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Nagoya: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

  • Nagoya Shopping and Dining
  • Nagoya Cultural tours

Nagoya Shopping and Dining

The Nagoya Station, Sakae and Osu areas are some of Central Japan’s best places for shopping and dining. Each of these compact areas is conveniently located in downtown Nagoya and offers easy access. Visitors can tour around each of these areas to their heart’s content without worrying about travel time.

Nagoya Station Area

Nagoya Station Area

A Metropolitan Area where Skyscrapers and Shopping Centers Line the Streets

As a major hub of transportation for Central Japan, the Nagoya Station area features impressive skyscrapers, such as Midland Square and the JR Central Towers, in the midst of a large number of department stores, electronic goods outlets and other shops. One of Japan’s largest underground malls sprawls outwards in all directions—including a massive dining and shopping area where you can find anything you’re looking for. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of Nagoya-meshi (local Nagoya foods) such as tebasaki (deep-fried chicken wings) and miso-katsu (breaded pork cutlet with a dark miso sauce), not to mention the izakaya (Japanese-style bars serving food). From the observation areas of the skyscrapers, you can marvel at the glistening cityscape of Nagoya after dark, or visit one of the local bars to enjoy the nightlife.

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The Foot of a 6.1 Meter-High (20 feet) Woman—The Ideal Meeting Place?

Yes, it sounds strange, but the “Nana-chan” statue at Nagoya station is a well-known place to meet up with friends, coworkers and even your date for the evening. The Nana-chan statue was erected in front of a department store in 1973, directly straddling the promenade, to commemorate the store’s first year of business. At 6.1 meters (20 feet) and 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds), this huge statue can be easily seen from a distance, easily attracting attention. Passersby can enjoy seeing how the statue is “dressed” with various clothes to suit each season.

Sakae

Sakae

Central Japan’s Bustling Downtown Area—Full of Lively Fun from Morning to Night!

Sakae is a commercial district located in the heart of Nagoya. This area is considered one of the leading districts for brand-name merchandise in Japan, featuring Japan’s oldest department store, Matsuzakaya, as well as luxury brand stores. Visitors can enjoy riding up TV Tower, one of the well-known features of Nagoya, for a fantastic view of the metropolitan center, and visit the many restaurants and shops in the Oasis 21 area, which also houses a large bus terminal and features a multi-leveled park on the ground floor. Oasis 21 is a famous landmark of Nagoya that features beautiful lighting at night and a gigantic pool of water on the uppermost level that makes you feel as if you were walking on air—truly a mystical and romantic sight to see. Of course, the Sakae district also features a wealth of izakaya and nightclubs for visitors to explore and enjoy the nightlife that Nagoya has to offer.

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Nagoya’s “Morning” Service: It’s Not Just about the Coffee

Order a coffee or other drink at nearly any café in the Nagoya area before 11 am, and you might be surprised to get a thick slice of toast, a boiled egg, a small salad or cup of sliced fruit along with your order, at either a small charge or for free. Before you say “I didn’t order this!”, you should know that this tradition, typically just called “morning,” is available in most cafés in the Nagoya area, especially the smaller and cozier ones. So next time you’re in a café in Nagoya, say “morning” and enjoy a little breakfast with your coffee!

Osu Shopping Arcade

Osu Shopping Arcade

A Shopping District with a Unique Atmosphere, where the Old Meets the New

The shopping arcade of Osu has flourished alongside the Monzen-machi area, which is an urban area that developed around the Osu temple (Osu-Kannon). There are now over 1,200 shops and restaurants in this lively area, which is said to be one of the most dynamic shopping districts in all of Japan. Osu is an area that melds both the traditional culture of Japan with the culture of today’s youth and influences from abroad, to create an atmosphere that’s completely distinctive. The area is popular with people of all generations and nationalities, with a jam-packed grab-bag of restaurants, popular culture including manga and anime, used clothing, furniture, kimonos and more. There are a number of highly original foods to delight the palate that made their start here, including Japanese confections, sandwiches and more.

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The Cosplay Summit… in Osu!

Osu has come to be known as the “holy land” amongst fans in the world of comics, anime and costumes for “cosplay” (costume play, or dressing up in costumes based on favorite characters from anime or manga), ever since a major event called the “World Cosplay Summit” was held in 2002 to decide on the world champion cosplayer. Cosplayers from around the world gather here in the Osu shopping arcade every summer for the world summit and stage a fun-filled parade.

