Nagoya

A city that is situated on one of the three great plains of Honshu, it is the center of an industrial and technological hub, which is crucial to the Japanese economy. Considered to be the 3rd largest incorporated city and the forth most populated urban area in Japan, with a population of 2.2 million within the city boundaries, and a total population of 9 million, in the Greater Nagoya region, with only Osaka and Tokyo being larger.


Utilized by the Automobile industry for its port facilities, infrastructure and communication utilities, as of 2003, the Greater Nagoya region earned nearly 70 percent of Japan's trade surplus, giving an indication of the importance of this region, both for its industrial, economic capacity, but also for its historical and cultural heritage that lies underneath the modern metropolis.


Hot spots to visit

Nagoya Castle:

Built in the beginning of the Edo period, to house the Owari branch of the three Tokugawa family branches, it invariably became a prominent castle town, and consequently, Japans fourth largest city.






Toyota related sites:

The headquarters of Toyota lie one hour east of central Nagoya, within the city of Toyota. Having many of its domestic production plants around the region of Nagoya, it gives prominence to the economic and industrial capacity of the region.

Toyota Kaikan Museum:

Displaying toyota's newest models and technologies, such as robotics, are open to the public. Plant tours are also held from this area.



Toyota Techno Museum

Located in central Nagoya, it depicts Toyota from its roots, starting as a textile manufacturer, its history, displaying the car manufacturing process, as well as the automotive technologies that has allowed Toyota to reach global prominence.



Toyota Automobile Museum

Japanese, European, American automobiles are exhibited from the late 1800s, to the 1960s.




Sakae

Offering a large variety of entertainment, shopping an dining opportunities, with various department stores around the district. One of the distinct landmarks in Sakae is, Nagoya TV Tower, constructed in 1954, with a observation deck at 100 meters, tall for its era, however it was surpassed JR central towers 240 meter observation deck.




Nagoya Port

Situated south of the city center, it houses numerous attractions such as the Nagoya public aquarium, exhibiting dolphins and whales, as well as the Fuji icebreaker, now accessible as an Antarctic Museum.

Considered to be one of the largest ports in Japan, one part of which is the Garden Pier, it offers a shopping mall, aquarium, museums and open, green space.




JR Central Towers

Towering over the city, at a height of 245 meters, the two towers are distinct in that one is a hotel complex and one is a office building. With the tower shopping mall occupying the lower floors with JR Nagoya station, the hotel tower houses the Marriott hotel, and the office tower offers 30 floors of rental office space.


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