East Nagoya Walking Tour, Nagoya (Self Guided)

The eastern part of Nagoya is a beautiful section of the city. Here visitors can enjoy wonderful botanical gardens and temples, plus some beautiful public parks and a zoo. It’s also a great area for entertainment, with a fun amusement park and several interesting cultural venues. Take our tour to see the top sights of East Nagoya.
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East Nagoya Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: East Nagoya Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Nagoya (See other walking tours in Nagoya)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
Author: leticia
Hosa Library

1) Hosa Library

The Hōsa Library is located on the compound of the Ōzone Shimoyashiki in Nagoya. It was established by Tokugawa Yoshinao, the first lord of the Owari Domain, as an official archive. It was transferred from the Tokugawa family to Nagoya City in 1950. Presently the library has about 110,000 items including classic literature. The library cooperates closely with the neighboring Tokugawa Art Museum and the Tokugawa Garden.

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Tokugawa Art Museum

2) Tokugawa Art Museum (must see)

The Tokugawa Art Museum, or Tokugawa Bijutsukan, is a private art museum, located on the former Ōzone Shimoyashiki compound in Nagoya. Its collection contains more than 12,000 items, including swords, armor, Noh costumes and masks, lacquer furniture, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, calligraphy, and paintings from the Chinese Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368). Unlike many private museums in Japan, which are based on collections assembled in the modern era by corporations or entrepreneurs, the Tokugawa Art Museum houses the hereditary collection of the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan, which ruled the Owari Domain in what is now Aichi Prefecture.

The museum is operated by the Tokugawa Reimeikai Foundation, which was founded in 1931 by Yoshichika Tokugawa (1886–1976), 19th head of the Owari clan, in order to preserve the clan's priceless collection of art objects, furnishings, and heirlooms.

The main building of the museum was constructed in the 1930s in a classic Japanese style with western elements. The most important and valuable treasures are three Heian period illustrated handscrolls of The Tale of Genji, dating to the 1130s. Along with one other scroll from the same set, now preserved at the Gotoh Museum, they are the earliest extant depictions of the epic tale and are National Treasures of Japan. The scrolls are so fragile that they are permanently displayed to the public. Since at least Heisei 13, they have been displayed in the Tokugawa Museum for one week in November.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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3) Tokugawaen (must see)

Tokugawaen is a beautiful Japanese garden that typifies the daimyo gardens of the Edo period. Here you can admire the wonderful landscape of Japanese nature with its beautiful greenery and many different flowers.
Nagoya Dome

4) Nagoya Dome (must see)

Nagoya Dome, constructed in 1997, is a baseball field, located in the city of Nagoya. The dome has the capacity to seat up to 38,414 people (official 40,500 people). It is an example of a geodesic dome.

It has served as HQ for the Chunichi Dragons baseball team, since its opening. It has also served baseball teams Orix Blue Wave and Kintetsu Buffaloes, sometimes during the year. Official theme song for The Nagoya Dome, "Here For You", was written by local FM radio disk jockey, James Havens, and also released on CD by Victor Entertainment.

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Chikusa Park

5) Chikusa Park

The Chikusa Park is a beautiful public park in the Chikusa-ku neighborhood. It’s a great place to come and walk along its numerous paths and avenues, which take you through a whole rainbow of beautiful Japanese plants and flowers that will soothe your mood and awaken your senses.
Nittaiji Temple

6) Nittaiji Temple

Nittai-ji, or Kakuōzan Nittai-ji, is a Buddhist temple located in the Chikusa ward of Nagoya. It was constructed in 1904 as a repository for the ashes of the Gauthama Buddha, which were the gift of King Chulalongkorn of Thailand. Therefore it was named the "Japan-Thai Temple", which is "Nittai-ji" in Japanese. The temple's name also stand for "auspicious king" in honor of the Buddha, and "Japan-Thai" for the friendly relations between the two nations. This nonsectarian Buddhist temple has many international influences, which are reflected in its architecture.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej donated an additional Buddhist image and a tablet to the temple. Each month on the 21st day, the approaches to the temple play host to a large flea-market. The closest subway is Kakuōzan Station with the Higashiyama Line.

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Toganji Temple

7) Toganji Temple (must see)

Tōgan-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Sōtō Zen sect located in Nagoya. Originally built in 1532 by Oda Nobuyuki in memory of his father, Oda Nobuhide, it was moved to its current location in 1714. The temple grounds have a turtle pond and a grove of giant bamboo. A 10-meter tall Buddha statue known as "The Great Buddha of Nagoya" was erected in 1987.

The temple has many links to India as one of the high priests completed his studies there. The grounds contain a lingam and a shrine dedicated to Saraswati, who is honored in a festival to Benzaiten every May 7–8. Tōgan-ji also contains a huge wood block said to purge past sins if touched with one hand.

The closest subway is Motoyama Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line and Nagoya University.

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Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

8) Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (must see)

The Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a zoo with botanical gardens located at 3-70, Higashiyama-motomachi, Chikusa-ku. Established in 1937, the Higashiyama Zoo is one of Asia's largest, containing attractions such as botanical gardens and an amusement park. Its collection contains more than 125 species of mammals, including bears, elephants, giraffes, koalas, lions, and tigers; numerous reptiles and birds; and medaka tropical fish that flew on the space shuttle with one of Japan's astronauts.

Garden collections include Aconitum, Camelia, Gentiana, Glycyrrhiza, Papaver, Rheum, and native wild flora, as well as a greenhouse, insect hall, and a Japanese garden. The Higashiyama Sky Tower contains observation decks and a restaurant 100 meters above ground.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9 am - 4.50 pm

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Higashiyama Sky Tower

9) Higashiyama Sky Tower (must see)

Known locally as “the pencil tower”, the Higashiyama Sky Tower is a tall triangular edifice that dominates the local skyline. You can travel up in one of its great glass elevators to get a wonderful view of the nearby zoo and botanical gardens.

Walking Tours in Nagoya, Japan

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
West Nagoya Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km

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Whether you are in Nagoya for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nagoya has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nagoya, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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