Things to Do in Nagoya – Top 20 Attractions in Nagoya

Nagoya should make every Japanese holiday itinerary - if you're yet to be convinced - take a look at the top 20 attractions the city has to offer.

Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, is a must see city if you’re traveling to Japan. With a number of historical sites, gardens, museums and shopping streets and a handy location between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka, it makes for a great stop off point when city hopping around the island. 

The Nagoya area is so good we’ve already sung its praises at length in our Nagoya City Guide. Be sure to check it out once you’ve had a look at our definitive guide to the top 20 best things to see whilst you’re there. We’ve got things to do at night, things to do in winter, things to do in summer, fun things to do, unusual things to do, free things to do, romantic things to do, things to do this weekend and so much more. Check it out:

1. Atsuta Shrine

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Photo credit : Paul Davidson via Flickr cc

Atsuta Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in the country, with a history stretching back over 1900 years. Around 9 million visitors visit the Shrine annually to worship and take in the traditional art, ceramics and jewellery. The surrounding gardens also make a great spot for a bite to eat. 

Address: 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 456-8585

Entrance fee: free

2. Nagoya Castle

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Photo Credit : Marufish via Flickr cc

Nagoya Castle is one of the largest and most notable in the country. Originally constructed in 1610, it was partially destroyed during World War II with reconstruction efforts beginning in 1959. The castle’s surrounding park is a popular place for hanami viewing, offering revellers ample room and historic surroundings. 

Nagoya Castle also houses a museum that is well worth taking in. Exhibits include wall screens, sliding doors, paintings and other art treasures saved from the devastation of war. 

At present, the Castle is under renewed renovation, with some implications for visitor access. However, a section of the building work is available for public viewing to allow tourists a glimpse of how traditional materials and techniques are being used to restore the old structure. 

Visit in November or in December to avoid the crowds and see the castle and its ground at their wintery best – this must go down as one of the best things to do in Nagoya. 

Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0031

Entrance Fee: 500 yen

3. Osu Kannon Temple, Flea Market and Osu Shopping Arcade

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Photo Credit : Daniel Betts via Flickr cc

A popular Buddhist temple built during the Kamakura Period, rebuilt and relocated in 1612 following flood damage and again rebuilt in the 20th Century. The wood-carved statue of Kannon is the main object of the temple, though the library, home to a hoard of important cultural manuscripts, comes a close second. 

There is a flea market held on the temple grounds on the 18th and 28th of every month, allowing visitors the opportunity to buy souvenirs and assorted handicrafts. Also, visit Osu Shopping Arcade close by for an assortment of shops and restaurants. 

Address: 2 Chome-21-47 Osu, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0011

Entrance fee : free

4. The Meji Mura Museum

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Photo Credit : TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) via Flickr cc

This is an open-air museum, housing over 60 old structures built during the Meiji Period of 1868 to 1912, including a prison, post office, bathhouse, church and ordinary homes. Visitors can marvel at the facades of these buildings and explore their interiors, plus helpfully, much of the information is provided in English.

Address: Musuem Meji Mura 1,Uchiyama, Inuyama-shi, Aichi Prefecture 484-0000 

Entrance Fee: 1,700 yen

5. The Tokugawa Art Museums and the garden

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Photo Credit : Ashley Van Haeften via Flickr cc

An art museum donated to the general public by the Tokugawa family in 1931, this is the ideal place to head for fans of Japanese culture and history. The museum is home to an array of important cultural properties such as paintings, porcelain, weapons and documents. These are national treasures and therefore well worth your time.  

There is also a beautiful water garden next door, with a large water pond at its center. A great place to relax. 

Address: 1017 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya

Entrance fee: 1,200 yen (museum only), 300 yen (garden only), 1,350 yen (museum and garden)

6. Iwasaki Castle

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Photo credit : ALF K via Flickr cc

Iwasaki Castle was built by Oda Nobuhide in the early 16th century and is now home to a museum where you can see exhibits such as photography, suits of armour and general information on the history of the castle and the events colouring its life. 

Address: 67 Iwasaki-cho Ichiba, Nisshin-shi, Aichi prefecture. 

Entrance fee: free

7. Nagoya City Art Museum

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Photo Credit : Kenta Morigami via Flickr cc

Opened in 1987, this museum is home to thousands of documents and artefacts regarding the city, plus an excellent selection of foreign and local modern art. Under 15-minutes from Nagoya Station, it’s also easily accessible. 

Address:  17-25, Sakae 2 Chome, Naka-Ku, Nagoya 460-0008

Entrance fee: 250-300 yen

8. The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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Photo Credit : Yoshiki via Flickr cc

The port side aquarium boasts a large collection of marine life, from dolphins and orca to beluga whales. There are three dolphin shows per day which are ever popular. 

A former Antarctic exploration ship, the Fuji Icebreaker is now docked at the site, acting as a highly informative museum on the Antarctic region. 

Opposite, there is also the Nagoya Maritime Museum and the Nagoya Port Building, the latter with a 53 meter high observatory deck.

Address: 1-3 Minatomachi, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 455-0033

Entrance fee: Aquarium (2,000 yen), Observatory, Aquarium and museums (2,400 yen)

9. Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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Photo Credit : Emran Kassim via Flickr cc

This is one of the oldest and largest developments in Japan, opened in 1937. There are four tourists attractions on the site: Higashiyama Zoo, a botanical garden, an amusement park and the Higashiyama Sky Tower.

