Royce chocolates are the true luxe Japanese chocolate brand (comparable to the Godiva and Varlrhona brand of France and Belgium) while the Meiji Chocolates which is one of their competitors and is more known around Asia is the more affordable brand. Royce factories are in Sapporo but they have many branches around japan and in the asian region. Royce is a true chocolate lovers delight and they have many kinds of chocolate confectionaries but the most popular would be the Nama Chocolate Brand (melt in your mouth chocolates that is kept refrigerated and placed in a thermal cooler with synthethic dry ice for transport upon buying and they have many flavors like champaigne or grand marnier or gran cru) and their chocolate dipped potato chips. Other brands of Royce include: Dacquoise, Financier, Lurumaro Chocola, Madeleines, Nutty Bar Chocolate, Petite Truffe, Royce' Chocolate Bars, and Royce' Pure Chocolate.
well for fans of Luxe Chocolates like me, this is pure chocolate heaven! for me, Royce Chocolates especially the Nama Brand are better than Godiva or Varlrhona. A Box of the Nama Chocolates costs 660 yen plus 100 yen for the thermal cooler pack with the synthethic dry ice that keeps the chocolates cold for at least 5 hours and the potato chip chocolates costs 900 yen a box.
Centrair Airport Royce Shop is located at the 3rd level of the Duty Free Area at International Deprtures.
Marunouchi at the southwest of Nagoya Castle has a lot of office buildings, banks including Nagoya Branch of Bank of Japan and some major hotels such as Nagoya Marunochi Tokyu Inn Hotel. The advantage of taking a lodge in Marunouchi district is you can enjoy the morning walk or jog around the Sannomaru Outer Moat, which is also a popular walking area for Nagoya residents. Shopping and restaurant areas are mostly located near the Bank of Japan Nagoya Branch area. Around Sannomaru Outer Moat, there are some nice shrines such as Nagoya Shrine, Nagoya Toshogu, and some nimor shrines in and around them. It also has member-exclusive Alpen Fitness Club in Alpen Marunouchi Tower, 115 meters in height.
Founded in 911 A.D. as one of the subsidiary shrines of Tsushima Shrine, the shrine was taken into as part of Sannomaru enclosure of Nagoya Castle when the Nagoya Castle was reconstructed by Iyeyasu Tokugawa in 1610. In 1876 Meiji Government moved the shrine to current place the former site of Meirinsha school. At the same time Toshogu Shrine formerly at the Sannomaru enclosre of Nagoya castle was moved adjacent to the shrine as well. The shrine's main festival called Tennosai Festival held during mid July used to be grand scale festival with a number of floats but current festival moves the huge portable shrines to Wakamiya Shrine.
Shiratori Park is a huge park located opposite to Atsuta Jingu Park connected by Atsuta Memorial Bridge. It has Nagoya International Convention Hall, kids' playground and Shiratori Teien, a Japanese garden.
Atsuta Memorial Bridge over the Horikawa river is linking Atsuta Jingu Park and Shiratori Park where Nagoya International Convention Hall and Shiratori Teien are located. The bridge also has nice views of Horikawa River, Convention Hall, and skyscraper in the distance.
Venice? Trieste? Genoa? Nope, none of these. This is "Villagio Italia", and Italian-themed shopping complex by Nagoya harbor. I must say they have done a pretty good job. There are food and fashion stores, bars, restaurants and even a chapel. It covers an enormous area - 53,000 square meters - and you can easily spend an afternoon wandering around. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area.
It costs 1000 yen to enter (you receive vouchers for the same value to spend inside) and the complex is open from 10am 7 days.
It's the eastern area of Garden Pier in Nagoya port.
If you want to see a 'real' man-made island, check out Shin Maiko Beach. It's a small island about a half-km across the water from Shin-Maiko, and just north of Centrair Airport. There's a lot of open park space and there's a big, young forest growing there. There's also a small beach and plenty of walkways. There's a rest facility and a couple of souvenir shops. You can also get a view of Centrair Airport in the distance. There are also two huge windmills. If you've ever wanted to walk around a man-made island, this is your chance. I found it kind of interesting. There's also quite a bit of wind-surfing available in Shin-Maiko. When I was there I saw about 20 windsurfers and saw a rental shop near the bridge to the island. It's just a 20-min ride south of Nagoya on the Meitetsu Line or 5-min north of Centrair. Shin-Maiko station. 540 yen.
It's a bit of a trek north of Nagoya, but Inuyuma Castle is worth seeing. The castle has the oldest original tower, built in the 1500's. It's quite small, but it's really interesting inside. You get the feel of being in a real castle, not just a tourist trap. There are breathtaking views of the mountains, the river, and Inuyama from the tower. The surrounding grounds are also quite peaceful. It costs about 500 yen to enter.
Ok, so this is definitely off the beaten path. If you're in Nagoya in July, I suggest you make a visit to the Oiden festival. Oiden means something like 'welcome, please come and have fun'. Many people parade around the main square in Toyota, singing and dancing to the same song, over and over. You can see people wearing almost nothing, beating taiko drums, and drinking lots of sake. But the best part is the fireworks display. It happens at the end of Oiden, on a Sunday night, and lasts for over an hour. I've never seen a more awesome display of pyrotechnics.
INUYAMA is a small castle town near Nagoya. The area is a mecca for theme-park type places, but only one is exceptional - MEIJI MURA: The large open air museum in a park-like setting features Meiji-era (1868-1912) buildings moved from all over Japan. Many of these buildings were moved to escape demolition.
The park has forty or so buildings from this era including churches, government buildings and traditional Japanese merchant houses. You'll even find a jail, a bank and a telephone exchange building. Kyoto's first streetcar and an early steam locomotive transport you around the vast grounds on the shores of a large lake. It takes a full day to see all the buildings.
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Follow Nakasendo trail through rural Japan on foot and by train to Kyoto. A secret side of Japan to the outside world. Stunning vistas from mountain passes and lots of Nature. First stop would be Matsumoto castle. To get a taste of it do a daytrip there and find out whether you'd like it. See travelogue in my Japan page.
2 hours by shinkansen from Nagoya. It's a great getaway from the bustles of the city. Here, one can observe the olden Japanese way of living & indulge in the slow pace of living.
I'll write more about this wonderful town as soon as VT adds a locator for this town.
It is lowered on the ground the money fabulous dolphinlike fish on the?@castle is years how many, too, and it seems to do the color paint.
The city of Nagoya viewed from a high vantage point. Look at that wonderfully blue sky, (sigh) it reminds so much of home...