Nagoya – The City With A Unique Design

Cities of Creative Design | | June 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm


nagoya12In spite of its reputation of being conservative and provincial, Nagoya has won a place in the list of UNESCO’s creative cities. It is centrally located and serves as a crossroads for the nation. It is the fourth largest city in Japan in terms of population, as well as the nucleus of the third largest metropolitan area in the nation.

Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period.  However, much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, was destroyed in the air raids of 1945. Despite all this Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the principal city of the Nobi plain

Nagoya is known for the vastness of the underground shopping centers around Nagoya Station–including Unimall, Terumina, Meichika, and Sun Road. The size of this underground complex with its restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops, ranks as the biggest in Japan they are well known for broad streets.

Nagoya is known as an industrial powerhouse, supplying the world with automobiles, machinery, aerospace parts and a wide variety of other products. Port of Nagoya perennially handles the largest volume of international cargo of any port in the nation.  This port has the biggest aquarium in Japan. You can also ride the unique ferryboat New Kinko (golden grampus) and tour the Nagoya Port.

The Nagoya castle is definitely worth watching which symbolizes the Golden Grampus and adorn the two rooftop corners of Nagoya Castle. These castles were destroyed during World War II but were reconstructed. They are now used as a museum and display valuable paintings, and artifacts include the drawing on the sliding doors. You can also view a few of the original artifacts that were not destroyed by the bomb.

Among the cities many temples and shrines Atsuta Jingu, Affectionately Called “Atsuta-san” by the People is worth visiting to have a glimpse of the sacred sword, one of the three divine symbols of the imperial throne. This treasure museum contains over 4000 historic items.

The Aichi Art and Culture Center includes a theatre that functions as an opera house a concert hall with a pipe organ, an art museum with collection from Picasso and Klimt, an art library with collections from specialized books, and an art plaza that introduces foreign artists can be seen here.

The city also boasts of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which is one of the largest zoos in Asia, which easily requires at least a day to explore completely.

Nagoya has easy access to the country side and hence offers the international visitor an excellent look at both modern and traditional Japan.

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  1. vareeja says:

    Indeed a city built with high modern architectural aetheticity….Nagoya is simply splendid!

  2. jamie says:

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading your article.. your article really attracts to the splendid architecture of Nagoya…..

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