Nagoya at a glance
Nagoya has prospered as a key junction for traffic between Tokyo and Osaka for the past 400 years. The Nagoya station building, the JR Central Tower, is the city's modern landmark. Standing 245 meters high, it is the tallest station building in Japan. Various facilities are incorporated, including a department store, restaurants, and hotels. During the Christmas season, many people come to view the beautiful lights. Around the station, there has been a great deal of redevelopment, such as Midland Square, the Nagoya Lucent Tower, and other department stores, hotels, and office buildings standing side-by-side, all connected by a huge underground shopping arcade. In the center of town, filled with department stores, is OASIS21, an environmentally friendly three-dimensional park, where many exciting events are held.
Popular souvenirs from Nagoya include flat noodles called "Kishimen," a Japanese confectionery called "Uiro," a cake made from rice powder, and ceramics. Noritake-no-Mori is a comprehensive ceramics museum opened by Noritake on the premises of its headquarters. You can enjoy shopping for tableware, experience ceramic painting, and appreciate "Old Noritake" masterpieces in the expansive verdant grounds.
In contrast to the modern areas, Nagoya Castle is the city's old landmark. It is almost in the center of Nagoya City, and is famous for 'shachihoko,' the golden orcas that adorn the roof of its castle tower. Much of the castle burnt in 1945 during the World War II air raids, but the tower was rebuilt in 1959 as a reinforced concrete building with seven stories above ground and a basement. Since then, the castle has continued to be a beautiful symbol of Nagoya. There are also many events that should not be missed, such as the Sakura-matsuri (cherry blossom festival) in spring, the summer festival at Nagoya Castle, and the chrysanthemum doll show.
(Source: Japan National Tourism Organization)