4.5 based on 1 reviews
We visited this place because we ran out of stuff to do and didn't really think anything about it before going in.
That changed quickly. We absolutely enjoyed everything about this visit. The attention to detail of the Toyota museum, the hands on sections, the great explanations, and the helpful guides. Everything was pot on.
At the end of the museum is a car science playground where you can try out everything yourself.
For roughly $4 per person, I didn't expect something this elaborate and fun. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone visiting Nagoya, even if you are not into cars.
4.5 based on 233 reviews
One word ....awesome!
Glad that we went despite the initial apprehension since the museum wasn't located at the city centre.
The trip was definitely worth it.
For those who grew up with Toyopet, Celica, Corona, Corolla, Volkswagen Beetle and a host of other vintage cars...this exhibit brings back memories.
Glad we were able to visit this museum and I recommend tourists to make a detour to see this awesome place.
4.5 based on 154 reviews
This is the best spot for cherry blossoms viewing in Nagoya. When I was there on first week of Apr, the flowers were in full bloom. Along both sides of the river, the cherry blossom trees were so beautiful to behold. One could walk leisurely along the pathways under the trees. There were many locals there, enjoying the view, strolling, biking, having picnics etc. Along this 1 km stretch, there were plenty of vantage points for photo-shoots and selfies.
The easiest way to get there is to take the subway to Mizuho Undojo Higashi Station (purple Meijo Line) and follow the sign to Mizuho Athletic Stadium. The walk is about 10 minutes and you should arrive at a public park, which is the starting point for the riverside walk.
I have visited other cherry blossoms spots in Nagoya such as Tsuruma Park, Nagoya castle. This riverside is definitely the best spot and worth the trip during cherry blossom season. In fact, I saw posters in the subway promoting this cherry blossom spot. Highly recommended.
4 based on 622 reviews
This zoo's admission price isn't too bad and they have lots of fun exhibits. They even have a lake where you can take a paddle boat out with a friend!
Overall, it's a great place to visit on a day when the weather is nice. If it's rainy not many people tend to visit, so if you prefer less crowded attractions than this might be something nice to do on a dreary day.
My one recommendation is to get a konbini lunch before you come. The food options aren't the best so, especially if you're a pickier eater, it's probably best to bring your own lunch.
4 based on 1 reviews
Atsuta Jingu Shrine is one of the biggest Shrine in Japan.
The Shrine enshrine very important deities, and they possess one of the 3 sacred treasures, Kusanagi-no-tsurugi(Kusanagi sord).
The whole site is something spiritual and you'll feel something special when you go into inside.
You may find Miya Kishimen noodle shop where you can enjoy flat noodle with Japanese soup. Yummy!
As a souvenir, you can purchase Kiyome-mochi, kinda Japanese sweet with beans jam. With this sweet, you'll be purified.
4 based on 836 reviews
We had 2 hours to spend before catching the Shinkansen.
Nagoya City Science Museum is both interactive and informative for adults & young children with many displays to look and ‘play’ with - although mainly in Japanese it doesn’t detract from the displays. Be sure if you want to visit some of the main exhibits eg. Deep freezing lab to go straight there as there are timed tickets and if there are many children on excursion they will be there also!
Stop by the museum shop to say Konishiwa to the speaking robot.
We did not visit the Planetarium (15min & only in Japanese, additional 400 yen).
At 400 yen to visit the museum this is a bargain. Free for Junior school (under 15).
We went at 9.30am so not busy but school excursions arrived by 10.30am. 20min walk from Sakae area - Fushimi station closer if you don’t want to walk.
4 based on 176 reviews
Magnificent wooden structure, exquisite details, paintings on walls and sliding doors, quite enjoyable. Heavily tended by the palace officer since a lot of the display are fragile. Very old painting still beautiful to see, and we especially liked the golden tone of the paintings, I thought they also said it was painted really in gold, not sure, but looks like gold.
4 based on 2 reviews
Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai is comprised of 6 bushos (army generals) and 4 jingasa soldiers. The 6 bushos are; Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Ieyasu Tokugawa, Toshiie Maeda, Kiyomasa Kato, and Keiji Maeda. Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai members talk and act as the “real” historical figures. They are featured in various TV shows. They also entertain visitors at the Nagoya Castle.
