So, you are planning a stop in Nagoya on your trip across Japan. Perfect!

Or maybe you are just visiting Nagoya this time? Even perfecter!

Are you wondering what to do in Nagoya, what to see in Nagoya, what to eat in Nagoya, and maybe even what to buy in Nagoya?

Let me assure you, there really is a lot to do and see here, a lot of Nagoya attractions, you just have to know where to look.

Here is a list of 30+ fun things to do in Nagoya (Japan). No matter if you are a first time visitor to Nagoya or you have been here before.

This list includes not only the Nagoya highlights but also some more secret spots. So even regulars and people living in Nagoya town will find some new stuff to do in Nagoya, guaranteed!

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Nagoya Meshi Food Tour

Nagoya Food Tour at Yamamotoya in Sakae

Join a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour in Sakae district. Find out about the local cuisine called Nagoya Meshi by tasting different local dishes and snacks. Learn about the restaurants we visit and the history and culture of Japan and Nagoya.

This is a group tour of up to 6 people but I also offer private food tours in Nagoya, which are highly customizable and just for you, your friends and family.


Nagoya Castle

A visit to Nagoya Castle is the top attraction in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture). So, I thought I would get it out of the way right away to make room for other things that are worth doing in Nagoya.

In my opinion, Nagoya Castle is one of the best castles to visit in Japan. It is definitely more beautiful than the one in Osaka (but don’t tell that anyone from Osaka).

The most interesting part of Nagoya castle isn’t the castle itself (although it makes for a great photo spot). It is actually the newly reconstructed Hommaru Palace. This one-story building made completely from wood and using only traditional building techniques is a true masterpiece.

The inside is a labyrinth of hallways and rooms all with Tatami mat flooring and amazing golden wall drawings with Japanese motives of flora and fauna.

Free guided tours in English start every day at the main gate and east gate at 1 p.m.

*Note: The main keep is currently closed because of renovation work until December 2022*

NAGOYA CASTLE
Entry Fee: 500 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0031
Website | Google Maps


Kinshachi Yokocho Food Street

Just outside of Nagoya Castle the Kinshachi Yokocho greets hungry travelers. This newly constructed street is a collection of the best restaurants to be found in the city as well as souvenir shops.

The houses lining the street are designed in the traditional Japanese style made of wood and are a great photo opportunity.

Some of the most popular restaurants here are Misokatsu Yabaton (serving Miso Katsu deep-fried pork cutlets in Miso sauce), Yamamotoya (serving Miso Nikomi Udon stewed noodles in Miso soup), Hitsumabushi Bincho (serving Hitsumabushi grilled eel), and Torikai (serving Nagoya Cochin chicken in different styles like Nabe or Tebasaki chicken wings).

Don’t forget to stop by Ebi Sembei no Sato for a taste or ten of the different shrimp rice crackers on offer.

KINSHACHI YOKOCHO
Opening Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Address: 1-2-2 Sannomaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0001
Website | Google Maps


Shikemichi Old Town District

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Shikemichi is the old warehouse district of Nagoya city. It was built around the same time as the construction of Nagoya castle.

To prevent fire the streets were very wide and warehouses had mud-plastered walls. Today it is still possible to see these special features on the warehouses in the Shikemichi Old Town Preservation District.

The old warehouses have been transformed into stylish cafes and shops. Shikemichi is the perfect place to take a stroll and many pictures.

SHIKEMICHI OLD TOWN PRESERVATION DISTRICT
Address: 1-36-36 Nagono, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-0042
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Atsuta Jingu

Atsuta Jingu Main Shrine Nagoya

Atsuta Jingu is probably the place with the longest history in Nagoya. Even though the shrine you can visit today is a reconstruction from 1955.

The Shinto shrine has a history that spans more than 1900 years. It was first mentioned in the very first historical written account in Japan and is even today one of the most important Shinto shrines in the country (together with Ise Jingu).

Atsuta Shrine houses the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which is one of the three imperial regalias giving the Japanese emperor the right to rule. Unfortunately, the sword is not open to viewing by the public.

