Nagoya Castle has a long and complicated history, Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the construction of the castle in 1610, as Nagoya was a vital strategic location, located between Kyoto and the de facto capital Edo (Tokyo). The main tower was originally built in 1612, although today there is a concrete reconstruction that was built in 1959.
A much more traditional reconstruction is the recently completed Honmaru Palace, a beautiful wooden structure laden with wood carvings, gold leafed sliding doors and stunning works of art. The reconstruction has been a long process, split into three sections, the first of which opened 2013, stage two was completed in 2016, and the third and final stage is set to be open to the public in 2018.
Other attractions at Nagoya Castle include the two Golden Dolphins that sits atop the main castle and are said to protect the building from fire and on the 5th floor of the castle there is a plastic replica which guests are encouraged to sit on for a fun photo.
The castle grounds are also heralded for having beautiful flowers that have been tactfully chosen so that the garden is blooming year round. In the spring you can enjoy the cherry blossoms, in the summer they have irises and hydrangeas, while Confederate Roses, Japanese Quinces and Crape Myrtles can be found during autumn. Lastly, the winter months bring Wintersweet and Japanese Plum blossoms. Whether you are a keen botanist or just a fan of flowers, the gardens are sure to impress.
- 1-1 Honmaeu Naka Ward Nagoya 460-0031
- A short walk from Shiyakusho on the Meijo Line (subway) or Higashiote on the Meitetsu Seto Line