Nagoya-shi Tourism, Japan

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Nagoya's cultural history and modern history are both quite rich. It began in twelfth Century as the residence of a local noble. Three important local figures brought prominence by seeking to unite Japan under a single rule. The Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu succeeded in this endeavor and made Nagoya the capital of the Owari Province. The castle was built, and 60,000 people moved into town all at once. For the next few centuries, it was an important cultural and political centre.

During and after the Meiji restoration the city was industrialized heavily - pottery, gun-powder, aircraft and cotton. During WWII, the city produced 50% of Japanese aircraft and engines. During Allied bombing, a lot of the city's precious cultural heritage was lost, though much of it has since been rebuilt.

Today it is one of Japan's largest and most populated cities; with almost ten million people living in the metropolitan area. It is home to Japan's automotive giants - Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi Motors - and other Japanese heavyweight corporations. There are a surprising number of Japanese-descent Brazilian immigrants.

Nagoya-shi Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Nagoya-shi tips for your visit

Time Zone: Japan Time Zone UTC+09:00

Currency: Yen

Electricity and Internet

  • 100 Volts
  • Plug types A and B
  • Ungrounded two pins/ grounded three pins

Languages: Nagoya-dialect Japanese, also called Owari dialect; many people speak basic English


  • Police: 110
  • Ambulance/Fire: 119

Nagoya Medical Association Emergency Center

+81 937–7821

Off-Beaten Path

  • Shikemichi
  • Shirotori Garden


  • Do not tip waiters or taxi driver or any service staff
  • Tipping tour guides is alright, but present the money in an envelope. It’s rude to hand it right out of your wallet or hand.

Tourist Traps

  • Oasis 21
  • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
  • Osu Shopping Street


  • Bow when greeting.
  • Learn Japanese honorific. Add a suffix ‘-san’ to most people’s names.
  • Slurp soupy, wet foods
  • The small wet cloth before meals is for your hands ONLY
  • Remove shoes before entering dwellings; remove slippers before getting onto tatami; and don’t wear bathroom slippers anywhere outside the bathroom.
  • Don’t be too outspoken or gregarious. It’s rude.

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Facts and Stats for Nagoya-shi*

  • Pollution Statistics in Nagoya-shi

    Know the pollution level of Nagoya-shi before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 22.5 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Nagoya-shi: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Nagoya-shi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Nagoya-shi.

    • Burglary and Theft 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 93.75 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Living in Nagoya-shi - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Nagoya-shi is 200.45 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 86.72 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 86.22 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 24.58 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 7 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 81.43 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 82.64 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.75 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 92.69 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Nagoya-shi

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Nagoya-shi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.48 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.54 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 55.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.3 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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