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Enjoy the contrast of old and new landmarks of Nagoya

Nagoya Castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1612. Kinshachi (golden dolphins) were set atop the castle tower, and the structure became a symbol of Nagoya's prosperity, as told of in the Ise Ondo folksong: "Owari Nagoya keeps it in its castle." The castle burned down during WWII, and was reconstructed in 1959. The castle was restored to its former glory, kinshachi and all. Large-scale redevelopment of the area around Nagoya Station in recent years has seen the appearance of many modern high-rise buildings. An ever-changing Nagoya, and an unchanging Nagoya Castle. The castle is the centerpiece of stunning scenery created by old and new landmarks.

※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).

  • Viewing period:
  • All year round
  • Challenge level:
  • ★☆☆
  • Feeling:
  • Overwhelming

Travel advice

Views of Nagoya Castle among modern skyscrapers can be seen in the northern part of the city, and from the observatory on the 7th floor of the castle tower, visitors can enjoy the ever-changing landscape of skyscrapers around JR Nagoya Station. Besides the panoramic views, within the castle precincts, Honmaru Goten has been undergoing reconstruction since 2009, and, as a first phase of reopening, the "Genkan"and "Omote-shoin" have already been made accessible to the public again at time of writing (2015). Many people are looking forward to the completion of reconstruction work in 2018. * New buildings are currently under construction around Nagoya Station as part of ongoing redevelopment.

The pleasure of travel: Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle is just one of many cultural and historic spots in Nagoya. Many treasures handed down for generations in the Owari Tokugawa family are stored and exhibited at Tokugawa Art Museum. Walking around the spacious precincts of Atsuta Jingu and watching some of the religious services held there is one of the many other pleasures of travel to be had in the city. Visitors can enjoy many kinds of specialty gourmet cuisine in Nagoya, and among these, hitsumabushi and misokatsu should be at the top of everyone's list of things to try. Visit Bincho's ESCA branch near Nagoya Station for a casual bite of hitsumabushi, and for a hearty portion of misokatsu, Yabaton's famous Nagoya misokatsu is highly recommended.

Nagoya Castle

Misokatsu at Yabaton

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updated on Mar 31, 2015