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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

Security

  • Police: 110
  • Ambulance/Fire: 119

Nagoya Medical Association Emergency Center

+81 937–7821

Off-Beaten Path

  • Shikemichi
  • Shirotori Garden

Tipping

  • 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

Customs

  • 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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The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Nagoya-shi

  • Walking Small-Group Nagoya City Tour
    Walking Small-Group Nagoya City Tour

    Duration: 6 Hrs 30 Mins

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  • Save 7% Fushimi Inari Hike & Sake Tasting
    Fushimi Inari Hike & Sake TastingNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    You will learn about the legendary history of old Japan dating back 2,677 years. We will visit a 1,300 year-old Shrine and le...

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  • Shibori Tie-Dye Workshop and Arimatsu City Tour
    Shibori Tie-Dye Workshop and Arimatsu City TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    Take part in a shibori tie-dye workshop in Arimatsu and learn all about this ancient Japanese art from a local guide. The exp...

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  • Private Full-day Nagoya City Tour
    Private Full-day Nagoya City Tour7 Reviews

    Duration: 6 Hrs

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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 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 29.17 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95.83 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 95.83 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.33 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 16.67 (Very Low)
  • Living in Nagoya-shi - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Nagoya-shi is 206.7 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 87.99 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 86.22 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 24.58 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 7 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 76.79 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 82.64 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.93 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 101 (High)
    • 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 0.47 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.23 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 22.55 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 65.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.72 USD

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

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