This is my second time in Nagoya and the last time was about ten years ago. But the last time we didn't know why we did not visit the castle only this time round, we realized that the castle undergone some restoration and only opened to the public in 2013.
They are trying to restore back to its original form now and one can see lots of construction going on within the compound.
This is the only castle that I have been to in Japan that has lifts within the main castle itself, which I find it rather "interesting".
I must say that have put in quite a bit of effort into rebuilding it and lots of exhibits within the castle itself. Good way to learn of it's history! Must see if you are here at Nagoya.
4 based on 370 reviews
I was so looking forward to visiting this museum after doing research on things to do in Nagoya. As a history buff, the hype and information on the web was irresistible. With over 1000 historical items in their collection, including several suits of armour worn by Ieyasu Tokugawa himself, we thought wow this place is certainly worth checking out and scheduled a whole afternoon for it. How wrong we were.
At 1200¥ per person, I thought this place was overrated and overpriced. There's virtually nothing special about it. 5 huge rooms with about 10 to 20 items in each, very little English information on the labels (of course I can see it is a 'bowl' but what century is it from? Who owned it? I would not even call the labels basic, they were simply perfunctory). The English leaflets they foisted on us at the door (the ladies were definitely trying to help by rushing about getting them for us) were actually not that useful as they're exactly what we have read in the web already and only served as a general background to the theme of each room. As for the contents? Nada. Room 1 was supposed to be the armour and weapons of Tokugawa, well, only one full samurai suit of the 11th Tokugawa ruler in the 19th century, almost at the end of their reign, how useless and uninteresting is that? If you go on the web, they claim to have a number of Tokugawa Ieyasu's armour from the 17th century, so why didn't they put one out at least? That would have been an awesome and significant display. And only about 6 samurai swords (thankfully 4 were owned by Ieyasu himself so really really special). Room 2 was all about the Tea Ceremony, even then about 7 bowls and a full dining set, what the? These appear to be very very old too, from the 17th century, but meh, nothing in context for us. Who, what, why? We enjoyed Room 3 on the Noh theatre ,with 3 masks and 5 costumes and some musical instruments, at least we got to watch a short film of a Noh performance, quite interesting actually, although we much preferred the Kyogen plays, they're funny! The other rooms were basically of the same ilk, not much to look at and pretty generic labels. We even got lost and wandered into the library section which had a rather uninspiring display on Japanese script. Even the museum shop (often my favourite destination in museums) was hideously expensive I dared not pick up anything in case I dropped it and had to pay for it. Overall, we were pretty underwhelmed, especially as it also cost us to get a taxi to and from this place to the train station. Pity as all the staff there were really nice and friendly, albeit with basic English, it didn't make up for a truly disappointing visit.
4 based on 395 reviews
The Tokugawa Garden is a Japanese garden in the city of Nagoya, central Japan. Just three kilometers away from Nagoya Castle, is the former residence of the Lords of Nagoya, the Tokugawa family. Originally constructed in 1695 as the retirement home for the Second Lord of Nagoya Castle, Tokugawa Mitsutomo, the grounds once covered some 44 hectares and was said to have been the greatest garden of its day. Unfortunately the extensive Gardens and elegant living quarters were all but destroyed in the massive air raids of World War Two. It was Restored to their former glory in 2004.
The garden has a large pond in the middle. Surrounding it are Waterfalls, promenades, various tea houses, and Bridges. Huge colorful carp swim the wide Ryusen Lake, a central focal point of the extensive Gardens, and like many Japanese Gardens, is supposed to represent the ocean. Surrounding this lake, fed by underground sources, are huge stone monoliths, black pine and maple trees, lush green Forests, seasonal plants, stone lanterns and a number of Bridges connecting the many walkways. Here and there amongst the many different trees including plum and peach, maple, oaks and cherry are places to rest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Zen Gardens. The best way to fully explore the beauty and enjoy the zen atmosphere of this garden is to walk slowly and let your mind to guide where to go and see. The trees, the architectures, the colorful carps swimming in the ponds by the boat, the flower blossoms. Relax and let yourself mingle with all these surroundings would rest your soul, meditate your mind and spirit.
I surely will return here at different time of the year to enjoy and appreciate different beauty and environment. However, I think the zen atmosphere and peace would remain the same to help me rest and meditate my mind and spirit.
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