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Nagoya Nightlife

Nagoya is packed with lively bars and nightclubs, mostly centred around the main railway station and the Sakae shopping district. Check with the tourist office for the latest listings.

Bars in Nagoya

Elephant's Nest

This classic British pub in the heart of Nagoya is popular with locals, expats and tourists alike. They have Guinness on tap plus a large range of English ales. There's a darts board and Live Premier League dominates the large-screen TV.

2F 1-4-3 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 52 232 4360.

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Mybar

This is a stylish international bar and restaurant near the Nagoya TV Tower with multilingual, all-female staff. There's a decent cocktail menu and their weekly pizza and Ladies nights are very popular.

B1F 3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 52 971 8888.
Website: www.mybarnagoya.com

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Shooters Sports Bar & Grill

This wildly popular sports bar close to Fushimi Station has electronic darts, a pool table, live music and internet access. Shooters also serves Mexican and Italian bar food.

2F Pola Building 2-9-26, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 52 202 7077.
Website: www.shooters-nagoya.com

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Clubs in Nagoya

Maverick

This large club in the Sakae neighbourhood has three rooms and includes a VIP area and a sunken dance floor with a state-of-the-art sound system. An international crowd lets loose to feel-good music - hiphop, house, reggae, dance classics - every night of the week.

Address: , 2-7-1 Sakae, Nagoya,
Telephone: +81 52 223 5200.
Website: http://www.club-maverick.com

Steps

This is another popular club in Nagoya which attracts an international crowd and manages to merge music, sports and dining into one space. This venue also hosts weekly pole dancing lessons. Steps is the only nightclub in Nagoya open until 0600.

Hasegawa Building, 2F, 3-2-29 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 52 242 7544.
Website: www.steps-nagoya.net

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iD Cafe

The largest nightclub in Nagoya, iD Cafe constantly attracts big crowds with its DJs, dancing, bars, fun and action on five floors. Depending on the night, entry includes anything up to four drinks.

Mitsukoshi Building, 3-1-15 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 52 251 0382.
Website: www.idcafe.info

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Live music in Nagoya

Blue Note Nagoya

This is one of Nagoya's most famous jazz clubs, attracting both big stars and less established talents from Japan and overseas. There are two 'stages' a night and during the interval it's possible to have a delicious meal at Blue Note's restaurant.

B2F, 3-22-20 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 52 961 6311.
Website: www.nagoya-bluenote.com

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Gary's

This popular live music club,specialising in Motown and R&B frequently host live acts directs from the USA. There's a restaurant area where you can enjoy a meal whilst listening to a live performance, or a standing area where you order drinks.

B1F, 4-2-10 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: + 81 52 263 4710.
Website: www.garys.jp/eng_garys.html

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The Plastic Factory

A wide range of live music, from electro to rock to art pop, can be heard in this unique space – once an old factory – in the Imaike area of eastern Nagoya. The Plastic Factory also hosts a variety of art events and exhibitions. Check the website for details.

32-13 Kanda-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 90 9894 9242.
Website: www.plasticfactory.jp

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Classical music in Nagoya

Dance in Nagoya

Theatres in Nagoya

Nagoya Noh Theater

This theatre is in the castle grounds and hosts performances of Noh – classical Japanese musical drama. The Nagoya theatre is renowned for its beautiful lighting and rich acoustics. The stage was constructed from 600-year-old Japanese cypress trees. There is an earphone guide system to help visitors understand the performance they are watching.

1-1-1 Sannomaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Tel: +81 52 231 0088.

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Music and Dance in Nagoya

Aichi Arts Center

At the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (inside the Aichi Arts Center), it is possible to see performances of classical music, and occasionally traditional Japanese music, such as koto (Japanese harp) and shakuhachi (bamboo flute), in the concert hall. Ballet and modern dance performances are also held here, as well as theatre productions, although these are nearly always in Japanese. A mini theatre hosts experimental and innovative performing arts productions.

Art Plaza, 1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
Tel: + 81 52 971 5511.
Website: www.aac.pref.aichi.jp/english

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Culture in Nagoya

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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 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.

Nagoyakatei Miyoshi

A very clean and welcoming ryokan (traditional hotel) only five minutes on foot from the Shinkansen station. The staff don't speak much English but if you are familiar with traditional accommodation this shouldn't be a problem. All rooms are Japanese-style accommodation (no beds, just futons) and a full-course Japanese breakfast is served. There are two shared Japanese-style baths for guests, including a rooftop outdoor rotemburo.

Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel

Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel offers luxury and convenience in equal measure. Located in the southernmost of the two JR Central Towers that rise almost 250m (820ft) up in the air above Nagoya's central station, it is a city landmark and one of the best luxury hotels in Nagoya. Staff are friendly and helpful and all rooms are supremely comfortable and have panoramic views. The bar and lounge on the top floor offers a fantastic outlook over the city. The in-house restaurants offer Japanese, Chinese and European cuisines.

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.

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