An easy fun excursion to discover Nagoya, one of Japan’s great metropolises that, in the midst of modern skyscrapers and busy roads, encloses some timeless historical treasures - an ancient castle and the Atsuta Shinto shrine.
What we will see
- Nagoya sightseeing tour
- Atsuta shrine and park
- Nagoya castle: watch towers and museum
What we will do
We leave the port behind us and head out on a pleasant sightseeing tour of Nagoya which was established as a fortified town in Feudal times and is now a modern metropolis, the fourth largest in Japan.
Our first stop is the charming Atsuta shrine, among the most popular in Japan and dedicated to the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu.
The shrine is surrounded by an amazing park with ancient trees where countless ceremonies and festivals are held throughout the year.
Part of this shrine’s charm is due to the fact that it is home to the legendary Kusanagi sword, one of the three Imperial Regalia. Surrounded by mystery, only the Emperor and very few high-ranking monks have seen it as, to this day, it is not on display to the public.
We then head towards the Nagoya castle, a fantastic architectural example of the first fortresses erected in the Modern Age (17th century).
Almost entirely destroyed during the Second World War, it was rebuilt in its original form in 1959. The fascinating green roofed keep is 48 metres tall and seven storeys high and is surmounted by a couple of kinasachi (mythical animal with the head of a tiger and body of a carp) covered in pure gold.
The central keep is home to a museum of the castle’s history, which displays treasures that miraculously escaped a fire during the war, including frescoes and painted sliding doors, all of which classified as exceptional cultural assets.