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Language English. All languages. English Spanish 2. French 1. More languages. All told, the site consists of more than 60 buildings of interest that were brought here and reassembled from across the country, including a prison, post office, bathhouse, churches, and homes, many of them influenced by design elements from western nations. Numerous buildings are open to the public and house furniture, temporary exhibits, and other items related to the respective buildings, and a historic tram and bus service as well as a vintage steam train makes this a fun diversion.
Of special interest are elements of the old Imperial Hotel, a unique design created by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. If you're traveling with kids, try to allocate some time in your itinerary to visit the nearby Little World Museum of Man ; they'll love the opportunity to dress up in traditional costumes from around the world. Perhaps the best known of Nagoya's world-class art facilities is the excellent Tokugawa Art Museum, home to many treasures that once belonged to the city's wealthy Tokugawa family, including numerous fine paintings, items of porcelain, weapons, and documents.
Of particular note are the 43 parts of the famous Genji-monogatari-emaki, a picture scroll made by Fujiwara Takayoshi, and the Saigyo-monogatari-emaki, an ancient scroll depicting scenes from the life of the priest Saigyo from Also worth seeing is the Nagoya City Art Museum Nagoya-shi Bijutsukan , opened in and home to a permanent collection that includes the work of Surrealist artists from around the globe, including Sean Scully, Kansuke Yamamoto, and Alexander Calder, as well as temporary exhibits.
Finally, the Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts Nagoya Bosuton Bijutsukan , sister museum to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and notable for bringing items from the latter's collection of Impressionist and other artworks to Japan, is also worth a visit. In addition to being a bustling harbor, the Port of Nagoya in Ise Bay has become something of a tourist attraction in recent years.
One of the most popular things to do, particularly for those traveling with kids, is visit the excellent Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium , with its large collection of native marine life, many exotic species of fish from across the Pacific, as well as a popular dolphin show.
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Also worth checking out is the Fuji , a historic Antarctic-going vessel, which now serves as an interesting museum dedicated to exploration of the South Pole, as well as a small amusement park Sea Train Land ; a lovely wildflower garden; and numerous fine walkways that crisscross the port, connecting it to the main parts of the city. Hot Tip: For a truly memorable experience, try to time your visit for the firework displays held on Marine Day and Christmas Eve.
Part zoo, part amusement park, and part botanic garden, this popular tourist attraction offers plenty of fun for visitors of all ages. For animal lovers, the zoo area includes some different species including gorillas, hippos, elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes, and koalas, along with tropical fish, numerous birds, and a reptile house. Afterwards, be sure to wander the pathways through the lovely botanical gardens section with its collections of both native and non-native species, as well as the meter-tall Higashiyama Sky Tower with its observation platforms and restaurant offering great views over the city.
Looking not unlike the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris , the site includes an informative exhibition about its history, as well as a restaurant.
Opened in to celebrate Nagoya's largest and most famous company, the excellent Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology Sangyo-Gijutsu Kinenkan makes for a fun day out. Highlights of a visit to this science and technology museum, often simply referred to as 'Toyota Techno," include numerous still-working exhibits of the huge looms and textile manufacturing processes, which Toyota started out making in , along with displays detailing its eventual transition into the world's largest automobile manufacturer, including numerous robots.
Car buffs will also want to visit the huge Toyota Automobile Museum in nearby Nagakute , home to a superb collection of vintage cars made by Toyota and other leading manufacturers from around the globe. Rebuilt in the s, this magnificent building is home to the famous red paper lantern hanging from the ceiling of the main hall to which pilgrims attach their prayers. Started in by two brothers looking to increase Japan's trade with western markets, the Noritake ceramics company has a long and storied past in the city of Nagoya.
An interesting attraction for both collectors and the curious alike is Noritake Garden, a fascinating insight into the manufacturing process of this historic ceramics company housed on the original factory grounds. Highlights include displays showcasing the company's history and antique porcelain, as well as demonstrations of the manufacturing process, hands-on workshops, and gift shops. The site's gardens are beautiful, and the grounds are also home to restaurants. One of the newest major theme parks to have been built in the country for some decades, Legoland Japan in Nagoya only opened in and is already attracting well over a million visitors a year.
In addition to its numerous rides and attractions, the park includes a fascinating and extremely detailed miniature town, complete with accurate scale Lego reconstructions of recognizable landmarks from across Japan, including famous Nagoya Castle. A new hotel opened up at the site in , and future plans include the addition of an aquarium. Walking Tour of Nagoya : Don't forget to pack a pair of comfy walking shoes, as Nagoya offers many great on-foot experiences. A fun way to see the best the city has to offer is to join a Nagoya Private Walking Tour.