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【Guide to studying in Nagoya】 What kind of city is Nagoya?

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What kind of city is Nagoya?

Nagoya is one of the three major cities of Japan. It is located on the western side of Aichi Prefecture in the center of Japan. 
Its popularity continues to grow among international and domestic visitors due to its well-established public transportation and easy access. Nagoya has many points of interest, including historical sightseeing, well-known industrial facilities, and cuisine that overflows with originality.

Getting to Know with Nagoya

Since ancient times, Nagoya has been a place of historical events. Famous Samurai from the Warring States period, such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, made their bases in Nagoya as they sought to rule the whole country. As a result, Nagoya has many historical heritage sites and facilities from this era when the Samurai culture flourished. The City of Nagoya also preserves historical buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods. There are many streets where you can enjoy the old cityscapes.

Nagoya Castle

photograph  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 Important paintings and historical documents are on display in the large keep as Important Cultural Properties.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.

Arako Kannon Temple

photograph  Arako Kannon Temple

This ancient temple is said to have been built in 729 and is famous for its 1200 "Enku Buddhas" created by the Buddha statue craftsman Enku in the 17th Century. The pagoda in the temple grounds was rebuilt in 1536 and is the oldest wooden building in the city. It is designated as an Important Cultural Property.


photograph  Arimatsu

Famous for its beautiful scenery, Arimatsu is said to be the best of the Fifty three stops on the Tokaido Road and is reminiscent of the good old days. Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing is famous and many people come to Arimatsu just to purchase it. At the Arimatsu Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum located in the middle of this region, you can experience Arimatsu Tie-Dyeing for yourself.

Osu Kannon Temple

photograph  Osu Kannon Temple

This temple was built in 1333 and was relocated to Osu by Tokugawa Ieyasu. National treasures such as a copy of the Kojiki (Record of ancient matters) and over 15,000 books are kept here. Many people come to the antique market held on the temple grounds every month seeking to find something special.


photograph  Shike-michi

This historical region is located very close to Nagoya Station. The original roads were built wider than other roads at the time, with a width of about 7 meters. The town is supported by buildings comprised of strong storage houses which are resistant to fire. Many scenes in the region have not changed since the Edo period, creating an atmosphere as if you have traveled back in time.


photograph  Tokugawaen

Tokugawa Mitsutomo, the second head of the Owari Tokugawa family, built this garden as his retirement residence. The style of this austere garden features a path around a pond. Beautiful flowers such as irises and peonies, and the change in the color of the leaves can be enjoyed during various times throughout the year.

Nagoya City Archives

photograph  Nagoya City Archives

This building was originally built as the Nagoya Appellate Court/District Court and Court House for the High Court in 1922. Currently, it houses and exhibits the City of Nagoya's archives. The brick building is famous for its beautiful structure and is illuminated at night.

Nagoya Noh Theater

photograph  Nagoya Noh Theater

This beautiful building has been built in the traditional Japanese style and is located in front of the main gate of Nagoya Castle. There are 630 seats in the theater, and traditional performances such as Noh and Kyougen are performed. Weddings, concerts, and international conferences are held here as well, making it very close to the lives of the citizens of Nagoya.

Cultural Path Futaba Museum

photograph  Cultural Path Futaba Museum

This is a reconstruction of the house of Fukuzawa Momosuke, the "Master of Electricity" of Japan, and Kawakami Sadayakko, called the first actress in Japan. They lived in this building from the Taisho to early Showa period. Documents related to Sadayakko and literary documents from this region are on display.

Eat in Nagoya

Nagoya is located between Tokyo and Osaka. Its original food culture is a blend of the food cultures from both Eastern and Western Japan. Nagoya cuisine is famous for its use of miso (Japanese traditional soybean paste) and spices, and its original combinations are well known for their uninhibited thinking. Many items have a strong taste and may take a while to get used to at first, but once you try them, you'll want to eat them again. There are also many cherished traditional dishes well known as food unique to Nagoya.

Uiro (Japanese Steamed Cake)

photograph  Uiro  -Japanese Steamed Cake-

Uiro is a traditional Japanese confectionery made of a mixture of rice powder and sugar, and then steamed. It comes in many colors, such as white, brown, green tea, and cherry blossom. Each has a different flavor derived from ingredients such as brown sugar, green tea, and cherry blossom petals, which add a mild, sweet taste. Also be sure to enjoy its soft texture.

