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.

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


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 (

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 (

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 (

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. (

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. (

21 Aug

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

21 Aug

Aichi Prefectural Police on Sunday applied fresh charges of murder and robbery to two persons in custody for allegedly dumping the body of a woman found buried in the mountains of Shiga Prefecture, a crime that could have been motivated by an attempt to gain the victim’s virtual currency bitcoin , reports NHK (

19 Aug

Legoland Japan said Friday it will start giving free one-day tickets to visitors who purchase one-day or one-day family passes to the theme park. (Japan Times)

18 Aug

Police arrested Thursday former world championship marathon runner Yumiko Hara on suspicion of shoplifting. (Japan Today)

15 Aug

Legoland Japan is struggling to dispel the notion that its admission fees are too expensive. (Japan Times)

14 Aug

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 46-year-old driver for a tour bus company in Aichi Prefecture who has admitted to using illegal drugs for more than two decades, reports Nippon News Network. (

12 Aug

The Justice Ministry intends to introduce a videophone-based interpretation system for foreign nationals in prisons and detention centers. (

9 Aug

One elementary school teacher from Aichi Prefecture was fired Tuesday for allegedly forcing indecent acts on students and another from the same central Japan area was effectively forced to quit his job for sending child pornography. (Japan Today)

3 Aug

Outdoor theme park Legoland Japan plans to expand its area to some 13 hectares, 1.4 times the current size, the head of its operator said in a recent interview. (Japan Times)

3 Aug

A Japanese hospital has set up a project team to consider womb transplants for women born without a uterus or whose uterus has been surgically removed for cancer or other conditions, the hospital told Kyodo News on Wednesday. (Japan Today)

1 Aug

The body of a 53-year-old woman from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, who had been missing since June 18, was found in the mountains of Shiga Prefecture on Monday night, police said Tuesday, adding that two men have been arrested in connection with her death. (Japan Today)