Japan Tour Part 2: Explore Nagoya

Most people who wish to come to Japan will initially think of going first to Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka which are the favorite tourist destinations. As someone who had traveled to Japan, from my vantage point, I would like to recommend visiting the central part of Japan, Nagoya.

I believe that Nagoya is an underrated place for many tourists but once you get to know the museums and cultural paths this place can offer, I’m pretty sure you’ll review your option and shortlist Nagoya in your itinerary.



How to go around Nagoya

Do you know that you can get around Nagoya City within just 1-2days? Yeah, that’s possible with NAGOYA SIGHTSEEING ROUTE BUS. You can discover Nagoya’s part and explore its future with Me-guru One Day Tour pass.

Inside the Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus

For 500 Yen (250 Php), you can ride the bus as often as you like and have unlimited trips for a whole day. Children who are above 4 years have discounted price for 240 Yen (120 Php). Its main bus station is at Nagoya Station. Just present your pass and off you go. The bus departs every 20-30 minutes during weekends and holidays, and every 30-60 minutes during weekdays.

If you happen to visit on weekend, it’s your lucky day because instead of availing the Me-guru tour pass, buy a WEEKEND ECO-PASS which grants you unlimited subway trips within Nagoya Lines and the Nagoya Sightseeing Route bus. By presenting your card, you’ll get big discounts on major attractions’ entrance tickets (red marks).

There are 9 bus stops for this Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus.

1. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
2. Noritake Garden
3. Nagoya Castle
4. Tokugawaen, The Tokugawa Art Museum
5. Cultural Path
6. Nagoya City Archives South
7. Nagoya TV Tower
8. Hirojiki-Sakae
9. Hirojiki-Fushimi

1. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
It is an interactive museum by the Toyota Group that is housed in a red-brick factory, and features many textile machines and the company’s very first passenger car.

Jr. and Sr. high school students:¥300→¥240
Elementary school students:¥200→¥160

OPERATION HOURS 9:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
CLOSED: Every Monday 


Toyota Museum


A Huge Weaving Machine at the lobby of the museum

2. Noritake Garden

If you want to learn about ceramics-making processes and see the Old Noritake products, this is the museum for you. You can also shop or eat at the cafe or restaurant, where you’ll be
served with Noritake tableware.

Craft Center/Adults:¥500→¥450
Sr. high school students:¥300→¥270
Aged 65 and above and Jr. high school and younger students: Free 

OPERATION HOURS:Museum shop:10:00-18:00
CLOSED: Every Monday


 3. Nagoya Castle

They say that the castle is the symbol of the city. Inside, you can see garden and the donjon which was
reconstructed in 1959. The entrance hall and the main hall are open to
the public.

Sr. high school students and above:¥500→¥400
Jr. high school and younger students: Free

OPERATION HOURS 9:00-16:30 (Last entry to castle donjon at 16:00)
CLOSED: Dec. 29 – Jan. 1

4. Tokugawaen
It is a Japanese garden with a pond
that symbolizes the ocean. It was the residence of the old samurai manor. If you love peonies, April is the right time to visit while June for Japanese iries, and late November for autumn leaves.

Sr. high school students and above:¥300→¥240
Jr. high school and younger students: Free

OPERATION HOURS 9:30-17:30(Last entry at 17:00)
CLOSED: Every Monday  

Tokugawa Art Museum 
I’ve only heard Tokugawa in the anime Samurai X. This museum housed the tools used by the
Owari Tokugawa feudal lords.

Adults: ¥1,400→¥1,200
College and Sr. high school students: ¥700→¥600
Jr. high and elementary sehool students: ¥500→¥400
※Saturdays: Free for all elementary school ,Jr and Sr. high school students.
※Fees will vary depending on the exhibition content

OPERATION HOURS 10:00-17:00(Last entry at 16:30)
CLOSED: Every Monday

5. Cultural Path
It is where you can visit the Cultural Path Shumoku Musuem, “Hyakka Hyakuso”, Hori Art Museum and the former residences of Tetsujiro Heruta and Sasuke Toyoda.

For the details about the entrance tickets and operation hours, click this link to Nagoya sightseeing tour site.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time and money, and failed to visit these places because our DIY tour concentrated on Sakae and Fushimi Area.

But the funny thing is, we felt like we’ve also visited these places because the bus stopped exactly in front or at the entrance of tourist sites. So I suggest that you hop into the Nagoya Sightseeing Route bus and do a round trip before stopping into one.

For the Sakae and Fushimi tour, hang on for a moment because I’m doing a separate article for it.

If you want to know how our Japan visa got approved, kindly click the link below.



  1. Hahaha! I had a similar experience in London where I didn’t physically go inside every attraction, but felt like I did because my tour bus guide was so excellent. I’ll definitely add Nagoya to my list based on all the sites that are there! I love when you can see and do a lot within 3 days or less.

  2. It’s so great to know there’s bus service for those kinds of prices. That really makes things so much easier. I would love to see the Tokugawaen gardens and the Tokugawa Art Museum. That sounds fascinating

  3. Looks like a delightful day of exploration. I love the photos that you she had as I feel like you took me with you. ??

  4. Nagoya sounds really fascinating! That’s really cool that you can explore the whole place in just a couple of days. I’d like to visit the Nagoya Castle, Tokugawaen, & Noritake Garden.

  5. Elizabeth O says:

    This is a great post. It looks like you had a really lovely time in Nagoya. This is a really helpful post to anyone who is looking to visit themselves.

  6. This bus service sounds amazing! I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and see the popular sights you’ve mentioned but I’d also love to see more than the tourist type places. I don’t know the currency rate but the prices seem pretty good too.

  7. Looks like a great placeto visit. I’ll definitely go here one day with my family.

  8. What ana amazing idea to have a hop on hop off bus to visit all the touristic points of Nagoya! I would love to visit this city!

  9. Japan is so beautiful and loves how you shared your itinerary along with the cost as it gives a rough idea for the travellers.

  10. This is definitely being added to my bucket list. I can’t wait to take a trip and see all this for myself. Sounds amazing!

  11. Ana Vukosavljevic says:

    I need to show this to my brother!! He wants to badly to visit Japan and he’s reading everything about it, I don’t know how I missed this post!

  12. Japan Is one of the best popular city in the world. That is the one of the quickest develop city around the world. Many people want to go there for visiting and traveling. I know that a very develop country around the world. I heard some major problem about this county I heard there Oxygen level is so low for human being. Some where man buy the Oxygen Bottle in there that was true?

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