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  • Japan's fourth-largest city, Nagoya

  • is a major industrial and cultural center

  • conveniently located at the heart of Japan's largest island of Honshu

  • and served by Chubu Centrair International Airport

  • a 30-minute train ride south of the city center

  • Boasting a unique historical background,

  • enduring cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes,

  • the city and its surroundings have a huge amount to offer

  • so join us as we check out seven great things to enjoy in Nagoya

  • Toyota and other places in Aichi Prefecture.

  • Located about 30 kilometers southeast of Nagoya

  • in the forested hills of Toyota City is the historic area of Matsudaira-gō,

  • ancestral home to one of Japan's most powerful samurai families, the Tokugawa

  • Originally known as the Matsudaira, the Tokugawa ruled the country for over 250 years until the 1860s

  • and several attractions related to the family can be found here.

  • Matsudairashōgū is a Shinto shrine built on the former site of the family's residence

  • and now dedicated to the spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu

  • the powerful warlord who united Japan in the early 1600s

  • A short distance away stands the family temple,

  • which was generously supported by the Tokugawa and contains several culturally important buildings.

  • Located on a mountain, 40 kilometers east of Nagoya,

  • Asuke Castle is one of only a handful of reconstructed castles from the era of warring states

  • During the period, Japan was split into dozens of smaller countries that constantly fought each other

  • resulting in the construction of hundreds of small fortresses on difficult-to-access and easy-to-defend mountain tops.

  • Virtually all these castles were lost over time,

  • and Asuke Castle is a rare reconstruction of one of them.

  • It contrasts with the large castles built in the center of cities

  • in later centuries which often served as much as status symbols as strategic defenses.

  • Located in the Mikawa Bay to the south of Nagoya, Sakushima is a beautiful island with ocean views,

  • quaint traditional buildings and displays of contemporary art,

  • all inside a coastline of just 11 km.

  • A wide promenade extends most of the way around the island

  • offering spectacular views out to sea,

  • while inland paths lead through wooded hills.

  • The island's two fishing villages feature traditional wooden buildings,

  • some of which have become cafes and restaurants.

  • Dotted around the island alongside its many small temples and shrines

  • is a series of contemporary art works,

  • referencing religious traditions or interacting playfully with the surrounding views.

  • In the northeast of Mikawa Bay, the even smaller island of Takeshima or Bamboo Island

  • lies just off the sleepy coastal town of Gamagori,

  • connected to the mainland by a long bridge,

  • the only one in all of Japan to pass under a torii gate,

  • and said to bring good luck to couples.

  • The island is home to Yaotomi Shrine which is dedicated to Benten, the goddess of music and entertainers.

  • After visiting the shrine, visitors can enjoy impressive sea views from a pathway leading around the edge of the island.

  • Despite being just a few hundred meters from the mainland,

  • the island's warmer climate forms a separate ecosystem

  • with unusual vegetation including a rare species of bamboo that gives the island its name.

  • One of the largest and best-known castles in Japan,

  • Nagoya Castle is the city's most iconic sightseeing spot and a must-see for visitors.

  • Built by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612,

  • the castle is an immense structure

  • with five layers of large and small towers, dominated by a seven-story central keep.

  • Today, the castle's grounds have become an attractive park,

  • with dramatic views of the double moat and defensive walls.

  • Another highlight is the Honmaru Goten Palace

  • a reconstruction of one of the great masterpieces of samurai architecture

  • and one of only a few Japanese castle palaces in existence today.

  • Recently, the palace was painstakingly reconstructed

  • using traditional materials and methods and fully opened to the public in 2018.

  • Located in central Nagoya, the Osu Shopping district is a vast area of interconnecting shopping arcades,

  • packed with shops, restaurants, and entertainment of all kinds.

  • Along its bustling streets, visitors can find a number of small temples,

  • mechanical puppet shows with characters from history,

  • a traditional theatre and even a small hot spring.

  • Just a few steps from the market stands Osu Kannonji,

  • one of the city's most popular temples dedicated to the Buddhist godde ss of mercy.

  • With a history of around 400 years,

  • the Kawabun is Nagoya's oldest restaurant,

  • serving high end kaiseki cuisine in an elegant, Taisho-inspired setting

  • that combines traditional Japanese architecture with Western elements.

  • Drawing on centuries of Japanese culinary tradition,

  • kaiseki is considered the pinnacle of traditional cooking,

  • a course meal made up of highly intricate dishes

  • chosen by the chef to highlight the beauty of individual ingredients

  • and the constant change of the seasons.

  • These were just seven of the many attractions and activities available in Nagoya and surroundings.

  • We hope they prove useful for planning your next trip to central Japan.

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Japan's fourth-largest city, Nagoya

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