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Nagoya Tourist Attractions

Nagoya, chief town of Aichi prefecture and Japan's fourth largest city, lies in central Honshu. Its situation in the spacious Ise Bay, opening on to the Pacific, has favored the development of the port, which is now the third largest in Japan (after Yokohama and Kobe). It is also an important industrial center.
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Atsuta-jingu Shrine

Atsuta Shrine is the most important Shinto shrine in Japan. In this shrine one of three Imperial insignia, the "grass-mowing sword" (kusanagi-no-tsurugi) was preserved.
In Japanese mythology the sword originally belonged to the storm god Susanoo. When the legendary hero Yamato-takeru set out to conquer the eastern provinces the sword was presented to him by the high priestess of the Ise Shrines, Yamato-hime. Then, when his enemies tried to kill him by setting the long grass on fire, he saved himself by mowing the grass with his sword. He then hung the sword on a mulberry tree, from which it was stolen by Princess Miyazu-hime. And finally according to the legend, the brilliant flash of the blade set a cedar tree on fire. Hence in popular etymology, the name of the shrine (atsuta = "burning field").
In the northern part of the wooded precincts is the principal shrine, Hongu, surrounded by an enclosing wall. To the east is the Treasury, a modern building which contains a large number of works of art (old and modern pictures, ceramics, jewelry and dramatic masks).
Address: 1-1-1 Jingu, Nagoya, Chubu 456-8585, Japan

Nagoya Castle

The Nagoya Castle.
The Castle can be reached from the Central Station by subway. The main tower 157ft/ 48m high, was rebuilt in 1959; on the gable are two gilded dolphins (shachi). It now houses a museum containing art treasures from the palace which was destroyed during the last war, including painted wall screens, sliding doors and wall paintings, mainly of the Kano school. From the fifth floor of the tower there are extensive views of the city and the Nobi Plain. From the original castle there survive three corner towers, the second gateway and walls. To the east of the castle tower is the Ninomaru Garden, with a teahouse.
The castle was built in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the then-shogun of the Edo government. Until the revolution of 1867 it was the residence of the Owari Tokugawas, one of the three Tokugawa houses. Much of the castle was burnt down in 1945 during the World War II air raids.

Tokaido Shinkansen

Shinkansen bullet train.
Japan's main island Honshu is covered by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the island's major cities and Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu. Japan's high speed trains (bullet trains) are called shinkansen.
The Tokaido Shinkansen, connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka, was inaugurated in the year 1964 as the first shinkansen line and the world's first high speed train. In 1964 the trains ran with speeds of about 200 km/h. Nowadays they reach speeds of over 300 km/h.

Museum Meiji Mura

Museum Meiji Mura is an open-air museum featuring Japanese architecture from the Meiji period (1868-1912). There are over 60 buildings including a prison, post office, bathhouse, churches and homes. Many of the buildings are open to the public and house furniture, temporary exhibits, and other items related to the respective buildings.
Address: 1,Uchiyama, Inuyama-shi, Japan

Tokugawa Art Museum

Tokugawa Art Museum houses many treasures which belonged to the Tokugawa family of Nagoya, including pictures, porcelain, weapons and documents; particularly notable items are the 43 parts of the "Genji-monogatari-emaki", a picture scroll by Fujiwara Takayoshi, and the "Saigyo-mono-gatari-emeki", a scroll depicting scenes from the life of the priest Saigyo (1118-90).
Address: 1017 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Chubu 461, Japan

Higashiyama Multiple Park

Higashiyama Multiple Park made up of a zoo, botanical garden and amusement park, is also noted for its cherry blossoms. There is the Higashiyama Sky Tower that has an observation deck at an altitude of 180m where visitors can see the entire view of Nagoya.
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