Nagoya is a City in Japan

By: Douglas Scott

Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan. Located on the Pacific coast in the Chubu region on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japans major ports. It has over two million inhabitants.

Nagoya is fortunate to have an extensive, efficient public transport system that makes it an easy place to live and work. Visitors are amazed by the ease of travel and relative lack of congestion on the roads. After a while we take all this for granted, and become infuriated when we miss our connection because a subway was 20 seconds late. Before you go though, you should get the Japan Rail Pass for the time you are staying there. It allows you for unlimited travel on JR major trains for the time you are there.The history of our beloved subway traces back to that of its predecessor, the Nagoya Tram System.

The two most famous sightseeing spots are Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Shrine.

Nagoya Castle was built in 1612. Although a large part of it burned down in the fires of World War II, the castle was restored in 1959, adding some modern amenities such as elevators.

Atsuta Shrine is known as the second most venerable shrine in Japan, after Ise Shrine. It enshrines the Kusanagi sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan. It holds around 70 festivals in a year, and many people visit the shrine year round. The shrine has over 4400 national treasures representing its 2000 years history.

More famous for its car industry than for its tourist attractions, but it makes a good stopover if traveling around Japan. A couple of days should be enough to visit the main tourist sights.

There are a lot of places for cheap drinking. Sakae is the big nightlife district, in a loose triangle near the station. It has a large red light district but as with most of Japan theres no sense of danger so dont worry. If the bar and club scene is not for you, try their bimonthly international parties. Always a dynamic mix of foreigners and Japanese. At the party its all you can drink and eat for a set price.

Nagoya is a modern Japanese city, similar to Osaka. It has a reconstructed castle and a modern centre. The city entered the tourist circuits in 2005 with the Aichi Expo. Take a trip and have fun in discovering things for yourself.

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