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Date Visited: November 19 - 20, 2012

Photos and Information Provided By:
Nagoya Convention and Visitors Bureau
TV Tower, Nagoya TV Tower Corporation
Oasis 21, Sakae Park Promotion Co., Ltd.
Osu Shopping Arcade Alliance
Osu Kannon (temple)
Matsuzakaya, Nagoya Store (department store)
Komehyo, Nagoya Store, Kimono (department store specializing in used goods)
"Sekai no Yamachan", S.Y. Food Co., Ltd. (Japanese-style bar)
"Aburiyaki-sajiki Choza", CISCO Ltd. (Japanese-style bar)
Shooters (bar)
Maid Tearoom & Bar "MaiLeaf" (café)
Konparu, Osu Main Store (café)
Osu Uiro, South Store (shop)

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Nagoya Culture Tours

Many historical sites of value can be found in Nagoya, as the area is renowned for the many samurai generals who were active here. On the other hand, the Nagoya area is also well known for its industrial production, including automobiles. For this reason, there are numerous industrial tourist spots to see.

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle

Experience 400 Years of History at the Castle in the Midst of Bustling Metropolitan Nagoya

Built by the order of Ieyasu Tokugawa, who brought Japan into the Edo shogunate period in 1612, the Nagoya Castle boasts the largest area of any castle in Japan. The castle was the first to be declared a national treasure. One of the symbols of Nagoya is the golden shachihoko that adorn the towers of the castle, which are a particularly well-known feature. The main castle tower features a set of decorated partitions and historical artifacts that are important cultural properties. From the third to fifth floors, visitors can see depictions of the old town as well as displays of matchlocks and other items, not to mention a full-scale replica of the golden shachihoko—certainly a wealth of sights to see!

Things to See

Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine)

Atsuta Jingu (Atsuta Shrine)

A Shrine that Hosts 6.5 Million Visitors Each Year... Right in the Stillness of the Woods, Nestled in the Middle of the City

Atsuta Jingu is a place that is dear to the hearts of the people of Nagoya and of Japan, where around 6.5 million people come to visit each year. The precinct of the shrine extends over 190,000 square meters (47 acres), offers lush greenery, and is well known as a quiet oasis of the heart in the middle of bustling metropolitan Nagoya.


On display inside the “Homotsukan” (Treasure Exhibition Hall) within the shrine grounds are more than 6,000 valuable treasures, including short swords and other weapons, and Koshinpo artifacts (sacred garments, furniture and utensils for use by the enshrined deities).

How to Properly Visit a Shrine

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“Omamori”—Charms for Fortune and Protection

“Omamori” are items that people make it a point to acquire when visiting shrines. They are thought to ward off danger and invite good luck if constantly kept on one’s person, for instance by placing them in one’s wallet or bag. A variety of different types of omamori are available at Atsuta Jingu, including ones for physical health, marriage, and prosperous business.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Learn about the Origin of the Toyota Group and the Joy of Manufacturing at this Museum!

This museum teaches visitors about the origin of the Toyota Group, as well as the importance of both “the spirit of being studious and creative”, and “making things”. Here you'll be able to see displays that you won't find anywhere else, including the weaving looms that the founder of the Toyota Group, Sakichi Toyoda spent his life inventing; and the first of the mass-produced automobiles that his eldest son Kiichiro Toyoda had established Toyota Motor Corporation to manufacture.

The museum is a 25-minute walk from Nagoya station and can be easily accessed by rail.

Learning Workshops that the Whole Family can Enjoy

Learning Workshops that the Whole Family can Enjoy
There are many activities here for both adults and children to enjoy. You can experience firsthand a variety of textile machinery and automobile displays that are brimming with originality; a place to make miniature automobiles; and a “techno-circuit” where kids can drive along a course that is shown on the floor to learn the basics of automotive motion, including stopping, turning and driving.

Why did Toyota Get Its Start in Nagoya?

Although Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of the Toyota Group was born in Shizuoka prefecture, The Toyota Group got its start in Nagoya. Sakichi invented the highly-efficient "Toyoda Winding Machine" and began selling it in Nagoya, where there was the most demand, prompting his decision to open up business in Nagoya.

The Dream Loom of the World

The lobby of the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology features a circular weaving loom on display that represents the founding principles of the museum. Invented in 1906 by Sakichi Toyoda, this was a revolutionary loom that used rotating movement to weave fabrics, and was known as “the dream loom” throughout the world, patented in 19 countries. The loom on display is the only completed loom of its kind to have gone through extensive testing after it was manufactured in 1924.

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Photos and Information Provided By:
Matsumoto City Hall
General Corporation-Matsumoto Tourism & Convention Association
Soba-dokoro “Yamatou”

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