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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
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 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
78.26% of people start their Nagoya Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Nagoya Castle
92.4% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle Trips
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Nagoya Castle, Nagoya-shi Reviews
I spent the afternoon here on a hot August afternoon, and I absolutely loved it. Entrance is a mere 500y, the place is huge, real huge, and excellently kept and maintained. Shows and performances are often going on, shade and vending machines are easy to find. The garden and tea house are lovely, the castle itself is just beautiful. Great site!
Satellite view of the Castle show the moat full of stones that have been saved for possible restoration work. Here's a photo. The re-created castle keep has an impressive exterior and the recently recreated Palace is a marvel of traditional Japanese wooden construction. It's impressive that the necessary skills are still available.
Totally not worth coming. Everything is brand new here, including the main keep. They seem to regard their new palace as some treasure so much that they force visitors to watch a guide video outside. Every other castle in Japan only charge the access to main keep. But this one charge the whole garden. 500 yen can buy you a nice meal.
Awesome place to be at. Its nostalgic at the same time its tranquil. I have been there during a summer concert. The experience is so unforgettable.
Excellent plan if you want to know a bit more about Japanese history and culture. The building is completely amazing and it will be better when they finish the restoration.