Top Recommended Places for Sightseeing in Nagoya
Top picks for recommended places to visit when sightseeing in Nagoya
Nagoya is situated in the center of Japan and has a number of attractions on show for visitors and locals alike. Although not one of the most famous tourist destinations, it stands as one of the biggest cities in Japan. If you are heading from Tokyo to Kyoto you may as well stop off for a few days and top up on some of Japan’s culture. Nagoya has slowly transformed into one of the most spacious, urban zones in the country. Toyota’s headquarters can be found in Nagoya. If you are coming from Osaka or Tokyo it will only take about an hour to get to or up to two hours via train. Below are some of the top attractions you should visit.
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is the railway museum of Central Japan. It started in 2011 and aims to educate both locals and visitors on the high speed trains in Japan and the engineering behind this. The experience teaches visitors about the advances in the industry within the country. The best part about this attraction is that you are able to enter some of the old trains they have displayed. The display is made up of 39 trains and also introduces other informational pieces that explain the mechanisms of the train. This is a great day out for families thanks to its second floor of informational pieces aimed at children. If you reserve in advance, you can even experience the train simulators. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm everyday apart from Tuesdays and from December 28th to January 1st. The entry is priced at 1000 yen and the simulator and headsets come at an extra charge.
Tokugawa Art Museum
Tokugawa Art Museum was built containing a number of artifacts that were left by the wealthy Tokugawa family. It is home to a range of exhibitions, showcasing some classical Japanese pieces. The residence is home to samurai armor, swords, tea making equipment, costumes, letters, maps, and the list goes on. Not only will you be able to see some of Japan’s most precious artifacts but you can also see amazing Japanese landscape gardens. The gardens have been through a number of restorations and is a great place to visit after the museum. Best in spring, the garden flourishes with some of Japan’s most amazing plants. Opening hours are from 10am to 5pm everyday apart from Mondays and mid-December to early January. It costs 1,200 yen to enter the museum and 1,350 yen if you would like to visit the garden as well.
A must-see if you are going to Nagoya! Nagoya was built during the reign of the Tokugawa family and was one of the biggest in the entire country, one of the main reasons Nagoya became Japan’s fourth largest city. The current castle standing dates from reconstructions of 1959 because the castle was destroyed in 1945. It is filled with historical facts and pieces from the original castle and is home to amazing cherry blossoms at the end of March. The entire palace reconstructions have been scheduled to be completed in 2018. Instead of closing the site, they have turned the reconstruction into an extra reason for visitors to come. Guests are able to enter the scaffolding structure and have a look at the work in progress. The rebuild is not just a modern reconstruction of what once was a dated castle. It is in fact being done with its original materials and techniques. The castle is open to the public from 9am to 4:30pm everyday apart from December 29 to January 1st. The construction sites also close on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and during workmen lunch breaks (12pm to 1pm). It costs 500 yen to enter.
Last but not Least, The Toyota Attractions
Toyota, founded in Japan, has its headquarters in Nagoya. Of course, the headquarters themselves are actually in the town of Toyota which is very close to Nagoya but there are a number of museums scattered around the place. Toyota Kaikan Museum is one to look out for as there are regular displays of new technology open to the public. If you are a bit of a car nerd you may want to have a look online for any events running during your stay in the country. You can even book a free two-hour tour! In the center of Nagoya on the other hand you will be able to find the Toyota Techno Museum which introduces how Toyota’s journey began. For the real nerds, Toyota automobile Museum exhibits some of the most amazing vintage cars from Japan, Europe, and America that date all the way back to the 1800s.
Toyota Kaikan Museum is open from 9:30am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. It is closed on New Year's Day, Golden Week, and Obon holidays. It is free to visit. The Toyota Plant tours are available from 11am to 1pm. Reservations are required. The Toyota Techno Museum is open from 9:30 until 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday. The entrance fee is 500 yen. Toyota Automobile Museum is also open from 9am to 5pm, closed on Monday and the entrance fee is 1,000 yen.
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