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Special Collection of Recommended Sightseeing Spots You Can Enjoy Even on Mondays

Monday is known for facilities like art museums and zoos being closed. Here is a collection of recommended sightseeing spots you can enjoy even on Mondays.

In Nagoya, these ≪staple spots≫ are where to go

Nagoya Castle

The shimmering golden "shachi" upon Nagoya Castle's donjon (castle tower) is a symbol of the city. Within the castle is a museum where you can have fun learning about Nagoya's history. Reconstruction of the Hommaru Palace is also progressing, and completed areas open to the public as they occur.

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Shiyakusho Station on the subway
Nagoya Castle bus stop on the Me~guru bus route
Closed: Year-end/new year holiday
Website

Nagoya Castle

Osu Shopping District and Osu Kannon Temple

The "most active shopping district in Japan," lined with shops of all kinds offering household appliances, used clothing, fine food, etc. The flea market held within Osu Kannon Temple's premises is also popular.

Access Method: Osu Kannon Station and Kamimaezu Station on the subway
Closed: Osu Kannon Temple open year-round
Days closed differ from store to store in the shopping district
Website

Osu Shopping District and Osu Kannon Temple

Atsuta Shrine

This historical shrine is the second most revered after Ise Shrine, and is known for holding one of Japan's three sacred treasures, the legendary "Kusanagi-no-Mitsurugi" sword.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from Jingu-mae Station on the Meitetsu Line
7-minute walk from Jingu Nishi Station on the subway
Closed: Open year-round (Treasure Hall closed the last Wednesday of the month and the following day)
Website

Atsuta Shrine

Enjoy the city in ≪downtown Nagoya's Sakae area≫

Nagoya TV Tower

From its observation deck 100 meters above ground, look over the city of Nagoya and its outlying mountains. Lit up at night, this spot becomes a romantic setting, and has been named a "Lovers' Sanctuary."

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Hisaya-odori Station and Sakae Station on the subway
Closed: Open year-round (closed once a year for maintenance)
Website

Nagoya TV Tower

Oasis 21

This three-dimensional park is known for its giant floating "Spaceship-Aqua" glass roof. A variety of events are held on the "Galaxy Platform" atrium.

Access Method: Directly connected to Sakae Station on the subway
Closed: Twice a year
Website

Oasis 21

Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie

Feel nature while relaxing among gardens with blooming seasonal flowers. Also enjoy great tasting food and shopping.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station on the subway
Closed: Year-end/new year holiday
Website

Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie

Go on an excursion to ≪the city's outer edge≫

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Focused on bullet trains, and featuring train car exhibits from local trains to the Superconducting Maglev train. You can learn about the workings of railroads and their histories through things like dioramas and driving simulators.

Access Method: 2-minte walk from Kinjo-futo Station on the Aonami Line
Closed: Tuesdays, year-end/new year holiday
Website

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Get an introduction to the tie-dyeing culture of the Arimatsu and Narumi area. Walking through the still existing beautiful townscape portrayed in the woodblock prints of even Hokusai and Hiroshige is recommended.

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Arimatsu Station on the Meitetsu Line
Closed: Open throughout April-November
Closed on Wednesdays and the year-end/new year holiday from December-March
*May be closed at unspecified times

Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Nagoya Ceramics Hall

An exhibition introduction to pottery pieces for export which have captivated the world. The building's art deco atmosphere, featuring things like ceiling reliefs, is also worth a look.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from the Akatsuka Shirakabe city bus stop
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, the summer season, year-end/new year holiday
*May be closed at unspecified times

Nagoya Ceramics Hall

Plum Blossom Information

◆Nagoya Castle
Inquiries: +81-52-231-1700
More than 10 kinds of approximately 100 trees (white and red plum trees)
Middle of February–beginning of March

◆Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens (closed Mondays)
Inquiries: +81-52-782-2111
Approximately 20 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees)
Middle of February–middle of March

◆Togokusan Fruit Park (closed Mondays)
Inquiries: +81-52-736-3344
35 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees, weeping plum trees)
Beginning of February–middle of March

◆Oagata Shrine
Inquiries: +81-568-67-1017
Approximately 300 trees (red and white weeping plum trees)
Middle of February–middle of March

ScheduleThe end of January–middle of March

Enjoy Japan's Traditional Setsubun Festivals

The Japanese word Setsubun means the parting of seasons, and in modern-day Japan, particularly represents the period between the changing of winter to spring. During this period (February 3), people throw beans around inside their houses in order to dispel evil spirits.

