Japan Travel Guide
The Yamasa Institute
Edited by: Declan Murphy
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Asahi Beer Brewery - Nagoya
Asuke - Kourankei
Ayu Fishing - Otogawa Yana
Kunizakari Sake Museum
Meiji-mura outdoor museum
Takisanji, Takisan Toshogu
Tokugawa Art Museum
Toyota Motor Company
Toyota Factory tour
Toyota Automobile Museum
Ukai - Cormorant Fishing
Nagoya is Japan's fourth largest city (pop. around 2,1 million). Altough the 3 great leaders of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu) were all born in the vicinities of Nagoya, the city is not a major touristical destination. However it is conveniently located on the shinkansen line 30-45min East of Kyoto and Osaka and 2h West of Tokyo, and is a good base to visit Ise Jingu or the Gifu prefecture.
The EXPO 2005 will be held in the outskirt of Nagoya.
Visitors coming by train will first set eyes on the JR Central Towers above the station. The JR Central Tower Office has 51 floors on a 245m height, while the 226m JR Central Tower Hotel houses the Marriot Associa Hotelon its 53 floors. The Takashimaya and Matsuzakaya department stores are also housed in the station.
The castle was destroyed by American air raids in 1945. The present building is a 1959 ferro-concrete reconstruction with an elevator (lift) inside.
The castle is famed for its two golden dolphins on its roof, which appear on most souvenirs.
The gardens are quite large and attractive during the cherry blossom or autumn leaves season, altough they clearly lack maintenance. Weeds grow almost uncontrollably, even with the few deers grazing in the moat.
Tickets (adults ￥500) can be purchased either at the main gate (south-west) or east gate.
Atsuta Jingu houses the sword "Kusanagi no tsurugi" (草薙の剣 or "grass-cutting sword"), which is one of the the three Imperial Regalia (三種の神器 "sanshu no jingi"). The two others are the mirror in Ise Jingu and the jewels in Meiji Jingu. The sword, also called "ame no murakumo no tsurugi" was given by the Sun Goddess Amaterasu to her grandson to fight an evil kami who had taken the shape of a giant snake.
Atsuta Jingu can be accessed by subway (Meijo line, Jingu Nishi Station), JR Tokaido line (Atsuta Station) or Meitetsu line (Jingu-mae Station).
An antique market is held on the 18th and 28th of each month.
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