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Nagoya is the capital and largest city of Aichi prefecture, in the Chubu region of Honshu.

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  • Port of Nagoya Aquarium (名古屋港水族館 Nagoya-ko-suizoukan) (A short walk from Subway Nagoyako Stn. (Meiko line)),  +81-52-654-7080. Open daily 9:30AM-5:00PM (until 8:00PM Jul 21-Aug 31). (site in Japanese) Large aquarium featuring a number of different marine environments. Adults ¥2,000.
  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (トヨタ産業技術記念館 Toyota-sangyou-gijutsu-kinenkan), 4-1-35 Noritake Shinmachi, Nishi-ku (3 minute walk from Meitetsu Sako Stn (Nagoya line), 10-minute walk from exit 2, Subway: Kamejima Station (Higashiyama Line)),  +81-52-551-6115. Tu-Su 9:30AM-5:00PM (Last admission 4:30PM), (restaurant open until 9:00PM), Closed M, (T if M is a holiday), New Years' holidays. Built on the site of one of Toyota's original loom factories, this museum tells the story of the Toyota corporation, from its beginnings as an industrial loom manufacturer to its transformation into one of the world's largest car manufacturers. Includes large loom machinery and car display halls as well as a hands-on "Technoland" with interactive science exhibits. Museum also includes a library, video library with personal viewing booths, restaurant, cafe, and gift shop. Displays, brochures, and audioguides available in English and several other languages. Barrier-free access for disabled visitors. FREESPOT Wi-Fi access available. Adults ¥500, Jr. & Sr. high school students: ¥300, Elem. School Students: ¥200.
  • Nagoya City Art Museum (名古屋市美術館 Nagoya-shi-bijutsukan), 2-17-25 Sakae, Naka-ku (8 mins on foot S of Fushimi stn (Higashiyama, Tsurumai Line), exit 5),  +81-52-212-0001. Tu-Su 9:30-5:00PM(F 9:30-8:00PM) (Last admission 30mins before closing). Closed M, (T when M is a national holiday), Dec 29-Jan 3. Collection of 2,000 works including pieces by Modigliani, Laurencin, and Utrillo, as well as those of local artists, such as Takanori Ogisu and Tamiji Kitagawa. Permanent Collection: Adults ¥300, Students (over 16): ¥200, (under 15): Free.
  • Nagoya Castle (名古屋城 Nagoya-jō) (Subway: Shiyakusho Stn (Meijo line). 5 min. walk from exit 7.),  +81-52-231-1700. Open daily 9:00-4:30PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1. Trumpeted as a famous landmark, particularly the two golden carp (金の鯱 kin-no-shachi) on the roof. The original castle was home to Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's famous warlords. Largely destroyed during the war, the current castle is a concrete replica of the original, and was completed in 1959. The Castle houses an interesting museum (no flash photography on 1st floor), observation deck, and surrounding gardens. Adults: ¥500, Jr. high school students and younger: free.
  • Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮 Atsuta Jingū), Jingūmae station. This shrine houses the sacred Kusanagi no mitsurugi (草薙神剣) sword, one of the three Imperial regalia of Japan — but unfortunately nobody but the emperor and a few high priests get to see it. There are some 4,400 other artifacts on the grounds though and the shrine hosts some 70 festivals every year.
  • Shirotori Garden (白鳥庭園 Shirotori Teien), Jingūnishi station. Located relatively near Atsuta Shrine, in this Japanese garden you can see and feed koi fish in large ponds, take a look at the tea ceremony house, and also view the beautiful waterfall. On spring the plum trees bloom beautifully and on autumn you can enjoy the night illumination. A small admission fee is required.
  • Toyota Automobile Museum (Take the Higashiyama subway line to Fujigaoka, then take the Linimo line to Geidei-dori),  +81-56-163-5155. 9:30-5PM, closed M and holidays. Large collection of cars from many countries and manufacturers, up until about 1980. About 1/4 of the collection is dedicated to post-war Japanese cars. Restaurant on-site. ¥1000.
  • Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts (名古屋ボストン美術館 Nagoya-bosuton-bijutsukan), 1-1-1 Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku (next to Kanayama station),  +81-52-684-0786. Tu-F 10AM-7PM, Sa, Sun, Hols 10AM-5PM Closed M. Like any world-class art museum, the MFA in Boston, USA has far more in its archives than it can reasonably display. This sister institution is one way to make the most of the extensive collection. Student / Adult admission: ¥300/400 for the general collection, ¥900/1200 for special exhibits.
  • Nittaiji Temple +81-52-751-2121. (日泰寺), 1-1 Hohocho, Chikusa-ku. Among the 165,000 square meters of temple grounds is the 15 meter Gandala-style Taian Pagoda, which houses relics of the Buddha that were presented to Japan by the king of Thailand.
  • Shirakawa Park. Beautiful trees, Nagoya Science and Modern Art Museums. South of Fushimi subway station.
  • Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館), 1017, Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku (Located 10 minutes on foot from the South exit of JR Ozone stn. (JR Chuo line), or a 15 minute walk from exit 3 of Ozone Subway Station (Meijo line).),  +81-52-935-6262. 10AM-5PM (last admission 4:30PM). Displays some treasures of the Tokugawa family. Located next door to the beautiful Tokugawa-en Japanese gardens (additional admission charge required).
  • Koshoji Temple (5 min walk from Subway Yagoto stn (Meijo, Tsurumai lines)),  +81-52-832-2801. Koshoji Temple was established in the 17th century by the Tokugawa family. The temple hosts the annual "1,000 Lantern Festival." There are numerous restaurants and universities surrounding the Koshoji Temple area.
  • Shiroyama Hakusan Shrine (5 min walk uphill N. of Motoyama stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines)). Formerly the Suemori Castle, the present day Shrine hosts festivals that feature Japanese dance and music.
  • Toganji Temple (Motoyama stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines)). Dating back to the 16th century, this temple features a statue of the seated Buddha and has many ties to Hindu religion, particularly a temple honoring the Goddess Saraswati, who is honored in a Benzaiten Festival every May 7–8. Toganji also contains a huge wood block said to purge past sins if touched with one hand.
  • Nagoya City Science Museum (Fushimi stn., exit 5). 9:30AM-5PM; closed Monday. Located in the city centre, this museum houses samurai armory and weaponry. ¥300.
  • Arako Kannon Temple (荒子観音), Arako-cho, Nakagawa-ku (SE of Takabata subway station (Higashiyama line). Walk S from the major crossroads with Yagumo-dori. Follow the sign to reach the temple, which is a few hundred meters down the street, on the S side.),  +81-52-361-1778. This small temple is the oldest building in Nagoya, with original construction on the site dating from the Heian Period (8th century). Despite several fires which destroyed older portions of the temple, the Tahoto pagoda on site remains intact after 472 years.
  • Osu Kannon Temple (大須観音), 21-47 Osu 2-chome, Naka-ku Nagoya (S of Osu Kannon subway stn. (Tsurumai line), exit 2),  +81-52-231-6525. Founded in the Kamakura era (1192-1333), this temple was moved to its current location by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612. The present main temple on the site was reconstructed in 1970. Check out the main hall or buy an お守り (omamori) charm in the gift shop for good luck. The grounds in front of the temple are host to a small flea market twice every month.

