Must-see Places in Nagoya

Osu Kannon

Osu Kannon Temple ©hawk684/Flickr

The city is situated on Honshu island, on the coast of Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most important port-towns of Japan. With more than 2 million inhabitants, Nagoya is one of the biggest cities of the island.

As many other metropolitan regions, Nagoya is also full of tourist attractions.  All of these large shrines, museums, amusement parks worth a visit. The shrines and the museums help us imagine the life of Ancient Japan, while the huge buildings and skyscrapers present us the view of a futuristic country. Here are some of the most famous tourist attractions of Nagoya. 

Nagoya Castle

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Nagoya Castle ©hawk684/Flickr

The castle was built in the Edo Period, but it was ruined in WW2. Rebuilt in 1959, Nagoya Castle gives home to museums and exhibitions related to the history of the castle. Most of the tourists visit the castle during the cherry blossom season.

The fish-like statues on the top of the donjan (tower) became symbols of Nagoya Castle. The visitors can wander all around the building and they can also walk in the castle’s beautiful garden. I think Nagoya Castle is the best of these must-see places in Nagoya.

 

Atsuta Shrine

Atsuta shrine

Atsuta Shrine ©the.Firebottle/Flickr

Atsuta Shrine is also known as Atsuna-Sama or Miya. This shrine complex attracts nearly 9 million visitors every year. Also, it is one of the most beautiful places in Nagoya. The Bunkaden, or the Treasure Hall exhibits more than 4000 relics, including important cultural properties and some National Treasures of Japan.

More than 70 festivals are held at Atsuta Shrine every year. If you are lucky, you might watch one of these traditional ceremonies.

 

Nagashima Resort

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Firework at Nagashima Spaland ©emrank/Flickr

Nagashima Resort is not only a simple holiday center, but it is a very important tourist attraction. It includes an amusement park, an outlet mall, hotels with natural hot springs, a flower park and even a TV cartoon museum. From all these, the amusement park named Nagashima Spaland is the most visited attraction.

There are many exciting and entertaining things in the amusement park: roller coasters, ferris wheels and dozens of other rides, designed not only for children, but also for adults. The biggest ride is Steel Dragon 2000, a roller coaster which runs through the entire area of the park.

 

Tokugawa Art Museum

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Pond at Tokugawaen ©rumpleteaser/Flickr

The museum’s name comes from a powerful ruling family, the Tokugawa Clan. Tokugawa Art Museum exhibits treasures and belongings of the Owari, a branch of Tokugawa Family. Samurai armors, different costumes, masks, maps, swords and even tea utensils are exhibited here.

Next to the museum we can visit a very beautiful landscape garden, the Tokugawaen. It was reconstructed recently, in 2001. At the center of the garden there is a small pond. Various plants, woods and flowers can be seen here in every season of the year.

 

Osu Kannon Temple

Osu Kannon

Osu Kannon Temple ©hawk684/Flickr

The temple is situated in the center of Nagoya. Though the current buildings were reconstructed during the 20th century, the temple gives the visitors a feeling of Ancient Japan: several buildings and objects related to the past can be seen here.

The flea market, held twice a month, provides traditional Japanese souvenirs to the tourists. Osu Kannon is a Buddhist temple, but it also includes other, non-Buddhist elements. The belfry and the giant red paper lantern are good examples for non-Buddhist objects.

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