Top things to do in Nagoya Region

Top Choice Museum in Inuyama

Meiji-mura

Due to war, earthquakes and development, few Meiji-era buildings have survived. In 1965 this open-air museum was created to preserve this unique style, known for unifying Western and Japanese architectural elements.…
Top Choice Castle in Inuyama

Inuyama-jō

A National Treasure, Japan's oldest standing castle is said to have originated as a fort in 1440. The current donjon (main keep), built atop a 40m rise beside the Kiso-gawa, dates from 1537 and has resisted war, ear…
Top Choice Taiwanese in Nagoya

Misen

Folks line up for opening time at this jolly place, where the Taiwan rāmen (台湾ラーメン; a spicy concoction of ground meat, chilli, garlic and green onion, served over noodles in a hearty clear broth) induces rapture. Ot…
Top Choice Gallery in Nagoya

Tokugawa Art Museum

A must for anyone interested in Japanese culture and history, this museum has a collection of over 10,000 pieces that includes National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties once belonging to the shogun family…
Top Choice Seafood in Nagoya

Atsuta Hōraiken Honten

The head branch of this hitsumabushi chain, in business since 1873, is revered for good reason. Patrons queue during the summer peak season for hitsumabushi (eel basted in a secret tare (sauce)) served atop rice in …
Top Choice Gyoza in Gifu

Gyōza Gishū

This humming hole-in-the-wall place does soupy, fried gyōza (dumplings) and ebi chahan (shrimp fried rice) – and, of course, beer. Go straight from JR Gifu Station along the street between Kinkabashi-dōri and Nagara…
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Nagoya

Atsuta-jingū

Although the current buildings were completed in 1966, Atsuta-jingū has been a shrine for over 1900 years and is one of the most sacred Shintō shrines in Japan. Nestled among ancient cypresses, it houses the sacred …
Top Choice Seafood in Nagoya

Suzunami Honten

Delightfully traditional but not overly formal, this Nagoyan kappo institution specialises in simple grilled fish lunches served with miso soup, rice and pickles, and finished off with umeshu (plum wine). You'll lik…
Shinto Shrine in Inuyama

Ōagata-jinja

This ancient shrine on a lovely hillside is dedicated to female Shintō deity Izanami and attracts women seeking marriage or fertility. See if you can find the large hime-ishi (姫石; princess stone) and other items res…
Museum in Nagoya

SCMAGLEV & Railway Park

Trainspotters will be in heaven at this fantastic hands-on museum. Featuring actual maglev (the world's fastest train – 581km/h), shinkansen (bullet trains), historical rolling stock and rail simulators, the massive…