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October 22, 2015 - Exploring Nagoya Castle and surroundings

This time we arrived to Japan at Chubu Centrair International Airport. Our plane landed in the morning so after catching the next Meitetsu train to Nagoya we dropped our luggage off at our hotel and started to explore the surroundings of Nagoya Castle.
Our fist stop was at Nagoya Toshogu, one of the numerous Toshogu shrines dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Certainly not as breathtaking as the one in Nikko, but it still worth a look if you pass by. Just next to it Nagoya shrine, originally called Tennosha that housed the guardian deity of the castle is also a nice place to visit.

On the way towards the castle there is an other interesting shrine, the Aichi Gokoku shrine. It was originally dedicated to the 25 Owari clan retainers died during the Boshin war. Since then it was renamed and relocated and now it also commemorates fallen world war soldiers born in Aichi Prefecture.

The entrance to Nagoya Castle is just a short few minutes walk from Aichi Gokoku.

Currently a restoration project is aiming to rebuild the Honmaru Palace based on historical documents, drawings and photographs. The entrance hall (Genkan) and main hall (Omote Shoin) are already completed and open to visitors. The rest of the work is scheduled to be fully completed in 2018. It is allowed to take photos inside the building but using flash light is prohibited.

Not far from the Fumei Gate, the North exit from of main keep (Donjon) we saw a sign board saying that the Chaseki tea and ceremony house and its garden is currently open and free to visit. The sign also said that the Chaseki area is only open to the public twice a year (but didn't mention exactly when), so we felt very lucky to have a chance and take a look around. It was also very nice that we received some informative pamphlets both in English and Japanese at the entrance about the building's history and the tea ceremony.

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2015/10/28 - Meoto Iwa and Ise Jingu
2015/10/26 - Hikone Castle and Genkyuen Garden with unexpected film shooting
2015/10/25 - Inuyama
2015/10/24 - Matsumoto Castle and Daio Wasabi Farm
2015/10/23 - Himeji Castle, the first autumn since reopening
2015/10/22 - Exploring Nagoya Castle and surroundings
2014/10/05 - Rainy days in Itoigawa
2014/10/03 - Two days in Takayama
2014/10/01 - A day in Kyoto about Shinto
2014/09/30 - Tea and Zen at Uji
2014/09/29 - Ninnaji and Takao
2014/09/28 - Exploring Kyoto's southern temples
2014/09/27 - Iwakuni and Hiroshima
2014/09/26 - One day at Miyajima