Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium


Among Nagoya's most well-known attractions, this port-side aquarium features one of the largest outdoor tanks in the world, and the permanently moored Fuji Icebreaker ship, now an Antarctic Museum. The main draw here are the dolphin shows, which may concern some visitors: there's increasing evidence to suggest that it's harmful and stressful to keep cetaceans (Nagoya's aquarium has both dolphins and orcas) in captivity.

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1. Treasure Hall

2.99 MILES

The Treasure Hall at Atsuta-jingū displays a changing collection of more than 4000 Tokugawa-era swords, masks and paintings.

2. Atsuta-jingū


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3. SCMAGLEV & Railway Park

3.26 MILES

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4. Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts

3.81 MILES

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5. Ōsu Kannon

4.92 MILES

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6. Nagoya City Science Museum

5.28 MILES

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7. International Design Centre Nagoya

5.34 MILES

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8. Sky Promenade

5.46 MILES

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