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Nagoya tours and excursions

Nagoya tours

Bus tours

Sunrise Tours operates bus tours of Nagoya as well as further afield, for example the historic city of Takayama and the traditional village of Shirakawayo, or Nara Park and the cherry blossoms on Mt Yoshino.

Tel: + 81 3 5796 5454.
Website: http://www.jtb-sunrisetours.jp

Nagoya excursions

Meiji Mura

Outside Inuyama is the excellent outdoor architectural museum of Meiji Mura. Most of the almost 70 structures in the museum park date from the Meiji period (1868-1912) and were relocated here after surviving many earthquakes and WWII. Many of the buildings, such as post offices, banks, hospitals and telephone exchanges, were built when Japan was modernising and are unique examples of architectural hybridisation. However, there are also more traditional structures from the Edo period. The highlight is the main entrance and lobby of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. You can get around the park by steam locomotive, street tram and bus, or on foot.

1 Uchiyama, Inuyama

Tel: +81 568 670 314.
Website: http://www.meijimura.com

Inuyama

Inuyama is an attractive town located to the northeast of Nagoya. It is famous for its beautiful castle, Inuyama-jo, the oldest in Japan with a donjon (keep) dating back to 1537. Nearby is the strolling garden Urakuen, which has an exquisite 17th-century teahouse. Jo-an is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of teahouse architecture in Japan. From June to September, it is possible to see ukai (cormorant fishing), in which fishermen manipulate the birds to do the actual fishing. The fishing takes place in the evening on the Kiso River near Inuyama-yuen Station. Tickets can be purchased at the tourist information office.

Inuyama Tourist Information Office
Meitetsu Inuyama Station

Tel: +81 568 616 000.
Website: http://ml.inuyama.gr.jp/en

Toyota City

Toyota City is worth a visit. Located to the east of Nagoya, it is home to the Toyota Motor Corporation. There are free one-hour tours of the Toyota Motor Factory. Reservations in advance are essential.

The Toyota Automobile Museum is located in east Nagoya, while the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, which tracks more than a century of motoring history, is located in the city centre.

Tel: +81 565 23 3922.
Website: http://www.toyota.co.jp/toyotakaikan

Arimatsu

Arimatsu is a few kilometres southeast of downtown Nagoya and was a post town of the ancient Tokaido highway. This quaint old town has been a centre for the production of tie-dyed fabrics and clothes, known as shibori, since 1608. The history of this industry is brought to life in the local museum, the Arimatsu-Narumi Shibori Kaikan. The town also features the Arimatsu Festival Float Museum, which displays the impressive floats used for the colourful annual festival there. Several of the old houses involved in the tie-dyeing industry are listed buildings because of their architectural and cultural importance.

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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.

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.

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.