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Points of Interest in Nagoya

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Higashiyama Park (Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Higashiyama Sky Tower)

Higashiyama Park

With its proud claim as being one of the largest zoos in Asia, the Higashiyama Zoo is home to approximately 570 species of animals. At the Botanical Gardens, famous for its tropical plants, one can enjoy the flowers of the four seasons at the large hothouse and other facilities. The Higashiyama Sky Tower allows for a full view of Nagoya’s cityscape.

Tsuruma Park

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Established in 1909, Tsuruma Park is the first park established by the City of Nagoya. The park is centered around its fountain and bandstand, symbols of a French Garden, and includes cherry trees, azaleas, roses, Japanese irises, and other flowers and plants to enjoy throughout the year.

Shirotori Garden

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The Shirotori Japanese Garden, its motif based on the topography of the Central Japan region, features a beautiful stroll-style landscaped garden centering around an inner pond, and depicts a story of water flowing from its source to the open sea. There is also an authentic “Sukiya” style tea-ceremony house, Seiutei, inspired by the graceful figure of a swan flying down to the ground. Together, the tranquil garden and stylish architecture coexist in perfect harmony.

Togokusan Fruit Park

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Located at the Southwest base of Togokusan Mountain, Togokusan Fruit Park is a multi-purpose agricultural park. Including its orchards, such as peaches, pears, apples and persimmons; there are also bananas, papayas, mangoes and other tropical fruits grown in the hothouses.

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium boasts one of the world’s largest pools. Featuring creatures from the sea, the South Side offers “A journey to the Antarctic”, while the theme of the North Side is “The Animals that have returned to the ocean after their 3.5 billion year journey”.

Nagoya City Museum

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With approximately 200,000 pieces in its collection, the Nagoya City Museum is one of Japan’s leading historical museums. The history of Owari, from the Old Stone Age to the modern era, is exhibited across sixteen themes in permanent exhibit halls. The museum also has a gallery, and video museum, in addition to a beautiful Japanese garden outside.

Nagoya City Art Museum

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With its serene, white facade highlighted amongst the greenery of the Shirakawa Park in downtown Nagoya, the Nagoya City Art Museum features permanent exhibits including Amedeo Modigliani’s Little Girl with Pigtails and Japan’s only Mexican modern art collection. There are also many artworks created by distinguished local artists.

Nagoya City Science Museum

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This comprehensive science museum boasts one of Japan’s most popular planetariums and amazing demonstrations amongst its attractions, providing an enjoyable day for visitors of all ages.



The sister museum of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts is always displaying new, uniquely themed artworks selected from Boston’s superb collection.