Learn more about Atsuta Jingu by reading the full post about it.

ATSUTA SHRINE
Address: 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya 456-8585
Website | Google Maps

Tenoroshi Kishimen Miya Kishiment Atsuta Jingu Nagoya

I wouldn’t be Nagoya Foodie if I didn’t also give you some food recommendations while I’m at it. At Atsuta Jingu you can try some of the famous local food in Nagoya I am raving about here on the blog.

At the restaurant located on the grounds of the shrine called Miya Kishimen, you can try authentic Kishimen noodles. Kishimen are a flat, broad type of Udon noodles only found in Nagoya. Traditionally, they are served with a hot broth, bonito flakes and some sliced Kamaboko steamed fish paste. But there are also many other delicious variations available.

MIYA KISHIMENT
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Address: 1-1-1 Jingu, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya 456-8585
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Shirotori Garden

If you want to experience a serene Japanese garden you might want to visit Shirotori Garden not far from Atsuta Shrine.

The central pond is modeled after the nearby Kiso River flowing into Ise Bay.

In the center of the garden is the Seiutei tea house which invites to have a seat some tea and confectionaries.

There are special events held throughout the year like illuminations, tea ceremonies, and flower viewing events.

SHIROTORI GARDEN
Entry Fee: 300 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 2-2-5 Atsuta Nishimachi, Atsuta Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 456-0036
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Osu Kannon

Osu Kannon Osu District Nagoya

Osu Kannon is one of the most important Buddhist temples in the city of Nagoya. It is the birthplace of the Osu District when the temple was relocated to its current location in 1612.

The object of worship at Osu Kannon is a wooden carving of the Buddhist goddess of mercy.

If you would like to pay your respects and make a wish at the temple, walk up the steps, make an offering in the form of a single coin, put your hands together and bow your head while making your prayer.

Osu Kannon also hosts a regular antique market on the 18th and 28th of each month. If you are looking for cheap souvenirs you might want to check it out, or other such markets in Nagoya.

OSU KANNON
Address: 2-21-47 Osu, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0011
Website | Google Maps


Osu Shopping Street

Just behind Osu Kannon, is the beginning of the Osu Shopping Streets. One of the most popular attractions in Nagoya.

The streets are a fun place to visit if you want to do some shopping or are looking for delicious Japanese food. There are more than 400 shops and restaurants in this aging but very charming roofed-over network of shopping streets.

Osu is rich in culture (traditional and modern) just waiting to be discovered. Don’t miss the Karakuri doll performances, keep your eyes open for temples and shrines in the area, and don’t hesitate to visit one of the second-hand Kimono shops.

Discover modern Japanese culture by visiting a maid cafe or other popular sweets shop selling anything from bubble tea to waffles and ice cream. There are shops catering to Otaku and geeks (Anime, Manga, Cosplay, and gaming enthusiasts).

Find out all the details about Osu by reading this post.

OSU SHOPPING STREETS
Address: 3-26 Osu, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0000
Website| Google Maps


Maid Cafe

Maid Cafe maidreamin Osu shopping street Nagoya

Maid cafes are said to have originated from Osu in Nagoya. I do not know whether that is true or not, but Osu does have quite a high density of maid cafes.

If you want to experience cute girls talking in high-pitched voices while enjoying some very cute desserts visit a maid cafe.

You can book your Maidreamin maid cafe experience conveniently online on klook.com.


Nagoya Station

Nagoya Station at night during winter lightup

The area around Nagoya Station is the heart of the city not really a Nagoya tourist spot but still a place worth checking out. Here you will find the cities skyscrapers such as the JR Central Towers which rise 245 meters above the station, big department stores with unlimited shopping opportunities, and countless restaurants.

If you are arriving in Nagoya by bullet train, local train, or bus you will be arriving at Nagoya Station.

There are great food opportunities around Nagoya Station. You can either head to the below-ground levels of any department store, where you will find a great selection of foods to consume right away or to take with you.

Or visit some of the underground shopping malls, such as Esca on the west side of Nagoya Station, where you will find very delicious restaurants.

