Take daytime strolls to famous shrines, then live it up in vibrant live music bars, or restaurants at night, in the Imaike, Kakuozan, and Higashiyama area. The area around Yotsuya and Yamate-dori Street is a high class neighborhood that is trendy and unique. Find shopping suitable for all ages and tastes here.
Imaike, Kakuozan, and Higashiyama are situated along the Higashiyama Line, the oldest subway line in Nagoya. In Imaike, on the thriving commercial street Nishiki-dori that stretches from JR Nagoya Station, there are taverns, Chinese restaurants, barbecue restaurants, and other old, popular shops with reasonable prices as well as a number of mini-theaters and bars with live music performances. The Imaike Broadway Monument at the intersection is colorful and boldly designed to please the eyes of passers-by.
The Kakuozan area spreads from Kakuozan Nittai-ji Temple, which is the only temple in Japan that enshrines the ashes of the Buddha bestowed by the king of Thailand. This quiet residential district has rich greenery, and there are a traditional Japanese-styled residence Yokiso, the Higashiyama Water Tower, and other classical structures. The neighboring areas are dotted with Shiroyama Hachiman-gu Shrine, Hebi-Yakushi Temple, and many other temples and shrines.
The center of Higashiyama is Higashiyama Multiple Park, made up of a zoo, botanical garden, and amusement park. The park is also noted for its cherry blossoms. The Higashiyama Sky Tower has an observation deck at an altitude of 180 meters, where visitors can see a panoramic view of Nagoya, which is particularly beautiful at night.
Yotsuya and Yamate-dori Street connect, from north to south, Motoyama Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line and Yagoto Station on the Tsurumai Line. Along the modern streets are a university, a museum, and fashionable buildings. If you take one step back into the alley, then you will find quiet accessory shops and restaurants scattered around the high-end neighborhood. The calm and peaceful atmosphere is loved by people of all ages. This is a hilly area suitable for window shopping while taking a walk, and you will see many people enjoying a slow walk along the approximately 3.5-kilometer route.
At Togan-ji Temple along Yotsuya-dori Street on the Motoyama Station side is a gigantic wood block said to blot out all past sins if you touch it with one hand. Yagoto-san Kosho-ji Temple along the Yamate-dori Street on the Yagoto Station side, built in the 17th century, imitates one of the Koya-san temples in Wakayama. The 30-meter-tall five-story pagoda, designated an important cultural asset, is a popular symbol of the temple, and the approximately 300,000-square-meter compound is a famous spot for viewing the changing color of the leaves in fall.
[Rail] 2h to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 13 min from Nagoya to Imaike, 15 min to Kakuozan, or 17 min to Higashiyama-koen Station by Higashiyama Subway Line.
[Rail] 1h from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya Station by Shinkansen.