Nagoya CastleCurrently Closed
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Free for high school students and younger.
- Hundred yen for a Nagoya senior citizen.
- 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.
- 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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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
A decent evening can be spent here here. At least for couple for hours. The main building is closed for renovations but never the less the outside of the castle is worth taking a pics with. Entrance is a mere 500yen, 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! Plan for one half of day for this place.
Beautiful grounds and castle. You can meander around and enjoy the beauty and history here. Ample restrooms, vending machines, separate smoking area, benches to rest, and gift shop. Admission was very reasonable at ¥500 for the single adult non group rate.
Nagoya Castle was destroyed during the Second World War and the current architecture was rebuilt afterwards. The best thing about this place is the masonry work. The main tower is under reconstruction when we visited, but if the auxiliary towers are any reflection of the main one, there really isn’t much worth studying here if you can see other Japanese castles. Considering the poor flow arrangement for lining up and changing slippers to enter those poor wooden structures, it’s a destination worth a brief walk around only if you have plenty of time.
Spectacular castle in the heart of the city, however at the time of our visit there were a lot of renovation works and the main castle was closed. Also, an enormous queue to enter the main attraction. Definitely worth a visit but be prepared for scaffolding and closures if your trip is imminent.
The main tower, the castle itself, is still under restoration as of December 2018 and is not open. The palace is fully restored and open, and worth seeing. Beautiful spot and must see while in Nagoya.