Nagoya Shows Off Japan’s Arts and Technology
Nagoya is one of Japan’s largest cities, brimming with activity, yet it also has a deep rooted history of art and theatre from the Edo period and Meiji era.
Nagoya was a major trading city of the Owari lords of the Tokugawa clan, who encouraged arts and trade. You can explore this rich history through Nagoya’s many museums, from traditional art to modern technology, nature and science. Nagoya Castle is best to understand the history of the castle and city in the Owari Tokugawa era, and you might also recognise it as the castle in the old Godzilla movies!
Tokugawa Art Museum is well worth a visit as it holds ten designated national Treasures of Japan, including old scrolls of The Tales of Genji, while the Aichi Arts Centre is best for modern art.
Car enthusiasts may be interested in the Toyota Automobile Museum while the Nagoya Noh Theatre showcases objects from Japan’s revered Noh theatre and is an essential part of Nagoya’s cultural life with monthly shows.
For those interested in nature, Korankei is the place to visit. This valley is one of the country’s best places for viewing autumn leaves. You may want to walk to Kojakuji Temple, atop Mount Iimori, and then wander Sanshu Asuke Yashiki Village, which shows off well preserved traditional houses and offers workshops like making bamboo baskets and straw sandals. Nagoya is also home to the second most venerable shrine in Japan, Atsuta Shrine, which is a major site of festivals and over 4,400 national treasures.
Don’t forget to make time for some local cuisine. Typical Nagoya dishes include Tebasaki marinated chicken wings, uiro rice dumplings and various red miso dishes. Best served with Japan’s famous beer, of course!