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Things to do in Nagoya

Best attractions to visit in Nagoya

21. Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden - Nagoya

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden

This is a comprehensive park consisting of a zoo, botanical gardens and amusement park. Koalas, giraffes, and elephants are very popular animals here. An animal house that has nocturnal animals is also a very popular attraction. The botanical gardens include a large greenhouse, sakura (cherry blossom) trees galleria, flower fields and more. The park is extensive and contains many attractions, so you might not be able to see it all in one day. We recommend planning in advance the areas that you particularly want to see.

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22. Inuyama - Nagoya

Inuyama

Inuyama is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, north of the Nagoya Metropolis. Inuyama, literally meaning "dog mountain", is a city in Aichi Prefecture, not far from Nagoya. It is most famous for its small but beautiful castle, which is one of Japan's oldest wooden castles in its original state, having survived the turmoils of wars and disasters over the years. Southeast of the city center is Meiji Mura, a popular open air historical theme park based on the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

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23. Kiso Valley - Nagoya

Kiso Valley

The Kiso Valley is located in Nagano Prefecture, and runs alongside the mountains of the Central Alps. An ancient 70 km trade route called the Kisoji was developed along the valley and served as a very important means of commerce in the area. The Nakasendo ("path through mountains") was one of the two means of transportation between Edo and Kyoto. It contrasted with the other principal transportation route of the time, the Tokaido, which ran along the sea shore.


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24. Shirakawa - Nagoya

Shirakawa

Shirakawa is situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Here, visitors can learn about “Shishi-mai,” which is a type of lion dance. The Shiroyama observation deck is the best spot to obtain a panoramic view of the village.

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25. Zurumai Park - Nagoya

Zurumai Park

Zurumai Park, established in 1909, is a compromise between Japanese and Western styles. Its west area is a Western style park with fountain tower, big flower bed and rose garden. Its east area is a Japanese-style garden with a calamus garden. About 1,200 cherry blossom trees attract visitors in April, and festivals are held, including an azalea festival, rose festival and calamus festival. The park, with Nagoya City Public Hall, a library and a playground, is a place for citizens to relax.

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