Shiratori Garden is a nice strolling garden built with both traditional and modern elements. The garden was constructed in 1989. The design contains features representing Aichi Prefecture's sites, such as the mountain which is modeled after Mount Ontake, the stream is the Kiso River, and the pond is supposed to be Ise Bay.
The mountain area contains some waterfalls and many trees which separate it from the rest of the garden, making it very peaceful. The bridges and ponds create a nice scene. The Shioiri Garden surrounding the Shioiri Teahouse looks quite modern in contrast to the rest of the garden. It's interesting and unusual in this kind of garden.
Entrance to Shirotori Garden is 300 yen.
Oasis 21 is an interesting site which first opened in 2002. It's unique architecture was designed with a space theme to look like a "Water Spaceship". The "water" part is on the top floor which has a serene water fountain that beautifully reflects the nearby Nagoya TV Tower, especially at night. There is a walkway all around the edge and the fountain in the center shoots water while lit up periodically. For couples, it definitely has a romantic feel.
On the underground level there are many shops, including popular specialty shops like Nagoya's Pokemon Center, a Ghibli shop (Donguri Kyowakoku), Shonen Jump shop, and Tamagotchi store among others. There are also a variety of restaurants. In the center they often have performances, so it's a nice place to come and hang out in the evening.
All parts of Oasis 21 are free.
Tokugawa-en Garden was originally built in 1695 as a retirement villa for one of the former Tokugawa rulers. Like many of Japan's sites, the garden was destroyed by bombings in WWII. The area was used as a local park from after the war until 2001 when they began trying to restore it. It was finished and opened as Tokugawa-en in 2004.
The garden features a large pond and bridge built to resemble a scene in Hangzhou, China. Beyond the pond are paths through a nice wooden area. The main point of interest there is Ozone Falls but the paths are nice for strolling and very peaceful.
Entrance to the garden is 300 yen. There are also combination tickets that can save you money. You can buy a ticket for the garden, Tokugawa Museum and Hosa Library for 1350 yen. There is a combination ticket for the garden and Nagoya Castle for 630 yen, and yet another combination ticket for this garden and Shirotori Garden for 480 yen.
The JR Central Towers, also known as the Twin Towers, were built in 1999 and have since become one of the city's icons. On the ground floor is JR Nagoya Station and shops and on other floors are shops and restaurants. It is said to be the largest station building in the world.
Aside from the view from the outside, what makes the towers a nice stop is the view of the city from the towers. On the 15th Floor there is a "Sky Street", which is a large panoramic view of the city. On the top floor (51st) of the Office Tower there are more viewing windows. The night views are particularly nice, especially with Nagoya Tower lit up!
Entering the towers and visiting the viewing floors are free.
A few minutes walk from Hoshigaoka Exit of the Higashiyama Park(Zoo and Botanical Garden), there is a fancy shopping mall often referred to as "Daikanyama of Nagoya". Most of the visitors are young people but family visitors with small children and senior citizens seem to enjoy this place as well. There are children's toy shops or kids fashion shops as well and you will also find Uniqlo there. Adjacent to the East Wing of the terrace is a bowling alley called Hoshigaoka Bowl. I found a nice cafe called Dog Garden Cafe which has items for dogs and serve food for dogs. Surprisingly most of the visitors are not dog owners like myself. It is surely a good place to stop by after enjoying the visit to the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Japan Information Web: Hoshigaoka Terrace
Sakae is the commercial, shopping and entertainment center of Nagoya. Popular spots include Nagoya TV tower, Oasis 21, Sunshine Sakae and Mitsukoshi and Matsuzakaya Depertment. Also its underground mall is one of the largest in Japan.
Nagashima Resort, an amusement complex in Kuwana, Mie, is made up of Nagashima Spa Land, Mitui Outlet Park Jazzdream Nagashima, Nabana No Sato and Yuami-no-Shima a spa facility. It is unarguably the most popular destination in suburban Nagoya (5.28 million visitors in 2009 #5 in Japan). During summer its swimming pool attracts huge number of people even from Kansai areas. There is a direct bus service from Nagoya station and Sakae area.
**Also see Kuwana, Mie travel guide.
Kiyosu is one of the suburban cities of Nagoya(population:65,000). The biggest draw of the city is Kiyosu Castle keep reconstructed in 1989. Kiyosu castle used to be the center of Owari Province, western half of current Aichi Prefecture. By the order of Iyeyasu Tokugawa entire capital was moved to Nagoya in 1610 and since then as you know newer capital has grown to become a metropolis home to 2 million people. Kiyosu castle has been popular among Nobunaga Oda fans because the castle was once home to young lord of Owari. The Statue of Young Nobunaga Oda is said to be describing the lord of Owari right before the battle of Okehazama in 1560. At the battle Nobunaga upturned Yoshimoto Imagawa one of the strongest feudal lords based in Shizuoka notwithstanding its smaller force and bad weather.