My top recommendations within Esca are Hitsumabushi Inou Esca, a restaurant serving Nagoya-style freshwater eel and Misokatsu Yabaton for deep-fried pork cutlets with Miso sauce.


Sky Promenade

For a great view over the whole of Nagoya, you should visit the Sky Promenade on top of Midland Square next to Nagoya Station. This observation deck offers the best views of the city, by day and by night.

The 360-degree open-air observation deck on top of Midland Square will give you sweeping views over the whole city.

While you can visit the Sky Promenade from 11 a.m. in the morning the views are best during sunset or after dark when the whole city sparkles like a Christmas tree from the millions of lights coming from each window in the city.

For more ideas on things to do in Nagoya at night, click here.

SKY PROMENADE OBSERVATORY
Entry Fee: 750 yen (one day ticket 1050 yen)
Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (July to September 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., January and February 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Address: 4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002 
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Old Town Tour

For a unique glimpse into the ‘real’ Nagoya, consider joining an Old Town Walking Tour.

This tour will lead you to the Yanagibashi Fish Market where you can try freshly caught fish and even learn how traditional Japanese candy is made (and try it as well).

Find more information and book your tour on Nagoya Walking Tours.


Noritake Garden

Noritake is a famous producer of bone china from Nagoya. Close to Nagoya Station you can find the Noritake Garden. A wide area with redbrick buildings, little streams, and benches to relax. There is also a cafe where you can have coffee and some afternoon snacks.

Entry to Noritake Garden is free.

At the Noritake Museum and Craft Center, you can learn how bone china is produced by following the production process. Watch the craftsmen and women at work and admire their skills.

If you want to you can paint your own plate and take it home as a souvenir once you are done.

Noritake Garden has a Christmas illumination with a gigantic Santa during the winter months. For more things to do in Nagoya in winter click here.

NORITAKE MUSEUM AND CRAFT CENTER
Entry Fee: 500 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 3-1-36 Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-8501 
Website | Google Maps


Tokugawa Art Museum

Another one of the best Nagoya attractions is the Tokugawa Art Museum, it houses relics, such as swords and armors, tea ceremony utensils, and Noh theater masks as well as costumes, from the Tokugawa period.

The museum was built on the site of the former residence of the ruling family in Nagoya, the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan. It also has an impressive library with thousands of texts and scrolls.

TOKUGAWA ART MUSEUM
Entry Fee: 1400 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 1017 Tokugawacho, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0023
Website| Google Maps


Tokugawa Garden

Right next to the Tokugawa Art Museum is Tokugawaen, or Tokugawa Garden. One of the top things to do in Nagoya (Japan).

It is a nice place for a stroll or just to sit down and think about everything you have learned so far about Nagoya.

The garden has a central pond as well as some streams with small waterfalls. An especially beautiful time to visit Tokugawaen is in late autumn when the leaves of the many maple trees turn bright red.

For more things to do in autumn in Nagoya read this post.

TOKUGAWA GARDEN
Entry Fee: 300 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 1001 Tokugawacho, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0023
Website| Google Maps


Cultural Path

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The Cultural Path is the area stretching from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawaen with many important cultural assets still remaining. These assets tell the history of Japan’s path to modernization from the Edo Period to the Meiji and Taisho Periods.

One of the most important cultural assets on the Cultural Path is Futaba Museum, which used to be the home of Japan’s first actress Kawakami Sadayakko in the 1920’s.

Other important buildings include the Shumoku Museum, the Former Residence of Tetsujiro Haruta, Hyakka Hyakuso and the Hori Art Museum.

FUTABA MUSEUM
Entry Fee: 200 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 3-23 Shumokucho, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0014
Website| Google Maps


Nagoya City Archives

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The Nagoya City Archives used to be one of the courthouses of Nagoya. The building dates back to 1922 and is the oldest building of its kind still in existence today.

Marvel at the beauty of the building’s exterior as well as the interior. With a beautiful stained glass window to be admired.

Learn about Japanese court history by visiting a reproduced courtroom under the old constitution as well as a restored conference hall and prisoner look-up.

