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This unusual museum is dedicated to the humble roofing tile, because of the industrial history of the city as a roofing tile producer. Although the subject may be unassuming, one of the more interesting aspects is the onigawara (ornamental tile pieces found on ridge ends and eaves of roofs) often shaped like the faces of ogres to serve as charms to ward off evil spirits and to protect the building. In addition to examples of tiles going back more than a millennium, there are also photographic exhibits of architecture from around the world that utilize the roofing tile.
The Steel Dragon 2000 is the pride and glory of the Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park. Stretching over a fantastic length of 2,479 metres (8,133 feet), this massive roller coaster is one of the world's longest and runs at a breath-taking speed of 153 kilometers per hour (95 miles per hour). Since its inauguration in the year 2000, the roller coaster has garnered much fame, and attracts enthusiasts from far and wide. As one of the world's fastest, tallest and longest roller coasters, a ride on the Steel Dragon 2000 is certainly not for the faint hearted.
One of the newest and largest aquariums in Japan, this one divides its aquatic life into five different ecosystems representative of the Pacific Ocean. Also involved in scientific research, including the breeding of sea turtles and other aquatic life, the aquarium's natural exhibits are heavily supported with multimedia displays. The underwater tunnel and the penguin exhibit are especially popular. The aquarium is located at the port's Garden Pier along with many other attractions. Call to know the open hours.
If you have already seen the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and the Ise Shrines in Mie, a visit to Atsuta Jinja will complete your tour of the three most sacred sites in Japan. An ancient, Japanese prince's sword (kusanagi) is housed here. The shrine itself is modest, but the approach lined with cypress trees merits a visit in itself. Other national treasures are on display at an on-site museum.
The Hirabari Catholic Church is a community church made up predominantly of Japanese people and headed by a Polish priest, Father Richard, who speaks fluent Japanese. The mass is in Japanese, but an English text translation is available to help you follow along. The format of the mass is almost identical to what you are probably used to back home, with the slight exception of a bow replacing a handshake when the time comes to offer peace to your neighbors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tsubaki O Kami Yashiro or the Tsubaki America Shrine is one of the most ancient shrines in Japan. Souls of legendary SARUTAHIKO-NO-O-KAMI and his wife AME-NO-UZUME-NO-MIKOTO rest in peace at this shrine. It is mainly visited by devotees for the famous Oharae (the purification ceremony) and other Shinto rites performed by the staff here. Visit the website or call on for details.
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.
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.