Also growing number of railway fans find the castle area ideal setting to take photos of freight trains and Shinkansen bullet trains.
Kiyosu castle is often the start of Mino Kaido walk one of the alternate highways linking Tokaido and Nakasendo.The road has a number of nice shrines and temples and at Biwajima area you can find some traditional houses showing the area used to be the thriving marketplace.
Miya-juku during Edo period (1603-1868) used to be the biggest lodging station of Tokaido highway. It had the Miya port for the Shichiri-no-Watashi ferry to the next station Kuwana. The area thrived because it is the town close to the Atsuta Shrine, 1,900-year-old shrine with one of the Three Imperial Regalia of Japan, the Sword of Kusanagi, imperial treasure related to Prince Yamatotakeru Legend. Currently it is very diffcult to find the trace of the lodging station because the area suffered extensive air raids during second world war and the devastating storm charge in 1959. Also post war development changed the landscape of the area and wide road cut away the former Tokaido road and made it difficult to trace. What remains of the Miya-juku includes:
Atsuta Shrine, Niwa Family House, Atsuta-so, Horaiken(better known by the local cuisine HIMATSUBUSHI) and Time Bell of Miya Port (reconstructed in 1983).
Nagoya ekimen yokocyo is located on the 2nd floor in the Sunshine Sakae.
There are lots of Ramen shops which came from other region of Japan.
The floor is designed like an amusement park.
It's very interesting!
In the CORPORATE PAVILION ZONE B....you will find the Mountain of dreams, not sure if it worth going in it..I did not..but I saw long lines.....
There are presentation from Sekisui house, Chubu nippon broadcasting and tokai television broadcasting...
The gas pavilion...its a show called "the magic theater of flames" ..the show uses flames from natural gas..its suppose to be enjoyed by big and small..
Both has long lines....
In the CORPORATE PAVILION ZONE A you will find the wonder circus, it had a line of about 40 minutes not to bad, as it was slowly moving all the time.....
You ride on an electric car/train....and go thru different scene....it remind me of "small world" in disneyland.......
There were lots of kids, but it was also enjoy by adult..
If you have reservation , you will be able to get into a different door without waiting inline.
If you are going to Nagoya on the 5th June,It's a MUST SEE!
It is worth to adjust your schedule to visit there.
The festivel called "Atsuta matsuri" is hold on the 5th June.
Only once a year.
There are a lot of shops at Atsuta shrine to sell foods at there,and you can see the fireworks at night.
There are a lot of women wearing a beautiful Yukata(a kind of kimono) is very Japanese style.
The fireworks are so beautiful.
Atsuta shrine islocated very near Jingu mae station by Meitetsu line.
Best advice I could give for World Expo is PLAN AHEAD, particularly if you don't have much time! Have a good look through their website, they have a full list of all the different pavillions here http://www-1.expo2005.or.jp/en/venue/index.html. Decide what you want to see and plan a route. The site is quite big and if you want to see some of the top attractions like the Global House, Toyota & Hitachi pavillions you will need to get there early and pick up a reservation (only 1 per day). This is probably the best way to do it, the Toyota & Hitachi pavillions are just inside the North Gate and when we were there the queues were 2h30m long. With a reservation you can avoid wasting time in long queues.
If I was doing it again I would try to do the day like this:
Get there as early as possible. Get to the Toyota, Hitachi, Japan and Global House pavillions and make reservations. If I could make the reservations work then I would go to Global Commons 1&2 followed by Toyota & Hitachi pavillions. Lunch at Global Common 6 then on to Global House and Japan pavillion (don't forget to check out the bio lung and if you have time the small water story pavillion in the middle). You are probably then left with a choice of either more global commons, Interactive fun zone, forest experience or the Seto area and it really depends what you want to do. Seto area is small, but you can get involved and try out some of the arts and crafts (if you are going to Seto try the Fuel Cell Bus if there is no queue, they have a fun video they play on the journey).
We particularly liked: India, Mongolia, Mexico, story of water, New Zealand and the information robot by the North Gate (pictured) who speaks Japanese, English and Korean.
Warning! Don't bring food or drink, they will take it off you at the gate! However the vending machines and food courts inside are very reasonably priced and it seemed to us that they may even be subsidised a bit. Half the fun of Expo we found was sampling the different food from the world pavillions.
Meiji Village, a must must see in Nagoya.
Actually, it located in Inuyama city, the neighbor of Nagoya city.
You can see many historical things in here such as old clocks, old train, old building in Meiji Era which rebuild in here etc.
A recommended place!!
Check the entry ticket in Nagoya Station.
I bought a ticket set of Meitetsu Train and Entry fee of Meiji Mura which is cheaper than you buy it separately.
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