Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Nagoya
Population
7,043,235

Nagoya Castle

Castles, no matter what shape or form, are cool. Nagoya's version is no exception.

If you’re into your samurai history (or you’ve just watched History of Japan on YouTube too many times) then you’ll be excited to know that one of the quintessential big shots of the time, Tokugawa Ieyasu, is responsible for commissioning the original castle. Completed in 1612, this imposing construction would have had an almost flawless view of the old town from central Nagoya up to the beautiful mountains that surround the flatlands below.

On a clear day, you can head up to the Donjon Observation Deck and pretend that you, too, are a samurai surveying your hard-won territory.

If you visit during spring or autumn, you will be met with a stunning array of cherry blossoms or fire-coloured leaves adorning the many trees found on the castle grounds: the perfect place for a relaxing picnic in the sun. Also, don’t forget to say hi to the curious herd of deer that congregate in the castle’s moat.

Nagoya, Japan - November 21 2013: Japanese vendor dresses old style warrior costume to promote his product at Nagoya Castle Fair

Costumes aren’t necessary but they’re definitely justifiable.

Inside the castle itself is a museum detailing the life of those who would have built the castle and lived within its shadow.

Again, for you history nerds, there is lots of information about samurai warfare and how the castle was able to protect itself during its owners inevitable clashes with nearby scheming overlords. Original swords, armor and helmets from Nagoya Castle’s collection are also displayed. On the first floor of the museum is an exhibit of original murals and artwork that used to decorate Hommaru Palace, a smaller building next to the castle itself that you can still visit.

Unfortunately, the castle as it stands today is not the original. During the second world war, Nagoya Castle was in the firing range and unfortunately much of it was completely destroyed. However, castles burning down happened a lot during Japanese history (no one seems to have caught on that wooden buildings are not a good mix when it comes to war and lightning…) and as a result, the reconstruction is fantastic. Definitely a must-see on a trip down to Nagoya.

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Things To Know

Opening Hours

9:00 to 16:30 (entrance to the Donjon is until 16:00) everyday, except for December 29th to January 1st when the tower is closed for New Year.

Fees

Admission for adults is ¥500 but special rates are available for larger groups. Check the Nagoya Castle website for more information.

Free Guided Tours

Free English-speaking tours are offered by Aichi Goodwill Guides Network (AGGN). Join these guides and discover the colorful stories about the castle. More information about booking a tour can be found on the official Nagoya Castle website.

How To Get There

Address

Nagoya Castle, 1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 460-0031, Japan

By train

The easiest way to get to the castle is via Nagoya’s subway. Take the Meijo Line to Shiyakusho (M07) or take the Tsurumai Line and get off at Sengencho (T05). Both are a short walk away from the castle itself with many signs and friendly locals to help you find the way.

By bus

Take the Sakae No. 13 to Nagoyajo Seimon-Mae or take the Key Route Bus No.2 to Shiyakusho. Alternatively, a Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus called ‘Me-guru’ also stops here. More info at http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/routebus.

Where To Stay

hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae
  • Naka-ku Marunouchi 3- 6-8 Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 460-0002
  • 8.9/10
  • 0.5 km
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Kuretake Inn Nagoya Hisayaodori
  • Higashi-ku Izumi 1-12-32 Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 461-0001
  • 8.3/10
  • 0.5 km
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APA Hotel Nagoya Sakae Kita
  • Naka-ku Marunouchi 3-18-30 Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 460-0002
  • 8.2/10
  • 0.7 km
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KKR Hotel Nagoya
  • Naka-ku Sannomaru 1-5-1 Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 460-0001
  • 7.9/10
  • 0.9 km
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