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How to Spend 2 Days in Nagoya

How to Spend 2 Days in Nagoya

Recognized by UNESCO as a Creative City of Design, Nagoya is home to Noritake tableware products, the Toyota industry, and the maglev (magnetic levitation) train line. The city also boasts Japan’s largest—and one of the world’s busiest—railway station, with a shopping labyrinth underground. Here are some ways to spend two days in Nagoya.

Day 1: Sightseeing, Shopping, and Shows

Morning: Start the day seeing the city highlights on a guided walking tour. Osu Kannon Temple and Nagoya Castle may be the city’s most popular landmarks, but the Osu Shopping District is also well worth a visit. You can also take quick subway ride downtown to the Sakae retail and entertainment district.

Afternoon: Devote the afternoon to Nagoya’s many sites of innovation and craftsmanship. Start at the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, which offers a fascinating look at the history of train engineering and design from steam locomotion to the Shinkansen. Afterward, head to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology or to Noritake Garden to learn about the company’s popular tableware.

Night: Head to a contemporary-style Kabuki show. The action-packed performances are suitable for all ages with a plot that’s easy to follow even if you don’t understand Japanese. If you’d rather be a performer than watch a show, join a wadaiko (Japanese drumming) workshop for a music lesson and hands-on practice.

Day 2: Pop Culture and Cuisine

Morning: Get an early start at Yanagibashi Rengo Ichiba, the city’s centrally-located fish market near Nagoya Station. Watch fishermen bring freshly-caught seafood in from the nearby bay and enjoy breakfast at one of the on-site eateries. Opt for a guided tour of the market to learn about the lively action and enjoy options like sashimi tastings and sushi-making classes.

Afternoon: Foodies can continue the day’s trajectory with an afternoon cooking class; learn to make soba (buckwheat noodles) or other dishes typical of the Nagoya region. Or, for a change of pace, take a manga drawing class, or book a cosplay photoshoot and dress up in Japan’s “Lolita” style clothing.

Night: Return to Osu in the evening to find dinner and last-minute souvenirs among the more than 1,200 shops and restaurants. Or head to Oasis 21 in Sakae: This multi-level shopping complex features a rooftop pool that provides visitors with 360-degree views that include the illuminated Nagoya TV Tower.

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Private Full-day Nagoya City Tour

Private Full-day Nagoya City Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history of samurai culture on this private walking tour of Nagoya. With a dedicated guide for just you and your party, explore the highlights such as the modern Sakae district, the Osu Kannon Temple, and Nagoya Castle. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide, the ability to travel at your own pace, and plenty of time to ask questions. All entrance fees included.
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  • 6 hours
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$126.56
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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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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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$108.48
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Guided Half-day Tour(AM) to Noritake Garden & Toyota Commemorative Museum

Guided Half-day Tour(AM) to Noritake Garden & Toyota Commemorative Museum

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Discover Japan’s culture of ‘monozukuri' (craftsmanship) on this private half-day tour of Nagoya. Visit two renowned companies, the car manufacturer Toyota, and Noritake—a tableware and technology company. Hear how Central Japan became a key region for advanced manufacturing as you watch live demonstrations, hear informative commentary, and check out exhibitions on a tour that includes admission ticket and private guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Nagoya Home Cooking Class: Nagoya Soul Food

Nagoya Home Cooking Class: Nagoya Soul Food "Misokatsu"

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Discover the secrets to traditional Japanese food with this home cooking class in Nagoya. With a local guide, you'll first visit a supermarket to select your ingredients, then roll up your sleeves to prepare fresh red miso paste and a range of tempting dishes that you'll eat for lunch. When you book online, you'll choose between two options: Select the Japanese soul food option to cook staple dishes that are often cooked in the home, or the Nagoya traditional cuisine option to create dishes typical of the region.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Morning Yanagibashi Fish Market and Sushi Tour in Nagoya

Private Morning Yanagibashi Fish Market and Sushi Tour in Nagoya

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This is the ultimate fish and sushi experience. Get access to Yanagibashi fish market in Nagoya, where you’ll see fish and seafood being prepared and sold. You won’t have to worry about navigating, as you’ll have a guide with you to lead the way, translate, teach you about sushi, and answer questions. Choose from two tour options—either have a sushi breakfast or enjoy a cooking class.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Manga Drawing Class in Nagoya

Private Manga Drawing Class in Nagoya

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Learn how to draw manga, the Japanese cartoon-style sketches, during a workshop in Nagoya. With a private guide at your side to translate, you'll meet the manga school manager and learn how to use G-pens, screen tone, and other tools to create your very own manga drawing. If time permits at the end of the class, there may be chance for a short tour of the culture-rich Osu shopping arcade, which is nearby.
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  • 3 hours
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$86.23
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