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With over two million inhabitants, Nagoya (名古屋) is Japan's fourth most populated city. It is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the principal city of the Nobi plain, one of Honshu's three large plains and metropolitan and industrial centers.

Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, were destroyed in the air raids of 1945. The Toyota Motor Corporation maintains its headquarters just outside of Nagoya.

Top attractions in Nagoya

Amusement Park

Legoland

Amusement park featuring the popular toy.
2
Nature

Korankei

Valley outside Nagoya famous for fall colors.
3.9 / 5
42
Museum

Science Museum

Featuring one of the world's largest planetariums.
3.7 / 5
153
Shrine

Atsuta Shrine

One of Shinto's most important shrines.
3.6 / 5
542
Town/Neighborhood

Sakae

Nagoya's major downtown area.
3.2 / 5
893
Viewpoint/Tower

Midland Square

Tall skyscraper with observation deck.
3.1 / 5
187
Side Trips from Nagoya

Takayama••

Preserves one of Japan's nicest old towns.
4.2 / 5
1,460

Gero Onsen

Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
3.6 / 5
376

Inuyama

Former castle town north of Nagoya.
3.4 / 5
597

Access and Orientation

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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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: December 31, 2014