Nagoya's main Setsubun festival information:

◆Osu Kannon Setsubun Treasure Ship Parade
February 3, from 1:18 PM–3:00 PM
Transportation: Osu Kannon Station on the subway
Inquiries: +81-52-231-6525

◆Kasadera Kannon (Kannon's Lucky Direction This Year)
Transportation: Meitetsu Moto Kasadera Station
Inquiries: +81-52-821-1367
Night Festival Before Setsubun: February 2, from 8:00 PM–12:00 AM
Setsubun Festival: February 3, from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

◆Jimokuji Kannon
Transportation: Meitetsu Jimokuji Station
Inquiries: +81-52-442-3076
Setsubun: February 3, from 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

◆Arako Kannonji
Transportation: Takabata Station on the subway, Arako Station on the Aonami Line
Inquiries: +81-52-361-1778
Setsubun Festival (First Half): February 3, from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Setsubun Festival (Second Half): February 3, from 1:00 PM–5:00 PM

◆Ryusenji
Transportation: Ryusenjiguchi Station on the elevated bus line, the Yutorito Line
Inquiries: +81-52-794-3647
Night Festival Before Setsubun: February 2, from 8:00 PM–12:00 AM
Setsubun Festival: February 3, from 9:00 AM–6:00 PM

ScheduleFebruary 2–3, 2017

Weeping Plum Tree Festival

View the flowers of approximately 700 trees, both red and white plum trees, as they come into bloom. Enjoy a petting zoo with small animals, street performances (*cancelled on rainy days), an open-air market, and bonsai display during the event period. *Parking during the event period is 500 yen.

ScheduleFrom the middle of February to the end of March
9:00 AM–4:30 PM (Changes possible due to blooming circumstances. Held everyday during the event period.)
PlaceNagoya Agricultural Center
AccessSubway (Hirabari Station/Akaike Station)
TEL+81-52-801-5221
FAX+81-52-801-5222
URLhttp://www.city.nagoya.jp/kurashi/category/19-8-4-2-2-0-0-0-0-0.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeRequired
Some events require admission fees
(500 yen during the event period)

2016-2017 Year-end and New Year Holiday Special Feature

An abundance of fun, must-see New Year's events during the year-end and new year holiday like countdown events, the tolling of temple bells, the first visit of the year to a shrine or temple, and special new year events. Have a wonderful time bringing in the new year in Nagoya with family and friends.

New Year's Eve Events

New Year's Countdown & First Opening of Nagoya Castle's Gates

Date and time:
◆New Year's countdown
From 11:30 p.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)
◆First opening of the gates
From 9:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)

Location: Nagoya Castle
Count down together with Nagoya's idol group "Team Syachihoko" and the members of "Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai."
At the First Opening of the Gates Ceremony, you can enjoy the traditional entertainment of "Owari Manzai."

New Year's Countdown & First Opening of Nagoya Castle's Gates

Nagashima Countdown & New Year's Party 2017

Date and time: 8:00 p.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)–3:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)
Location: Nagashima Spa Land

Enjoy live performances by famous artists and fireworks. You can also enjoy the amusement park rides.

Nagashima Countdown & New Year's Party 2017

 

LAGUNA TEN BOSCH New Year's COUNT DOWN 2017

Date and time: 10:00 a.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)–1:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)
Location: Lagunasia, Laguna Ten Bosch

Enjoy live performances by famous artists and fireworks. You can also enjoy the amusement park rides.

LAGUNA TEN BOSCH New Year's COUNT DOWN 2017 


First Sounding of Temple Bells & D-K Live Digital Scroll Art at Higashi Betsuin

Date and time: 8:00 p.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)–1:30 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)
Location: Higashi Betsuin (Shinshu Otani-ha Nagoya Betsuin)
Enjoy a collaborative performance of light, art, and traditional Japanese culture with performances of "D-K Digital Scroll" art and the magical atmosphere it creates through projections of digital images on historic architecture, Noh theater, Japanese taiko drums, and more.

First Sounding of Temple Bells & D-K Live Digital Scroll Art at Higashi Betsuin


Tolling of Temple Bells

Date and time: December 31–January 1
Location: Temples everywhere
In Japan, the tolling of bells on New Year's Eve is done in what is called Joya no Kane. The bells are struck 108 times. It is said that within people dwell 108 worldly temptations (responsible for deceiving people's hearts and causing suffering in them), and the bells are run to expel those temptations. There are many temples where you yourself can strike the bell.
For more details, click here.