NAGOYA CITY ARCHIVES
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 1-3 Shirakabe, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0011
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Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden

The Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical garden is a park with a zoo, botanical garden, and amusement park.

In the zoo, especially popular animals are koalas, giraffes, and elephants. The botanical garden is especially worth a visit during the cherry blossom season in the spring and autumn color season in November to December.

HIGASHIYAMA ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
Entry Fee: 500 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0804
Website| Google Maps


Sakae District

at nagoya in sakae nagoya japan

No Nagoya sightseeing trip is complete without a visit to Sakae District. Sakae is Nagoya’s shopping and entertainment district. It’s the downtown area of Nagoya with malls and department stores, restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Located just 2 kilometers and 2 stops from Nagoya Station it is a great spot to do some shopping or have drinks.

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
8 foods and snacks in 3.5 hours with in-depth info will make this one unforgettable experience.
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Oasis 21

Don’t forget to check out Oasis 21 bus terminal. A modern building that looks a little like a space ship, with restaurants and some shops and a cool roof-top area with nice views.

Events are often held in the large space at the bottom of Oasis 21. So, when you stop by you might find something interesting going on.

OASIS 21
Address: 1-11-1 Higashisakura, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0005
Website| Google Maps


Nagoya TV Tower

Sakae from Above Nagoya

Nagoya TV Tower is a great place to see Nagoya from the top. It was completed in 1954 as the first TV tower of its kind in Japan. The 180-meter high tower has an observation deck at around 100 meters which allows for great views over the city.

*Note: Nagoya TV Tower is closed due to reconstruction until July 2020.*

NAGOYA TV TOWER
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Address: 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0003
Website| Google Maps


Aichi Arts Center

The Aichi Arts center is a space for the arts right next to Oasis 21. It is one of the places to go in Nagoya if you like the arts.

On the 10th floor, you will find the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.

The museum features Japanese and international art. Modern and traditional. Including paintings, sculptures, and prints.

The museum has large collections with famous works of art from Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Klee, and others.

The 10th floor of the Aichi Arts Center is also home to an observation gallery from which you have a wonderful view over Sake. For free.

The Arts Center also includes a grand theater called the Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater where performances are held on a regular basis.

AICHI PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART
Entry Fee: 500 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-8525
Website| Google Maps


Shopping in Nagoya

In Nagoya, you can shop to your heart’s desire. If you are wondering about the best things to buy in Nagoya or maybe where to do the best Shopping in Nagoya, here is your answer.

Visit one or multiple of the malls (Sunshine Sakae, Lachic) and department stores (Mitsukoshi, Matsuzakaya) in Sakae. And check out the brand shops like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

Sakae also has an underground network of shopping streets. Sakae really is one of the top places in Nagoya for shopping.

Other areas for shopping are Osu which I mentioned before. If you are looking for second-hand items, electronics, or anything related to the Otaku culture you will find them in Osu.

The Nagoya Station area is another great place to buy nice things. Aside from department stores like Takashimaya, Meitetsu and Kintetsu, there are underground shopping streets on both sides of the station. The gigantic Bic Camera store invites to do some shopping for electronics.

Read the full Nagoya Shopping Guide for all the details.


Bars in Nagoya

Outside Sekai no Yamachan in Nagoya

If you are looking for some great bars in Nagoya, Sakae is the place to go. Sakae is not only the shopping district of Nagoya but also the entertainment center of the city.

For international bars visit Mybar or the Elephant’s Nest.

If you are looking for a more traditional Japanese place that is still foreigner-friendly check out Sekai no Yamachan. They can be found all over the city.

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
8 foods and snacks in 3.5 hours with in-depth info will make this one unforgettable experience.
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Clubs in Nagoya

The same goes for clubs in Nagoya. They are found mostly in Sakae the Nagoya city center. Some of the more popular and famous clubs are Steps and iD Cafe.

Bars and clubs are not the only things to do in Nagoya at night. A post is coming soon!


Toyota Museums

First Toyota Model Toyota Museum Naguya

Nagoya is the birthplace of Japan’s biggest car manufacturer Toyota. If you are into cars there are multiple museums in and around Nagoya where you can learn a lot about the car maker’s history and present. The Toyota museums are a true Nagoya must-see.