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  • Nagoya TV Tower (名古屋テレビ塔 Nagoya-terebi-tou), Hisaya-odori koen, Naka-ku (Subway: Hisaya Odori Station (Meijo line/Sakura-dori line)),  +81-52-971-8546, fax: +81-52-961-0561. Daily 10:00-9:00PM. Standing 180 meters tall, the Nagoya TV Tower is Japan's oldest - predating even the Tokyo Tower. Take an elevator to the 100m-high sky balcony for great views of Hisaya-odori park and Sakae. Under the tower is a small terrace with tables and a number of small food stands. Adults: ¥500, Children ¥250.
  • Hisaya-Odori Park (Sakae or Hisaya-Odori subway exits.). Nice trees and fountains, Nagoya TV Tower observation deck. On weekend afternoons and evenings, local musicians set up in and around the park and strut their stuff for the passers-by.
  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (愛知県美術館 Aichi-ken-bijutsukan), Aichi Arts Center, 10F, 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku (3 min walk via Oasis 21 park from Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines) or Sakaemachi station (Meitetsu Seto Line)),  +81-52-971-5511. Tu-Th, Sa, Su:10:00-6:00PM; F:10:00-8:00PM (Last admission: 30 mins before closing). Closed M (or Tu if M is a public holiday), Dec 28-Jan 3. Collection features international and Japanese 20th century art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, German Expressionists, Surrealists, and postwar US artists. Japanese collection features the art of Yuichi Takahashi, Ryuzaburo Umehara, Sotaro Yasui, Taikan Yokoyama, and Shunso Hishida. Two private collections donated to the museum also include Edo-period paintings and traditional crafts. Permanent Collection: ¥500; High-school/college students: ¥300; Groups of 20+ people: adults ¥400, students ¥240; High-school groups, junior high-school students, children 12 and under, disabled visitors and escorts: free.

