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Nagoya Castle (名古屋城, Nagoyajō) was built in the beginning of the Edo Period (1603-1868) 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 - before its closure in May 2018 - contained a museum 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.

The castle's palace (Honmaru Goten) was recently rebuilt and fully opened to the public in June 2018. Half a century after its destruction in the war, the palace was rebuilt using traditional construction materials and techniques. It contains entrance and reception halls as well as rooms reserved for the visiting shogun with beautiful, replicated paintings on the sliding doors (fusuma). The palace has been considered one of the finest examples of Shoin architecture in all of Japan.

In another ambitious project, the city is planning to reconstruct Nagoya Castle's main keep in wood by 2028. The current, ferro-concrete main keep was closed to the public in May 2018 and is scheduled to be demolished in 2024. Construction on the new, wooden main keep is scheduled to start in 2026 and end in October 2028.

Getting there and around

From Nagoya Station, take the Sakuradori Subway Line to Hisayaodori 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.

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    • GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi
      Mid-range
      Located within 1.2 km of Nagoya Station and 3.6 km of Oasis 21 in the centre of Nagoya, GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi provides accommodation with free WiFi. Every unit features a private bathroom and hot tub, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave. A fridge and kettle are also provided. Nagoya Castle is 4.3 km from the aparthotel, while Aeon Mall Atsuta is 6.5 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 14 km from GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi.
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    • Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower
      Luxury
      Located at 13-minute walk from Nagoya Station, Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower offers free WiFi throughout the hotel. Shared parking is available on site for a fee. The 24 hour front desk offers free luggage storage service as well as concierge service for guests' convenience. This hotel features a fitness centre and business centre on site, while currency exchange service is offered at this property. There is a designated smoking area. Guests can relax with a massage service for a fee. All rooms have a TV, fridge and coffee machine. Guests will find nightwear and electric sockets near the bed. A closet is fitted in each room as well as a safety deposit box and iron. Private bathrooms are equipped with a bathrobe, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Extras include toothbrushes and slippers. Items for rent includes trouser press and DVD players. A bar and restaurant are available on site. Guests can find drinks at vending machine at this hotel. A variety of restaurants and cafes are accessible within a 10-minute walk from this hotel. Nagoya Castle is a 15-minute car ride away from Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 35 minutes by train. Chubu Airport is 45 minutes by train from this hotel.
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    • Nikko Style Nagoya
      Luxury
      Located in Nagoya, 1 km from Nagoya Station, Nikko Style Nagoya provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Located around 1.9 km from Oasis 21, the hotel with free WiFi is also 3.2 km away from Nagoya Castle. The accommodation features nightclub and a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. At Nikko Style Nagoya each room is fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Aeon Mall Atsuta is 5.4 km from Nikko Style Nagoya, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from the hotel.
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    • Trip & Sleep Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Situated conveniently in the Naka Ward district of Nagoya, Trip & Sleep Hostel is set 1.8 km from Oasis 21, 3 km from Nagoya Station and 3.9 km from Aeon Mall Atsuta. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. The units feature bed linen. Nagoya Castle is 4.1 km from the hostel, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 8.5 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from Trip & Sleep Hostel.
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    • GRAND BASE Osu
      Mid-range
      Set in Nagoya in the Aichi region, with Oasis 21 and Osu Kannon Temple nearby, GRAND BASE Osu offers accommodation with free WiFi. Every unit has a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave. A fridge and kettle are also offered. Nagoya Station is 2.6 km from the aparthotel, while Nagoya Castle is 3.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from GRAND BASE Osu.
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    • hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae
      Mid-range
      Hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae is located in Nagoya. The property is around 700 metres from Oasis 21 and a 10-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Nagoya Castle. Free WiFi is at guest's disposal. Guests can find a bakery on the ground floor, featuring breakfast delivery to the room upon request. Public baths is available on the top floor. Hisayaodori Station (Exit 2A) is just a 5-minute walk away from the hotel. The units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The private bathroom comes with a bath and free toiletries. All rooms at hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae include air conditioning and a desk. 24-hour front desk assistance is available at the reception, where staff speak English and Japanese. Coin-operated washing machines are available. Iron and trouser press rentals are available upon request. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 9 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 36 km from the property.
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    • Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Nagoya Station, the Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel offers an on-site restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. There is a 24-hour fitness room at this property and is equipped with treadmills and exercise bikes. Guest rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and safety deposit box. An iron is provided in all rooms. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer and toiletries. Guests will find complimentary green tea in their rooms. Dry cleaning services are provided on site for an additional fee. There is a currency exchange service and free luggage storage on site. The entire property is a non-smoking building but there is a designated smoking area. There is an on-site restaurant where guests can enjoy breakfast that uses local ingredients while enjoying the city view of Nagoya and the rooftop garden. Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel is located 10-minutes away from Nagoya Castle via car. Osu Kannon Temple is a 20-minute train ride away from the property on Higashiyama Line. In addition, guests can reach Nagoya Dome in 34-minutes on Chuo Line.
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    • Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki
      Mid-range
      Located in Nagoya, 500 metres from Oasis 21, Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The nearest station is Hisaya-odori station and it takes 3 minutes from exit 3. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath and bidet. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Nagoya Castle is 1.5 km from Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 9 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 36 km from Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki.
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    • hotel androoms Nagoya Fushimi
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in the Naka Ward district of Nagoya, hotel androoms Nagoya Fushimi is located 1.2 km from Oasis 21, 1.6 km from Nagoya Station and 2.8 km from Nagoya Castle. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 200 metres from the city centre and 29 km from Nagashima Spa Land. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are always at hand to help. Aeon Mall Atsuta is 5.1 km from hotel androoms Nagoya Fushimi, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from the accommodation.
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    • Nagoya Kanko Hotel
      Luxury
      Established in 1936, Nagoya Kanko Hotel is located in the downtown area of Sakae and offers rooms with free wired internet, a fitness centre and a beauty salon. It features 5 restaurants, free WiFi and free parking. The air-conditioned rooms are bright and equipped with a TV, a minibar and an electric kettle. En suite bathrooms have a shower, a bathtub and amenities. Guests at Hotel Kanko Nagoya can relax with a massage treatment, or browse in the hotel’s shopping arcade. Services include a concierge and in-room dining. The hotel features international buffet dining, as well as Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Brasserie & Cafe Le Sud offers fresh pastries, while French restaurant Escoffier boasts over 200 fine wines. Nagoya Kanko Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Fushimi Subway Station and a 10-minute walk from Nagoya City Art Museum. Nagoya Castle is an 8-minute drive away.
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