One day in Nagoya City, what to do?
In a 2018 survey, Nagoya City has been voted by Japanese residents as the least appealing major city. The city is not famous in regards to tourism and entertainment. The low ranking of Nagoya city may be attributed to its lack of high-profile attractions compared to other cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. Nagoya may not have high-profile attractions but it definitely have a plenty of tourist spots and activities to offer. For the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the city/prefecture may need to do more in promoting the region.
Nagoya City One Day Tour via Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus
The Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus One-Day Pass is the most convenient way to explore the city of Nagoya. It offers unlimited bus ride for one day and discounts to the different tourist attractions. You can purchase the ticket from the driver for only 500 yen. Make sure to check all the stops and time tables here: Me~guru.
Toyota Automobile Museum
The museum houses the history of Japans leading car manufacturer. Toyota has been in operation since 1937 and has become one of the world leading car manufacturer. The Toyota Automobile Museum was inaugurated in 1989 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Toyota Motor Corporation.
Read: Museum Guide
Admission: 1000 yen
Hours: 9:30-17:00 (No entry after 16:30)[Closed] Monday (or Tuesday when Monday falls on a public holiday), the Year-end and New Year period.
Nagoya Castle (名古屋城, Nagoyajō)
The mos popular landmark of Nagoya city. The original castle was completed in 1612. During world war 2 most of the buildings was burned down by the air raids in Nagoya. The “golden dolphins”, or kinshachi are the most distinct feature of Nagoy Castle. The kinshachi was a symbol of the feudal lord’s authority. The area is also a popular hanami spot during the cherry blossom season (March or early April).
During my visit the main castle tower of Nagoya Castle was closed because they are reconstructing and restoring the castle. It is scheduled to be completed in December 2022. The castle’s palace (Honmaru Goten) is open to the public. The artworks on all the rooms are breathtaking, it definitely takes you back in time.
Admission: 500 yen
Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (entry to buildings ends at 16:00) , December 31: 21:00 to 26:00 (entry until 25:30) . December 29 to 30
Read more: Nagoya Castle Leaflet
Tokugawa Art Museum
The Museum was completed in 1935 and operated by the Tokugawa Reimeikai Foundation. The museum houses a large collection of treasures and artworks from the daimyō class during the late Edo period. The Tale of Genji Illustrated Scrolls is the one of the most interesting artifact in the museum.
Admission: Adults￥1,400, Students ￥, Children￥500
Hours: 10:00-17:00Admittance until 4:30 p.m.Closed on Mondays（except when Monday is a National Holiday, then the museum is closed on the following Tuesday）
Read More: Tokugawa Art Museum
Sakae is Nagoya’s downtown district, the area caters to shoppers and diners. The district is known for its shopping malls , department stores and restaurants. A Don Quijote shop is also located in the area, my go to place for affordable stuff (pasalubong).
Nagoya TV Tower
Sakae’s most famous landmark, the 180 meter tall tower has an observation deck that provide an amazing view of Nagoya city. I am scared of heights so I felt a little nervous going up to the deck.
Admission: 700 yen
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (to 21:00 from January to March)
A modern lanmark with an interesting architecture. The “Water Spaceship” roof is open to the public and features a large pool of water. The water reflection has a nice effect on the ground. Below the roof is the “Milky Way Square”, it’s a public space where events are held. There are also restaurant , shops and Nagoya’s highway bus terminal .
Hours: Shopping, roof access: 10:00 to 21:00 , Restaurants: 10:00 to 22:00
Just in case you missed the last Sightseeing bus going back to Nagoya station, you can just take the subway. With the Me~guru one day pass you can visit Nagoyas famous landmarks in one day.