Nagoya Twin Tower

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya TV Tower

Meijo Park

Aichi Arts Center

Shirakawa Park

Tsurumai Park

Hisaya-oodori Park

Nagoya City Science Museum

Atsuta Shrine

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art

Nagoya City Art Museum

Nagoya Institute of Technology

Port of Nagoya Aquarium

Nagoya City Hall

Nittaiji Temple

Tokugawa Art Museum

Higashiyama Park

Koshoji Temple

Nagoya-Boston Museum of Fine Arts

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About Nagoya

History

Now a modern metropolis, Nagoya gets its name from an old manor called Nagono which was built in the area in the 12th century. The manor prospered for two hundred years, and people began to refer to the area by the manor's name. Over time, the pronunciation of the Chinese characters in the name "Nagono" shifted to "Nagoya", by which the city is now known.

Three famous local figures later helped to put Nagoya firmly on the map of Japan. Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu all hailed from around Nagoya, and all shared the ambitious goal of unifying Japan under one government. Tokugawa finally succeeded in 1603 after winning in the Battle of Sekigahara, and established the Tokugawa Shogunate, which would rule Japan for the next 250 years.

Soon after uniting the country, Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the construction of Nagoya Castle for his son. He then ordered the people of nearby Kiyosu (on the outskirts of Nagoya) to move to the area around the castle, and a town soon came into being. Cotton, ceramics and lumber were the main industries sustaining the town as it grew into a small city.

Following Japan's opening to the world during the Meiji era, Nagoya rapidly industrialized and established transportation links with the rest of Japan that would allow it to easily export its goods. During World War I, Nagoya became known for its foundries as well as its machinery and heavy industry exports, which would continue to grow throughout the 1930s.

The 1920s marked the beginnings of the automotive industry in Nagoya, which continues in importance to the current day. At the heart of the industry is the Toyota Motor Corporation. Starting from humble beginnings as a loom-making company, Toyota entered into the automobile business in the 1930s. It now stands as the world's largest automaker, and continues to dominate the local economy along with the car-making giants Honda and Mitsubishi.

During World War II, much of Nagoya's manufacturing infrastructure turned to the production of military goods, making it a prime target for bombing raids. Almost 25% of the city was destroyed during the war, with almost half the population fleeing to the countryside to avoid the attacks.

The end of the war marked a new start for Nagoya. Car-friendly wide streets and boulevards were bulldozed through the rubble of war, making for the city of today.

Nagoya now ranks as one of the nation's economic powerhouses, and is home to the head offices of Toyota Motor Corporation, Brother Industries, Daido Steel, Makita, Denso Corporation, INAX, Suzuki Motor, Honda Motor, Noritake, NGK Insulators, Olympus Optical, Yamaha and many others. Unlike other parts of Japan, which borrowed heavily for elaborate and expensive public works projects in the bubble years of the 1980s, ketchi (cheap) Nagoya held to a pay-as-you-go philosophy, and has not been as adversely affected by the post-bubble recession as other major centres.

The booming economy has also brought many foreigners to the area, and the region now hosts a thriving community of Japanese-descent Brazilian immigrants, who help to keep the wheels of the local economy spinning. With its strong economy and growing population, Nagoya is a city to watch in the coming years.

Climate

Nagoya's climate varies greatly throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging from a low of 4°C (39.2°F) in January to a high of 27°C (80.6°F) in August. The city is known for its incredibly hot and humid summers like many cities in Japan, with high temperatures routinely surpassing 30°C (86°F)in August, so those with an aversion to heat would be better off visiting in the milder temperatures of the spring or autumn.

Activities

  • Ride the gold and white Nagoya Sightseeing Bus Me-Guru past many of the city's main attractions. Operates T-Su. Offers hop-on-hop-off hourly service from 9:30AM-5:30PM T-F, and every half hour on Sa-Su. Closed M, year-end holidays. Daypass: Adults ¥500, Children ¥250. (includes discount on featured attractions). Single ride: adults ¥200, children ¥100. Daypasses may be purchased getting on the bus. 1-day transport passes also accepted.
  • Catch a traditional Japanese Noh play at the Nagoya Noh Theatre. (Subway: Shiyakusho stn.)
  • Go for a jog (or a walk) around beautiful Meijo Park (名城公園 Meijo Koen), one of Nagoya's largest green spaces, and take in the great view of Nagoya Castle (Subway: Meijo-Koen station, Meijo line). Showers and lockers available.
  • Higashiyama Park (東山公園 Higashiyama-koen). (Higashiyama-koen station). Features a zoo, conservatory, monorail, roller coasters, "sky tower" and a great deal of open space.

