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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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Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel ¥12,273
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 Nakamura, 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 18 mi (29 km) away. Meitetsu Nagoya Station and Nagoya Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    APA HOTEL NAGOYASAKAE-KITA ¥4,215
    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 Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hisaya Odori Park, Nagoya TV Tower, and Oasis 21. Osu and Nagoya Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hisaya-odori Station is only a 4-minute walk and Sakae Station is 9 minutes.

      Hotel Silk Tree Nagoya ¥3,636
      Hotel Silk Tree Nagoya

      Hotel Silk Tree Nagoya

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

        Located in Naka Ward, 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.

        Hilton Nagoya ¥16,500
        Hilton Nagoya

        Hilton Nagoya

        1-3-3 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi-ken
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Naka Ward, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chubu Electric Power Science Museum, Osu, and Nagoya City Science Museum. Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center and Oasis 21 are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fushimi Station is only a 5-minute walk and Marunouchi Station is 10 minutes.

          Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae ¥5,653
          Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae

          Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae

          3-15-21 Nishiki, Nagoya, Aichi-ken
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is steps from Hisaya Odori Park and Nagoya TV Tower. Osu and Oasis 21 are also within 15 minutes. Sakae Station and Sakaemachi Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Dormy Inn Premium Nagoya Sakae Natural Hot Spring ¥6,650
            Dormy Inn Premium Nagoya Sakae Natural Hot Spring

            Dormy Inn Premium Nagoya Sakae Natural Hot Spring

            2-20-1 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi-ken
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chubu Electric Power Science Museum, Nagoya City Science Museum, and Oasis 21. Osu and Nagoya TV Tower are also within 15 minutes. Fushimi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Sakae Station is 9 minutes.

              APA Villa Hotel Nagoya-Marunouchi Ekimae ¥3,802
              APA Villa Hotel Nagoya-Marunouchi Ekimae

              APA Villa Hotel Nagoya-Marunouchi Ekimae

              2-17-28 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi-ken
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Naka Ward, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nagoya City Science Museum and Nagoya Castle. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Tokugawa Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Marunouchi Station is only a 2-minute walk and Fushimi Station is 7 minutes.

                Best Western Hotel Nagoya ¥2,902
                Best Western Hotel Nagoya

                Best Western Hotel Nagoya

                4-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi-ken
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This hotel is located in Nagoya (Naka Ward), close to Oasis 21, Nagoya City Science Museum, and Nagoya Castle. Local attractions also include Noritake Garden and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Sakae Station is 6 minutes by foot and Shin-sakaemachi Station is 9 minutes.