Nagoya is one of Japan's five largest cities and the heart of Aichi's economy and culture. The city is also recognised for a wide variety of interesting sites including a formidable castle with two golden orcas on the roof, a shrine containing national treasures representing its 2,000-year history, a peculiar festival that's over 1,000 years old and an environmentally friendly, three-dimensional park located in the city's vibrant central area.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Nagoya Castle is the pride of Nagoya. Originally built in 1612, the castle was almost completely destroyed during the 1945 World War II air raids. Rebuilt in 1959, the Edo-period castle is famous for shachihoko, two golden orcas adorning the roof that serve as a symbol of prosperity. The complete story of Nagoya's history and culture can be uncovered through the castle's exhibition rooms and annual events such as the Sakura-matsuri, a cherry blossom festival.
Each unique region in Japan experiences a different climate, leading to the creation of local dishes that are intimately linked with the region from which they come. Nagoya is known for miso, a sauce made from fermented soybeans and grain, and kishimen, flat, broad noodles often served in miso or soy sauce. Make sure to try Hitsu-mabushi, grilled eel mixed with cooked rice and Miso-nikomi udon, a hearty winter dish prepared with noodles in a miso broth.
Nagoya's central district, Sakae is a good choice for mainstream department store shopping. For more shopping options, Yotsuya and Yamate-dori Street offer shopping suitable for all ages and tastes. Akamon-dori is your source for finding an incredible variety of stereo and electronics stores and used record shops.
The unit of Japanese currency is the yen. Traveller's cheques are accepted by leading banks, hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns) and shops in major cities. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are also accepted at major establishments.
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