At the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology you learn about the origins of Toyota as a textile manufacturer, and later as a car maker.

The Toyota Automobile Museum showcases the history of the automobile in general. With more than 140 car models ranging from the beginnings of the car to the most modern models with cars from Japan, the US, and Europe this museum aims to give a good overview.

At the Toyota Kaikan Museum, you can not only learn about the views the company has in relation to automobiles but also join a Toyota plant tour where you can see the production process up close.


Nagoya Walking Tour

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Explore Nagoya with a guide on a Nagoya City Tour. Visit famous Nagoya sights like Nagoya Castle, Oasis 21 in Sakae and Osu Kannon as well as Osu Shopping Street and learn about Nagoya’s history and culture in detail from a knowledgeable and English speaking Nagoya tour guide on this Nagoya day tour.

Book your Nagoya walking tour today on klook.com!


Railway Museum

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The SCMaglev and Railway Park as the Nagoya Railway Museum is officially known is one of the best places to see in Nagoya on a rainy June days. It houses a collection of different trains from old steam locomotives to experimental high-speed Shinkansen trains.

Another highlight of the museum is the train simulators where you can learn to drive a Shinkansen train as well as learn about the tasks of a train conductor in Japan.

SCMAGLEV AND RAILWAY PARK
Entry Fee: 1000 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Tuesdays
Address: 3-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0848
Website| Google Maps


Karakuri Robot Experience

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Karakuri are mechanical dolls used to entertain guests and serve tea. Let yourself be entertained by a Karakuri doll and compare it to one of the most modern entertainment robots in Japan by participating in a Karakuri Robot Experience in Nagoya.

You will also have the opportunity to see the workings of other mechanical dolls mounted on top of a festival float. These amazing ‘Kabuki’ dolls will play a little bit of theater for you.

It is a great opportunity to experience Japanese craftsmanship and culture up close in Nagoya. Book your Karakuri Robot Experience on klook.com today!


Nabana no Sato (Nagashima Resort)

A little bit south of the city on an island connected by an impressive bridge, you will find Nagashima Resort. Nagashima Resort consists of the Nagashima Spa Land amusement park, an outlet shopping mall, a hot spring resort, a water park and the hugely popular flower park called Nabana No Sato.

I visit Nabana No Sato every year in winter when the park is transformed into a spectacle of lights. The park is decorated with millions and millions of lights and it really feels like stepping into a fairy tale. If you want to learn more about Nabana No Sato read here.

I also visit the outlet quite often, because it is a great place to do some shopping at bargain prices. Especially if you are into Japanese and also foreign brands.

Read the full post on the Nabana no Sato winter illumination here.

NABANA NO SATO
Entry Fee: 2300 yen
Opening Hours 2019/2020: October 19th – May 6th 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Address: 270 Komae, Nagashima, Kuwana, Mie, 511-1144
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Nagoya Meshi

hitsumabushi in nagoya

Another Nagoya highlight you really can’t miss is Nagoya Meshi, the local cuisine. There are countless delicious dishes, such as Hitsumabushi, Tebasaki, Miso Nikomi Udon, Miso Katsu, Oni Manju, Tenmusu and much more to choose from and many amazing restaurants to explore in the city.

Check out my Nagoya Food Guide to learn about the different foods you can find in Nagoya as well as restaurant recommendations.

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
8 foods and snacks in 3.5 hours with in-depth info will make this one unforgettable experience.
Check out the details!


Nagoya Aquarium

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If you are visiting Nagoya with children the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium might be worth a visit. It is one of the better and larger aquariums in Japan and its main draw is the dolphins, beluga and orca whales. There are feeding sessions as well as three daily dolphin shows.

The regular entrance fee is 2030 yen and if you want to you can buy your voucher in advance on klook.com.

