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How to Spend 3 Days in Nagoya

How to Spend 3 Days in Nagoya

Nagoya may get less attention than Tokyo or Osaka, but Japan’s fourth-largest city has plenty to offer, from sumo tournaments to a renowned castle to a vibrant food scene and world-famous companies. The city’s fall foliage and spring cherry blossoms are also stunning. Here are a variety of things you can do during a 3-day stay in Nagoya.

Day 1: Castles and Cars

Constructed during the early Edo period by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, Nagoya Castle is a national treasure. Visit the complex to see the stunning building as well as the Hommaru Palace (reconstructed after it burned down in World War II) and several watchtowers built above elaborate stone walls. Learn about the historic site during a tour, and explore additional attractions like the Tokugawaen Garden, Atsuta Shrine, and Osu Kannon Temple. Opt for a guided tour to learn about the spiritual, architectural, and historical significance of each site. 

Alternatively, you can spend the day at the opposite end of the design spectrum: Visit to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and learn about automotive manufacturing, or head to the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park and get an overview of the history of train engineering and design from steam locomotion to the Shinkansen. 

Day 2: Traditional Customs and Art Forms

Today, have some fun at a hands-on workshop where you can develop new skills and make one-of-a-kind items to take home as souvenirs—all while gaining a deeper appreciation for Japan’s age-old customs. Learn the art offuroshiki, Japanese gift wrapping with fabric, or create your own fabric design usingshibori, a traditional tie-dye technique popularized in nearby Arimatsu. If you prefer wearing fashion to making it, slip into a kimono, obi belt,tabi socks, and zori sandals for a personalized photo session. 

You could also spend the afternoon learning to foldwashi paper into classic shapes with the help of an origami instructor, or get step-by-step instructions in the art of Japanese calligraphy, or shodo, and learn the proper way to brush black ink onto paper to create kanji or kana characters. If you’d rather spend time in the kitchen, book a cooking lesson in a private home and make soba (buckwheat noodles) and other local specialties. 

Day 3: Rural Escapes

When you’ve had your fill of the cityscape, steal away to a nearby destination for the day. The UNESCO-listed towns Shirakawago and Gokayama, which are famous for their architecture, can both be reached within an hour by bus and are popular choices, especially during the winter months when their thatched-roofgassho-style farmhouses are covered in the snow. 

Korankei Gorge, on Mount Iimori, is popular for its picturesque ancient temples, especially during fall foliage or cherry blossom season. The traditional town of Takayama, located 2.5 hours via the Limited Express train, in the Hida region, is known for its spring and autumn festivals, which feature decorative floats. If you’re looking for an overnight in the nearby countryside, head to one of the towns in the Okuhida region famous for theironsens (hot springs) for a relaxing night in aryokan

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Nagoya at Night - Take a Deep Dive with the Locals!

Nagoya at Night - Take a Deep Dive with the Locals!

For visitors in a strange place, it can be difficult to get to know the heart of a city. This guided tour does just that. Spend your evening exploring Nagoya in the company of locals—drinking in local bars, exploring different neighborhoods, and enjoying traditional snacks. Includes three drinks and dinner.
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  • 3 hours
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$103.85
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Great Nagoya: Much more than the city center!

Great Nagoya: Much more than the city center!

Although Nagoya is usually overlooked by travelers, there are many interesting activities and sights to enjoy here. Get insider knowledge from a local guide, who will show you corners of the city that you probably wouldn’t have found otherwise. On this tour you’ll see that there is much more to Nagoya than meets the eye, and you can leave feeling pleased that you’ve discovered things that most travelers miss.
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  • 7 hours
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$123.08
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Skip the Line: General Admission Ticket Legoland Japan in Nagoya

Skip the Line: General Admission Ticket Legoland Japan in Nagoya

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Book online to visit Legoland Japan in Nagoya for an action-packed family day out. With your admission ticket, you’ll enter the park with ease and spend as long as you like inside, trying out rides around seven themed areas. Visit the Bricktopia and learn to engineer with the beloved LEGO bricks, go on a submarine adventure, or sail a pirate ship; there’s attractions to thrill both adults and kids alike.
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Kimono Photo Shoot Experience in Nagoya

Kimono Photo Shoot Experience in Nagoya

When visiting Japan, try wearing kimono yourself for excellent photo opportunities during your stay in Nagoya. Experienced staff will help you choose from over 100 styles and dress in your favorite print. This is an excellent chance for friends, family, or couples to get photos that will capture the memory of your trip to Japan for a lifetime.
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Shodo Experience in Nagoya

Shodo Experience in Nagoya

Make your Nagoya visit into a work of art thanks to this 1.5-hour ‘Shodo’ calligraphy class. Get a step-by-step introduction to this Japanese writing style, practicing the proper posture for your ‘fude’ (brush) and marking your page with ‘bokujyu’ (black ink) to form words like ‘love,’ ‘friend,’ and ‘samurai.’ You’ll leave class with a one-of-a-kind calligraphy souvenir created during your lesson.
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Private Nagoya Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Nagoya Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Discover the history and culture of Nagoya at your own pace thanks to this customizable, private, full-day group tour. Pick the sights that suit your group’s interests, selecting among attractions like Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Shrine, and Tokugawa-En Garden. Private vehicle transport and driver are included, and an optional guided tour upgrade is also available.
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  • 8 hours
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Shibori Tie-Dye Workshop and Arimatsu City Tour

Shibori Tie-Dye Workshop and Arimatsu City Tour

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Take part in a shibori tie-dye workshop in Arimatsu and learn all about this ancient Japanese art from a local guide. The experience starts with a walking tour around the old city, so you can admire its original Edo-era buildings, shop for souvenir shibori art, and visit the Tie-Dyeing Museum. Afterward, you'll head to your workshop to create your very own shibori tie-dye masterpiece. Choose from two options when you book online.
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  • 6 hours
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Origami Class in Nagoya

Origami Class in Nagoya

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Learn to do origami in Nagoya and create your own figures out of washi paper. The ancient Japanese art involves folding paper to make both classic and complex creations, and you'll do it with the help of your own paper folding pro. Make shapes such as the Japanese crane and the star-like kusudama, and take home your origami creations at the end of the class.
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Traditional 'Furoshiki' Art Class in Nagoya

Traditional 'Furoshiki' Art Class in Nagoya

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Take home a new skill as well as memories with this traditional Japanese wrapping class in Nagoya. Teaching you the art of furoshiki (wrapping presents in fabric), the class shows you ways to wrap gifts of any shape and size in a classic Japanese style. Shop for fabric near the Fushimi station with a guide, then travel to the Nishiasahi enclave where the class takes place.
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