As the fourth largest city in Japan, Nagoya teems with international flavor and flair, with busy shopping districts perched on wide thoroughfares, world-class cuisine, and luxurious Nagoya hotels ready to cater to your every whim. Be sure to arrange a tour from your hotel to such sites as the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Higashiyama Sky Tower, the Tokugawa Art Museum, and the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Seeing the Sights
For the budget traveler, there are a host of Nagoya cheap hotels scattered throughout the city. After settling in, start your visit to the city with a tour of Kanazawa, Matsumoto, Nigata, Nagano, and Ise shrines, each unique and tranquil. Also don't miss the city's two most famous attractions: Nagoya Castle, constructed in 1612 and featuring magnificent Golden Orcas on its roof, and the Atsuta Shrine, home to the Kusanagi sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan. Atsuta also holds some 70 festivals annually, so there's a good chance you'll find yourself part of traditional Japanese celebrations.
For something different, find your way from your hotel in Nagoya over to the Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute and the Toyota Museum of Industry and Technology near Nagoya station, both of which document the fascinating rise of one of the most famous car brands in history. And the Noritake factory, home of the world-famous fine chinaware, is open to visitors year-round, featuring information/technology displays and some fantastic shopping opportunities.