There are roughly 125 species in the zoo including elephants, lions, tigers, koala bears, fish and birds. After taking in the zoo you can head over to the botanical gardens for the flora and fauna, an ideal place to relax with your family. The amusement park and Higashiyama Sky Tower are recent additions to the site; the observation deck and restaurant, towering 100m above the ground, are particular highlights.

Address3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 464-0804

Entrance Fee: 500 yen

10. Nagoya TV Tower

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Photo Credit : Paul Davidson via Flickr cc

The famous Nagoya TV Tower, 180 meters tall, was built in 1954 as the first TV Tower in Japan. There are two observation decks, the Sky Balcony at 100 meters and the Skydeck at 90 meters. These decks offer great views of the city and even promise views of the Yoro and Chuba Sangaku Mountains as well as Mikawa Bay on a clear day. Around the tower, shopping opportunities are plentiful, so why not combine a trip up the tower with a shopping spree?

The TV tower is located in Hisaya Odori Park, a relaxing spot in the heart of the bustling downtown. 

Address: 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya

Entrance fee: 700 yen

11. Toyota Techno Museum

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Photo Credit : Marufish via Flickr cc

Nagoya is the home of Toyota and the memorialising Toyota Techno Museum (also know as the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology). It is a celebration of Toyota, giving an excellent guide to the company’s history as well as the history of the world-leading technology the company has made use of throughout its time in operation. 

Address: 4-1-35 Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, 451-0052

Entrance fee: 500 yen

12. Kaikan Museum 

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Photo Credit : Marufish via Flickr cc

The complementary Kaikan Museum is where Toyota displays their new models. The Toyota Kaikan Museum is the best place to learn about emerging technological advances in the automotive industry.

Address: 1 Toyota-cho, Toyota, Aichi prefecture, 471-0826

Entrance fee: free

13. Toyota Automobile Museum 

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Photo Credit: Emran Kassim via Flickr cc

A third Toyota related museum, the Toyota Automobile Museum specialises in showing off the companies assembly techniques. There are different floors dedicated to different vehicles from throughout the companies history. 

Address: 41−100, Yokomichi, Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, 480-1118

Entrance fee: 1,000 yen

14. Noritake Garden

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Photo Credit : Masako T via Flickr cc

Perhaps not the most cool thing to do in Nagoya, but for those interested, this is one of the best places to see antique porcelain, ceramic paintings, demonstrations of the porcelain manufacturing process and much more. Visitors also get an opportunity to glaze their own ceramic products for 1,800 yen in the craft center. A well-stocked gift shop is also on hand for souvenirs. 

Address: 3-1-36 Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 451-8501

Entrance fee: 500 yen

15. Railway park / Railway museum

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Photo Credit : Konstantin Leonov via Flickr cc

Opened in 2011 with the intention of educating visitors about high-speed trains in Japan, the museum’s displays include historic steam locomotives, shinkansen (bullet train) and futuristic magnetic levitating trains (scmaglev). With over 39 old trains in the museum, visitors are encouraged to learn about the anatomy of trains and maintenance. If this sounds slightly dull, simulators are on hand to put you in the driving seat. 

Address: 3 Chome-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 455-0848

Entrance fee: 1,000 yen

16. Nagoya City Science Museum

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You won’t miss this museum with its huge, silver, globe shaped planetarium adorned to its exterior. This is a great place to learn about modern technology, life science and much more, through, among other methods, fun and hands-on experiments.  

Address : 2 Chome-17-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0008

Entrance fee:  400 yen

17. Electricity Museum

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Learn about electricity, energy and the global environment here with excellent interactive exhibitions. There are also quizzes and games to get involved in. 

Address: 2-2-5 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya City (Nagoya-shi), Aichi Prefecture 460-0008

18. Little World Museum of Man

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Photo credit : Catherine via Flickr cc

This museum contains 33 different homes from 22 different countries all over the world. You can try different types of food, drink, beer and wine and participate in various shows and festivals. 

Address90-48, Imai NarisawaInuyama, Aichi Prefecture

Entrance fee: 600 yen.

19. Laguna Gamagori

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An excellent family-friendly water-themed amusement park, offering something for all age groups. Get your heart racing on one of the roller coasters or take it easy by the pool. If you’re looking for things to do in Nagoya in the summer, visiting in June or in July comes highly recommended, when visitors can take advantage all the park has to offer. 

The park is located on the east side of Nagoya, a 30-minute drive from Nagoya Airport.

Address: 2-1, Kaiyo-cho, Gamagori City, Aichi Prefecture 443-0014

Entrance Fee: 2,150 yen

20. Sunshine Sakae

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Photo Credit : Thai Pham via Flickr cc

This shopping mall was open in March 2005 and includes a small performance space in the basement known as the Grand Canyon where you can enjoy songs and dances throughout the year, as well as various restaurants and shops throughout the complex. A unique feature of this building is the Ferris wheel on its side, revolving between 11am and 9pm daily. It takes roughly 15 minutes to make a full turn for a cost of 500 yen per person, a perfect opportunity to take in the city from above. 

Address : 3-24-4 Nishiki, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0003

Entrance fee: free 

 

 

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