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Nagoya
Travel Guide

Nagoya, Japan's fourth most populous city, lies midway between Tokyo and Osaka. While it may not boast as many attractions as its larger counterparts, the city serves as a major gateway to popular destinations like the Ghibli Park, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa and Ise, making it well worth spending a day or two exploring.

Within the city, you'll discover the iconic Nagoya Castle, along with vibrant shopping areas like Sakae and Osu Shopping Arcade. Don't miss the opportunity to indulge in local delicacies such as hatcho miso, tenmusu and grilled eel rice. For car enthusiasts, the Toyota Industrial Technology Museum is a must-visit destination!

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Suggested Itinerary

During your 5 to 7-day trip to Nagoya, it is recommended to allocate 1-2 full days for sightseeing and shopping in the city. Explore renowned attractions like the Ghibli Park, Nagashima Spa Land & Outlet, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Sakae and Osu Shopping Street. For a change of scenery, venture to Takayama and Shirakawago, where an overnight stay is ideal. If you prefer a hassle-free experience, consider joining a guided day tour.

DAY 1
Chubu Centrair Airport → Nagoya Station
DAY 2
Nagoya → Shirakawa-go Village → Takayama
DAY 3
Takayama (Morning Market / Sanmachi Historic District / Hida Beef) → Nagoya
DAY 4
Ghibli Park → Osu Shopping Street
DAY 5
Nagoya Castle → Nagashima Spa Land/Outlet → Nagoya Station
DAY 6
Shopping in Sakae → Tokoname (Giant Maneki Neko, Pottery Path) → Chubu Centrair Airport

If time permits, don't miss the chance to visit the relaxing hot springs of Gero Onsen and the charming city of Kanazawa while exploring Takayama. This way, you can fully embrace the allure of Japan's central region!

Best Area to Stay in Nagoya

For a brief stay in Nagoya, it's best to find hotels near the JR station, which offers easy access to the airport and nearby cities. If you prefer a lively atmosphere, consider staying in the Sakae area, a 20-minute subway ride from Nagoya station. Here, you'll find a plethora of restaurants and shops, and the subway conveniently connects you to major attractions throughout the city.

    JR Nagoya station   ✓ transport hub

     JR Gate Tower Hotel

     Sanco Inn Grande Nagoya

    Sakae   ✓ shopping area / easy to get around

     The Royal Park Hotel Iconic

     Travelodge Nagoya Sakae

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More Japan Guides

Kanto (Tokyo)  •  Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto)  •  Central Japan (Nagoya)  •  Kyushu (Fukuoka)  •  Hokkaido  •  Okinawa

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