Tolling of Temple Bells


Date and time: 5:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday) (Final admission at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: Nagoya TV Tower
You can watch the first sunrise of the year from two observation decks; the Sky Deck (90-meters high, indoor) and the Sky Balcony (100-meters high, outdoor). All those who come can receive an original TV Tower calendar as a gift.
*Admission limited to 400 people.

Nagoya TV Tower


Date and time: 5:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday) (Tentative)
Location: Midland Square Sky Promenade
You can watch the first sunrise of the year from the tallest building in Nagoya.

Midland Square Sky Promenade


First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple

First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple

Date and time: January
Location: Temples, shrines, etc.
Japan has a custom, known as hatsumoude, where people visit temples and shrines in the beginning of the new year. People pray to ensure that the new year will be a good year.
For more details, click here.

First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple


Other

Matsu wo Kotohogu, Celebrating New Year at Tokugawaen

Date and time: December 13, 2016 (Tue)–January 15, 2017 (Sun)
*Closed: Mondays (if a national holiday or compensatory holiday, the immediately following weekday), Year-end and New Year Holiday (December 29–January 1, 3)
Location: Tokugawaen
This is a special event held to celebrate the new year.
The "Shinshun Manzai" performance is held in Tokugawaen Hall on January 8.

Matsu wo Kotohogu, Celebrating New Year at Tokugawaen


New Year Tea Party at Shirotori Garden

Date and time: January 7, 2017 (Sat)–January 9, 2017 (Mon/Compensatory holiday)
Location: Shirotori Garden
Enjoy tea ceremony in Seiu-tei, a tea house authentically built in with sukiya-style architecture, while gazing at beautiful yukizuri (ropes to prevent branches from snapping under heavy snow) scenery. A traditional Japanese instrument concert is also held on the 7th and 9th.

New Year Tea Party at Shirotori Garden


Chinese New Year Festival in Nagoya

Date and time: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (from 11:00 a.m. on January 7), January 7, 2017 (Sat)–January 9, 2017 (Mon/Compensatory holiday)
Location: Hisaya Plaza, Hisaya Odori Park
The traditional Chinese lunar new year's "Chinese New Year Festival" is held. Learn about Chinese culture through this traditional festival. You can also get a taste of flavors, scents, and emotions. For more details, click here.

Chinese New Year Festival in Nagoya

 

Nagoya's winter illuminations 2016-2017

There are a lot of entertaining events during the Nagoya winter, such as illuminations, projection mappings, markets, ice rinks and fireworks.Time is precious, so spend it with someone special.

ASUNAL KANAYAMA Xmas feat.LEGOLAND®Japan

Date: November 9th, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Asunal Kanayama (JR, Meitetsu or Subway  Meijo-Line Kanayama sta.)
Enjoy the 8-meter-high Christmas tree decorated with ornaments made from around sixty thousand LEGO® blocks. You can sit in a sleigh pulled by reindeer (made of LEGO® blocks) and take pictures as well.

ASUNAL KANAYAMA Xmas feat.LEGOLAND®Japan

STAR LIGHT FANTASIA by NAKED -NAGOYA TV TOWER-

Date: November 26th, 2016 - February 26th, 2017
Venue: Nagoya TV Tower (Subway Meijo-Line or Higashiyam-Line Sakae sta.)

Starry skies are projected onto the windows and ceiling of the observation deck and you can enjoy the night-time scenery and projection mapping at the same time. The feeling is just like being surrounded by the night sky.

STAR LIGHT FANTASIA by NAKED -NAGOYA TV TOWER-

 

Shirotori Garden: Paper Lamp Art Festival

Date: December 1st, 2016 - December 11th, 2016
Venue: Shirotori Garden (Subway Meijo-Line Jingunishi sta.)

You can see and enjoy a Japanese-style lighting-up double bill of paper lamps made of “Mino washi" (Mino paper: a type of Japanese paper created in Gifu Prefecture) and the lighting-up of the autumn leaves.

Shirotori Garden Paper Lamp Art Festival  


FLARIE Illumination

Date: November 19th, 2016 - March 31st, 2017
Venue: Hisaya-Odori Garden FLARIE (Subway Meijo-Line Yaba-cho sta. )

FLARIE Illumination


Noritake Garden Illumination

Date: November 3rd, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Noritake Garden (Subway Higashiyama-Line Kamejima sta. or Sightseeing Route Bus Me-guru Noritake Garden sta.)

Noritake Garden Illumination


Toyoda-gosei Rink

Date: November 19th, 2016 - February 26th, 2017
Venue: Oasis21 (Subway Meijo-Line or Higashiyam-Line Sakae sta.)

