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Destroyed during the Second World War, all that remained of Tokugawa's prestigious castle was the main keep. But gradually, the palace is rising from the ashes.
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Wada Post Town
Wada Post Town (Wada Shuku) in Nagano Prefecture has a well-preserved honjin (inn) and many other historical buildings set in lovely countryside.
Nagoya Baths & Bathing in Nagoya: enjoy modern Japanese bathing at Funoyu at Chubu International Airport and Raku Spa Garden in Chikusa-ku.
Suemori Castle Ruins Motoyama Nagoya
Suemori Castle Ruins are now found inside Shiroyamahachimangu Shrine close to Motoyama subway station in Nagoya. The castle was built by the Oda clan.
Toyota, near Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, is one of 12 host cities for Rugby World Cup 2019™.
Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture, north of Nagoya, is a small town with a long association with ceramics dating back over 1,000 years.
Noritake Garden near Nagoya Station is the site of the original red-brick buildings and kilns of the first Noritake ceramics factory. It includes a museum, shop, restaurants and park.
Legoland Japan Nagoya
Legoland Japan in the Kinjofuto area of Nagoya Port is the first Legoland theme park to open in Japan. Legoland consists of the theme park plus Legoland Hotel and the Sealife aquarium.
The Matsumoto-toge Pass near Kumano-shi in Mie Prefecture is part of the Iseji Route of the Kumano Kodo, a popular pilgrimage.
Five minutes by train from Nagoya International Airport, Tokoname is a city of ceramics.
A city avoided by most tourists, Nagoya has many sites that are worth a visit, including its port, with shops, restaurants, and an impressive aquarium.
Seto, about 20km north east of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, is famous for its production of ceramics and has a number of interesting museums dedicated to the area's pottery industry.
Shinojima: read a guide to Shinojima Island, off the Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture, known for its tranquility and fresh sea food.
Nagoya, from industrial port to a place of relaxation for families and travellers. Enjoy the city from Nagoya Port.
Nishio Castle in Nishio, Aichi Prefecture has a reconstructed turret and main gate set in the old castle grounds with their stone walls and moat.
Sakushima, a bow-shaped Island in Mikawa Bay, east of Nagoya, is noted for outdoor artworks installed throughout it and its fine swimming beaches.
Himakajima Island Guide
Traditional houses and quality dyes: discover the authentic Arimatsu District in the southeast of Nagoya!
Gamagori: read a guide to Gamagori, the largest onsen resort in Aichi Prefecture, located east of Nagoya on the Pacific Ocean.
Komaki Castle: read a guide to Komaki Castle, a reconstructed castle, originally built by Oda Nobunaga in 1563, located just north of Nagoya city.
Kaisho Forest Seto
Kaisho Forest (kaisho no mori): read a guide to the vast park of Kaisho Forest a preserved area of semi-wilderness in Seto, north east of Nagoya in central Japan.
Kuwana: read a guide to Kuwana in Mie Prefecture, a former post town on the Tokaido and a worthwhile day trip west from Nagoya.
Osu Kannon Guide
Osu Kannon: read a guide to the Osu Kannon area of Nagoya famous for its electronic shops, international restaurants, fashion arcades and the historic Osu Kannon temple.
Nakasendo Highway: read a guide to the historic Nakasendo Highway, a route from Kyoto to Tokyo through the central highlands of Japan. The Nakasendo has 69 post stations or juku along the way.
Iwasaki Castle Nisshin
Iwasaki Castle in Nisshin, just east of Nagoya, is a ferroconcrete reconstruction of a medieval castle with a bloody history.
Toyota City Guide
Toyota city guide: read a guide to Toyota in Aichi Prefecture near Nagoya, home of the Toyota Motor Corporation and a number of interesting museums.
Nagoya Station Area Guide Meieki
Nagoya Station Meieki: read a guide to the Nagoya Station area with information on Nagoya Station shops, restaurants and hotels.
Nagoya Castle Hommaru Palace
The Nagoya Castle Hommaru Palace is a reconstruction of the original feudal lord's palace that has been restored and opened to the public in stages beginning in 2013.
Nagoya Zoo & Botanical Garden
Nagoya Zoo & Botanical Garden: read a guide to Nagoya Zoo & Botanical Garden, a vast expanse of fun, green space in Higashiyama Koen (Higashiyama Park), Nagoya.
