A world famous Edo-period castle is the pride of Nagoya. Shachihoko, golden orcas adorning the castle roof signify prosperity.
Nagoya Castle (Nagoya-jo) is known throughout the world as one of Japans greatest castles, alongside Himeji and Kumamoto Castles. The founder of the shogunal government that ruled Japan over roughly 265 years from the beginning of the 17th century, Tokugawa Ieyasu, had the castle completed by mobilizing influential daimyo from all over the country. The five-tiered donjon was roughly 19.5 m in height from the bottom of the moat to the stone wall on the foundation, and the building was 33.5 m tall. Most of the buildings were destroyed by fire in the air raid of May 1945, during WWII, but donjon and other structures were rebuilt in 1959. The gold sea creatures ornamenting the roof were also restored then, and are popular among the residents of Nagoya as the city's symbol, along with the castle.'
Address: Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Admission Fee: 500 yen
Closed: Dec. 29-Jan. 1
[Rail]JR Nagoya Station/Nagoya Subway Meijo Line/15 min./Shiyakusho (City Hall) Station/On foot/5 min.