Updated: April 17, 2018
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Nagoya Castle: One Of Japan's Most Impressive Edo-Style Castle!

If you visit Nagoya, its castle is a must-see! It is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, and a beloved symbol for the people of Nagoya, for it was once one of the most important seats of of the Tokugawa family during the Edo period. Here's why you should visit and a few things to eat while you are there.

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Nagoya Castle

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Altough the original castle was destroyed during the raids of WW2, the current version (1959) is a loyal version of the original's Edo-era architecture. It is quite a stunning view to see this castle that is one of the biggest in all of Japan. The inside is used partly as a museum exhibition on how the original castle was built.
Far from being a cheap replica, its interior was recently rebuilt in an ambitious project for which traditional techniques and materials were used. Once you enter the castle, you will be in awe at the sight of the majestic golden fusuma (sliding doors) elaborately painted according to the edo-style art current. The restoration is so new that you can still smell the fresh tatami mats. Various other restoration projects are scheduled until 2022.
The castle is surrounded by impressive moats.
Once part of the palace's grounds, the Ninomaru Teien is a beautiful Japanese style garden you can visit while you are there. It is located on at the east of the castle.

Treat Yourself While You Visit

There are a few food stands from which to get some nice and cheap sweets and meals on the castle's premises. Just look around and choose something that tickles your fancy. The following section has two places we recommend.

Ninomarusatei : Take A Moment To Have Some Tea And Sweets

In the Ninomaru garden there is a very charming tea house called Ninomarusatei. There you can have a cup of matcha green tea and a Japanese traditional confectionary for under 1,000 yen. You'll definitely enjoy this experience!

Kinshachi Yaki

Be on the look out for a small shop called Kinshachi Yaki if you want your matcha ice cream along with Nagoya Castle's emblematic carp made into a pancake filled with azuki sweet beans.


Nagoya castle will undoubtably blow you away! Once you're done with your visit, start your food exploration adventure of Nagoya city! Here are some guides for you.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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