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Nagoya Castle (É, Nagoyajō) 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 - before its closure in May 2018 - contained 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.

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 2023. 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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Hours and 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

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    • Trip & Sleep Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Situated conveniently in the Naka Ward district of Nagoya, Trip & Sleep Hostel is set 2.5 km from Oasis 21, 3.3 km from Nagoya International Center and 4.2 km from Aeon Mall Atsuta. With 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 space for guests. Nagoya Castle is 4.4 km from the hostel, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airfield Airport, 11 km from Trip & Sleep Hostel.
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    • Kyoya Ryokan
      Mid-range
      A 5-minute drive from JR Nagoya Train Station, Kyoya Ryokan is an adult only property that offers simple Japanese-style accommodations with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy Japanese meals and relax in the public bath. This property cannot accommodate children. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a fridge and electric kettle. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests while most rooms come with an en suite bathroom. A coin-launderette and drink vending machines are on-site. Guests can relax at the traditional garden. A Japanese set menu featuring Nagoya's local cuisine is served for dinner. Ryokan Kyoya is a 10-minute walk from Nagoya Castle and a 15-minute walk from Noritake Garden. Tsurumai Park is a 20-minute train ride away.
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    • ÖƏhẻ{
      Budget-friendly
      ÖƏhẻÖƏhẻ{ is well situated in the heart of Nagoya. 8 minutes walk away from Nagoya Station. The renovated 90-year old property is located in the Nagoya City Centre district, 800 metres from Nagoya Twin Tower, featuring traditional Japanese decor. Osu Kannon Temple is 2.6 km from the guest house. The property is around 2.9 km from Nagoya Castle, 3.3 km from Oasis 21 and 9 km from Nippon Gaishi Hall. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 35 km from the property.
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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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    • LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL nagoya
      Mid-range
      Offering free WiFi, LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL nagoya is located a 3-minute walk from Exit 10 of Fushimi Subway Station. The property is 1.4 km from Oasis 21 and 1.8 km from Nagoya Castle. The ground floor features a 24-hour bookstore and cafe for guests to enjoy. All units are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, electric kettle, a high-tech toilet, free toiletries and a desk. The rooms include air conditioning, and some units at the economy hotel have a balcony. Each room features an armchair with a footrest. Private bathrooms feature a hairdryer, toothbrushes and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Coin-operated washing machines are available. Guests can enjoy breakfast at the on-site cafe or in their room. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 9 km from LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL nagoya, while Nagoya Congress Center is 4.2 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.
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    • GRAND BASE Osu
      Mid-range
      Set in Nagoya, 2.4 km from Nagoya International Center and 3.2 km from Oasis 21, GRAND BASE Osu offers 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 Castle is 3.8 km from the aparthotel, while Aeon Mall Atsuta is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airfield Airport, 11 km from GRAND BASE Osu.
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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. 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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    • Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Nagoya Station, the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre with workout machines at a charge, 8 restaurants and free WiFi. A Thermarium sauna facility is available on site. Massage treatments are available at a charge. Rising high above Nagoya Station, the Marriott Associa offers rooms with sweeping city views. They are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a personal safe. The attached bathroom offers toiletries and a hairdryer, while complimentary green tea is provided. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and it offers dry cleaning services and a business centre with charged facilities. Guests will find paid parking on site. Restaurant Mikuni Nagoya serves authentic French cuisine, while offering panoramic metropolitan views from the 52nd floor. Japanese Kyoto specialities can be enjoyed at restaurant Tsuruya. Associa Nagoya Marriott Hotel is located within a 10-minute drive from Nagoya Castle. Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art is an 8-minute train ride away, while Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is 2 minutes by express train. Nagoya Centair Airport can be reached via a 30-minute express train ride.
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    • hotel androoms Nagoya Fushimi
      Mid-range
      Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Naka Ward district of Nagoya, hotel androoms Nagoya Fushimi is 1.7 km from Nagoya International Center. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is 600 metres from the city centre and 5 km from Aeon Mall Atsuta. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Oasis 21 is 2.2 km from hotel androoms Nagoya Fushimi, while Nagoya Castle is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airfield Airport, 10 km from the accommodation.
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    • Vessel Hotel Campana Nagoya
      Mid-range
      Well set in the centre of Nagoya, Vessel Hotel Campana Nagoya provides air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At Vessel Hotel Campana Nagoya every room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Guests staying at Vessel Hotel Campana Nagoya have access to the on-site spa and wellness centre which includes a sauna. Nagoya International Center is 1.3 km from the hotel, while Nagoya Castle is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airfield Airport, 10 km from Vessel Hotel Campana Nagoya.
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