Nagoya Castle

Sightseeing information about Nagoya Castle in Japan.

Nagoya Castle (Nagoya-jo)3.4

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Castle Nagoya was built in 1612 during the Edo Period by Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder and the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, as the residence for Tokugawa Yoshinao, one of Ieyasu's sons and the first feudal lord of this region. By the Nagoya Air Raid during the WWII, most of the buildings were burnt down except the three corner watchtowers, three gates, sliding door paintings in the Honmaru Goten (main palace) and few more. Castle buildings and other facilities which had been destroyed, including the five-tiered Dai-Tenshukaku (great castle tower or the Main Castle) with two Kin no Shachi-hoko (golden dolphinlike fish with tiger head) on the roof and the Sho-Tenshukaku (small castle tower), were reconstructed later and were opened to the public. The highlights of the site include the gorgeous Honmaru Goten palace, the Seinan-sumi Yagura (Southwest corner watchtower) which is open to the public among the three existing corner watchtowers, the Ni-no-maru Garden which is a scenic site and the tea ceremony house etc. The Dai-Tenshukaku main castle tower, which had been open to the public as a museum and an observatory for a long time, is now closed due to deterioration (the inside of the building can be viewed via Google Street View on the website: ). In spring, about 1,000 cherry trees of about 10 species bloom gorgeously on site. One of the rare species is Gioiko (Gyoiko), which blooms later than other cherry blossoms, and is in full bloom from mid-April to early May. During the cherry blossom season, the cherry trees are lit up and it is amazing to view both the castle tower and the cherry blossoms from the Honmaru Naien (inner garden of the Honmaru main area). You can also enjoy eating Nagoya specialties such as kishimen noodle, miso-nikomi-udon noodle, miso-katsu pork cutlet and Hitsu-mabushi grilled eel with rice at the noodle restaurant on site or in the restaurant district "Kinshachi Yokocho" in front of the castle site.
Kinshachi Yokocho restaurant street

PurposeFestivals,instagrammable,cherry blossom viewing,History,sightseeing,major,an eating tour
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5.02 months ago

Massive castle! So beautiful! We weren’t able to walk through the actual castle (it is currently undergoing some construction) but we did get to walk through the palace! The staff on duty were incredibly friendly and kind. The grounds around the castle are gorgeous as well. Bring your stamp book as there is a place to stamp it right next to the entrance :) there’s an ice cream shop as well with DELICIOUS soft serve!

5.0a year ago

I guess due to the virus that why most of the gate are close and never had a chance to have a great shot of this Castle. But the history behind and to recreate it was a great clap for the Nagoya people. I will come back to see it’s true beauty inside if the chaos is done. 😂🇵🇭🇯🇵🇦🇺👍🏼

5.09 months ago

I walked from JR towers to the Castle in about 30mins. The castle grounds are very beautiful and well maintained. The castle is very impressive. Their are a number of nice locations to sit and ponder what it must of been like when this was an active castle. Their are two shops near the castle with a number of gifts and trinkets. Restrooms are near by as well. I would recommend a visit if your ever in Nagoya.

5.02 months ago

This is a beautifully kept castle with a lot of exhibits throughout the place, much to read and a lot to take in. There is just so much history at the place. The museum aspect is nice, so many pieces to look at and read about.

There will be a lot of walking through the grounds and you may see some deer running around in certain areas if you pay attention. Either way, this is a definite stop in Nagoya and well worth it for history buffs who enjoy learning about Japanese history.

5.0a year ago

Nice place to see, I have walked 2hours to see this beauty place, unfortunately that time they didn't allow to go inside the castle, but the view from outside is outstanding. Tickets for children are free , adults only 500 yen, so feel free to visit, you wont be disappointed. Japan is very nice country, I wish I born there...

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