NAGOYA

Nagoya (名古屋, [1]) is the capital and largest city of Aichi prefecture, in the Chubu region of Honshu. The hub of the Aichi region, Nagoya is Japan’s fourth-largest city after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka and one of the nation’s major economic centers. In terms of manufacturing, as home to automaking giants Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nagoya is to Japan what Detroit is to the United States — which, along with having been completely flattened during World War II, also explains why it’s not one of Japan’s top tourist draws and most tourists just zip through on the bullet train on their way between Tokyo and Kyoto. But if you do decide to stick around, there are plenty of car-related attractions, a restored castle, an ancient shrine and surprisingly happening nightlife.
…WikiTravel



Nagoya Castle (名古屋城 Nagoya-jō), (Subway: Shiyakusho Stn (Meijo line). 5 min. walk from exit 7.), ☎ +81-52-231-1700, [21]. Open daily 9:00-4:30PM. Closed Dec 29-Jan 1. Trumpeted as a famous landmark, particularly the two golden carp (金の鯱 kin-no-shachi) on the roof. The original castle was home to Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan’s famous warlords. Largely destroyed during the war, the current castle is a concrete replica of the original, and was completed in 1959. The Castle houses an interesting museum (no flash photography on 1st floor), observation deck and surrounding gardens. Adults: ¥500, Jr. high school students and younger: free.


Ride the gold and white Nagoya Sightseeing Bus Me-Guru past many of the city’s main attractions. Operates T-Su. Offers hop-on-hop-off hourly service from 9:30AM-5:30PM T-F, and every half hour on Sa-Su. Closed M, year-end holidays. Daypass: Adults ¥500, Children ¥250. (includes discount on featured attractions). Single ride: adults ¥200, children ¥100. Daypasses may be purchased getting on the bus. 1-day transport passes also accepted.


Osu Summer Festival (大須夏祭り Osu Natsu-matsuri), (Short walk from Osu Kannon Stn (Tsurumai line) exit 1), [31]. Yearly street festival held in the shopping streets around Osu Kannon temple. Featuring live stage performances, street performers, Brazilian samba parade and cosplay parade. …WikiTravel

NAGOYA NEWS

17 Feb

Demonstrators took to the streets in a dozen cities in Japan on Friday demanding the dismissal of National Tax Agency Commissioner Nobuhisa Sagawa, who is accused of giving false parliamentary testimony over a controversial sale of state land. (Jiji)

1 Feb

Japanese authorities have warned international gold smuggling rings are becoming more sophisticated after cracking a scheme to conceal gold bars in aircraft toilets. (scmp.com)

30 Jan

The number of people who moved into the greater Tokyo area exceeded that of people moving out by 119,779 in 2017, marking a net population inflow for the 22nd straight year, the internal affairs ministry said Monday. (Jiji)

24 Jan

Japanese general contractor Shimizu appears to have owned up by Monday’s deadline to fixing bids on construction projects connected to a magnetic-levitation train line, seeking lighter fines after initially denying wrongdoing. (Nikkei)

20 Jan

Luggage fell out of a tour bus while it was driving along the Nagoya Expressway in Aichi Prefecture on Thursday. (Japan Today)

16 Jan

Sota Fujii, 15, the youngest professional shogi player, defeated Amahiko Sato, the holder of the Meijin title, in a quarterfinal of the 11th Asahi Cup open tournament, achieving his first victory over any title holder. (Jiji)

21 Dec

Nagoya University Hospital said Wednesday its medical team left gauze inside a woman’s body in a 1970 operation and that it stayed there for around 44 years, with the patient complaining of stomach pain for many years. (Japan Today)

14 Dec

Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling finding the mayor of Minokamo in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, guilty of receiving bribes. (Jiji)

14 Dec

Officials from a Japanese train operator say a crack was found near the welded joint of one of the key parts and the undercarriage of a Shinkansen bullet train.
(NHK)

11 Dec

Prosecutors investigating Obayashi Corp. suspect the major construction firm rigged a bid for the building of a maglev train station emergency exit, with one of the company’s vice presidents brought in voluntarily for questioning about the matter, sources close to the case said Sunday. (Japan Times)

17 Nov

The Nagoya District Court on Tuesday handed five women, including four Korean nationals, suspended prison terms for the smuggling of 30 kilograms of gold into the country from Korea last year, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

11 Nov

A court here on Wednesday handed former marathon champion Yumiko Hara, 35, a suspended prison term for shoplifting from a convenience store in Ashikaga City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

7 Nov

Nationwide inflation remains “relatively weak” but prices will gradually be pushed up toward the Bank of Japan’s 2 percent target by rising labor costs, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Monday. (Japan Times)

27 Oct

A pair of high-end persimmons harvested in central Japan fetched 540,000 yen at the season’s first auction at a local wholesale market on Thursday. (Japan Today)

11 Oct

Iwakura in Aichi Prefecture is striving to make the central Japan city a mecca of yo-yos, which were a big hit in the country in the 1980s and 1990s. More than 10 million people across Japan are thought to have played with them. (Jiji)

4 Oct

Yokozuna Hakuho received a special award from an advisory body of the Japan Sumo Association on Wednesday, commemorating the record of all-time wins of 1,050 he set in July. (Japan Times)

27 Sep

The Nagoya District Court has sentenced a 61-year-old man to six months in prison, suspended for three years, after he was found guilty of injuring another man who warned him against feeding pigeons. (Japan Today)

22 Sep

Maharaja, a popular disco during Japan’s bubble economy era in the 1980s, reopened in Kyoto’s Gion district this month. (Jiji)

20 Sep

The estranged wife of a former violin maker broke into his house and destroyed 54 violins and 70 bows after they fought over payments for child support, prosecutors said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

13 Sep

Aichi Prefectural Police on Monday arrested the chairman of the key affiliate gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi and five others in the extortion of a restaurant in Nagoya’s Naka Ward, reports Jiji Press (tokyoreporter.com)

10 Sep

A tour bus caught fire and burned up Saturday on the Shin-Tomei Expressway in Aichi Prefecture, but the driver and his 40 passengers escaped without injury. (Japan Times)

8 Sep

On the night of June 26, 2016, a 23-year-old Japanese woman was sitting on a train travelling from Aichi Prefecture’s Chitahanda Station to Kanayama Station, in the prefectural capital of Nagoya. At some point, the 44-year-old man sitting next to her, a Brazilian national living in Nagoya, introduced himself. (rocketnews24.com)

25 Aug

More than 40,000 tax-free shops are ready to welcome overseas tourists to Japan — even those who step into more rural regions. (Nikkei)

24 Aug

Sticking to Japanese barbecue mainstays like sausages and yakisoba noodles would’ve been the smarter move. (rocketnews24.com)

21 Aug

Smelly handshake event prompts frank discussion and suggested solutions for common problem at idol appearances. (rocketnews24.com)