Sprawling Nagoya might not enjoy the same cosmopolitan reputation as Tokyo and Osaka, but delve beneath the surface of this fast-growing urban centre and activities and attractions abound.
Home to more than two million people (and counting), Nagoya’s past as a manufacturing and shipping hub means it is sometimes believed to be boring, but those fortunate enough to visit are treated to some of Japan’s top sights, with parks aplenty, green spaces galore and countless museums amongst the leading tourist spots.
The excellent Railway Museum is well worth a visit, so too Tokugawa Art Museum, whilst those seeking thrills and spills should head to the outskirts, where the giant rollercoasters of Nagashima await. Like to discover the city’s rich history? Be sure to head for the reconstructed castle, Osu Kannon Temple and Atsuta Shrine. It might not enjoy the same cosmopolitan reputation as Tokyo and Osaka, but with so much to see and do here, Nagoya might just be Japan’s best-kept secret.