Events

  • Nagoya Sumo Tournament (大相撲名古屋場所 Oo-sumou-Nagoya-bashou), Aichi Prefectual Gymnasium, 1-1 Ninomaru, Naka-ku (A short walk from Shiyakusho stn. (Meijo Line)),  +81-52-221-0737, fax: +81-52-221-0739. 15 days mid-July. Watch the big boys of Japanese sumo battle it out in Nagoya. An annual tradition. Tickets are generally available at the counter unless it is the first or last day. Ticket prices start at ¥3,200 and up. The cheapest seats are fine for first-time sumo watchers and are not much worse than the ¥4,700 seats.
  • Osu Summer Festival (大須夏祭り Osu Natsu-matsuri) (Short walk from Osu Kannon Stn (Tsurumai line) exit 1). Yearly street festival held in the shopping streets around Osu Kannon temple. Featuring live stage performances, street performers, Brazilian samba parade and cosplay parade.
  • World Cosplay Summit (世界コスプレサミット Sekai-kosupure-samitto) (Parade: Osu Kannon (Tsurumai line) exit 1, World Cosplay Championship: Oasis 21, Sakae stn. exit 4A.). An otaku's dream come true. Watch as fans of Japanese animation from around the world dress up as their favorite anime characters and parade around the streets of Nagoya. The Summit culminates with the World Cosplay Championship (世界コスプレチャンピオンシップ Sekai-kosupure-championshippu) pitting teams from a number of countries as they show off their costumes and perform stage shows in tribute to their favorite Japanimation characters. Cheer on your nation's entry or just stare in wonderment at the strangeness of it all.
  • Nagoya Castle Summer Night Festival (名古屋城宵まつり Nagoya-jo-sho-matsuri) (Nagoya Castle, Subway: Shiyakusho stn.),  +81-52-231-1700, fax: +81-52-201-3646. A traditional-style summer festival, complete with lanterns, numerous styles of traditional bon-odori (盆踊り ) circle dancing (to honour family ancestors), festival stalls, and a beer garden under an illuminated Nagoya castle. Adults: ¥800 (¥700 w/ adv. purchase), Children ¥200 (¥100 w/advanced purchase)..

Movies

  • Midland Square Cinemas (ミッドランドスクエア・シネマ), Midland Square Bldg. 5F, Meieki 4 chome 7-1, Nakamura-ku (Located directly across from JR Nagoya Stn. (Subway: Nagoya Stn.)),  +81-52-527-8808. Located on the 5th floor of the towering Midland Square building, this complex boasts 7 screens with stadium seating, and shows a range of popular Hollywood and Japanese mainstream movies.
  • 109 Cinemas Nagoya, La Vamo Sasashima 2F, 4-60-14 Hiraike-cho, Nakamura-ku (13 min walk south of JR Nagoya stn. or 5 minute walk from Sasashima Raibu stn. (JR Aonami line)),  +81-52-541-3109. Located in a relatively new entertainment complex, this large movie theater contains 10 cinemas with stadium seating and shows a mix of Hollywood and mainstream Japanese films.
  • Nagoya Cinémathèque (名古屋シネマテーク), Imaike Star Bldg. 2F, Imaike 1 chome 6-13, Chikusa-ku (Located W of Imaike subway station (Subway: Higashiyama, Sakura-dori lines). Exit via subway exit 9 and turn 180 degrees to face the Nakaya bakery (中屋パン). Walk towards the bakery and turn left onto the side street running in front of it. Continue down the side street for two blocks. The Imaike Star building is on the corner of the second block. Climb the stairs to the second floor.),  +81-52-733-3959, e-mail: nagoya@cineaste.jp. One of Nagoya's smallest theatres (with only 40 seats), the Cinémathèque shows a mix of foreign and art films (Japanese subtitles only), and contains a small cinema shop.
  • Meien Cinesalon (Meien Kogekijou 名演小劇場), Higashi-sakura 2 chome 23-7, Higashi-ku (E of Sakae subway stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines.) Exit via Sakae stn. exit 5 and continue E towards Nagoya highway overpass. Cross the street under the overpass and continue past the GS gas station. The Meien Cinesalon is on the right-hand side of the street.),  +81-52-931-1701, fax: +81-52-931-8588. Downtown movie theatre showing foreign and Japanese art films (Subtitles in Japanese only.)

Sports

The Chunichi Dragons (中日ドラゴンズ Chunichi-doragonzu) [12] (Japanese), winners of the 2008 Japan Series, play in the Central League of Japanese Professional Baseball. Check out one of their games at the Nagoya Dome (Japanese) in Ozone, northeast of downtown. (15 min walk E of JR Ozone stn. (Chuo line) via S exit, Subway: Nagoya-dome-mae-yada (Meijo line))

Food

Nagoya is big on miso, a sauce made from fermented soybeans and grain. You should not leave the city without trying misokatsu (味噌カツ), fried pork cutlet with a rich, red miso sauce on it.

The other Nagoya classic is shrimp tempura, particularly when wrapped up in rice and dried seaweed and turned into a handy portable package known as a tenmusu (天むす).

The city is also known for uirō (外郎), a confectionery made out of rice flour and sugar; a little firmer than gelatin but not as sticky as mochi. Many different flavors are available, including red bean (小豆 azuki) and green tea (抹茶 matcha).

