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This is a new museum that highlights the region's extensive history in the manufacture of aircraft and rockets. A large facility, it has a numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits of actual aircraft either manufactured or utilized in Japan that you can walk up to, touch and look in. There are also various simulators where you can experience flight in planes and helicopters without ever leaving the ground. Exhibits are aimed at the enthusiast as well as children.
Tagata Jinja is the 1500 year old Tagata Shrine in the city of Komaki which attracts worldwide attention every year on the 15th of March due to the ancient fertility festival Hounen Matsuri which is held here. A phallus-shaped wooden imitation is paraded through the streets and taken to the shrine which is normally quieter during other days of the year.
Located in the Yoro Park, the Site of Reversible Destiny is an art installation of sorts. This slopey verdant landscape was built in 1995 and expects its visitors to leave expectations behind. Take a guided tour through several themed pavilions and science-defying fields that are meant to be thought-provoking. Explore this site for an experience like no other.
The Noritake Garden was formerly called Noritake arts center. The garden is a patch of beautiful green that houses a Museum of Pottery and Porcelain in it. The garden is well landscaped and offers a neat trail through its environs. If you are tired of the hectic city life or simply want to explore the city, do not give Noritake Garden a miss.
Momoyama Period specialists will find the Kano School paintings and wooden doors that belonged to the Honmaru Palace interesting. Fortunately these beautiful works of art were not destroyed during the Pacific War air bombings. The motifs include genre scenes, landscapes and the ubiquitous flowers, birds and trees, the bulk of which are in black and white. Other pieces representing castle paraphernalia are armor, maps, clothing and even roof tiles. The golden dolphins, which used to adorn the castle roof as a symbol of the feudal lord's authority, are perhaps the best known treasures of Nagoya Castle.
With its famed golden shachi dolphin roof decorations, Nagoya Castle is the de-facto symbol of the city. Built in 1612, the main edifice was reconstructed in 1959 on its original foundation after being destroyed in World War II, and now houses a modern museum with a significant archive of surviving artifacts of a past era. The surrounding gardens also delight with flowering trees, a dry inner moat sheltering deer, and a water-filled outer moat, home to a multitude of waterfowl.
Whether you are going to be in town for a couple of days or a couple of years, make this your first outing in Nagoya. The Nagoya International Center provides information in a host of languages and gives advice on everything from shopping and dining to visas, employment, and even hiking. The NIC subscribes to newspapers and magazines from around the world, so take advantage of its library, which is open to the public.
The Hisaya Odori Park, stretching the length of central Downtown Nagoya, seems to set the tone of the entire city with its relaxed feel and its open design. Tall trees line the outer edge and separate the tranquility of the interior from the bustle outside. There is a wonderful spot around the base of the Television Tower, with a shallow river stocked with koi (carp) flowing through shaded groves of flowering bushes. Also, from the plaza at the south end, you can get a great view of the green laser that shoots from the tower`s tip to a statue on the ground after dark. Check out the underground shopping mall, as well as the Mitsukoshi and Matsuzakaya department stores near the park.
Located in the very center of the city and standing 180 meters tall, this tower is one of the city's most visible modern landmarks and features observation decks that provide spectacular views of central Japan. Built in 1954, this tower was the first multipurpose television transmission tower in Japan and continues today to transmit TV programs for a number of different broadcasting companies. It also houses coffee and souvenir shops.
One of the largest and more distinctive buildings in the city, Nadya Park is actually a complex of two towers designed by a young American architect and opened in 1996. The building houses the International Design Center Nagoya and various businesses as well as a variety of shops, including Loft, Kinokuniya Book Store and an LL Bean outlet. The huge, 50-meter-high atrium filled with natural light joins the two towers and is a popular meeting spot. Centrally located, but slightly off the main thoroughfares of the city, it is also serving to energize the neighborhood around it.
One of the city's newer attractions, this park specializing in orchids and other flowering plants is located downtown in a major shopping district. One fairly large greenhouse and a number of exhibit rooms surround a walled-in garden with walkways that take you around a small pond and past various flowerbeds. Several small climate-controlled huts have been setup within the garden to grow rare orchids from different tropical regions of the world. Both indoor and outdoor cafes can also be found within the park. Various events and seasonal exhibitions are held throughout the year.
If you are in the Osu area of Nagoya, then you must call in at Bansho-ji, especially if you have children with you, for a novel and entertaining experience. The robotic karakukri ningyo mechanical dolls step out onto the temple stage to perform a drama. The dolls are all dressed in samurai costume and the dramas celebrate some of the historic scenes associated with the area; and the show is free. In case of rain, you had better check that the performance is still on.