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Nagoya Castle 
# 1   of 14 most visited
sights in Nagoya

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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. As such, it was one of the largest castles in the country, and the castle town around it ultimately grew to become Japan's fourth largest city.

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. The park surrounding the castle keep features two circles of moats and impressive walls with corner turrets. It becomes an attractive hanami spot during the cherry blossom season which usually peaks in late March or early April.

A room in the reconstructed castle palace

In 2009, works began on the ambitious project to rebuilt the castle's palace (Honmaru Goten) using traditional construction materials and techniques. A first part of the reconstructed palace, including the entrance and main audience hall with beautiful replicated paintings on the sliding doors (fusuma) were completed and opened to the public in May 2013. The rest of the palace is scheduled to open in 2016 and 2018.

During the reconstruction works, castle visitors are allowed to enter the scaffolding structure and observe the reconstruction works from a raised corridor except on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This provides a unique opportunity to observe traditional construction techniques and should not be missed.

Construction Notice: The castle's former palace buildings are currently being reconstructed next to the main keep until spring 2018. Because visitors are allowed to closely observe the construction works, they can even enrich a visit to the castle. Furthermore, one of the castle's turret is currently being renovated until 2014.

Visitors can observe the reconstruction of the castle's palace from a special walkway

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How to get there
From Nagoya Station, take the Higashiyama Subway Line to Sakae Station (5 minutes) and change to the Meijo Subway Line to Shiyakusho Station (2 minutes). The total one way journey takes about ten minutes and costs 230 yen. From the nearest exit, it is a three minute walk to the castle's east gate.

Alternatively, the caste's main gate can be reached from Nagoya Station by the Meguru tourist loop bus in about 25 minutes. The fare is 200 yen per ride or 500 yen for a day pass.

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Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed:December 29 to January 1
Construction works cannot be observed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and during lunch break (12:00 to 13:00)
Admission:500 yen

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