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Nagoya Historical Architecture Course

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Experience the diverse range of architectural styles on offer walking around Nagoya.

Day 1

01 Nagoya Station

Walk:For about 15 min

02 Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi

Bus:NAGOYA SIGHTSEEING ROUTE BUS Me-guru:For about 6 min

03 Nagoya Castle, Hommaru Palace

Walk:For about 7 min

04 Nagoya City Hall & Aichi Prefectural Building

Walk:For about 7 min

05 Nagoya City Archives

Walk:For about 8 min

06 Cultural Path / Shumoku Museum, Futaba Museum

Walk:For about 7 min

07 Shirakabe Area

Day 1
01

Nagoya Station

02

Nagoya Station

Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi

  • Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi
  • Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi
  • Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi
  • Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi
  • Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi
  • Historic Townscapes of Shikemichi

Most of Nagoya was heavily destroyed by air raids in WW2, yet the Shikemichi area remained mostly intact. See the white-walled feudal period warehouses, now cleverly used as cafes and stylish restaurants, and the old houses, some which remain residences, others having become antiques stores, cafes and specialty stores, dating back to when the city was ruled from Nagoya Castle.

【Address】Nishi-ku, Nagoya

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03

Northern Area

Nagoya Castle, Hommaru Palace

  • Nagoya Castle
  • Nagoya Castle
  • Nagoya Castle
  • Nagoya Castle
  • Nagoya Castle
  • Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle featured the largest keep of all samurai castles. While the keep itself is currently undergoing reconstruction efforts, the original watchtowers dating back to the early 1600’s can be entered. Likewise, the magnificent Hommaru Palace, long considered the finest of castle and palace architecture is open to the public in all its splendor.

【Address】1-1 Hommaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya
【Opening Hours】9:00~16:30(Last admission to Hommaru Palace is at 16:00)
【Regular Holiday】12/29~1/1(Subject to change due to events)

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04

Nagoya City Hall & Aichi Prefectural Building

  • Nagoya City Hall
  • Aichi Prefectural Building
  • Nagoya City Hall
  • Aichi Prefectural Building

Nagoya City Hall was built in 1933, fusing traditional Japanese and modern western style. It is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property. The Aichi Prefectural Building beside it was built in a similar style and completed in 1938. Both buildings remain in use, having survived WW2 air raids.

05

Eastern Area

Nagoya City Archives

  • Nagoya City Archives
  • Nagoya City Archives
  • Nagoya City Archives
  • Nagoya City Archives
  • Nagoya City Archives
  • Nagoya City Archives

This brick building of neo-baroque architecture was built in 1922. It was the Nagoya Courthouse until 1979. Features of interest include the central marble staircase and large stained-glass windows. A reconstructed Taisho-period meeting room, courtrooms and the former detention cells can be seen.

【Address】1-3 Shirakabe, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
【Opening Hours】9:00~17:00
【Regular Holiday】
 Every Monday (or the following weekday if a national holiday falls on a Monday)
 the 3rd Thursday of every month (or the 4th Thursday if a national holiday falls on the 3rd Thursday)
 year-end and New Year's holidays

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Cultural Path / Shumoku Museum, Futaba Museum

  • Futaba Museum
  • Futaba Museum
  • Shumoku Museum
  • Futaba Museum
  • Futaba Museum
  • Shumoku Museum

Visit the Taisho Era former home of Fukuzawa Momosuke, the Electric Power King, where politicians and Japan’s business elite were once entertained. Enjoy the eclectic mix of Japanese and Western architecture. The late 1800’s former home of ceramics industrialist Imoto Tamesaburo, includes Taisho and early Showa period buildings, with a mix of domestic and international tastes, still with original hand made glass windows. Tea rooms, traditional gardens and other structures show the opulence of the day.

【Address】2-18 Shumoku-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
【Opening Hours】 10:00~17:00
【Regular Holiday】 Mondays (or the following weekday if a public or substitute holiday falls on a Monday) / year-end and new year holidays (December 29 - January 3)

Cultural Path Shumoku Museum

【Address】2-18 Shumoku-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
【Opening Hours】 10:00~17:00
【Regular Holiday】Every Monday (or the following day if a national or substitute holiday falls on a Monday), year-end and New Year's holidays

Cultural Path Futaba Museum 

07

Shirakabe Area

  • Shirakabe Area
  • Shirakabe Area
  • Shirakabe Area
  • Shirakabe Area
  • Shirakabe Area
  • Shirakabe Area

Originally, Shirakabe was a middle-class samurai residential area, and from the end of the feudal period, became popular among Nagoya’s leading businessmen. The area’s architectural heritage is being promoted and preserved. French-style restaurants inhabit a Taisho period sukiya-style mansion an Italian restaurant makes use of an old Japanese house and more. Enjoy the atmosphere, the restaurants and gardens in Shirakabe.

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