Nagoya Port (名古屋港, Nagoyakō), south of Nagoya's city center, is one of Japan's largest ports. One part of the port, the Garden Pier, has been redeveloped in recent years as a leisure district and offers an aquarium, shopping mall, amusement park, museums and green space.

The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium is one of Japan's larger and better aquaria. Spread across two buildings are exhibits featuring marine mammals including dolphins, orca and beluga whales, and other marine creatures from five aquatic regions between Japan and the Antarctic Ocean. In addition to feeding and training shows, there are also three scheduled dolphin shows per day that are very popular with visitors.

Moored in the harbor is the Fuji Icebreaker, the ship Japan used to explore the Antarctic Ocean from the 1960s to the 1980s. It is now accessible to the public as the Antarctic Museum. Directly in front of the bridge to the aquarium is the Nagoya Port Building, which houses a 53 meter high observatory and the Nagoya Maritime Museum. For the young at heart, there is Nagoya Port Sea Train Land, an amusement park with the biggest ferris wheel in the Chubu Region, north of the aquarium.

Getting there and around

Nagoya Port is best accessed by the Meiko Subway Line. The port's attractions are within walking distance of Nagoyako Station, the subway line's terminal station.

From Nagoya Station, the fastest way to the port is to take a JR train to Kanayama Station (3 minutes, 170 yen) and transfer to the Meiko Subway Line for Nagoyako Station (10 minutes, 240 yen). The cheaper but slower approach is to take the Higashiyama and Meijo/Meiko Subway Lines via Sakae (25 minutes, 270 yen).

From Sakae Station, the one way ride on the Meijo/Meiko Line Subway Line to Nagoyako Station via Kanayama Station takes 15 minutes and costs 270 yen. Roughly every other train on the Meijo Line operates on the Meiko Line from Kanayama to Nagoyako Stations instead of continuing on the loop of the Meijo Line.

How to get to and around Nagoya

Hours and Fees

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium


9:30 to 17:30 (mid March through November)
9:30 to 17:00 (December to mid March)
9:30 to 20:00 (during Golden Week and summer holidays)
Admission ends one hour before closing time.


Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Occasional, irregular closing days for maintenance


2030 yen (aquarium only)
2440 yen (combo ticket including aquarium and other facilities)

Fuji Antarctic Museum


9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)


Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Irregular closing days for maintenance


300 yen (museum only)
710 yen (entry to the observatory, Fuji museum and maritime museum)
2440 yen (entry to aquarium, both museums and the observatory)

Hotels around Nagoya

Recommended Hotels
Hotel Route Inn Nagoya Sakae
Reliable business hotel in the central Sakae district.
Nagoya Marriott Associa
Excellent hotel in one of the two towers that rise above JR Nagoya Station.
Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
Good value hotel in the central Sakae district.
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