南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Nagoya city

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle was built in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and along with Osaka Castle and Tokyo’s Edo Castle it is one of the three famous castles in Japan. During the air raids of World War II however, the Honmaru Palace and other parts of the structure were destroyed by fire. After the war, the main tower of the castle was re-built, and was again topped with the mythical ‘shachihoko’, the golden dolphins.

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Arrive at Sengencho station. From here it is about a 10 minute walk to the castle. The four are still full of energy despite it being cold enough for a fluttering of snow.

The four admire the castle from the outer moat. The sturdiness of the stone walls is one of the features of Nagoya Castle.

Arrive at the main gates. The original gates were destroyed by fire during World War 2. The current gates were constructed in 1959.

They finally reach the castle itself. If you look up, the mythical ‘shachihoko’, the golden dolphins, are clearly visible and all four snap some photos.

The souvenir shop within the main tower of the castle. It has a variety of Nagoya Castle keepsakes on display, such as key rings and ornaments.

Christelle buys a key ring. Foreign tourists often visit the castle, so the shop assistants are very friendly and helpful.

Taking photographs sitting on the life sized replicas of the ‘shachihoko’, the golden dolphins. Each is roughly 2.6m high and weighs 1.2 tons. The real ones are covered with 0.15m thick 18-carat gold, and the gold alone from one of these creatures weighs about 44kg. Extravagant, to say the least!

The end of March is the peak cherry blossom-viewing season, and Nagoya Castle is a popular spot for this pastime. As the four leave Nagoya Castle they plan their blossom-viewing schedule.