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Getting around Nagoya

Public transport

Many of Nagoya’s main sites are within walking distance from the city centre and the station area, so many visitors to Nagoya choose to explore large parts of the city by foot. Still, some attractions are located further away, and it is convenient that both the subway and the key bus routes cover a large area and are efficient and easy to use.

The major terminals for the city buses are Nagoya-eki (on the second floor of the terminal building, just north of Nagoya Station) and Sakae (at Oasis 21 or Funsui-minami).

You can buy one-day and weekend travel cards covering both the subway and the bus throughout Nagoya. For more information, see the transport deparment's website (www.kotsu.city.nagoya.jp).

Another convenient way to get around Nagoya’s main sites is with the Me-guru sightseeing route bus (www.nagoya-info.jp/en/routebus). You can buy one-day passes or single rides on the bus.

Taxis

There are several taxi ranks throughout Nagoya. You can hail taxis anywhere on the street and tipping is not expected. To pre-book a taxi, call Meitetsu Taxi (tel: +81 52 331 2211) or Tsubame Taxi (tel: +81 52 604 8183).

Driving

All foreign visitors need an International Driving Permit to drive in Japan. You can use this for up to a year.

Car hire

Car hire companies include Hertz (tel: +81 75 365 0100; www.hertz.com), Nippon Rent-A-Car (tel: +81 3 6859 6234; www.nipponrentacar.co.jp) and Nissan Rent-A-Car (tel: +81 75 661 4123; http://nissan-rentacar.com).

JR Eki Rent A Car (www.ekiren.co.jp) offers car hire and train fare package deals. Look for the travel centres in every JR station.

Bicycle hire

With its wide boulevards and leafy parks, Nagoya is a good city to explore by bicycle. Some hotels in Nagoya offer complimentary bicycle hire to their guests, but there are also bicycle rental companies that can deliver and pick up bikes from your hotel. Try Rentarin Nagoya (tel: +81 52 481 6963; http://rentalin758.com).

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The b Nagoya

Right in the middle of the Sakae shopping area, this chic business hotel in Nagoya offers excellent value for money. The rooms are smart and comfortable, some with views over the leafy boulevard of Hisasya-dori, and have larger-size beds than usual and stylish bathrooms. 

Hotel Trusty Nagoya Sakae

Though close to the hustle and bustle of Sakae, this Nagoya hotel has a very relaxed atmosphere. Decorated in a classic European style, there is a lot of wood panelling and leather sofas in the elegant lobby. The rooms are cosy yet well equipped, with high-speed internet access and decent-sized desks. The hotel's Cuore Lounge serves daily meals based on seasonal ingredients, as well as tapas and wine, and afternoon tea.

Nagoya Tokyu Hotel

The sophisticated Nagoya Tokyu Hotel is very near the bustling Sakae shopping and nightlife district. There are Western and Japanese-style guest rooms, as well as four different categories of suites to choose from. The Nagoya hotel also has a beauty salon, a business centre and a fitness centre with a large swimming pool, as well as several fine dining restaurants, including the elegant Loire French restaurant, and Nadaman, serving kaiseki (traditional multi-course banquet) and Edo-style sushi.

The Westin Nagoya Castle

This hotel is superbly located with excellent views of Nagoya Castle, yet still in easy reach of the city's business district. The guest rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, most with castle views, and have complimentary high-speed internet access. There's a business centre, several meeting rooms, a beauty salon, a sauna and an indoor heated swimming pool. In-house dining includes top-quality Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar, as well as French and Cantonese restaurants.

Toyoko Inn

There are several branches of this trusty business hotel chain in Nagoya. One of the most convenient is the Nagoya-eki Shinkansen-guchi branch, just five minutes from the station. Rooms are cosy but have free internet access, as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast is served in the lobby, where there are English newspapers and internet terminals with printing facilities.

Hilton Nagoya

Close to Fushimi Station is Nagoya's top international hotel with stylish interiors and attentive service. Rooms are modern and comfortable and there are a good range of dining options in the hotel; choose from Indian, Chinese, continental and a variety of Japanese cuisines. Breakfast is not included and there's a fee for internet access. However, there are free shuttle buses between main station, as well as to the castle.