The Nagoya City Science Museum (ÉsȊw, Nagoya-shi Kagakukan) features a characteristic giant silver globe, which houses one of the world's largest planetariums. Programs at the planetarium vary monthly and cover current astronomical phenomena. Although shows are conducted only in Japanese, they can nevertheless be interesting just by looking at the stars and other elements of nature being projected on the huge spherical screen.

Five floors of the seven-storied museum are dedicated to a comprehensive array of permanent exhibits, while temporary exhibitions are periodically held in the basement. The permanent exhibits present ample opportunities for visitors of all ages to try their hand at learning science through interactive experiments. They include several large displays such as the "Tornado Lab", the "Electric Discharge Lab" and the "Deep Freezing Lab," which simulates conditions at the earth's polar regions.

Getting there and around

Nagoya City Science Museum is a 5-10 minute walk from Fushimi Station on the Higashiyama and Tsurumai Subway Lines.

How to get to and around Nagoya

Hours and Fees


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


Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), the hird Friday of each month (fourth Friday if the third Friday is a national holiday), December 29 to January 3


400 yen (800 yen including show at the planetarium)
Separate variable fee for temporary exhibitions


Moderate (museum)
None (planetarium)

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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