南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Nagoya city

Nagoya Station Complex

As the bustling gateway to Nagoya, the Nagoya Station Complex is the terminal for a variety of rail companies. Recent times have seen successive skyscrapers shoot up in the area, with a proliferation of major companies and designer name stores. It’s the hottest area in Nagoya, attracting more and more attention as a chic and stylish office and shopping district.

Newly opened in March this year - Midland Square. Above ground there are 46 floors of office space and another five floors of retail outlets. The office space is taken up by major corporations, including the Toyota Motor Corporation, and the retail area is packed with designer boutiques and restaurants.

Floors 44 to 46 of the office tower boast an open air viewing-platform, providing a bird’s eye view of Nagoya and the surrounding areas. &Is the University over in that direction?& asks Robert. Christelle and Antonella are both fascinated by the young women crowding the designer stores of the retail area.

Directly linked to the Nagoya JR Station is the twin towers of the JR Central Towers. This building is made up of a hotel tower, an office tower and a department store area, and along with Midland Square, is a symbol of the Nagoya Station Complex. Dinner is enjoyed at a restaurant in these towers.

Dinner is at the Italian restaurant, "The Kitchen", on the 15th floor of the twin towers. The four enjoy their meal as they look back over their day. The meal earns high praise indeed from Antonella, who declares, "It’s just as delicious as the food in my home town, Rome!" The manager is so delighted to hear this that he treats them to complimentary decorated cappuccinos, and some goodies, like bread, to take home (Japanese people are often very kind to foreigners – especially the women!).