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Things to do in Nagoya

Best attractions to visit in Nagoya

1. Atsuta Shrine - Nagoya

Atsuta Shrine

Atsuta Shrine is one of Shinto's most important shrines. It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial regalia. Note, however, that the sword is never displayed to the public. Atsuta Shrine stands in a pleasant, wooded park in southern Nagoya. During the Meiji Period, the shrine was remodeled after the Ise Shrines in the purely Japanese Shinmei-zukuri architecture style. A restaurant is found on the shrine grounds.

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2. Hisaya Odori Park - Nagoya

Hisaya Odori Park

Hisaya O-dori Park is located in the median of a street running north-south, Hisaya O-dori. The park is an oasis of the urban core with TV Tower and Central Bridge. In the park are the Sakaegawa River in which carp swim and ducks enjoy the water, a fountain clock which shows the local time of Los Angeles the sister city, a flower clock, carving garden and an illumination square. Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of nature.

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3. JR Central Towers - Nagoya

JR Central Towers

Completed in 1999, the JR Central Towers rise elegantly above Nagoya Station. The building consists of the 245 meter tall Office Tower and the slightly shorter and slimmer Hotel Tower. The neighboring Midland Square surpassed the JR Central Towers in 2007 as Nagoya's tallest building. True to their names, the Hotel Tower houses a Marriott hotel, while the Office Tower provides 30 floors of rental office space. Likewise, the Hotel Tower offers a lounge and restaurant with nice views on its top floor.

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4. Korankei - Nagoya

Korankei

Korankei is a valley close Nagoya rumored to be one of the best spots for harvest time hues in the Chubu Region. Forming the valley is the 254 meter tall Mount Iimori, on which Kojakuji Temple stands. In the seventeenth century, the head minister of Kojakuji planted some maple trees along the sanctuary approach, inciting numerous local people to do likewise in the zone. Today, guests to Korankei can see the products of these past endeavors, as astounding harvest time view that crest around mid to late November every year.

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5. Midland Square - Nagoya

Midland Square

Midland Square is Nagoya's tallest building, located just opposite Nagoya Station. The skyscraper is 247 meters tall and opened in 2007, adding to the increasing number of skyscrapers around Nagoya's city center. Of interest to tourists is the Sky Promenade, located on the top three floors of the 46 story building. This is an open-air observation deck with panoramic views over Nagoya. Key landmarks that can be seen from the Sky Promenade include the JR Central Towers, Nagoya Castle and Nagoya Port.

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6. Midland Square - Nagoya

Midland Square

Midland Square is Nagoya's tallest building, located just opposite Nagoya Station. The skyscraper is 247 meters tall and opened in 2007, adding to the increasing number of skyscrapers around Nagoya's city center. The first four stories and the basement of the building house many shops, chic boutiques, restaurants and cafes. There is also a cinema on the fifth level. Several exquisite restaurants are located on the 41st and 42nd stories, serving different types of Japanese and international cuisine and offering tables with impressive aerial views of the city.

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7. Nagoya Castle - Nagoya

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle was built in the beginning of the Edo Period as the seat of one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family, the Owari branch. Most castle buildings were destroyed in the air raids of 1945, including the castle keep and the palace buildings. The current ferro-concrete reconstruction of the castle keep dates from 1959 and contains a modern museum with exhibits about the castle's history. It becomes an attractive hanami spot during the cherry blossom season which usually peaks in late March or early April.

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8. Nagoya City Archives - Nagoya

Nagoya City Archives

This site once housed the Nagoya Court of Appeals, District Court and Ward Court buildings. The Court of Appeals building, the oldest such building still in existence, was built in 1922 and is now a national cultural asset. There is much to see here, including one of Japan's best stained-glass windows, a reproduced courtroom under the old Constitution, a restored conference hall, prisoner lock-up and a commemorative exhibit from the Expo 2005 Aichi. It is one of the top tourist destination.

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9. Nagoya City Science Museum - Nagoya

Nagoya City Science Museum

The Nagoya City Science Museum features a characteristic giant silver globe, which houses one of the world's largest planetariums. Programs at the planetarium vary monthly and cover current astronomical phenomena. Five floors of the seven-storied museum are dedicated to a comprehensive array of permanent exhibits, while temporary exhibitions are periodically held in the basement. They include several large displays such as the "Tornado Lab", the "Electric Discharge Lab" and the "Deep Freezing Lab," which simulates conditions at the earth's polar regions.

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10. Nagoya Port - Nagoya

Nagoya Port

Nagoya Port, south of Nagoya's city center, is one of Japan's largest ports. One part of the port, the Garden Pier, has been redeveloped in recent years as a leisure district and offers an aquarium, shopping mall, amusement park, museums and green space. Moored in the harbor is the Fuji Icebreaker, the ship Japan used to explore the Antarctic Ocean from the 1960s to the 1980s. It is now accessible to the public as the Antarctic Museum.

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