Nagoya's noodle specialty is kishimen (きしめん), a flat, broad noodle often served in a miso or soy sauce broth. Available in most restaurant-gai in shopping centres or close to major railway stations.

Hitsumabushi (ひつまぶし)is an eel dish. Hitsumabushi is served with rice in a small box, and can be eaten three ways. First, just the eel and rice; second, with green onions and nori, and third, with tea or soup stock poured over it.

Budget

  • Café de Metro, 1F Kanayama station (North Exit). Serves up basic curry and donburi dishes, including a decent misokatsu, for ¥480 with coffee/tea, or ¥680 with miso soup and pickles.
  • Jerry's UNO, Located near Fureai Plaza in the Osu shopping district, to the giant manekineko statue's left (your right if you are facing the statue). It's a nice little taco shop that will run you about 500 yen per taco. They also have a nice selection of international beers.

Mid-range

  • Desperados, Fujimatsu Building 2 FL, 1-8-11 Shinsakae, Naka-ku (Located SW of Shinsakae subway stn. (Higashiyama line)),  +81-52-264-0663. M-Th: 18:00-1:00 F-Sa: 18:00-2:00 (kitchen closes at midnight) Closed Su. Tex-mex restaurant and bar operated by Mexican-born and American-raised owner Rudy and his wife Takako. Features a variety of Mexican dishes and a selection of premium Tequilas.
  • Kanran aka Marche du Soleil. European style restaurant, near Osu Kannon subway station. Plenty of vegetarian options on the (available in English) menu - the organic vegetable sticks and vegetable pizza are good choices. Staff are friendly and speak a usable amount of English.
  • Yamamotoya Sōhonke (山本屋総本家), 25-9 Meieki, B1F Horinouchi Bldg (on Sakura-dori not far from Exit 6 of the Nagoya subway station). The home of the classic Nagoya miso dish nikomi udon, consisting of thick, chewy, handmade udon noodles served in boiling hot miso sauce/stock. Fairly pricy at ¥1200 for a basic bowl and rather difficult to eat — diners are provided with bibs to protect themselves from soup spray — but the effort is worth it.
  • La Marmite (ラ・マルミット), ALA Daikan-cho Bldg. 1F, 40-18 Daikan-cho, Higashi-ku (Subway: Kurumamichi Stn. (Sakura-dori line). 5 minute walk west of Exit 1 (towards Sakae) on N side of Sakura Dori street),  +81-52-937-7474. Tu-Su Lunch 11:30am-2:00pm, cafe time 3:00pm-5:00pm, dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm Closed M.. French bistro operated by long time expat chef Jean-Luc Ravion, (member, Culinary Academy of France). Offers home-made ham, sausages and other traditional French food. Wine from the Loire also available. 4,000-5,000yen.

Splurge

Nagoya's nouveaux riche are catered for by several luxury department stores and many first-class restaurants, which are sometimes difficult find for auto-less tourists.

  • Arena Venini +81-52-757-5100. Chikusa-ku, Kiribayashi 1-4-1 Ikeshita Hills 1F. An outstanding yet small Italian restaurant in a very small on the street behind the Chikusa Ward office across the street from Ikeshita station.
  • Antica Roma, Daikancho 39-18, Higashi-ku (Subway: Kurumamichi Stn. (Sakura-dori line). 5 minute walk west of Exit 1 (towards Sakae) on N side of Sakura Dori street),  +81-52-930-2770, fax: +81-52-930-2771, e-mail: info@anticaroma.jp. Cafe 14:00-17:00 (Terrazza, Pizzeria). Dinner 17:30-23:30 (last order 22:30). Excellent high-class Italian food (like seafood risotto, broccoli pasta or herb-stuffed pork rolls), but also delicious oven-baked pizzas. All this in three superbly furnished rooms. The main room is baroque-style with chandeliers and has not only a live pianist, but also a live opera singer every night (dress code for this room). The course menus start at ¥4,000, the pizzas at ¥1,500, a half-bottle of house wine is ¥2,500..
  • Garden Restaurant Tokugawa-en (ガーデンレストラン徳川園), 1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku (10 min. walk from South Exit of JR Ozone Station (JR Chuo line). 15 min. walk from Exit 3 of Ozone Subway Station (Meijo line).),  +81-52-932-7887, e-mail: info@gr-tokugawa.jp. Restaurant:(Lunch) 11:00am-2:00pm (last order),

(Dinner) 5:00pm-10:30pm (last order). Bar & Lounge 10:00am-5:00pm, 7:00pm-midnight. This eatery serves Japanese-French cuisine with views of the beautiful Tokugawa-en Japanese gardens located next door. 10,000-15,000yen.

