南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Nagoya city

Nanzan University is located in the city of Nagoya. International students of "The Center for Japanese Studies," or CJS, explore places of interest in and around the city, experiencing things such as Japan’s history, traditions, economy and subcultures.

Tour of Nagoya city

Introducing the Students

Rick Edward Winfrey
Kansas
United States of America

Christelle Danielle
Jacqueline Oncina
Provence
France

Antonella Celestina
Scafone
Rome
Italy

"Historical & Culturary" Tour Report

Robert Edward Danielson Ⅲ
Michigan
United States of America

A "Historical & Culturary" tour of Nagoya

Over the years, Nagoya has built on its strong foundations, with such diverse achievements as producing three of Japan’s great samurai leaders: Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and since the Meiji Period, it has utilized the excellence of its craftsmen to become a leader of industry within Japan. Brimming with originality, the culinary culture of Nagoya is famous for dishes such as "Hitsumabushi" (rice topped with finely sliced pieces of eel that have been broiled in a special soy sauce), as well as those dishes made with the local creation, dark brown miso paste. This tour covers everything, visiting architectural structures ranging from the traditional to more modern streetscapes, seeing the great advances of industry, and to top it all off, enjoying the region’s specialty dishes.

nagoya city map

Visiting Route

9:00 / (1) Depart from Nanzan University (Map 1)

It may be a morning in March, but there are still occasional flurries of snow. Full of energy on this freezing day, the four participants set off on the tour!

On the subway. It’s Sunday morning, so there aren’t many passengers. "Tenmacho" is the closest subway station to Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and during the 13-minute ride there, the members of the group talk non-stop – "What should we look at?" and "We have to take loads of photos!"

Traveling time between the subway stations "Yagotonisseki" and "Tenmacho" is 13 minutes.


9:30 / (2) Arrive at Atsuta Jingu Shrine (Map 2)

The first stop is at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, which boasts 1,900 years of history. It’s hard to believe that this peaceful spot is located in the heart of Nagoya. Its impressive appearance soothes the spirits of the many visitors.

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Traveling time between the subway stations "Tenmacho" and "Kamimaezu" is nine minutes.


13:00 / (3) Arrive at Osu (Map 3)

They wander the streets of Osu, which are an interesting mix of the vibrancy of the electrical and second hand clothing stores in the shopping district and the sacred atmosphere of the Osu Kannon temple.

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Traveling time between the subway stations "Kamimaezu" and "Sengencho" is eight minutes.


14:00 / (4) Arrive at Nagoya Castle (Map 4)

Nagoya Castle is universally recognized as the symbol of Nagoya, even boasting the famous saying: "Nagoya will always be held by its castle." We’ve got to check out the mythical "shachihoko" - the golden dolphins!

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Traveling time between "Nagoya Castle" and the "Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology" is 7 minutes using the Nagoya Sightseeing Bus


15:45 / (5) Arrive at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technologye (Map 5)

This is a museum of the Toyota Group, a mainstay of industry in both Nagoya and central Japan. Learn about the history and growth of a diverse range of industries, from weaving and cars through to robots.

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Travel 5 minutes by taxi


17:30 / (6) Arrive at Nagoya Station Complex (Map 6)

Finally, a look at Midland Square, only just opened in March 2007. A bird’s eye view of the entire city can be captured from the viewing platforms on the 44th to 46th floors!

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21:00

After enjoying some dinner, the tour comes to an end at Nagoya Station. What a great day!

Atsuta Jingu Shrine Nagoya Station Complex toyota museum osu Nagoya Castle