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Nagoya's downtown district, Sakae (h), is located about two kilometers east of Nagoya Station. It offers multiple department stores and malls catering to all kind of shoppers, as well as a plethora of dining options.

Places of Interest

Nagoya TV Tower
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (to 21:00 from January to March)
Admission: 700 yen
Sakae's old landmark is the Nagoya TV Tower, which was completed in 1954 as the first TV tower of its kind in Japan. The tower is 180 meter tall and houses an observation deck 100 meters above ground. The Nagoya TV Tower has since been surpassed by Midland Square which has an observation deck at 220 meters.

Oasis 21
Shopping, roof access: 10:00 to 21:00
Restaurants: 10:00 to 22:00
Sakae's new landmark is the futuristic looking Oasis 21 complex, which was opened to the public in 2002. Oasis 21 accommodates Nagoya's highway bus terminal and several shops and restaurants. Various events are held on the "Milky Way Square", the public space below the building's intriguing "Water Spaceship" roof, which is also accessible to the public and features a large pool of water.


In addition to the malls and department stores listed below, the other big names in the Sakae district are Maruei and Skyle and Parco. There are also a number of high-end fashion boutiques located within the area.

Sunshine Sakae
Shops: Hours vary by shop; typically from 11:00 to 21:00
Restaurants: typically from 11:00 to 23:00
Ferris Wheel: 11:00 to 23:00, 500 yen
The most distinguishable feature of this shopping and entertainment complex is its 52 meter tall ferris wheel, named Sky Boat, that is accessed from the third floor. The complex also houses the theater and cafe/shop of SKE48, the Nagoya version of the AKB48 idol group. Advance reservations are required to view the group's performances.

Hours: typically 10:00 to 19:30 (shopping), 11:00 to 22:00 (restaurants)
Matsuzakaya is a major department store chain that is based in Nagoya. Its flagship store occupies almost three blocks of the Sakae district. Its multiple buildings are connected by bridges as well as by an underground passageway. In addition to the usual clothing, interior, food and restaurant departments, the complex also has a Pokemon Center on the 5th floor of the main building.

Mitsukoshi / Lachic
Mitsukoshi: 10:00 to 20:00
Lachic: 11:00 to 21:00 (shopping), 11:00 to 23:00 (restaurants)
Owned by the same company, Mitsukoshi and Lachic occupy two blocks in the Sakae district. Mitsukoshi is an eleven-story department store with two floors of brand name boutiques, a restaurant floor and a basement food floor. Lachic is a shopping mall with many trendy shops and cafes. The two buildings are joined by bridges on the third and sixth floors, as well as by an underground passageway.

Nadya Park
Hours: Vary by shop; typically 11:00 to 20:00
Closed: Tuesdays and New Year holidays (International Design Center Nagoya)
NADYA Park - (Na)goya, (D)esign, (Y)outh and (A)musement Park - aims to be the core of artistic and cultural activities for young people as well as the a center for all things design related. Tenants in Nadya Park include International Design Center Nagoya, a Loft department store, a Junkudo bookstore, and various fashion and lifestyle shops.

Get There and Around

Sakae is a five minute subway ride (Higashiyama Line to Sakae Station or Sakuradori Line to Hisayaodori Station, 200 yen) or a 20-30 minute walk east of Nagoya Station.

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Hotel Route Inn Nagoya Sakae

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