  • Serge Gen's Restaurant Group NAGOYA, 11-26 Nishiki 3-Chome, Naka-ku,  +81-52-209-2333. 11:00AM-3:00PM. Five top-quality restaurants in the heart of Nagoya, Japan. From Italian cafe, Yakiniku, Sushi, to catered party events. ¥3000.
  • The Tower Restaurant Nagoya (ザ・タワーレストランナゴヤ), Nagoya TV Tower 4F, 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku (Subway: Hisaya-odori Stn. (Meijo, Sakura-dori lines)),  +81-52-951-3505. Restaurant: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-midnight. Lounge: 11:30am-2:00am. Located in the Nagoya TV tower, this restaurant offers continental European cuisine accompanied by great views of downtown Sakae. 8,000-10,000yen.

Drinks

Around Nagoya station, there are a lot of places for cheap drinking. Sakae is the big nightlife district, in a loose triangle formed by the Sakae, Yaba-cho and Osu Kannon stations. Sakae has a large red light district as well, but as with most of Japan, there's no sense of danger so don't worry about drifting around. There are countless izakayas around Kanayama station, both cheap chains and more upscale places.

If the bar and club scene is not for you, try Nagoya Friends and their bimonthly international parties. Always a dynamic mix of foreigners and Japanese. At the party it's all you can drink and eat (~¥3000).

  • Serge Gen's Restaurant Group NAGOYA, Address: 11-26 Nishiki 3-Chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 460-0003,  +81-52-209-2333. 11:00AM-3:00AM. Five top-quality restaurants in the heart of Nagoya, Japan. From Italian cafe, Yakiniku, Sushi, to catered party events. ¥3000.

Bars

  • Shooters, Pola Building 2F, Sakae 2-9-26, Naka-ku (Located S of Fushimi subway stn. (Higashiyama, Tsurumai lines) exit 5),  +81-52-202-7077, e-mail: info@shooters-nagoya.com. M-Th 5:00PM-1:00AM, F 5:00PM-5:00AM, Sa 11:30AM-5:00AM, Su 11:30 AM-1:00 AM. An American sports bar that attracts a mixed crowd with live music on Sundays.
  • Yama-chan (山ちゃん) (35 locations in and around Nagoya). (Japanese) Known for its tebasaki (手羽先) fried chicken wings (one of Nagoya's specialties), this seemingly ubiquitous chain of izakayas is one of Nagoya's favorites. English menu available.
  • Cigar Club Kanou, Montesharine Bldg. 1F, Sakae 1 chome 10-30, Naka-ku (Located near Fushimi Stn. (Higashiyama, Tsurumai Lines). Exit via exit 7 and continue W to the Hilton Hotel. Turn left in front of the Hilton and continue S. The bar is on the left side of the street.),  +81-52-231-5534, fax: +81-52-231-5534. 4:30PM-1:00 AM Tu-Sa. Located near the Hilton hotel, Cigar Club Kanou offers food, drink and a wide array of cigars (with a walk-in humidor.)
  • The Hub. This nationwide chain of affordable British-style pubs has three locations across the city, offering cocktails, bar food/pub grub, an English menu and some basic service in English.
    • Sakae, Ark Building 1F, 3-22-7, Nishiki, Naka-ku (3 min. walk from Sakae subway stn. exit 8. Located W of the Kokusai hotel),  +81-52-962-8682. Su-Th 4:00pm-1:00am Fr-Sa and day before holiday 4:00pm-5:00am. Happy hour daily 4:00pm-7:00pm.,
    • Fushimi, C Forest III Bldg. 2F, Sakae 1-4-10, Naka-ku (1 min. walk from Fushimi subway stn. (towards the Hilton Hotel)),  +81-52-220-0082. M-Th 17:00-1:00, F 17:00-2:00, Sa and night before hol. 16:00-2:00, Su 16:00-1:00. Happy hour daily from open to 19:00.
    • Nagoya Station Area (Meieki), M-san Dainingu Biru 1F, Meieki 3-15-11, Nakamura-ku (2 min. walk E of Nagoya Station (Sakura Dori side) Located N of the Royal Park Inn Nagoya),  +81-52-533-4882. M-Th 12:00-midnight, F 12:00-2:00, Sa 17:00-2:00, Su and Hol. 17:00-23:30. Happy hour daily 17:00-19:00.
  • Shinchan (しんちゃん) This is a chain izakaya located all around Nagoya. They sell great chicken wings and mugs of beer for 320 yen.
    • Kanayama +81 120-29-5688. Washington Hotel plaza 2nd floor.
    • Sakae +81 120-77-1868. Located just a few doors away from iD Bar.

