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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.

Construction Notice:
The castle's former palace buildings are currently being reconstructed next to the main keep until spring 2018. It does not greatly impact a visit to the castle. On the contrary, some of the restoration works can be observed (details below), which can enrich a visit. In addition, the castle's main keep is scheduled to be reconstructed by 2022. The current main keep is expected to be torn down from autumn 2019. Entrance into the current main keep will be possible until November 2017.
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. Several parts of the reconstructed palace, including the entrance and reception halls with beautiful replicated paintings on the sliding doors (fusuma) were completed and opened to the public in May 2013 and June 2016. The rest of the palace is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018.

During the reconstruction works, castle visitors are allowed to enter the scaffolding structure and observe the reconstruction works from a raised corridor (Wednesdays from 10:00 to 15:00 and weekends and public holidays from 9:00 to 16:00 except from 12:00 to 13:00). Furthermore, it is possible to observe the action in the carpentry workshop through windows (9:00 to 16:00, except on Sundays) where the timber elements are prepared before being installed on the palace itself.

In an even more ambitious project, the city is planning to reconstruct Nagoya Castle's main keep in wood by 2022. The current, ferro-concrete main keep is scheduled to be closed to the public in November 2017, followed by its demolition from September 2019. Construction on the new, wooden main keep is scheduled to start in June 2020 and end in December 2022.

Palace buildings under construction

Access

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 240 yen. From the nearest exit, it is a three minute walk to the castle's east gate.

Alternatively, the castle's main gate can be reached from Nagoya Station by the Meguru tourist loop bus in about 25 minutes. The fare is 210 yen per ride or 500 yen for a day pass.

How to get to and around Nagoya

Hours & Fees

Hours

9:00 to 16:30 (entry to buildings ends at 16:00)

Closed

December 29 to January 1

Admission

500 yen

Hotels around Nagoya

Recommended Hotels
Hotel Route Inn Nagoya Sakae
Reliable business hotel in the central Sakae district.
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Agoda
Nagoya Marriott Associa
Excellent hotel in one of the two towers that rise above JR Nagoya Station.
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Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
Good value hotel in the central Sakae district.
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Agoda Booking

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: March 23, 2017