Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan, located north of Ise Bay on the Nobi Plains.
Its streets are paved with stories of shogun, samurai and modern-day corporate warriors as well. Only 366 kilometers from Tokyo, it’s a destination that’s also truly a historical journey, so there’s much to do. Fortunately there's a direct flight from Manila to Nagoya on Delta Airlines.
Brace yourself for a multitude of attractions from porcelain workshops, pottery studios and lacquerware factories, to castles and historical monuments. Check out these top attractions for a true cultural experience of central Japan.
Originally the residence and military headquarters of the Tokugawa clan, Nagoya Castle was built around 1612, but it was badly burnt during World War II and repaired in 1959. With two magnificent golden carp on its roof, this castle is the historical heart and symbol of Nagoya.
It’s especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season. Meanwhile, inside the castle is a modern museum that documents the castle’s history.
Besides admiring the outside skirt of the castle you can venture into the fortress and explore yourself. There’s also an observation deck which offers an impressive and sweeping view of the city.
It also has over 4,400 national treasures collected over a 2,000-year history.
After a tour of the shrine, don’t forget to sample a delicious bowl of kishimen noodles, a type of flat white noodles which are a specialty of Nagoya.
TOKUGAWA ART MUSEUM
The Tokugawa family was one of the most powerful families in Japan for hundreds of years, and during this time they amassed a great fortune.
|From the Tokugawa Museum|
Feast your eyes on memorabilia including samurai armor, swords, tea utensils, noh masks, costumes, scrolls and maps.
Afterwards, stroll through Tokugawa-en, the traditional Japanese landscaped garden next to the museum which once used as a retirement area for the residing local lords. This was also ruined during the war, but it was recently remodeled with beautiful results.
There’s a craft center where visitors can observe the process of creating delicate porcelain or try to make items themselves in a workshop.
There are also displays of old Noritake pieces including vases, jars and dishes from the early 1900s.
Meanwhile, the Welcome Center’s Celabo Showroom showcases different ceramic products as well as cutting-edge technology for porcelain making.
This state-of-the-art factory and museum is a must-visit for car fans.
Within this massive complex outside Nagoya City, there’s the Toyota Kaikan Museum that showcases new models and technologies, and the Toyota Automobile Museum that exhibits Japanese, European and American automobiles from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
The Toyota Techno Museum, which is also known as Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, introduces the history of Toyota – from its beginnings as a textile machinery manufacturer to its evolvement into one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world.
HOW TO GET THERE
Delta Airlines flies daily from Manila to Nagoya.
Delta flight #630 leaves Manila at 630 AM.
Delta flight #629 leaves Nagoya at 740 PM.
SIDE TRIPS FROM NAGOYA
Experience the spiritual aspects of Nagoya via a daytrip to Ise Shrine, one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan. It actually has two shrines: the outer shrine called geku, which dates from the 5th century, and the inner shrine called naiku from the 3rd century.
The Ise Shrine is constructed in a purely Japanese architectural style with wide gravel lanes and acres of green forests that will surely bring you a day of peace.
TAKAYAMA & SHIRAKAWA-GO
They’re not hammered by nails and many of them have a wide space for cultivating silkworms. There are many choices for accommodation in Takayama for tourists who choose to spend the night – from modern hotels to traditional Japanese inns.
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