PORT OF NAGOYA PUBLIC AQUARIUM
Entry Fee: 2030 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Address: 1-3 Minatomachi, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0033
Website | Google Maps


Legoland Japan

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Legoland Japan is one of the most popular Nagoya tourist attractions to visit with kids. It opened just recently in 2017. This amusement park is aimed at small children and features large Lego models of things like famous places in Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Fuji built from millions of Lego blocks.

You can also learn how Lego bricks are manufactured, build your own Lego models and enjoy some kid-friendly rides. Of course, there are countless restaurants serving kid-friendly food, and shops where you can buy Lego sets.

Your kids will be even happier if they don’t have to stand in line for tickets at the entrance. If you book your tickets via klook.com you can use the special klook entrance and skip the line. This saves not only time but also nerves. Let the holiday begin and book your ticket on klook.com today!

If you think one day in Legoland just isn’t enough you can spend the night at the Legoland Hotel Japan a 4-star Lego-themed hotel that will excite your children with a kid’s entertainment area and kids pool.

Book your stay at the Legoland Hotel Japan today on booking.com and make your kid’s dreams come true!

LEGOLAND JAPAN
Entry Fee: depends on the day
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 2-2-1 Kinjoufutou, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-8605
Website | Google Maps


Nagoya Planetarium

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One of the world’s largest planetariums is located inside the Nagoya City Science Museum. The program of the planetarium changes every month and focuses on current astronomical events. While the shows are only conducted in Japanese it is still interesting to watch the stars projected on the gigantic spherical screen.

The Nagoya City Science Museum is also worth a visit. It aims to explain scientific concepts in a simple and fun way so children, as well as adults, can learn something new.

NAGOYA CITY SCIENCE MUSEUM
Entry Fee: 800 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: Shirakawa Park 2-17-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0008
Website | Google Maps


Nagoya City Art Museum

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The Nagoya City Art Museum is one of the places to visit in Nagoya if you like art. It features an extensive collection of art with more than 5000 pieces constantly on display. Not only international art from France and Mexico but also the art of local artists are exhibited here.

The building itself is also an impressive architectural masterpiece by famous architect Kisho Kurokawa.

NAGOYA CITY ART MUSEUM
Entry Fee: 300 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: Shirakawa Park 2-17-25 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0008
Website | Google Maps


Toganji Temple

This Zen Temple with its characteristic green seated Buddha statue is worth a visit if you like Japanese temples and shrines.

Aside from the impressive Buddha, Toganji has a Chinese gate through which worshipers enter the temple. The grounds, while small are lovely with its pine trees and small bamboo grove.

The temple has a strong connection to India, as one of the high priests of the temple completed his studies in Buddhism there.

TOGANJI TEMPLE
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: always open
Address: 2-16 Yotsuyatori, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0819
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Kenchuji Temple

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Kenchuji is the temple of the Owari Tokugawa clan that once ruled over Nagoya and the region. Many of the former lords of Owari are buried at the temple.

Many of the wooden buildings are from the 17th century and can still be visited today. Kenchuji is also the biggest wooden structure in the city.

While the temple can be considered large with grounds of 33,000 square meters, it used to be even more impressive during the time of the Owari. With a size of 165,000 square meters. Today the area encompasses 4 schools, 2 kindergartens, a ward office, a police station, and a fire department. Not to mention the many residences and commercially used buildings.

KENCHUJI TEMPLE
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 1-7-57 Tsutsui, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0003
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Nakaotai Historic Townscape

North of Nagoya you will find the small but culturally rich Nakaotai Historic Townscape Preservation District.

And important merchant rout led through the Nakaotai village in the 17th century called the Iwakura Kaido. Merchants settled along the road and opened up shops selling items like Miso and oil to the travelers passing through.

Many of the beautiful old houses are being preserved today which makes Nakaotai an incredible place to visit to glimpse into the distant past.

NAKAOTAI HISTORIC TOWNSCAPE
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: always open
Address: 1-163 Nakaotai, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 452-0822
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Koshoji Temple

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The only temple with a wooden pagoda in the Aichi region Koshoji has a lot to offer visitors and worshipers. The pagoda dates to the beginning of the 19th century but the temple itself housing the Buddha of the Afterlife is even older.

