6 down and 6 more to go! I reckon I’m going to finish this course, which is a bit of a challenge for me, starting something and going for it every week. I hope you are still enjoying following these courses as some of them are a bit boring, but I’m counting on the bigger picture to knowing the city I am in at the moment to be more than just what it seems in touristy brochures.
This course takes us to the modern side of Nagoya – “that continues to modernise; a profound city that combines modernity with human warmth.” That’s the intro quote from this week’s Chapter 6 of the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour. When I read through this week’s course I thought – easy! it’s my immediate neighbourhood! So I took advantage of the power of editing and took this course leisurely. So, here we go for this week’s stroll. Enjoy!
1. Nagoya Station Mae. The station Mae is famous for the number of skyscrapers in a small area around the Nagoya Station. Originally opened in 1886, surrounded by marsh, in what was then considered an outlying area of the city. Formerly a wooden station building reformed in 1937 to what is now a modern structure. After WWII the area became a commercial area with the city’s first underground commercial facility in 1937.
The station is complex and crowded. When walking around to find something I have lost my way here many times, but my trick was to keep walking around and it seems to just take you back around where you first started. Eventually, you will find what you were looking for in the first place. I have included Nana-chan in the photo gallery as she is considered one of the main meeting points when you get to Nagoya Station.
2. Yanagibashi Central Wholesale Market. Markets in this area started as a group of wholesalers in the late Meiji Period (1868-1912). This area is famous both with the local and international tourists. A short walk from the Nagoya Station in the city centre and a rarity in Japan.
When I arrived at the market street around midday the whole area was clean, quiet and closed. Only when I listened to the podcast did I learn that this market was mostly opened during the morning. There were still some stalls closing up, but I did not miss taking photos of the life after the rush.
3. Nayabashi Bridge. Nayabashi Bridge spans the Horikawa River, which flows from the north to the south through the center of Nagoya, both believed to be built in 1610 in conjunction with the building of the Nagoya Castle. The current retro bridge was re-built in 1981. Recently, restaurants and cafes are popular around the bridge and along the river.
4. Nagoya City Science Museum. Opened in 2011 the dome belongs to the Brother Earth Planetarium of the Nagoya City Science Museum, one of Japan’s finest comprehensive museums and the world’s largest. Once inside one may experience standing in an artificial tornado as well as being in an aurora laboratory in -30 degrees celsius.
Unfortunately, I have not been inside this museum as all the tours and instructions are in Japanese. I just enjoy the changes it goes through the year.
5. Sunshine Sakae. The Sky Boat ferris wheel is the first sight that stands out of downtown Sakae area. The building is known for various entertainment venues, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Popular amongst the younger Japanese crowd as well as those who want to experience a little bit of Japanese pop culture.
6. Oasis 21. Another icon in downtown Sakae area is the Oasis 21. This facility consists of a park, bus terminal, connections to the subway, underground shopping and the Aichi Arts Centre. The Milky Way Plaza/Galaxy Platform on the basement level hosts many events throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy a grassy area to rest and enjoy a day in Nagoya on the Field of Green level and provides a quick access to the Aichi Arts Centre. One can enjoy walking along the periphery and enjoy the sights of the city of the Spaceship Aqua on the rooftop level where water flows along the glass surface of the roof.
7. Nagoya TV Tower. A symbol of downtown Nagoya since 1954 the Nagoya TV Tower stands 180 meters tall. One can enjoy relaxing in the cafe and beer garden on the ground level; banquets and parties on the upper level; and 360-degree view of the city at the top level. The tower was designated as a Lover’s Sanctuary in 2008.
This is an interesting tower at towards one end of the Hisaya-odori park. It holds open air markets, special event at the beer garden and popular for weddings. I will be back one night to take night photos of the city as this is highly recommended.
I enjoyed this course even though I have walked through these streets and sights many times. I hope you have as well. Here are links to the previous chapters if you are interested. Have a great week everyone.
Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course
Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path
Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course
Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa
Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing