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NAGOYA HIGHLIGHTS Print E-mail

nagoya-castelWith over two million inhabitants, Nagoya is Japan's fourth most populated city. It is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the principal city of the Nobi plain, one of Honshu's three large plains and industrial centers.

Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, were destroyed in the air raids of 1945.  During the Edo Period (1600-1868), Nagoya served as the seat of the Owari, one of the three major branches of the ruling Tokugawa family.

nagoyagardensThe Tokugawa Art Museum preserves and exhibits the belongings of the Owari, who in terms of wealth were surpassed by only four of the nearly 200 feudal domains of the Edo Period. The exhibits include warrior armors, swords, tea utensils, no masks and costumes, poems, scrolls and maps.

The Tokugawaen, a Japanese landscape garden
, is located next to the museum. The garden used to be part of a retirement residence of the local lords, but was destroyed during the war. Starting in 2001, the garden was reconstructed as traditional Japanese landscape garden and reopened to the public in 2004.

nagoya-radio-tv-towerNagoya TV Tower. A steel tower constructed in 1954 to transmit radio waves. Inside are spacious restaurants, open-air cafes and an art gallery. Its Sky Balcony at a height of 100 m above the ground gives a sweeping view of downtown Nagoya. Live concerts and other artist events are held in this tower.

 
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