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

19 Mar

The average price of all types of land in Japan’s rural areas rose last year for the first time since 1992, aided by redevelopment projects and improvement in infrastructure, the government said Wednesday.
(Japan Times)

13 Mar

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the operation of elderly daycare centers in Japan as infections spread among staff and clients. Some facilities have been forced to suspend their services.
(NHK)

5 Mar

Japan’s government is ramping up its battle against the coronavirus. The prime minister wants opposition leaders to back plans allowing him to declare a state of emergency should that become necessary.
(NHK)

4 Mar

For all of Elon Musk’s domination of the burgeoning electric vehicle business, Tesla Inc. is struggling to get traction in Japan, a market he put on a pedestal early in the automaker’s early days. (Japan Times)

3 Mar

Rakuten Inc.’s mobile phone unit will charge less than half the fees its rivals do for high data usage, hoping to entice subscribers when it launches services next month as Japan’s fourth entrant to the market, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Japan Times)

28 Feb

COVID-19 claims its first major business casualty in Japan. (soranews24.com)

26 Feb

Japan’s Supreme Court rejected Tuesday calls by three survivors of 1945 U.S. atomic bombings to be recognized as sufferers of radiation diseases, which would cut their medical payments, ruling they do not meet the conditions for those in need of treatment.
(Kyodo)

25 Feb

For the first time in over 38 years, the Japan Sumo Association’s rankings, published Monday, have only one wrestler at the sport’s second-highest rank of ozeki. But if sekiwake Asanoyama has his way, that situation will soon be remedied.
(Japan Times)

17 Feb

As Japan grapples with the expanding new coronavirus outbreak, six more people — five in Tokyo and another in Aichi Prefecture — tested positive Sunday for the deadly virus, local authorities said. (Japan Times)

6 Feb

Flights between China and Japan already are down by nearly one-third this month as airlines cut service in response to the coronavirus outbreak, with Osaka and Nagoya hardest hit by the drop in travel. (Nikkei)

28 Jan

Between January 24 and 30, some 700,000 Chinese tourists are expected to arrive in Japan to celebrate the Chinese New Year. (tokyoreporter.com)

28 Jan

Will wearing a surgical mask help protect against the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has so far killed more than 80 people? (Nikkei)

28 Jan

Japan’s hotel industry is being hit hard by a large number of cancellations resulting from the spread of the new coronavirus in China.
(NHK)

14 Jan

Aichi Prefectural Police last week arrested a student at Meijo University in Nagoya over the alleged stabbing of a teacher, reports NHK (Jan. 10). (tokyoreporter.com)

8 Jan

Two warring yakuza groups will face stronger crackdowns after public safety commissions in six prefectures designated them Tuesday as “crime syndicates at war” in an effort to weaken them and stop their escalating battles. (Japan Times)

5 Jan

Transport and roads in Japan are crowded with people returning from new year holidays in their hometowns or abroad.
(NHK)

31 Dec

Giant-sized rice cakes have been offered to a shrine in central Japan to ensure good health and an abundant harvest in the coming year.
(NHK)

24 Nov

A bullet-train operator and a locality on the central Pacific Coast are sparring over the environmental impact of a planned ultrafast magnetic-levitation rail, threatening the targeted 2027 start of a service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya. (Nikkei)

24 Oct

With torrential rain, raging rivers and submerged homes, the havoc wrought by Typhoon Hagibis was a grim reminder that extreme weather may now be the new norm in this disaster-prone nation. (Japan Times)

18 Oct

The first solar-powered cars to complete a 3,000-kilometer endurance race across Australia reached the finish line in Adelaide on Thursday, with Japan’s Tokai University Solar Car Team coming in second place. (Kyodo)

9 Oct

An art exhibition that sparked controversy for featuring a statue symbolizing “comfort women” reopened Tuesday in Nagoya, with organizers placing tighter security and limiting the number of visitors after it was abruptly closed two months ago following threats. (Japan Times)

9 Oct

Japanese weather forecasters warn that a large and violent typhoon may approach wide areas from western to northern Japan over the weekend.
(NHK)

2 Oct

More than 330 coins were found in the stomach of a dead alligator in a central Japan zoo in May, apparently having been swallowed over a span of decades as visitors tossed spare change into the pond while making a wish. (Kyodo)

30 Sep

Yakiniku restaurants, establishments where customers grill their own meat on tattoo inspiring little BBQs, are extremely popular in Japan. Here, customers can quickly cook up whatever cuts of meat they like from tongues to tails and everything in between. (soranews24.com)

21 Sep

A new terminal for low-cost carriers opened at Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya on Friday, raising expectations of growth in the number of foreign visitors to the Chubu region. (Japan Times)