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Nagoya Castle

See weaponry, clothing and furniture in the treasure hall or roam the gardens to discover defense towers and cherry blossoms at Nagoya’s famous castle.

Nagoya Castle is one of the city’s most spectacular buildings and has played an important role in Japan’s history. Today, Nagoya Castle attracts visitors from around the world who come to admire its architecture, learn about its history and wander through the sprawling castle grounds.

Constructed in the early 17th century, Nagoya Castle was the home to the Owari branch of one of the most powerful families in Japan, the Tokugawas. The castle’s position in central Japan was pivotal and, as the castle became one of the most important in Japan, the surrounding town grew to become one of the biggest in the country. While much of the castle was damaged during World War II, most of it has been rebuilt.

Visit Nagoya Castle in late March or early April and you’ll see an explosion of pink and purple taking place in the castle grounds. The cherry blossom season is one of the most exciting times to visit Japan, and Nagoya Castle is a popular viewing spot. Join the locals in a hanami party as you picnic beneath the blossoms. Tour the grounds and discover the deep moat, historic walls and turrets used to defend the castle.

From the grounds, admire the architecture of the seven-story castle before you make your way inside. Look for the giant golden dolphins, known as kinshachi, which adorn the corners of the roof and serve as a symbol of the castle.

Learn about the castle’s rich history in the castle museum. Find out about the role of the castle during its heyday, the families that lived there and the damage suffered in 1945. See photographs of the castle before it was bombed and learn about plans for further reconstruction.

Nagoya Castle is located in the downtown area, a 20-minute train ride from Nagoya Station. There is parking available for a fee in the lot at the main gate. The castle is open daily but closes between December 29 and January 1. There is an admission fee.

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APA HOTEL NAGOYASAKAE-KITA ¥4,959
APA HOTEL NAGOYASAKAE-KITA

APA HOTEL NAGOYASAKAE-KITA

3-18-30 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hisaya Odori Park, Nagoya TV Tower, and Oasis 21. Nagoya Castle and Osu are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hisayaodori Station is only a 4-minute walk and Sakae Station is 9 minutes.

    Hotel Silk Tree Nagoya ¥4,120
    Hotel Silk Tree Nagoya

    Hotel Silk Tree Nagoya

    2-20-5, Nishiki, Nakaku, Nagoya, Aichi
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hisaya Odori Park, Nagoya City Science Museum, and Oasis 21. Osu and Nagoya TV Tower are also within 15 minutes. Fushimi Station is only a 5-minute walk and Sakae Station is 8 minutes.

      DAIWA ROYAL HOTEL D-CITY Nagoya Fushimi ¥5,728
      DAIWA ROYAL HOTEL D-CITY Nagoya Fushimi

      DAIWA ROYAL HOTEL D-CITY Nagoya Fushimi

      1-5-21, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Nagoya City Science Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Tokugawa Art Museum and Atsuta Jingu Shrine are also within 6 mi (10 km). Fushimi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Marunouchi Station is 10 minutes.

        Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier ¥12,273
        Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier

        Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier

        Nakamura-ku, Meieki 4-11-27, Symphony Toyota Building, Nagoya, Aichi
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Winc Aichi and Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center. Osu and Nagoya City Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kokusai Center Station is only a 3-minute walk and Meitetsu Nagoya Station is 6 minutes.

          Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel ¥12,269
          Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel

          Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel

          1-1-3 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Nagoya City Science Museum, and Nagoya Castle. LEGOLAND Japan is 14.1 mi (22.7 km) away. Meitetsu Nagoya Station is only a 4-minute walk and Kokusai Center Station is 7 minutes.

            APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae ¥4,545
            APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae

            APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae

            4-10-16, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi-ken
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hisaya Odori Park, Osu, and Oasis 21. Nagoya City Science Museum and Nagoya TV Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Sakae Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nagoya Sakaemachi Station is 8 minutes.

              APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae Higashi ¥4,545
              APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae Higashi

              APA Hotel Nagoya-Sakae Higashi

              4-9-20, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hisaya Odori Park, Aichi Arts Center, and Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. Oasis 21 and Mitsukoshi are also within 10 minutes. Sakae Station is 8 minutes by foot and Nagoya Sakaemachi Station is 9 minutes.

                Hotel ACTEL nagoyanishiki ¥6,546
                Hotel ACTEL nagoyanishiki

                Hotel ACTEL nagoyanishiki

                3-17-26 Nishiki, Nakaku, Nagoya, Aichi
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Nagoya City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hisaya Odori Park and Oasis 21. Osu and Nagoya City Science Museum are also within 15 minutes. Sakae Station and Nagoya Sakaemachi Station are within a 5-minute walk.