Nagoya CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 04:30 pm]
- Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0031, Japan, Nagoya-shi
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Phone: +81-522311700
- Ticket Price: 500 JPY
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Nagoya Castle - Review
Built in 1612 by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu as the stronghold of the Owari branch of the Tokugawa Dynasty, this was one of the largest castles in the country. The castle's prestige was such that the town around it eventually became Japan's 4th largest city. Unfortunately, the original castle did not survive Allied bombing in WWII. The 48 metre building you see today was reconstructed from ancient plans of the castle. Indeed, the reconstruction, which started in 2009, is still going on, and will only be complete by 2018. This provides an excellent and unusual tourist and academic opportunity to see 17th century construction methods live. Inside, you can now find a museum on the castle's history and significance.
Three of the original corner turrets survived the bombing and are thus significant. Also important to check out are Kinshachi, or the golden dolphins, the original of which used to rise above the main ridge of the castle roof.
Moats surround the castle grounds, which is a park. There is a tradition in Japan called the Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. The castle's park is one of the more popular blossom hotspots in late March or early April.
The Nagoya Castle Summer Festival is held in August - period firearms, beautiful lanterns, beer and a night market.
Nagoya Castle Information
- Paid parking is available.
- Volunteer guides are available on weekends and national holidays at 1pm.
- Private guided tours can be reserved 7 days in advance.
Nagoya Castle Ticket Prices
- Free for high school students and younger.
- Hundred yen for a Nagoya senior citizen.
Nagoya Castle Opening and Closing Hours
- Construction work cannot be observed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is also closed during lunch time - 12pm-1pm.
- Castle tower can only be entered before 4pm.
How To reach Nagoya Castle by Public Transport
- Train: Meitetsu Seto Line stop Higashi-ote
- Bus: Sakae No 3 stop Nagoyajo Seimon-Mae
- Key Route Bus No. 2 stop Shiyakusho
- Metro: “Shiyakusho (City Hall)” or M07 stop of the Meijo Line.
- Metro: “Sengencho” or T05 stop of the Tsurumai Line.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Nagoya Castle
95% of people who visit Nagoya-shi include Nagoya Castle in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
78.3% of people start their Nagoya Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Nagoya Castle
94.48% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nagoya Castle
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Nagoya Castle, Nagoya-shi Reviews
I Highly recommend this as a place to visit. For those who do not know, they have an English speaking tour guide available for Free at the East Gate at 1300 hrs (1pm) everyday. Cost to get into the grounds was approximately 600 yen (I don't recall exactly - but it was very very reasonable. We very much enjoyed the interaction with them. They carried a binder with them with other pictures and more details on the history of the Castle and its grounds. There was also a Tea House on the grounds where we participated in a typical Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Matcha Tea was really really tasty (obviously a higher quality) and the treat that went with it was delicious. If I recall correctly, it was only about 550 Yen. We also saw a typical Japanese garden that was within the grounds as well. Overall, we spent almost 3.5 hours there and I cannot recommend the visit enough.
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L castle and surroundings. Be ready to see a moat and cherry blossoms every where. Be ready to to climb stairs if you go and do the Nagoya castle tour. There are quite a number of floors with both stair and elevator access. All of the floors have amazing historical artifacts with short descriptions in both Japanese and English (some of them do most of them don't).PLEASE wear shoes with socks as one of the tours does require you to go without shoes and if you have no socks you will be asked to wear sandals that they have in a large holding area. The top floor holds a gift shop with an amazing view of the city and a temple across the way. Very beautiful and very well kept. There are facilities nearby so you won't have to go out of your way to use the restroom.
If you haven't seen a Japanese castle before it is well worth the visit and an impressive construction. However if you are a bit more interested in Japanese history and you can do it you might want to visit a different castle instead. Also you have to know that the castle is a replica, since it was completely destroyed in WWII. However the rebuild is well done and the museum is interesting. A bit more English explanations and signs would be helpful though.
We got there quite late so didn't get to do much. Missed the English-speaking tour and when we got to the tea house it just closed. If I have the chance to go again I would love to, especially since the main castle is currently closed for restoration/reconstruction. We did the audio guide tour for 100en, which was very reasonable. It was informative and pointed out all the points of interest in the Hommaru palace, including things that we would normally miss otherwise.
Rebuilt castle because of the war but nice place to visit in Nagoya. I would say: a must do. You can walk around and enjoy the gardens. The castle has been transformed to an interesting museum. You can take the elevator or the stairs !
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