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Nagoya lives up to the expectations placed upon it as Japan's fourth largest city. The “Greater Nagoya area” (a 100 km-square area with Nagoya City at its center, encompassing the three prefectures of Aichi, Gifu and Mie) is indisputably the manufacturing hub of Japan, particularly in the fields of biotechnology and automobile manufacture. But the city is not all about industry and industriousness. Nagoya is poised to become the transport hub of Japan, with Chubu Central Japan International Airport (CENTRAIR), Japan’s first 24-hour airport, just 30 minutes by fast rail from downtown Nagoya. In Nagoya, super-modernity blends seamlessly with timelessness. As former home to the Edo-era shoguns (Emperors) of Japan, the whole city breathes history. In a bid to boost tourism to Nagoya, the area stretching from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawaen has been dubbed “The Cultural Path”, billed as a living testimonial to 400 years of Nagoya history. The Cultural Path is lined with many historic buildings that have survived from the Edo (1603-1867), Meiji (1868-1911), Taisho (1912-1925) and Showa (1926-1988) periods. Just hanging out in Nagoya is one of life’s supreme pleasures. Check out Central Park with its striking TV Tower. Walk the streets of Nishiki precinct, a Soho or Montmartre on steroids. Then step back 250 years, on a trip out of town to the super-scenic Kiso Valley. Within a loose triangle formed by Sakae, Yaba-cho and Osu Kannon stations is the city’s principal shopping and entertainment district called Sakae. Here streets are lined with department stores, huge malls and an endless choice of eating and drinking venues. The port district is going through some major redevelopment too and now hosts a number of museums and attractions.
In a big city like Nagoya you will definitely find many fun and interesting attractions to visit. Nagoya offers many historical sites, two of the most famous attractions are Atsuta Shrine and Nagoya Castle. If you like to go to museums, you will find a wide array of different kinds from art museums to Toyota Museum.
Nagoya has a number of culinary specialities. They include miso-flavoured pork cutlets, fresh local seafood and misonikomi udon - thick wheat noodles boiled in miso broth with leeks, chicken and other ingredients.
When visiting Nagoya you will find plenty of cafés ranging from small local places to big coffee shop chains offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are a cake lover you will not have a problem to find a café serving delicious and tasty cakes, why not try Cova Nagoya and Tiger Café who serves a wide range of sweets.
The best nightclubs are to be found mostly concentrated in Sakae and Nishiki precinct. Bars and clubs regularly play host to world famous DJ’s and musicians. But other parts of town, including the station precinct, also rock late into the night.
As reflects its size and status, there are plenty of shopping opportunities in Nagoya, particularly around the Sakae district. Loft is filled with lifestyle items and is a popular with anyone looking for something unusual for their home. Located next to Nagoya Station, is Meitetsu Department Store for high fashion boutiques, designer and accessory outlets. Other malls, that also double up as places of entertainment, include, Central Park, located beneath the TV towers and Osu Shopping Arcade on Niomon Street. On the mornings of the 18th and 28th of each month, close by Osu Kannon station, the fun to browse Osu Flea Market takes place with its mishmash of genuine antiques, complete junk, and kitsch.
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