Nagoya is located in the middle of two big cities, Tokyo and Osaka, and easily accessible from both of them, which makes Nagoya a great place for a weekend day trip. There are many sightseeing spots around Nagoya Station that you should visit. Let's check it out. (This information is current as of January 2020)
This outdoor observation deck is located on the 45th and 46th floors of Midland Square, the tallest building in the Chubu region. From a height of 220 meters above the ground, you can enjoy a 360-degree breathtakingly beautiful view of the Nagoya cityscape.
Address: 4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City (5-minute walk from Nagoya Station on the JR Line)
Opening hours: 11:00 - 22:00 (last admission 21:30)
Nagoya Umaimon Street
"Nagoya Umaimon Dori" is a gourmet street where you can enjoy dishes such as "Ankake spaghetti", "Taiwan ramen", "Miso Katsu", and Hitsumabushi - Nagoya rice. From the Taikoguchi area of the Shinkansen south ticket gate to the vicinity of the Aonami line ticket gate, you will find great stores to enjoy your shopping.
Address: 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
JR Nagoya Station
Shop Opening Hours: varies from shop to shop
One of the largest building complexes in the Chubu area, located on the 1st to 3rd basement floors of JP Tower Nagoya. There are 36 unique stores that convey Nagoya's food culture, customs, and manufacturing culture with the concept of "Nagoya and Novelty".
Address: JP Tower Nagoya B1-3F, 1-1-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City (1-minute walk from Nagoya Station on the JR Line)
Opening hours: Food 11:00 - 23:00, Fashion & Goods 10:00 - 20:00
In the 20th year of the Keicho period, Ieyasu Tokugawa set up "Nagoya Castle" to prepare for the Toyotomi clan's attack. One of Nagoya's leading tourist destinations, the largest castle tower in Japan has become a symbol of Nagoya. Unfortunately, the castle tower is currently closed, but the venue is full of attractions such as the gorgeous Honmaru Goten, Yuden Shoin, and Kuroki Shoin. If you want to know more about the history of Nagoya Castle, we recommend using the free guide provided by "Nagoya Castle Tourist Guide Volunteer".
Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya City (5-minute walk from Shiyakusho Station on the Meijo Subway Line)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 16:30 (admission to Honmaru Goten and Southwest Corner Tower until 16:00)
Osu Shopping Street
Osu Shopping Street, a staple of Nagoya sightseeing, is a large shopping street stretching from Osu Station to Kamimaezu Station. There are many second-hand clothes shops, general stores, kimono shops, souvenir shops, and shops where you can enjoy Nagoya's gourmet food. If you come here, be sure to stop by the "Osu Kannon", another famous temple in Nagoya. Try your luck at Omikuji - traditional Japanese fortunes written on strips of paper. This temple is known as a place with the biggest number of "bad luck".
Address: Osu, Chuo-ku, Nagoya (a short walk from "Osu Kannon Station" on the Subway Tsurumai Line and "Kamimaezu Station" on the Meijo Line)
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The "Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens" boast the second largest number of visitors in Japan after the Ueno Zoo. There are about 500 species in the zoo, the largest number in Japan. Here you can see the Asian elephant house, one of the largest in Japan, and the western gorilla, known as the "handsome gorilla. The zoo also has a children's zoo where visitors can interact with the animals, and an amusement park, making it a great place to visit with young children.
Address: 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya City (3-minute walk from Higashiyama Koen Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line)
Opening hours: 9:00 - 16:50 (admission until 16:30)
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu is a famous shrine with a long history, founded in 113. It is a venerable old shrine with the Kusanagi sword, one of the three sacred treasures, as a deity, and is famous for the Nobunaga wall and the huge Sakuma lantern in the spacious precincts. In recent years, the shrine has been attracting attention as a power spot, and the Kiyomizu Shrine is especially popular among women for its blessings for beautiful skin and eyes.
Address: 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya City (3-minute walk from Jingu-mae Station on the Meitetsu Line)
Opening hours: The precincts are open for worship all-day
When you visit Nagoya, please use the information above to enjoy the best sightseeing here.
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