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Nagoya: Arriving and About the City

Written on: Saturday April 3rd, 2010

A journal entry from: Aichi Prefecture

My trip to Nagoya was short but I hope to visit again over the next few months.

Nagoya is the third largest city and has the 4th largest population (2.17 million) in Japan. I would have to describe it as a slight mix of Tokyo's modern architecture and Osaka's more down the earth feel. Kind of a little hard to really describe but a good experience never-the-less. Being the capital of Aichi prefecture it has a good transportation system and is easily accessible from other cities of Honshu Island. Evenings on the week-end were busy near the restaurants and lots of people out during the day enjoying the full Sakura trees around the city. 

Little bit of the past... Nagoya was originally formed in 1610 but not officially recognized as a city in modern Japan until 1956. Something interesting to note; when the city was rebuilt after the 1950's they used a grid pattern for the streets instead of the building influenced street patterns found in other cities and towns. For more information on the history please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagoya . 

Main sightseeing spots highlighted online are Nagoya castle and Atsuta shrine but there are many other great places such as the zoo and botanical gardens. This trip I only made it to the castle but aim to visit the gardens next trip. Fortunately my school is only about an hour away by train so there will be plenty of motivation for a day trip in the near future. :)

Few festivals coming up which I am planning to go to...

Atsuta festival on June 5th held at the shrine. And Tenno Matsuri which is scheduled for the first week-end of June (in 2010 it will be on June 4th & 5th) with large floats of karakuri dolls.  

There are also a number of other events and festivals this year. For more details visit http://www.ncvb.or.jp/en/contents/event/?season_id=2

The regional dish is kishimen which is a flat noodles served cold or in broth. And souvenirs include arimatsunarumi shibori (tie-died items), cloisonne (enamelling on silver or copper) and seki blades. 

For the English city website please visit http://www.city.nagoya.jp/global/en/ .