The small modern garden in the back of the temple is not to be missed. Included in the entrance fee to the garden is a Japanese tea and sweets at the tea house.

Koshoji hosts weddings, tea ceremonies, and meditation sessions.

KOSHOJI TEMPLE
Entry Fee: 500 yen for the garden
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 78 Yagotohonmachi, Showa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 466-0825
Website | Google Maps


Ryusenji Temple

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The temple dating back to the 8th or 9th century is one of the 4 Kannons of Owari, protectors of Nagoya Castle.

RYUSENJI TEMPLE
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: always open
Address: 1-902 Ryusenji, Moriyama Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 463-0801
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Ryusenji no Yu Onsen

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If you are looking for an Onsen experience in Nagoya you might want to check out Ryusenji no Yu. Completely renovated in 2007 this bathhouse boasts 12 types of baths indoors and outdoors as well as two saunas and a stone sauna.

The views from the outdoor Rotenburo baths over Nagoya are said to be spectacular.

The facility also has areas to rest in as well as restaurants. You can even stay at their lodge overnight.

RYUSENJI NO YU ONSEN
Entry Fee: 700 yen
Opening Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Address: 1-1501 Ryusenji, Moriyama Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 463-0801
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Watanabe Kenichi Trick Art Museum

The Watanabe Kenichi Trick Art Museum is fun for the whole family. The artist employs a variety of deceptive techniques to create interesting paintings and other artwork.

WATANABE KENICHI TRICK ART MUSEUM
Entry Fee: 600 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Address: 40 Takikawacho, Showa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 466-0826
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Togokusan Fruit Park

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This park was established as a recreational facility with orchards growing Japanese fruit. An ‘Orchard of the World’ grows fruit from all over the world including papaya and jackfruit. Learn about and taste delicious fruit.

Multiple restaurants and shops are also on the premises.

During cherry blossom season the weeping cherry trees are a big hit but every season has its highlights at the fruit park.

TOGOKUSAN FRUIT PARK
Entry Fee: 300 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: Togoku-2110 Kamishidami, Moriyama Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 463-0001
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Shidamu (Shidami Kofungun Experience Museum)

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Not far from Togokusan is an area of about 1.7 by 1 kilometer which houses a cluster of 7 Kofun also called Tumulus (grave mounds from the Kofun Period which was from 300 to 538).

Since April 1st, 2019 you can not only visit this important historic site but also the Shidami Kofungun Experience Museum (Shidamu for short). This modern and interactive museum exhibits artifacts found around the area from the Kofun Period. You can also participate in a guided tour of the Kofun or download an app called ‘Go! Go! Shidami Kofungun’ which lets you experience the Kofun Era using AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality).

SHIDAMI KOFUNGUN EXPERIENCE MUSEUM
Entry Fee: 200 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 1367 Maeyama Kamishidami, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps


Nittaiji Temple (Kakuozan)

Even if you don’t know anything about Buddhism you probably heard about Buddha before. A part of Buddha’s ashes were gifted to Japan by the King from Thailand in 1900. This prompted the construction of the Nittaiji Temple.

Also called Kakuozan which means ‘Buddha’s Mountain’ Nittaiji is, therefore, an important symbol of the friendship between Thailand and Japan as well as a means to unify the many independent Buddhist sects of Japan.

The grounds of Nittaiji are vast with multiple important buildings, the most important of which is a 15-meter high stupa made of granite that houses the ashes of Buddha.

NITTAIJI TEMPLE
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: always open
Address: 1-1 Hoocho, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0057
Website | Google Maps


Yoki-so Villa

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The Yoki-so Villa is a beautiful place with an interesting history. The whole complex which included 30 buildings and an impressive landscape garden were assembled by a descendant of the founder of the Matsuzakaya department store at the beginning of the 20th century.

Trying to save historic buildings he deemed important the started relocating them to their current location in an area close to Kakuozan Station. Buildings include Japanese style and western-style houses. The garden is lovely with a roofed-over bridge spanning the central pond.

Unfortunately, many of the buildings were lost during World War II but what remains today is worth a visit still.