Nagoya Port Guide
Nagoya Port: read a guide to Nagoya Port including the Nagoya Aquarium, the Nagoya Maritime Museum and Sea Train Land amusement park.
Fushimi Nagoya Guide
Fushimi Nagoya: read a guide to Fushimi, Nagoya's financial, museum and theater district, close to Sakae and Nagoya Station.
Sakae Guide Nagoya
Sakae guide: read a guide to the entertainment and shopping district of Sakae in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, central Japan.
Ena Guide Gifu Prefecture
Ena guide: Ena formerly known as Oii was an important post-town on the Nakasendo Highway in Gifu prefecture.
Kiyosu Castle: read a guide to Kiyosu Castle in Aichi Prefecture, just outside Nagoya. Kiyosu Castle is a modern reconstructed castle dating from 1989.
Okazaki Castle: read a guide to Okazaki Castle in Aichi Prefecture, the birthplace of Ieyasu Tokugawa.
Inuyama Castle: read a guide to Inuyama Castle in Inuyama, just north of Nagoya, one of Japan's most beautiful and oldest castles.
Meiji Mura: Meiji Mura near Inuyama is a fascinating collection of 67 Meiji Period buildings in a parkland setting.
Tokoname: read a guide to Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture famous for its ceramic production and historic kilns.
Okazaki: read a travel guide to Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture including Okazaki Castle and Okazaki festivals.
Ogaki: read a guide to Ogaki in Gifu Prefecture, an historic town associated with the haiku poet, Basho.
Inuyama guide: read a guide to Inuyama including information on Inuyama Castle, Inuyama temples, gardens, festivals and hotels.
Read a guide to Gujo Hachiman, a lovely Edo-period preserved town in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan and a center of plastic food replica production in Japan.
Read a guide to Toyohashi in Aichi Prefecture: Toyohashi hotel accommodation guide, temples, shrines, and Toyohashi Castle.
Nagoya Sightseeing & Nagoya Attractions
Sightseeing in Nagoya: read a Nagoya city guide with information on temples, shrines, theme parks, museums, day-trips to Inuyama and Gifu, hotels and attractions.
Toyota Plant Tour
Toyota is Japan's and the world's largest automobile manufacturer. Read about touring a Toyota manufacturing plant and the Toyota Kaikan Museum.
Meijo University, Nagoya 名城大学: Meijo University is the largest university in Nagoya and indeed the Chubu region of central Japan with over 15,000 students spread out over three campuses in Shiogama
Matsudaira-go Toyota Aichi
Matsudaira-go is an area of historic interest and natural beauty in the Matsudaira-cho district of the city of Toyota in central Japan near Nagoya.
Sekigahara Battlefield Gifu Prefecture
Sekigahara, Gifu Prefecture 関ヶ原 The Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 is probably the most decisive battle fought in Japanese history, comparable to other great civil war battles such as the Battle of M
Satsuki and Mei's House Nagoya Aichi
Satsuki and Mei's House サツキとメイの家 Satsuki and Mei are two of the lead characters in the hugely popular anime movie My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki.
Matsushiro Daihonei Nagano
Matsushiro Daihonei: As Japan faced defeat in World War II plans were put in place to move the Emperor and government to bunkers in the mountains of Nagano.
Shinojima Island Aichi Prefecture
Shinojima Island Aichi Prefecture: Slightly smaller with around 2,000 inhabitants, in comparison with the 2,300 people living on nearby Himakajima, Shinojima, an island off the east coast of the Ch
Iwamura Castle Town in Gifu Prefecture
Iwamura, in Gifu Prefecture, is an old castle town on the northern, mountain trade route from Kyoto to Edo.
Horai Bridge Shimada Shizuka World's Longest Wooden Bridge
Horai Bridge in Shimada near Shizuoka is the world's longest wooden bridge at 897 meters and has the Guinness Book of Records plaque to prove it.
Denpark Anjo Theme Park
Denpark: Anjo, a small, quiet town between Nagoya and Toyohashi has Denpark - a compact theme park based on the charms of Denmark.
Gero Onsen Gifu Prefecture
Gero Onsen Gifu Prefecture 下呂温泉，岐阜県 Gero Onsen in Gifu Prefecture, a 3-hour drive north of Nagoya or 90 minutes on the train, is considered one of Japan's top hot spring resorts.
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