Admire luxury cars, explore historic sites, enjoy a massage overlooking the city or shop for some of Japan’s biggest brands in this bustling metropolis.

Japan’s fourth-largest city, Nagoya, is sophisticated and modern, yet steeped in history. Today, the city is home to almost 3 million residents and attracts visitors for its shopping, luxury hotels and fascinating historical sites.

Visit Nagoya Castle to see the historic heart of the city. Damaged by fire during World War II, the castle has been meticulously restored and is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

Visit Nagoya in spring and be met by bursts of color as cherry blossoms begin to bloom. Bring a picnic to one of Nagoya’s parks and join in the traditional Japanese pastime of hanami, where crowds gather to enjoy the day beneath the flowers. Heiwa Park is one of the most famous places for hanami.

The modern center of Nagoya resides above Nagoya Station, the city’s main train station and the largest railroad complex in the world. The JR Central Towers above the station are home to some of the best shopping in town, as well as luxury hotels and two viewing decks, complete with bars and day spa facilities.

Enjoy a day in the outskirts of Nagoya. Catch the train to the nearby Toyota Automobile Museum to see classic car models from one of the biggest manufacturers in Japan, as well as luxury European and American cars.

Pay your respects at one of the most sacred sites in Japan, the Atsuta Shrine, a 15-minute train ride from Nagoya Station. Surrounded by woodland, this is a great place to unwind after a day in the city.

Sample Nagoya’s famous cuisine and try a plate of hitsumabushi (grilled eel). Served in a wooden bowl with broth and rice, the dish is an authentic dining experience.

Nagoya is located in central Japan. Fly into Nagoya International Airport or arrive by high-speed train, which takes 35 minutes from Kyoto or 1 hour 20 minutes from Tokyo. When you step out Nagoya Station, you’ll be in the city center, right beneath JR Central Towers.

Where to stay in Nagoya

Nagoya City Centre
Naka Ward

Nagoya City Centre

Known for Natural Parks, Museums, Hot Springs

4.5/5(308 reviews)

Museums, hot springs, and coffeehouses highlight some notable features of Nagoya City Centre. Make a stop by Nagoya City Science Museum or Osu while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Fushimi Station or Marunouchi Station to get around town.

Sakae
Naka Ward

Sakae

Known for Shopping, Museums, Hot Springs

Shopping, hot springs, and coffeehouses highlight some notable features of Sakae. Make a stop by Osu or Nagoya TV Tower while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Sakae Station or Yabacho Station to get around town.

Nishiki
祭り
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Nishiki

Known for Hot Springs, Friendly People, Walking

Hot springs, coffeehouses, and shopping are just a few things travelers like about Nishiki. Sights like Nagoya TV Tower and Hisaya Odori Park are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Nagoya area at Fushimi Station.

Kanayama
Atsuta Shrine featuring heritage architecture and a temple or place of worship

Kanayama

Known for Friendly People, Excursions, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Get to know Kanayama and its many features like its bars and spas. You might want to explore sights like Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Nagoya Urban Institute, and you can jump on the metro at Nishitakakura Station or Jingunishi Station to get around the city.

Meieki
I forgot the name of this restaurant but it is next to the Nagoya JR station's huge departmental store's top few floors.

The sushi here is one of the best I have had and also with the actual thing looking exactly like its replica outside the restaurant! Except fresher, bigger and more #delicious!
trover photo by Sharrie Shaw

Meieki

If you're spending time in Meieki, check out sights like Winc Aichi or Midland Square and hop on the metro to see more the city at Kokusai Center Station or Meitetsu Nagoya Station.

Centrair
It's time to go home and the last thing to do is to take photo at the airport.
trover photo by James Ng

Centrair

4.5/5(17 reviews)

When in Centrair, you can plan a visit to Flight of Dreams and Aeon Mall Tokoname, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Top Hotels in Nagoya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA HOTEL NAGOYASAKAE-KITA
APA HOTEL NAGOYASAKAE-KITA
3 out of 5
3-18-30 Marunouchi, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
¥4,545
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (535 reviews)

"This was a nice hotel, very good value, the staff were friendly and the room was comfortable, even for me at 6ft 2" and about 100kg!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

APA HOTEL NAGOYASAKAE-KITA
Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier
Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier
4 out of 5
Nakamura-ku, Meieki 4-11-27, Symphony Toyota Building, Nagoya, Aichi
¥14,091
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,263 reviews)

