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名古屋城 Nagoya Castle

  • Buildings (Palace / Castles)
  • Around Nagoya
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  • ClosedFrom 29 December to 1 January

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District
Around Nagoya
Address
1-1 Hommaru, Naka-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi 460-0031, Japan
Category
  • Buildings (Palace / Castles)
Opening Hours
9:00-16:30
Closed
From 29 December to 1 January
Website
http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.html
Tel.
+81-52-231-1700
Date of post:2015/07/24

Symbol of Nagoya

  • Castle
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Tourist center address : 1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-city, AICHI pref.
Category : Buildings
Opening hours : 9:00-16:30 (Dungeon and Honmaru palace : 9:00-16:00)
Website : http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp
Tel. : +81-52-231-1700

1. Outline
Nagoya castle is a symbol of Nagoya. It was constructed in 1612 on the order of Ieyasu TOKUGAWA, the military dictator ("shogun") at the time. He wanted to show people that it was the end of the Warring States period (1467-1603). The castle is typical castle built on a flatland. Until the Meiji restoration, in 1868 when the shogun lost their power, 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 dungeons, and the Hommaru palace, were burned out. The main dungeon was rebuilt in 1959 with reinforced concrete. Currently the Hommaru palace - formerly used as lodging for the shogun - is under reconstruction, using the same timber material as the original palace. Its first stage, the entrance, was completed in 2013 but the whole palace is set to be completely restored in 2018.

2. Entrance fee
Adults: 500 yen, Children under 14: free of charge.
Discount fee for group of 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 it 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 the 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 cherry blossoms, but even other seasons, there are many kinds of flowers in the garden.

6. Other
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 (794-1185) illustrated hand scrolls, drawn in the 1130's. Also there is the Tokugawa-en garden, beautiful traditional Japanese garden, is located next to the museum.

Date of post:2015/07/24

The origin of Nagoya

  • Castle

Nagoya Castle has been a major symbol of Nagoya for hundreds of years even though new buildings were built and have become important landmarks too. The castle town flourished around Nagoya Castle during the Edo period (1603-1868) and it is still located in the center of the city

Golden dolphins and green roofs are the most distinctive features of Nagoya Castle. The golden dolphin is an imaginary fish that was used to show the power of the Tokugawa shogunate who ruled Japan during the Edo period. There are two of them on the rooftop.

As the golden dolphins are made of gold, a man tried to steal them and was captured by the police in 1937. It is said that those kind of little funny incidents also happened quite regularly in the 18th and the 19th century as well.

In 1612, Nagoya Castle was founded by the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was built on the site of the castle where Nobunaga ODA (a powerful key person of the late 16th century) was born.
In 1945, most of the castle burnt under the bombings but fortunately, some corner towers, gates and most paintings in the Honmaru palace were left intact.

Since 2009, the Honmaru palace is under renovation even though some parts are also open to the public.

The castle was also created as a fortress and some holes used for shooting on the walls, the structure of the gates, the moats, the stone walls to protect against any intruders etc. can still be seen.
Many different structures and variety of stones were also used to build the castle, which makes it interesting in an architectural point of view.

The dungeon has been transformed into a museum now. We can learn not only about the castle itself but also the history and life during the Edo period.
The top of the castle tower is also one of the best observation decks in Nagoya.

Many traditional events such as samurai performances take place throughout the year in the castle.
There are botanical gardens next to the garden too and they are definitely worth a visit if you have some time!

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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