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Nagoya
Travel Guide

Atsuta Shrine featuring street scenes, religious aspects and a temple or place of worship

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

ibis Styles Nagoya
ibis Styles Nagoya
3 out of 5
4-22-24 Meieki Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
The price is ¥4,636 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Nakamura, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Winc Aichi and Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center. Osu and Nagoya City Science Museum are ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)
"Very clean and new! Amazing bed and pillows! Worth the cost."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

ibis Styles Nagoya
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
The price is ¥12,091 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Nakamura, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Winc Aichi and Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center. Osu and Nagoya City Science Museum are ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"A safer place to stay. Rather expensive in Nagoya city though."

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya Premier
Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
4 out of 5
1-1-3 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
The price is ¥12,273 per night from May 11 to May 11
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. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,447 reviews)
"Room was nice and tidy, great view of the city. Check in was fast and easy"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
35 min to Kyoto 1 LDK 3 min Walk From JR Gifhashima Station 303
35 min to Kyoto 1 LDK 3 min Walk From JR Gifhashima Station 303
Hashima, Gifu (prefecture)
The price is ¥4,000 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Asano Kajiya Blacksmith and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Snova Hashima. Ichinomiya City Memorial ...
35 min to Kyoto 1 LDK 3 min Walk From JR Gifhashima Station 303
Central of Japan 3min Walk to JR Sta303 / Hashima Gifu
Central of Japan 3min Walk to JR Sta303 / Hashima Gifu
Hashima, Gifu (prefecture)
The price is ¥10,080 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated in Hashima, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Asano Kajiya Blacksmith and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Snova Hashima. Ichinomiya City Memorial ...
Central of Japan 3min Walk to JR Sta303 / Hashima Gifu
Central of Japan 3min Walk to JR Sta302 / Hashima Gifu
Central of Japan 3min Walk to JR Sta302 / Hashima Gifu
Hashima, Gifu (prefecture)
The price is ¥10,080 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated in Hashima, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Asano Kajiya Blacksmith and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Snova Hashima. Ichinomiya City Memorial ...
Central of Japan 3min Walk to JR Sta302 / Hashima Gifu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Nagoya

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Mar 12, 2020

Nagoya had a lot of entertainment options, as well as shopping and dining.

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Feb 12, 2020

Good food nice people

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 12, 2020

It’s a very safe and friendly city.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 29, 2020

Devote at least one day to go around on the Me-guru sightseeing bus. Use a translator app as most Nagoyans cannot speak much English.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 7, 2020

Great little city. Quieter and slower that Tokyo but over the festive period and how busy everything is, Nagoya was a welcomed pause.

4/5 - Good

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Dec 29, 2019

Different from Tokyo and Kyoto. Struggling for sightseeing business but deep in unification process in Japanese history and her economic growth.

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