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Nagoya Castle

By Amanda Newland. Posted on January 22, 2015

Welcome to Nagoya, Japan. Nagoya Castle is a great place to visit while traveling in the Chubu area (central Japan). Only a ten-minute subway ride from Nagoya Station, taking the Meijo subway line to Shiyakusho Station. It’s less than a five-minute walk to the east gate of the Castle, and the entrance fee is 500 yen. 
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Nagoya Castle was constructed during the Edo Period in Japan on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu. During the Showa Period, the castle burned down, but it has been reconstructed. While Japan has many castles, Nagoya Castle has a historical museum inside that provides a look at the past. There are many events and festivals that take place on the grounds of the castle, and the view from the top is amazing. Nagoya Castle is a great place to visit during all four seasons in Japan, with beautiful fall leaves in autumn and amazing cherry trees in full bloom in the spring.  
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The castle grounds are large, and there are many things to see as you walk towards the castle. There are many trees, flowers, food stands, and shops along the paths. You can enjoy an ice cream cone in the spring as you walk through the cheery tress. 
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The cherry trees in full bloom are just amazing in the spring time. The paths around the castle are beautiful as you stroll leisurely around the castle. It’s a great place to visit with friends and to have a spring picnic under the beautiful cherry trees. 
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The castle itself is just a wonder to look at from the outside. Even better, on the inside there are seven floors with many historical exhibits. On the second floor is a display of the daily life of the castle lords and the town people with lights and sound effects. Elementary students come to visit the castle museum on school field trips.
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After visiting and exploring all six floors of exhibitions the seventh floor is the top floor of the castle. The view of Nagoya from the top in the fall is so beautiful. The fall leaves change to a vast array of beautiful colors. The large buildings in and around Nagoya city can been seen as well. 
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A famous landmark of Nagoya Castle is the Golden Dolphin (kinshachi). Many souvenirs are sold along with good luck charms. Up close, you can see the golden dolphin which resembles a fish more than a dolphin. The Golden Dolphins are also on the top of the castle on the roof and can been seen in all souvenir shops in Nagoya. 
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Your trip to Nagoya, Japan is complete with a trip to Nagoya Castle. Enjoy the beautiful nature and historical exhibits as you walk through Nagoya Castle day or night! 
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Amanda Newland

Amanda is an American living in Nagoya, and teaches English. She loves travelling in Japan.

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