Most people will just transfer trains here or continue past to Osaka and Kyoto, but there are a few things to do here if you have some free time. From Nagoya you can go north to Takayama in the Japanese Alps, or south to Ise (one of the top shrines areas).
Things to do
While this castle is under reconstruction until 2018, visitors are allowed to see the construction in progress, giving an interesting insight into how a modern castle is made.
Open: 9:00 to 16:30 (closed on New Year’s)
Price: Adults 500 yen, Children free
Noritake Garden (FREE)
A free garden with a free, playful museum about the history of ceramics in Nagoya. A nice place to relax, and walkable from the station.
Open: Usually 9:00 to 17:00
Osu Kannon Temple (FREE)
Another place to check out if you have some time. This temple is one of the best in Nagoya.
Open: 9:00 to 17:00
How to get there
With the Japan Rail Pass
From Kyoto station, take the Shinkansen (JR bullet train) to Nagoya station (36 mins).
From Shin-Osaka station, take the Shinkansen (JR bullet train) to Nagoya station (49 mins).
From Tokyo station, take the Shinkansen (JR bullet train) to Nagoya station (101 mins).
Without the Japan Rail Pass
From Osaka, Kyoto or Tokyo, get an overnight bus with Willer Express (click link at the top for English) or use the Japan Bus Pass. If you need something quicker, get the Shinkansen (JR bullet train).
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