Sakae

  • MyBar, Tatenomachi Bldg. B1F, 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku (Sakae stn. exit 3. S. of the Nagoya TV tower on the W. side of Hisaya-odori park),  +81-52-971-8888. Su-Th 6:00PM-1:00AM, F, Sa 4:00PM-3:00AM. Run by a Canadian expat, MyBar offers hockey night on Monday evenings. Serves imported beers and cocktails, Italian food, tacos, and burgers.
  • The Red Rock, Aster Plaza Bldg. 2F, 4-14-6 Sakae, Naka-ku (Subway: Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines). Located directly behind the Chunichi Building, a short walk SE of Sakae subway exit 13.),  +81-52-262-7893. M-Th 17:30-02:00, F, Sa 17:30-3:00, Su 11:30-2:00. An Australian pub. Free Wi-fi / internet terminal access with food or drink purchase. Offers weekly Sunday brunch (11:30AM-4:00PM) and Thursday trivia night (8:30-11:00PM).

Nightclubs

Nagoya has some good clubs. A lot of the DJs who play Tokyo also pass through Nagoya. Many of the most popular clubs are located in Sakae and Shin-sakae-machi (just east of Sakae and south of the Naka ward office).

Be aware that even on week-ends, on less popular nights, clubs empty or even close early (around 2-3AM) in Nagoya. This is a sharp contrast to Tokyo, where most people come by train and have to stick around for good or for bad until the first train in the morning. In auto-city Toyota, however, many people come by car; they can and will go home early if they are bored.

For information on upcoming club events, sign up for the weekly The Obvious Circus newsletter [13] by local DJ DJDij, or check out Seekjapan.jp's Nagoya live event listings [14].

Gay and Lesbian dance events are held monthly by the Nagoya Metro Club at LOVER: z across from the CBC-TV building in Shinsakae-machi.

  • Radix, 4-7-38 Chiyoda, Naka-ku (Tsurumai stn. (JR Chuo, Subway Tsurumai line) 10 min walk SW of exit 6 alongside the elevated train tracks),  +81-52-332-0073, fax: +81-52-332-0180. One of the bigger clubs in Nagoya, a lot of big house, jungle and dub Djs play here. Expect to pay from ¥2000-3000, usually with a free drink included.
  • J-Max. In Fushimi attracts foreigners and Japanese alike for weekend dance events. Entry fee is usually ¥2000-3000, with a couple of drinks included.

Sakae

  • ID club. The most popular and well-known club in Nagoya. Nagoya's largest club, 5 different floors of style and music. R & B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Hard House, All Mix, 70's & 80's disco. Open Thurs-Sun 8:00PM-closing. (Closed at 1am on a Friday night Entry ¥1000 (2 drinks) weekdays, ¥2000 (4 drinks) Fri, ¥3000 (4 drinks) Sat, ¥2000 (4 drinks) Sun. 3-1-15 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya Tel:+81-52-251-0382.
  • STEPS, Hasegawa Bldg. 2F, 3-2-29 Sakae, Naka-ku (Close to subway Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo lines) Opposite ID Cafe. Around 100m S of Sakae Tokyu Inn Hotel on the left.),  +81-52-242-7544. M-Sa 6PM-6AM. Closed Su. Food and drinks from \500 including pasta, hamburgers, and steak dishes. TVs covering live sports events. Music from 12AM with DJs, occasional live music. Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B.
  • Club Daughter. Has something happening almost every night, so you'll never be stuck for something to do. It's a small place though. To western clubbers, it may seem more like a basement party than a club, and if you're going out on a Monday or a Tuesday, you may find it pretty empty. Fridays and Saturdays, though, the place is normally packed. Drinks are about ¥600 each, entry varies, check on the site.
  • Club JB's. Is another good Nagoya club. Right around the corner from Club Daughter.
  • Lush The Underground, Marumi Kanko Bldg. 3-4F, 3-4-15 Sakae, Naka-ku (In Shin-sakae-machi entertainment district.),  +81-52-242-1388, fax: +81-52-264-9663. Tu-Su 11:00PM-5:00AM. Closed M.. Has two floors for one price, upstairs is hip-hop at maximum volume levels, while downstairs more dance music is played. Always a happy crowd without annoying bouncers, on weekdays ladies pay ¥1000 and guys ¥1500 with 1 drink included. Foreigners welcome.
  • Club Mago. In Shin-Sakae on the basement level of the Flex-building. Great for house, techno, electro-clash, progressive house. ¥2500-3000 cover.
  • Jazz Inn Lovely, 1-10-15 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku (Subway: Hisaya-odori stn. (Sakura-dori, Meijo lines). Exit the subway for),  +81-52-951-6085, e-mail: info@jazzinnlovely.com. Open Daily 6PM-3AM. Jazz club featuring Japanese and international jazz artists. Cover charge varies per artist. From ¥1500 to ¥5000.
  • Club Quattro Nagoya (クラブクアトロ Kurabu-kuatoro), Nagoya Parco Department Store East Building (東館 Higashi-kan), 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku (Subway: Yaba-cho stn. (Meijo line). Located in the east building of the Parco Department Store),  +81-52-264-8211. Concerts in early evening (5:30-8PM start). One of Nagoya's main live houses, featuring a wide array of Japanese and international rock and pop music acts. Ticket price varies per artist.

