Nagoya Castle, Nagoya-shi

About Nagoya Castle, Nagoya-shi

Nagoya Castle, Nagoya-shi - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0031, Japan

Phone: +81-522311700

Ticket Price: 500 JPY

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

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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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  • Renovation is underway it’ll be finished by end of 2018. Its a great place to walk around. Nagoya castle you can either take the stairs up 7F or take the elevator. I would prefer taking the elevator upto observation deck and coming down the stairs. On each floor there are museums/exhibition. Must see if you come by.

  • A fantastic place to be, rich of historical backgrounds, accompanied by a nice atmosphere. The castle and its wall were surely impressive, but the surrounding park, events, random ninja/samurai show, festivals,... Are what made this place truly memorable. You could spent a whole day here in its garden and enjoy a bit of the history as it's slowly fading away into the sunset.

  • Loved this Castle. It has 2 parts. The citadel and the surrounding reception rooms. Both are very impressive and worth a visit. You need to take your shoes off to see the reception rooms do it. When you visit the citadel take the lift to the top floor after you enter the main building and stroll down the stairs to view each floor. The closest underground station is Shiyakusho Station.

  • Nice castle. Interesting to know the history and development of one of Nagoya's famous landmark. Tip: take the elevator going up and work your way down. It'll save you a lot of energy.

  • Full of Japan history. The staff are extremely helpful, kind and courteous. They offer free tourist guide. Do not offer tip. Japanese are patriotic, their service is for their country.

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