Nagoya City Science Museum


This hands-on museum claims the world's largest dome-screen planetarium, with some seriously out-of-this-world projection technology. There's also a tornado lab and a deep-freeze lab complete with indoor aurora. Despite scheduled shows being kid-centric and in Japanese, the cutting-edge technology of this impressive, centrally located facility is worth experiencing.

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1. International Design Centre Nagoya

0.32 MILES

Housed in the swooping Nadya Park complex is this secular shrine to the deities of conceptualisation, form and function. Design touchstones from art deco…

2. Ōsu Kannon

0.37 MILES

The much-visited, workaday Ōsu Kannon temple traces its roots back to 1333. Devoted to the Buddha of Compassion, the temple was moved to its present…

3. Nagoya TV Tower

0.69 MILES

Nagoya's much-loved TV tower, completed in 1954, was the first of its kind in Japan. The tower's central location makes its 100m-high Sky Balcony a great…

4. Oasis 21

0.77 MILES

Oasis 21 is a bus terminal and transit hub with a difference. Its iconic 'galaxy platform' – an elliptical glass-and-steel structure filled with water for…

5. Sky Promenade

0.87 MILES

On levels 44 to 46 of Midland Square, Sky Promenade features Japan's tallest open-air observation deck and a handful of high-altitude, high-priced…

6. Midland Square

0.87 MILES

Nagoya's tallest building (247m) houses Toyota's corporate HQ and showroom, boutique shopping on the lower floors and a beehive of offices in the middle…

7. Nagoya City Archives

1.25 MILES

Built in 1922, this grand Taisho-era Court of Appeal now houses the city archives. While the archives themselves are difficult to navigate for non…

8. Noritake Garden Gallery

1.39 MILES

The pleasant Noritake Gallery, in Noritake Garden, exhibits paintings, sculptures and ceramic works.