Shopping

Shopping Areas

  • Osu Shopping Arcade, subway Osu Kannon exit 2 (straight ahead one block, turn left into the temple grounds and go straight on through the gravelled temple area). A series of old style shopping arcades packed with mom-and-pop stores, ¥100 shops, traditional crafts, used computers and a fantastic range of clothing stores. There is a little bit of everything. Osu is the shopping area and Osu Kannon the temple just to the west side. In fact, the shopping area extends from Osu Kannon temple in the west to Bansho-ji (万松寺) temple and Otsu-dori street (大津通り) in the east. Outside of the main shopping arcade, there are also a number of streets with a wide array of different specialty shops.
    • Akamon-dori (赤門通り) is known for the bright red banners hung along the street, and hosts a variety of stereo and electronics stores as well as used record shops. On the 28th of every month, Daikou-in temple (大光院)hosts a small temple festival(縁日 ennichi) on Akamon-dori with traditional street food stalls and lots of burning incense.
    • Otsu-dori (大津通り) marks the eastern boundary of the Osu shopping area. On the lively stretch of Otsu-dori north of Kamimaezu subway station you will find the Osu 301 Building (大須301). The building is known for its small dragon sculpture and Chinese theme, and contains a number of small shops. Continuing north on Otsu-dori, you will also find the small but funky Gatten-shouchi (合点承知) building, a mini-mall featuring fashion accessories, food stands, and various fortune tellers.
  • Sakae offers good department store shopping, restaurants and night-life. Take a walk atop the rooftop promenade of the Oasis 21 shopping arcade and get a nice view of the TV Tower.

Books

  • Maruzen (丸善) (Subway: Sakae stn. (Higashiyama, Meijo Lines). Next to the Maruei department store). M-F 9:00-8:00PM Sa-Su 9:00-7:00PM. Offers a reasonable selection of English books, magazines, and newspapers on the 3rd floor, including travel guidebooks, maps, a wide array of books on Japan, and Japanese language study materials.
  • Sanseido Books, 11F, JR Central Towers above JR Nagoya Station (Subway: Nagoya stn (Sakura-dori, Higashiyama, Tsurumai lines). From inside the station, walk towards the Sakura-dori exit and turn right before the exit. You will see a bank of express elevators. Board an express elevator to the the 12th floor. Exit the elevator and head towards the open area with windows overlooking Nagoya. You will notice an escalator descending to Sanseido Books on the 11th floor.). Offers a corner with English books, magazines and newspapers. Features books on Japan plus a decent selection of current nonfiction titles and business books. A small selection of guidebooks are also available.
  • The Mondo Lounge (問答ラウンジ), Ishou Mansion Bldg. 2F, Kamimaezu 2-4-6, Naka-ku (Located on Osu Dori (大須道)east of Kamimaezu exit 3 and before the river. Subway: Kamimaezu stn. (Meijo, Tsurumai lines) Exit 3. Exit the subway and immediately turn left at the top of the stairs. You will see a small restaurant in front of you with awnings and shutters on the windows. Turn left again and continue to the street corner. You will see a small Japanese used bookstore Tsutaya Shouten (つたや書店) immediately on your right. Turn right and continue down the street. You will pass by a restaurant with a stainless steel statue of a chef. Continue straight across a small side street. The Mondo Lounge entrance is located just after the brown Bank of Nagoya (名古屋銀行)building.),  +81-52-331-3799, e-mail: info@mondo-books.com. M-Su 10:00AM-10:00PM. Formerly Mondo Books, this English second-hand bookstore and cafe lounge is run by two friendly and knowledgeable local expats and a fluently bilingual Japanese woman. Features a selection of affordable books on a variety of subjects and a cafe and event space. Offering service in English, Spanish and French.

Electronics

Best bets for cameras and electronics include Bic Camera, a massive 5 story camera and electronics megastore across the street from Nagoya station (on the Taiko-dori side). Osu Market also has a number of large and small electronics shops, including Goodwill (computers and peripherals - otaku culture fans will also want to check out the maid cafe in the basement), DOS Para and others. Unfortunately, some of the electronics shops in Osu (such as Goodwill) are not located on the main shopping streets, and you may have to ask around to find them. There are also two Eiden electronics superstores located in Fushimi and near JR Ozone stn on the JR Chuo Line.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Nagoya on Wikivoyage.

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