Nagoya has many ancient architectural relics
from its feudal past, and modern landmarks that speak well
of the city’s ever changing lifestyle.
Nagoya Castle – Built
in 1612, the Nagoya Castle was severely damaged during the
Second World War due to fires. After the war,
the castle was rebuilt with public funds and donations in 1959.
The castle is very famous for two magnificent “fish” or
golden carps on the roof. In fact, Nagoya has adopted the “twin
dolphins” of the castle as a city symbol.
Atsuta Shrine – This
sacred Shinto shrine is Japan’s
second-most revered place of worship. Housed in the shrine
is the sacred relic Kusanagi no Mitsurugi, or the Kusanagi
Sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan. Thousands
of other national historical treasures are also housed in
the shrine, making for a very busy tourist site.
City Skyline – The
recently built Nagoya TV Tower and the Japan Railway Central
Towers have become famous tourists destinations
for their view decks.
World Expo 2005 – The World
Expo 2005, also known as the Aichi Expo, is being held
at the eastern hills of Nagoya in the
cities of Nagakute and Seto. The expo is a great place
to view and experience cutting-edge Japanese innovation
in the fields
of transportation, ergonomics, ecological protection and
energy. The Expo runs from March 25 up to September 25,