A highly developed industrialized city home to a big automotive industry, Nagoya is the birthplace of Toyota and its gross domestic product (GDP) goes to show that it is earning much higher compared to small countries. This sprawling capital and largest city of Aichi prefecture is deemed as the fourth largest city in Japan, after Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka. Its highly successful economic state however, is a far cry from its shady past. Nagoya is one of the cities that had been completely flattened during the Second World War, and this accounts for the reason why majority of the tourists opt to visit other cities that offers great sights. Despite this, you can still make your visit in Nagoya worthwhile: visit its numerous car-related attractions, its restored castle, and sprawling shrines and temples.
What to see & do
While in Nagoya, you should not miss the chance to visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which tells the story of the Toyota’s humble beginnings to its present-day powerhouse car status in the world. It was built on the site of Toyota’s original loom factories. The museum offers a lot of sights and science wonders both to car enthusiasts and science lovers as it showcases a number of hands-on exhibits about the brand.
Located nearby the Meijō Line, you will find the famous Nagoya Castle, marked with its famous two golden carp on the roof. Home to Oda Nobunaga, the original castle was destroyed during the war but was successfully replicated and completed in 1959. On its first floor, you will find the museum entertaining, and its surrounding gardens, therapeutic.
How to get around
From the Chubu Centrair International Airport, you can reach Nagoya through its extensive subway lines. There are about six main subway lines: the red Sakuradōri Line (桜通線), the purple Meijō Line (名城線) that connects with a separate Meikō Line (名港線), the yellow Higashiyama Line (東山線), the blue Tsurumai Line (鶴舞線), and the pink Kamiiida Line (上飯田線). Subways are operational beginning 5:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. You can opt to purchase city transportation one day passes at various attractions in Nagoya.
Apart from using the subway, you can also opt to hop a bus to get around Nagoya. For one, Meitetsu, a major transit operator in Nagoya, transports passengers throughout Japan’s major cities. To reach your destination in a nick of time within city limits, you can hail a taxi instead.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach Nagoya via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights. You can reach Chubu Centrair International Airport, the city’s premier gateway. The airport is deemed as Japan’s third major international gateway, built on an artificial island located approximately 30 minutes south from the town centre. Since its opening in 2005, it replaced the old Nagoya Airport, also known as Komaki Airport.
Chubu Centrair International Airport is being served by airlines such as Air China, AirAsia X, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Hong Kong Express Airways, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, Jetstar Japan, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines. The aforementioned airlines serve a number of destinations such as Beijing-Capital, Shanghai-Pudong, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Ishigaki, Naha, Seoul-Gimpo, Seoul-Incheon, Fukouka, Kagoshima, Kumamomoto, Sapporo-Chitose, Busan, Seoul-Incheon, Frankfurt, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Guam, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City.