya's population density is only one-third of that of Tokyo or Osaka. The city has a number of lush parks that are great for enjoying the weather, jogging, or taking part in the many seasonal events that are held in the city. It's also a great place for enjoying professional sporting events such as baseball and soccer as well as figure skating shows and the annual Nagoya Tournament of the Japan Sumo Association.

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Nagoya City Science Museum

The world's largest planetarium, nicknamed "Brother Earth," features realistic recreations of the night sky. Don't miss a wide variety of other exhibitions that will provide enjoyable experiences with science.

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Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

There are over 500 species of animals, including elephants, koalas, and even small fish such as killifish. Interactive events are regularly organized to get to know the animals. The botanical garden has over 7000 types of plants on display. Take a walk through the natural forest course and enjoy looking at the many plants. Higashiyama Sky Tower is located next to the zoo and the botanical garden, from which you can see across the City of Nagoya.

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Togokusan Fruits Park

A fruit park is located near the foot of "Togokusan" (198.3m above sea level), the largest mountain in the City of Nagoya. The Fruit Farm grows peaches, persimmons, chestnuts, apples and other familiar fruits. There is also a "Greenhouse for tropical fruit trees from the world" including rare fruit trees from tropical and subtropical regions. The Shidarezakura (weeping cherry) in the park is also worth seeing. You can experience harvesting fruit depending on the season.

Convenient public transportation

Convenient access to major points in Japan and around the world

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Travel times from Nagoya to other Japanese cities

The Shinkansen Bullet Train "Nozomi" will take you to Tokyo in 1 hour and 40 minutes or to Osaka in just 50 minutes. There are many well-known tourist spots, such as Hida-Takayama in Gifu or Ise and Toba in Mie, which are easily reached by train from Nagoya. For those returning home or otherwise traveling abroad, Central Japan International Airport is just a 28-minute train ride from Nagoya Station. Nagoya also has a well-developed public transportation network of subway and bus lines that make commuting or shopping very easy.

International and multicultural

An international city where many cultures interact
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Starting with a sister city affiliation with Los Angeles in April of 1959, the City of Nagoya now has sister city or friendship city relationships with Mexico City, Nanjing, Sydney, and Turin, and participates in a variety of exchange programs involving culture, education, sports, economics, and technology.
There are approximately 65,000 foreign nationals living in Nagoya, which is 3% of the population, and ranks the city with Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama in terms of size of foreign community. As of May 2015, there were 3,057 international students studying in Nagoya and this number continues to increase annually. The Nagoya International Center sponsors many events that are popular with international students, and we hope all international students will find them to be an enjoyable and meaningful part of life in Nagoya.

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Sister and Friendship Cities Commemorative Plaza

Hisaya Odori Park is located in the Sakae area, downtown of the City of Nagoya. It was established to celebrate the alliance with sister and friendship cities. The many monuments presented from those cities are on exhibit.

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International Exhibition Hall

"The International Exhibition Hall" is located on the first floor basement of the Nagoya City Civic Reception House. Collections of gifts recieved from the City of Nagoya's 5 sister and friendship cities are on exhibit. Admission is free.

History and culture

A city full of historical landmarks and traditional culture


Nagoya is well known for its historic associations with three great leaders from the Warring States era in the 16th century: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. It also has a long history as a nexus for the cultures that developed in the Kansai (western) and Kanto (eastern) regions of Japan. Historical landmarks and other areas of historical interest include Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Shrine, the Tokugawa Art Museum, the Arimatsu-Naruimi Tie-Dyeing Museum, the Cultural path exhibit, the Shikemichi along the Hori River, and the Kakuozan area. Both Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi(who paved the way to unifying Japan and opened Japan to a modern age) were natives of the Nagoya area, and Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the construction of Nagoya Castle. Every autumn, the Nagoya Festival celebrates this history with the Procession of the Three Feudal Lords, which features authentic costumes and accessories from that era.

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Nagoya Castle

The Nagoya Castle has been designated one of the 100 most beautiful castles of Japan, and is famous for its kinshachi (golden dolphin). It was constructed in 1617. It burned down during World War II, but a five-level castle keep and a small castle keep were rebuilt in 1959. Important paintings and historical documents are on display in the large keep as Important Cultural Properties. You can also experience how it would feel to pull the rocks used to build Nagoya Castle and ride in a traditional Japanese carriage reserved for the upper class.