"Excellent staff service who patiently helped to book restaurants of our choice. Thanks"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier
DAIWA ROYAL HOTEL D-CITY Nagoya Fushimi
DAIWA ROYAL HOTEL D-CITY Nagoya Fushimi
3 out of 5
1-5-21, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
¥5,728
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (244 reviews)

"The in-room front door lighting automatically turned on and off in every half minutes unused (when motion not detected). This is very disturbing and however not environmental friendly, although I supposed this is the propose of this setting. Except for the above, everything is excellent."…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

DAIWA ROYAL HOTEL D-CITY Nagoya Fushimi

Popular things to do in Nagoya

Nagoya Castle
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Nagoya Castle

4.5/5(93 reviews)

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.

Atsuta Jingu Shrine
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Visit this ancient shrine to admire its beautiful architecture, discover ancient relics and enjoy a blissful escape in the surrounding park.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Learn about Toyota's manufacturing history at this intriguing museum, which features textile looms, automobile displays and engrossing interactive exhibits. 

LEGOLAND Japan
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LEGOLAND Japan

4/5(21 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at LEGOLAND Japan and see why people love this theme park in Nagoya. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Port of Nagoya Aquarium
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Port of Nagoya Aquarium

4/5(24 reviews)

Take the family to visit the sea creatures at Port of Nagoya Aquarium and find out why this is a popular attraction in Nagoya. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Nagoya City Science Museum
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Nagoya City Science Museum

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Nagoya City Science Museum is a top museum in Nagoya with a rich history. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Top activities in Nagoya

3-Day Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket with Airport Transfer
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3-Day Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket with Airport Transfer

¥8,500

Scope out shops, temples, and museums in bustling Nagoya, explore seaside sights in Toyama, and admire charming grass-roofed houses in the village of Shirakawa-go. Dive into the heart of Japan with this 3-day bus pass with convenient transfers from Chubu Centrair and Komatsu airports.

Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

¥3,918

Enjoy your vacation in Japan while staying connected to the internet. Japan has relatively poor Wi-Fi infrastructure, especially outside of the big cities, so the best way to stay connected is through a prepaid, easy-to-set up SIM card that lets you travel the country with ease of mind.

Half-Day Sushi-Making Experience with Lunch
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Half-Day Sushi-Making Experience with Lunch

¥10,800

Make sushi for your lunch with expert guidance from a professional chef. Learn to prepare several types of sushi—including both nigiri and maki—in addition to tips for preparing the sushi toppings and learning to cook authentic miso soup.

Meet the Locals: Nagoya Nighttime Food and Frolic
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Meet the Locals: Nagoya Nighttime Food and Frolic

¥11,500

Welcome to Nagoya! While others may have skipped over Nagoya for the bright green tourist pastures of Tokyo or Kyoto, by choice or circumstance, you, brave soul, have found yourself with time to frolic in Nagoya.

Explore Nagoya's Castle, Gardens, History, and More!
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Explore Nagoya's Castle, Gardens, History, and More!

¥10,700

Ask the average Japanese on the street, and they may wonder why you've chosen to visit Nagoya, but you, intrepid traveler, are in the know – and possibly even ahead of the curve! Nagoya has lots to see, a culture vastly different from both the Tokyo/Yokohama and Kyoto/Osaka areas, and all the urban excitement you'd expect from Japan's third largest metropolis.

Soba Making Experience
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Soba Making Experience

¥6,500

Soba is one of the most representative food cultures in Japan, which is rich in taste and nutrition. Japanese people traditionally eat soba (buckwheat noodles) on New Year's Eve to wish for a long lasting life. This program provides you an opportunity to learn how to make soba.

Reviews of Nagoya

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 50%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.94915254237288%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.203389830508475%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.423728813559322%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Now is a great city to come. It’s not as big or as frantic as talking or also come but it’s a great place to come

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

I like the city. Is quite modern and convenient without being too crowded and touristy conpared to other big cities. Looking forward to revisit the city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

Nagoya metro area is about the same size as the San Francisco Bay area, but at its heart, it's about manufacturing. The major attractions (in my humble opinion) are its vast shopping complex, some specialized museums, and its castle.

4/5 - Good

Pat

Nov 9, 2019

I was there for a conference. I did not see anything of Nagoya beyond the station and the conference building. I would like to go back and explore more of what Nagoya has to offer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

Nagoya is a beautiful city and I'm glad I included it in my trip to Japan, there are some beautiful restaurants dotted across the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 18, 2019

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