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名古屋城 Nagoya Castle

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  • Around Nagoya
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  • ClosedFrom 29 December to 1 January

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1-1 Hommaru, Naka-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi 460-0031, Japan
  • Buildings (Palace / Castles)
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From 29 December to 1 January
Date of post:2015/07/24

Symbol of Nagoya, now Honmaru Palace is under construction using same material as original palace

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Tourist Center Address : 1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-city, AICHI pref.
Japan Category : Buildings
Opening Hours : 9:00-16:30 (Donjon and Honmaru palace : 9:00-16:00)
Website :
Tel. : +81-52-231-1700

1. Outline
Nagoya Castle is a symbol of Nagoya City, it was constructed in 1612 on the order of Ieyasu TOKUGAWA, the Shogun. He wanted show people the end of the Warring States period. The castle is typical Castel built on flatlands. Until the Meiji Ishin, Restoration, in 1868, Nagoya Castle was the residence of the Owari lineage of the Tokugawa family.

In May 1945, during the air raids on Nagoya at the end of World War II, unfortunately most of the buildings including the main and small donjons, and the Hommaru Palace, were burned out. The main donjon was rebuilt in 1959 with reinforced concrete. Currently the Hommaru Palace - formerly used as lodging for Shogun - is under reconstruction, using same timber material as original palace. Its first stage, entrance part, was completed in 2013, completion of the entire Palace is expected in 2018.

2. Entrance Fee
Adults: 500 yen, Children under 14: Free of charge.
Discount Fee for group more than 30 people: 450 yen.
If you buy together with Tokugawa-en Garden: 640 yen. (Full price is 800 yen)
Free English guide tour: Every Wednesday and Saturday at 13:30 with volunteer guides

3. Access
Nagoya Castle is very visible from everywhere in the city center, and you can access easily by subway Shiyakusho station. About 5 minutes’ walk from the station exit No. 7.

4. My recommendation
I recommend to visit Nagoya Castle because we can see not only the complete buildings, but also the construction site of the Honmaru Palace. It is a rare chance to see the original Japanese building construction site, workmen's masterwork. Also we can see the partition paintings on the sliding doors and walls in new Honmaru Palace. They are works of masters of Kano School, reproduction of original paintings, and restoration of the original beauty.

5. Best visit time
Nagoya Castle Garden is especially beautiful in the end of March and beginning of April with Sakura cherry blossoms, but even other seasons, there are many kinds of flowers in the Garden, I am sure you will enjoy. Just for your information, Summer in Nagoya is very hot, it is better to avoid hot summer day.

6. Others
If you have enough time, it is a good idea to visit Tokugawa Museum and Tokugawa-en Garden at the same time. There are many National Treasures, especially the Genji Monogatari Emaki, three Heian period illustrated handscrolls, drawn about 1130s, is the most important National Treasure. Also there is the Tokugawa-en Garden, beautiful traditional Japanese garden, is located next to the Museum. I am very pleased if I have a chance to guide you the beauty of Nagoya.

Date of post:2015/07/24

An old landmark and the origin of Nagoya City

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Nagoya Castle has been one of symbols of Nagoya since a long time ago, even though new buildings were built and became landmarks these days. The castle town flourished around Nagoya Castle in the Edo period. And, it is still located on the center of Nagoya City. 

Kinshachi (golden dolphins) and green roofs are distinctive features of Nagoya Castle. Actually, Kinshachi is an imaginary fish which showed the power of the Tokugawa shogunate. There are two Kinshachi on the rooftop. And, as roofs are made of copper and rusted, their colors are green.

As Kinshachi is made of gold, a man tried to steal the golden scales and was captured by police in 1937. And, those kind of a little funny incidents have been recorded in the 18th and the 19th century.

In 1612, Nagoya Castle was founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was built on the site of the castle where Oda Nobunaga was born. In 1945, due to World War II, most buildings were burn down once. Fortunately, some corner towers, gates and most paintings in Honmaru Palace survived.

Since 2009, Honmaru Palace has been being rebuilt and some parts have already opened to the public. When I visited Honmaru Palace this time, many people were appreciating it. The interior is also excellent.

If we look carefully, we can find many points of interest. The castle was also created as a fortress. Consequently, we can see many ideas of people. For instance, we can see some holes to shoot on the walls, structure of gates, moats, stone walls against intruders. And, we can find some marks which each feudal lord left on the stone walls, different structures and a variety of stones. We can also enjoy them from archeological interest.

In the donjon, castle tower, it is like a museum now. We can learn not only the castle itself but also history and life from various aspects in those days. And, at the top of the castle tower, it must be one of the best observation decks in Nagoya.

In the site of the castle, a samurai performance takes place. And, many events take place through a year.
In addition, next to Nagoya castle, there are botanical gardens, Meijo Park Flower Plaza and some athletic facilities. So, if you have enough time, please visit there.

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