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How to Spend 1 Day in Nagoya

How to Spend 1 Day in Nagoya

Situated 1.5 hours east of Kyoto by train, Japan’s fourth-largest city is less visited than Tokyo or Osaka but makes for a convenient stopover from a variety of locations. The city offers lots of sightseeing options and activities, from an Edo-era castle to hands-on cooking classes. Here’s how to see the city a day.

Morning: See Nagoya Castle

Undoubtedly the city’s highlight—and one of Japan’s most famous castles—this stunning 17th-century structure dates back to the Tokugawa shogunate. Take a guided tour to learn about the building’s history and architectural details; most itineraries also include the Tokugawa Garden and a samurai-themed art museum. A half-day tour gives you a good overview of the city’s history with and lets you extend your sightseeing to landmarks like Osu Kannon Temple, Noritake Garden, and Atsuta Shrine. Alternatively, spend your morning at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and enjoy exhibits highlighting the best of Japanese manufacturing. 

Afternoon: Cooking and Cuisine

Visiting a local’s home is a rare experience in Japan, but one way to get an insider’s view of the city is to take a cooking class hosted by a home chef. Spend the afternoon exploring the local markets and learning about ingredients commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Then get a hands-on experience preparing classic dishes like onigiri (rice balls) and red miso stew. You can also take a sushi-making lesson at Yanagibashi Rengo Ichiba, Nagoya’s famous fish market, and learn how to shape decorative sushi rolls, or enjoy a tour of the Kirin Beer Nagoya Factory.

Night: Subway Snacking

Nagoya Station is a hub of activity, and not just for the thousands of commuters who travel by rail or subway each day. The station’s underground malls are teeming with shoppers, and after work, you’ll find the city’s “salarymen” stopping by for an evening snack at one of the many eateries. Grab a drink and some pub-style bites like yakitori (grilled skewers). When you’re ready for some fresh air, take a pleasant evening stroll around Sakae, a shopping and entertainment district. 

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Market Tour and Authentic Nagoya Cuisine Cooking Class With a Local in Her Home

Market Tour and Authentic Nagoya Cuisine Cooking Class With a Local in Her Home

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This experience combines a tour of a local supermarket and a cooking class in a local host’s home. First, visit the market where your host will describe and buy different ingredients used in Japanese cooking. Following that, join the host in their kitchen to make classic Nagoya dishes such as red miso stew and shrimp tempura in a rice ball or fried chicken, Nagoya style. Plus, learn how to make dashi stock from scratch.
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  • 4 hours
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$92.31
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Walking Small-Group Nagoya City Tour

Walking Small-Group Nagoya City Tour

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This is the ultimate comprehensive tour of Nagoya. Traveling on foot means you’ll access places that you couldn’t get to by train or bus. You’ll be in a small-group tour, so your tour experience will feel more personalized. Make the most of limited time, by seeing multiple highlights in one tour such as Nagoya Castle, the Sakae downtown area, and the Osu district, including Osu Kannon Temple.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$93.25
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Guided Half-day Tour(PM) to Toyota Commemorative Museum & SCMAGLEV Railway Park

Guided Half-day Tour(PM) to Toyota Commemorative Museum & SCMAGLEV Railway Park

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Check off two of Nagoya’s most popular attractions in one day: the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and SCMAGLEV & Railway Park. Whether you’re interested in Japanese design, engineering, and manufacturing, or want an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, this guided tour is a great way to learn. Discover how the Japanese railway was transformed, from steam locomotives to the Shinkansen (bullet train) and MAGLEV (magnetic speed train).
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  • 5 hours
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Nagoya at Night - Take a Deep Dive with the Locals!

Nagoya at Night - Take a Deep Dive with the Locals!

For visitors in a strange place, it can be difficult to get to know the heart of a city. This guided tour does just that. Spend your evening exploring Nagoya in the company of locals—drinking in local bars, exploring different neighborhoods, and enjoying traditional snacks. Includes three drinks and dinner.
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  • 3 hours
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Guided Half-day Tour(AM) to Nagoya Castle & Tokugawa Museum and Garden

Guided Half-day Tour(AM) to Nagoya Castle & Tokugawa Museum and Garden

Learn about the traditions of Samurai times with a half-day tour in Nagoya. Join a guide for a visit to Nagoya Castle and Tokugawa Garden with its Samurai art museum. Hear stories about the history and architecture of Hommaru Palace as you explore the site. All entrance fees are included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Kazarimaki Sushi Lessons

Kazarimaki Sushi Lessons

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For those who love food, there is no other travel experience like cooking and eating with a local. Learn to make kazarimaki, decorative sushi rolls, with your instructor in their home. Share conversation while you enjoy learning to shape beautiful sushi rolls. Make popular characters, animals, flowers and more as you immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine and culture.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Full Day Nagoya Tour

Private Full Day Nagoya Tour

Discover the best that Nagoya has to offer on a private tour through the city. Visit key landmarks such as the Nagoya Castle, the Noritake Garden, the Toyota Commemorative Museum, and the Atsuta Shrine. Learn about the background of each location and why they are important to Japanese culture from your tour guide. This tour is inclusive of entrance fees and a delicious lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$367.60
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Guided tour to Japanese Brewery

Guided tour to Japanese Brewery "Kirin Beer" in Nagoya (3hours)

Book a spot on this beer factory tour and sample the popular brews that are loved around Japan but made in Nagoya. With a guide, you'll explore a brewery and follow the beer-making process on a journey from grain to golden thirst-quencher. The experience includes up to three complimentary beers and the tour is packed with fun facts about drinking culture in Japan. When you book online, you can choose to visit either the Kirin or Asahi beer factory, depending on the beer you like best.
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Visit three major sightseeing sites efficiently in Nagoya in one day

Visit three major sightseeing sites efficiently in Nagoya in one day

Explore the best of Nagoya in a day with this action-packed tour. Take the stress out of figuring out public transport by having a guide to accompany you on the train to Nagoya Castle. You’ll also explore Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Travel efficiently by taxi or train between attractions with a guide, and enjoy the convenience of having all transport costs included.
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  • 7 hours
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$158.52
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