Ogura toast (Red Bean Paste on Toast)

photograph  Ogura toast  -Red Bean Paste on Toast-

A thick slice of toast topped with butter and Oguraan (sweet red bean paste). It is a regular item at coffee shops in Nagoya. The combination of the smell of crunchy toast and the delicious mild, sweet taste of Oguraan, make this item very popular.

Kishimen Noodles (Flat Noodles)

photograph  Kishimen Noodles  -Flat Noodles-

Kishimen is a unique, flat type Udon noodle. The secret of its popularity is its combination of smooth noodles and light soup. It is often served cold in the summer, and is a standard item throughout the year.

Tebasaki (Japanese-style Fried Chicken)

photograph  Tebasaki  -Japanese-style Fried Chicken-

Seasoned chicken wings, quickly deep fried in hot oil, then covered with pepper, sesame, and sweet hot sauce. Crispy on the outside and juicy and spicy in the inside, they are sure to whet your appetite. You can eat them using just your hands.

Temmusu (Rice Balls with Tempura inside)

photograph  Temmusu  -Rice Balls with Tempura inside-

These Rice Balls are filled with small, deep-fried shrimp with a dash of salt. Chewy and tasty, Temmusu are bite-size, easy to eat, and popular for lunch. They even taste good when cold.

Hitsumabushi (Grilled Eel on Rice)

photograph  Hitsumabushi  -Grilled Eel on Rice-

This rice bowl is served with chopped, broiled eel. The first bowl is eaten as is. For the second bowl, add onions and seaweed to change the accent of the flavor. Add tea to the third bowl. This eel dish can be enjoyed three times over.

Miso Katsu (Pork Cutlet with Miso Sauce)

photograph  Miso Katsu  -Pork Cutlet with Miso Sauce-

Misokatsu is a combination of red miso sauce and pork cutlets, representing the collaborative culture of Nagoya. The type of Miso used for the pork cutlets differs by restaurant. Varieties such as Hacho miso, Bean miso and sweet hot miso sauce with bonito soup and sugar are used throughout Nagoya.

Miso Nikomi Udon (Noodles cooked in Miso)

photograph  Miso Nikomi Udon  -Noodles cooked in Miso-

This is a strong miso soup with dried bonito and thick udon noodles. The stew is served in an earthenware pot which keeps the soup hot down to the very end.

Enjoy Nagoya

Nagoya has many areas for leisure and shopping, such as the Nagoya station area, a skyscraper district with a beautiful city view. Sakae has a concentration of many restaurants, department stores, and brand shops. The city has the newest fashion, but there are also many places which can trigger your curiosity, such as museums and art galleries. There are also facilities for hands on experience to learn about the history and culture of Nagoya.

Oasis 21

photograph  Oasis 21

Oasis 21 is a three dimensional park located in central Nagoya. The symbol of the park is the "Spaceship Aqua," located on the roof. Enjoy a 14m high skywalk along the "spaceship". There are also many restaurants and shops in the facility.

Garden Pier

photograph  Garden Pier

This multi-facility consists of Garden Pier Green Park, a shopping mall, a museum, and Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Events are held throughout the year, featuring a fireworks festival in summer and illumination events in winter.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

photograph  Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

This museum was established by the Toyota Group to introduce the mechanisms and histories behind automobiles and textile machines. Experience metal processing and rubber-geared automobile manufacturing. Children and adults can learn at and enjoy this facility.

Nagoya Station (JR Central Towers)

photograph  JR Central Towers

The JR Central Towers is 245 meters high. In addition to office floors, there are commercial facilities such as hotels and department stores overflowing with people every day. Upper floors are popular for their night-time view of the city.

Nagoya City Art Museum

photograph  Nagoya City Art Museum

Approx. 1200 works of art from Ecole de Paris, Mexican Renaissance, contemporary artists, and local artists are exhibited. The beautiful building is designed by the famous architect Kisho Kurokawa and is worth seeing in itself.

Nagoya Dome

photograph  Nagoya Dome

Nagoya Dome is home field for the Chunichi Dragons baseball team. Choose a restaurant seat where food is served or a seat with a lunch box, and enjoy the game in your own style. In addition to baseball games, flea markets and sample markets are also held here.

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

photograph  Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

This large aquarium exhibits 500 different kind of species of fish, penguins, and dolphins, and more than 50,000 marine creatures. The main pool is the largest in the world, approx. 3000 people can sit and watch the astonishing dolphin show.

Noritake Garden

photograph  Noritake Garden

This comprehensive facility was built in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Japanese pottery and porcelain maker "Noritake," on the vast premises, there are independently-operated shops that sell outlet products, museums, cafes, and places when visitors can paint pottery.

More places where you can experience Nagoya's wonders