Nagoya Castle, the Symbol of Nagoya City
Nagoya Castle is located in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. It was made in 1612 for Yoshinao Tokugawa - the son of Ieyasu Tokugawa - to live in. It was burnt down in the fires of war, but was rebuilt in 1959. It is a linked type of castle tower, with five layers of large and small castle towers. The castle is famous for its green roof and the golden shachihoko (a mythological fish), and is the symbol of Nagoya City. The largest castle tower is seven stories high, and the 7th floor is a viewing room. Inside the 3rd to 5th floors, there is an exhibit of a life-size shachihoko. There are also spots where you can experience the life inside and out of the castle, experience stone tools, and experience riding kago, or large baskets. You can enjoy the castle and learn about the city's history. On the first floor there are Important Cultural Properties, like the paintings on paper sliding doors, and other artifacts like swords and war gear. Inside the castle there is a cafeteria, where you can have the city's famous Miso Katsu (pork cutlet with miso sauce), Kishimen (Japanese noodles made in flat strips), fried shrimp, and miso oden. (a dish of various ingredients, e.g. egg, daikon radish, potato, chikuwa, konnyaku, etc. stewed in soy-flavored soup). Around the castle there is Ninomaru Garden, Ninomaru Teahouse, and Ninomaru East Garden. The Ninomaru Garden is a karesansui (dry landscape) garden, using rocks and pebbles to illustrate the mountains and water in the scenery. On weekends and holidays, a martial arts demonstration is done by the Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai, who dress up as warriors. You can see them every day, since they are there to greet the visitors at the entrance of the castle. Nagoya Castle is closed every year from 12/29 to 1/1 for New Years.
A Great Cherry Blossom Viewing Spot
Nagoya Castle is known as a very popular cherry blossom viewing spot. In spring, thousands of cherry blossom trees bloom, and you can see them with the castle's tower in the background. The cherry blossoms are at their best from the end of March to the beginning of April. There is a rare type of cherry blossom called the gioiko, and these are beautiful in the middle of April. The cherry blossoms are lit up from the end of March to the beginning of April from 7:30pm, so you can enjoy "Yozakura" a word meaning "cherry blossoms at night". From the end of March to the beginning of May, Nagoya Castle Spring Festival will be held, from 9am to 4:30pm.
Train: Shiyakusho Station on the Meijo Subway Line. Bus: Nagoya-jo Castle Seimon-mae Stop on the City Bus Car: 5 minutes from the Marunouchi exit of the Nagoya Round Route Expressway. Parking: There is a parking lot in front of the entrance, open from 8:45am to 9:30pm, and another on the eastern side of Ninomaru, open from 8:30am to 6:30pm. It costs 100 yen for 30 minutes.
Image Gallery: Nagoya Castle
Autumn Leaves and Nagoya Castle
Cherry Blossoms and Nagoya Castle
The Golden Shachihoko
Description: Nagoya Castle
|Sights||Nagoya Castle (名古屋城)|
1-1, Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 052-231-1700 / Fax: 052-201-3646|
Monday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Tuesday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Wednesday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Thursday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Friday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Saturday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Sunday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
|Closed dates||NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 500yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|