YOKI-SO VILLA
Entry Fee: 300 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 2-5-17 Hoocho, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0057
Website | Google Maps


Arimatsu Tie-Dying Museum

Arimatsu is located in the suburbs of Nagoya. The street which used to be the famous Tokaido, the street connecting Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) reminds even today of the time of Shoguns and Samurai.

Tie-Dying is a traditional form of dying fabric which the people of Arimatsu are specialized in. At the Arimatsu Tie-Dying Museum, you can learn about their craft, and buy beautiful tie-dyed souvenirs as a memory of your Nagoya trip.

ARIMATSU TIE-DYING MUSEUM
Entry Fee: free
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 3008 Arimatsu, Midori Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 458-0924
Website | Google Maps


Helicopter Flight Over Nagoya

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Do you want to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or maybe propose to the love of your life while in Nagoya? Then you might want to book an unforgettable experience like a private helicopter ride over Nagoya.

Get a stunning view of Nagashima Spa Land, Nagoya Port, Nagoya Station and Sakae from above together with your loved ones. Feel safe with a Japanese and English speaking pilot during this once in a lifetime 30-minute flight in Nagoya.

Book this helicopter flight experience today on klook.com!


Day Trips from Nagoya

shirakawago in summer day trip from nagoya

I know we are talking about the things to do in Nagoya, but did you know there is a lot to do around Nagoya as well? Don’t miss some of the amazing Nagoya side trips to places in Aichi, Mie and Gifu Prefectures surrounding Nagoya.

For example, a visit to Shirakawago a UNESCO world heritage site should be on top of your list. But also Takayama, Gero Onsen, Ise, Okazaki, Gujo Hachiman, and Inuyama cannot be missed. These are the top cities near Nagoya.

If you are interested in nature and you happen to visit in late November to early December you cannot miss a day trip to Korankei valley, the most beautiful autumn color spot around Nagoya.

Check out my full list of day trips from Nagoya!

You can do many of these day trips as guided tours from Nagoya. Check out your options on klook.com.


Map of Nagoya

The below Nagoya tourist map includes all things to see in Nagoya to make it easier to group the Nagoya activities by location.

If you would like to get this Nagoya attractions map as a download please let me know.


Everything Else You Need to Know

This extensive list of things to do in Nagoya should help you plan the perfect Nagoya trip.

The following information should also help you with that endeavor:

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
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When to Visit Nagoya

Best time to visit Nagoya

If you are still wondering when is the best time to visit Nagoya then I recommend reading this post with seasonal highlights of Nagoya.

If you are looking for more detailed posts for each season check out these posts:

  • Things to do in Nagoya in spring (coming soon)
  • Things to do in Nagoya in summer (coming soon)
  • Things to do in Nagoya in autumn
  • Things to do in Nagoya in winter (coming soon)

I am also in the process of creating a monthly event calendar for events and festivals in Nagoya.


Where to Stay in Nagoya

nagoya station area

If you haven’t yet looked for hotels in Nagoya now is the best time to do it. Start by reading about the best areas to stay in Nagoya. Or read about the best hotels close to Nagoya Station.

If you already know what type of hotel you are looking for, you can check out my post on luxury hotels in Nagoya, budget hotels in Nagoya, and hostels in Nagoya.


How to Get Around Nagoya

You can easily reach all Nagoya sights conveniently by public transport. Either use the subway, trains, or buses. The 1-day ticket for unlimited rides on city buses and subways costs 850 yen, on weekends 600 yen.

If you arrive in Nagoya by plane, here is a detailed guide on how to get from Nagoya Airport to Nagoya Station or your hotel.


What to Do in Nagoya in One Day

I know I listed a lot of activities to do in Nagoya and it can be hard to choose the Nagoya top 10 things to do.

If you are planning a Nagoya day trip and you are wondering how to build an itinerary for that 1 day in Nagoya, no problem, check out my Nagoya 1 day itinerary.

You might also want to have a look at my Nagoya Travel Guide which answers any and all questions a first-time visitor to Nagoya might have.

Ready to Book your Trip to Nagoya?

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If there is still anything you need help with please let me know in the comment section below this post.

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