Toyoda-gosei Rink


Nagoya Xmas Market 2016

Date: December 9th, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Hisaya-Odori Park (Subway Meijo-Line Yaba-cho sta. )

Nagoya Xmas Market 2016


FIREWORKS by NAKED

Date: December 3rd, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Nagoya Port Area (Subway Meijo-Line Nagoya Port sta.)

FIREWORKS by NAKED


ISOGAI fireworks theater in Nagoya

Date: December 24th, 2016
Venue: Nagoya Port Area (Subway Meijo-Line Nagoya Port sta.)

ISOGAI fireworks theater in Nagoya


Centrair sky illumination ~around the world~

Date: November 23rd, 2016 - March 31st, 2017
Venue: Sky deck of 4th floor, Chubu Centrair International Airport Nagoya

Centrair sky illumination ~around the world~


Nabana no Sato Illumination

Date: October 15th, 2016 - March 7th, 2017
Venue: Nabana no Sato (30 minutes by highway bus from Nagoya station)

Nabana no Sato Illumination


LAGUNA Illumination

Date: November 3rd, 2016 - March 31st, 2017)
Venue: LAGUNA TEN BOSCH LAGUNASIA (15 miuntes bus ride from Gamagori station on JR Tokaido line)

LAGUNA Illumination

Plum blossom viewing at Nagoya Castle

160 plum trees in the vicinity of Nagoya Castle (Natsuka, Nanko, Michishirube, Bungo, Omoinomama)

ScheduleMid-February to Late March
PlaceNagoya Castle
TEL+81-52-231-1700
FAX+81-52-201-3646
URLhttp://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/External Link
Admission FeeAdmission fees apply
ContactNagoya Castle Management Office

teamLab★Island Dance! Art Exhibition, Learn & Play! Future Park

“teamLab” is an "Ultra-technologists" group which develops creative projects, mainly in the digital realm. Their art exhibitions are held all over the world and highly regarded.

ScheduleNovember 12, 2016 (Sat) to February 12, 2017 (Sun)
9:30 to 17:00 (last accepted 16:30)

Closing day:Every Monday, the other by a closed day calendar of the Nagoya City Science Museum
PlaceNAGOYA CITY SCIENCE MUSEUM
AccessSubway Higashiyma-Line Fushimi sta. Exit 5
TEL+81-52-201-4486
Admission Fee800 yen Small-junior high school students 500 yen General 1,400 yen high school, college students

Chinese New Year

Lots of chinese food, dances and more at this Chinese New Year festival in Nagoya.

 

ScheduleJanuary 7, 2017 (Sat)–January 9, 2017 (Mon/Compensatory holiday)
PlaceHisaya Park
AccessA few minutes walk from [sakae], [yaba-cho]station
TEL052-325-4657
URLhttp://www.n-cj.comExternal Link

1 Day Walking tour in Nagoya -Discover Samurai City Nagoya!!-


(c)2009Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-Tai Secretariat

1day city tour to enjoy Nagoya's 10 attractions is newly available.
You can discover Nagoya's history, culture, cuisine, entertainment, shopping and so on.
A national licensed English speaking guide will help you to make your trip special and valuable in Nagoya.

Tour Point    Nagoya castle: Guide about Samurai, Castle, Architecture
                     Sakae: Enjoy lunch (Nagoya local cuisine), shopping and high-tech culture in downtown 
                                Experience local life such as subway
                     Osu:    Pop culture, shopping, entertainment such as Karakuri performance at Osu shopping arcade.
                                Visit temples and shrines.

Minimum Participants     2 to 8 people

Included                         Guide, entrance and public transportation fees. 

Not Included                   Lunch 

Reservation                    Tourism Designers Tour Desk (10:00am - 5:00pm)
                                       Email   reservation@tourismdesigners.com
                                       TEL     050-3634-4574  (English & Japanese)

Private Tours available daily. 
Basic fee: 28,000 JPY + 2,000 JPY per person for a groud tour of up to 8 people

Discover Samurai City 1 Day Tour (Tour brochure)   Nagoya 1day Tour.pdf

Scheduleupon your request,9:00am - 3:30pm (Please be ready 10 minutes before tour start time)
Place<Meeting Place> Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center
AccessNagoya Station Tourist Information Center http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/icenter/
TEL050-3634-4574 (English & Japanese)
URLhttps://www.facebook.com/tourismdesignersExternal Link
Admission Fee8,800 JPY per person
(Private Tours available daily. Basic fee: 28,000 JPY + 2,000 JPY per person for a groud tour of up to 8 people)
ContactTourism Designers Tour Desk (10:00am - 5:00pm) Email reservation@tourismdesigners.com
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