Nagoya Castle, Nagoya-shi

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  • 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
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About Nagoya Castle, Nagoya-shi

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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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 Match 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.

  • This is a main attraction for tourists visiting Nagoya. The castle is impressive with an interesting history. Like everywhere in Japan, there are all amenities which means you can spend a long while exploring the castle and grounds. The castle was destroyed in WWII and reconstruction is on going. So there will be some parts under construction and it is not "access all areas". Nevertheless a worthwhile place to visit.

  • A beautiful Japanese castle with the JPY 500 entrance fee for adult. From entrance, you need to walk a bit until reaching the castle. Inside the castle, it's renovated to be a modern museum which is quite contrast from the appearance outside. However, it's convenient for old people because there is an elevator. To save your energy, I recommend to go up with elevator to the top floor first, and then walk down through each floor.

  • Pretty good place to visit with lots of historical things to see. I suggest taking the lift to the top floor and work your way down. Most information are in Japanese though. Didn't get the chance to see the garden as it was closed.

  • Well renovated castle sharing parkland location with Noh theatre and recently renovated palace. The exterior of the castle is historically accurate, including the Nagoya golden dolphins - except for an emergency exit structure - but the interior is modern. It houses a great display of weapons, armour and period buildings and living.

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