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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

An old landmark and the origin of Nagoya City

  • Castle

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 were captured by police in 1937. And, that 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 has already opened to the public. When I visited the Hommaru Palace this time, many people were appreciating it. The interior is also excellent.

And also, If we look carefully, we can find many highlights. The castle was also created as a fortress. And, 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 ferdal 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, Samurai performance takes place every day. And, many events take place through a year.
And, 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.

  • * 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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