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Atsuta Shrine

The Sword of Kusanagi, one of the three sacred treasures and alleged to protect Japan, are enshrined in this nationally protected site. The grounds of the shrine expand for approx. 200,000m2. A quiet get-away from the city, there are many large trees on the grounds, including a camphor tree over 1,000 years old. The museum of treasures exhibits over 6,000 gifts presented to the shrine, emphasizing the shrine’s long history.

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The streets of Arimatsu

Arimatsu city was established in 1608 by Owari-han (A region in the Edo period) along the side of the Tokaido road. It became prosperous and famous for its tie-dyeing called "Arimatsu-shibori". Today, the houses and storehouses from that era is selected as a designated cultural property by the Aichi Prefecture and the City of Nagoya. The area is protected, allowing you to relive the old merchant district.

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Kakuozan Nittaiji Temple

This temple was built in 1904 and dedicated to the remains of Buddha presented as a gift from Thailand in 1900. This is the only inter-denominational temple of Buddhism, and various denominations take turns managing the temple. Many people celebrate the "Koubou ennichi (festival day)" that is held on the 21st of every month. Its cherry blossom trees and azalea trees are also famous.

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Enjoy a stroll around this Japanese garden surrounding a large pond. The adjacent Tokugawa Art Museum features numerous artifacts from the age of Tokugawa Ieyasu as well as the Genji Monogatari picture scrolls, a national treasure.

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Osu Kannon Temple

Moved to this location by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612, Osu Kannon is now the site of a bi-weekly outdoor market held on the 18th and 28th of each month, and is adjacent to the always-bustling Osu Shopping district.

Experience the technique behind the craftsmanship

Craftsmanship for the future and a city that continues to grow


Nagoya is home to numerous businesses engaged in manufacturing, starting with Toyota Motor Corporation and extending to the aerospace, transportation, fine ceramics, and other industries that have grown in this area. Nagoya Kanko Bus offers tours that visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology as well as the Noritake Garden, where visitors can learn about and experience first-hand Japanese manufacturing craftsmanship.

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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

This museum was built as a joint project together with Toyota. It was originally built for automatic loom research and development for the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.’s Sakae Factory. It is now preserved and reused as an industrial museum. As you walk through the Textile Machinery Pavilion, Automobile Pavilion, and Technoland, you will be introduced to the development and progress of industrial technology in Japan, from textile machinery to automobile technology.

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Noritake Garden

This comprehensive facility of pottery was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Japanese pottery and the porcelain manufacturer "Noritake." The exhibit is divided into three zones: the Culture Zone, the Commercial Zone, and the Historical Zone. There are also restaurants and cafes, and a beautiful prize-winning green garden.

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The Noritake Garden Craft Center

Experience painting your own dish or cups at the Noritake Garden Craft Center. Choose a plate or cup, then paint on pure white Bone China with our special pottery and porcelain paint. After firing your work, it will be sent to you in 1 or 2 weeks.

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SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

This museum was opened on March 14th, 2011. Advances in high speed railway are introduced through an exhibition of the Tokaido Line Shinkansen as well as local trains and the Maglev. A detailed railway diorama and a Shinkansen Train driving simulator may also ba used to learn the mechanisms of railways and the history of their development.

A gathering place for students

Universities in Nagoya are popular with Japanese students, as well


According to statistics published by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Nagoya's population of university students ranked third, after Tokyo and Kyoto, on a list of 21 major Japanese cities.*1 
Several universities are concentrated around Irinaka and Yagoto Stations in Showa-Ward and around Shiogamaguchi Station in Tempaku-Ward, which is why Yagoto in particular is one of the best-known "college towns" in the Tokai region. Fujigaoka in Meito-Ward is also known for its many students, especially since it is home to the terminus of the Linimo, which provides access to the university campuses that lie along its route extending as far as the cities of Nisshin and Nagakute. 
*1 From statistics for 2013, published at外部リンク)別ウィンドウ.

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Yagoto Sta. area

Yagoto is famous as a high-end residential district in the city. A university, TV station and general hospital are located along the crowded main street. However, once you step inside, the area is quiet and peaceful.
With many universities near Yagoto Station, Yagoto has another face as a student district. Therefore, there are many inexpensive restaurants and unique shops targeting students, making the area a lively place.

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Fujigaoka Sta. area

Fujigaoka Station is the starting station for the Higashiyama Subway Line and the Maglev, and there is also a bus terminal which connects many areas. This area is very accessible. In front of the station, there are facilities that are useful for everyday life such as the shopping street that has popular fast-food restaurants, supermarkets, banks, hospitals, and book stores popular among students and families. Many universities and high schools are nearby, as well as much nature such as the roadside cherry blossom trees, giving the town a peaceful atmosphere.