Naka Ward Walking Tour, Nagoya (Self Guided)

The Naka Ward (or Naka-ku) district is the central neighborhood of Nagoya. This area should be at the top of the list for any visitor to the city, because it’s home to a vast number of amazing attractions. Here you can visit: a peaceful Japanese park; a fine Nagoya Orchid Garden; a gorgeous Osu Kannon Temple; and the imposing Nagoya TV Tower. Take our Naka Ward tour to see all the top sights in the district.
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Naka Ward Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Naka Ward Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Nagoya (See other walking tours in Nagoya)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: leticia
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Nagoya TV Tower

1) Nagoya TV Tower (must see)

The Nagoya TV Tower is the oldest TV tower in Japan, and was completed in 1954. It is located in the centre of Hisaya Ōdori Park. The tower is 180 metres high, and has two main observation decks at the heights of 90 metres (the indoor Sky Deck) and 100 metres (the outdoor Sky Balcony). The tower also includes a restaurant and gallery at 30 metres. Nagoya TV Tower closely resembles the Eiffel Tower. The famous movie monster, Godzilla pulled the tower down in Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), and twenty-eight years later, it was destroyed again in the 1992 remake, Godzilla vs. Mothra. This time around, it is demolished by the monster Battra, when the creature attacks Nagoya.

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Hisaya Odori Park

2) Hisaya Odori Park

The Hisaya Ōdori Park was laid out after the devastation of World War II by the mayor of Nagoya, in order to create green space in the middle of the city. It acts as a central park within the downtown area and has over the years been laid out with many trees, water fountains and works of modern art such as sculptures and other installations. The park is around 2 km long and stretches roughly from north to south. Nagoya TV Tower is located in the middle of the park. The park is also the venue of the annual Nagoya Festival, which attracts many visitors.

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Nagoya Orchid Garden

3) Nagoya Orchid Garden

The Nagoya Orchid Garden, also known as the Ran no Yakata Orchid Garden, is conveniently located just a short walk from Nagoya Yaba-cho Station. Opened in 1998, the garden is a wonderful place to come and see more than 250 different species of orchids and other plants.
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Bansho-ji Temple

4) Bansho-ji Temple

Banshō-ji is a small temple located in Ōsu in central Nagoya.

Lord Oda Nobuhide (1510?-1552) built this Sōtō Buddhist temple in the then village of Nagoya in 1540, and invited the priest Daiun to open it. Kato Kiyomasa (1562-1611) stayed at the temple, which served as his quarters while he was engaged in the construction of Nagoya Castle. The temple was rebuilt in 1610 at its present site.

Directly located at the main street is the stone gate. Two kitsune (fox spirits) guard the entrance. Many paper lanterns give light.

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Osu Angel Statue

5) Osu Angel Statue

Nestled within the Naka ward you’ll find this beautiful tiny park. Inside there’s a magnificent round fountain with a statue of an angel at its center. Known as the Osu Angel Statue, this sculpture stands tall as if to watch over the city and its inhabitants.
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Osu Kannon Temple

6) Osu Kannon Temple (must see)

Ōsu Kannon, or Kitanosan Shinpuku-ji Hōshō-in, is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect located in Ōsu in central Nagoya. It belongs to the Owari Thirty-three Kannon. The temple was originally built in about the year 1333 in Ōsu-gō, Nagaoka village in Owari Province, which is currently known as the city of Hashima in Gifu Prefecture. Construction was sponsored by the Emperor Go-Daigo, who appointed Shōnin Nōshin as the first head priest. Nōshin had a vision in a dream of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion, known as Kannon in Japanese. Hence, the name Ōsu (from Ōsu-gō) Kannon.

Due to repeated flooding, the temple was moved to its present location in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the 1820s, large parts of the temple were destroyed by fire, but it was rebuilt in the 1970s. The main hall has a very large, red paper lantern hanging from the ceiling where worshippers can tie small paper notes with wishes to the holding wires.

The current temple is home to a large collection of books. It houses about 15,000 classic Japanese and Chinese works. Among these is the oldest hand-written copy of the famous Kojiki, describing the ancient mythological history of Japan. The library also has many other books designated as national treasures and important cultural properties. A street fair is held on the 18th day of each month. The nearest subway is Ōsu Kannon Station.

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Shirakawa Park

7) Shirakawa Park

The Shirakawa Park, situated in central Nagoya, is the site of several of the city’s most important attractions. Both the Nagoya City Science Museum and the Nagoya City Art Museum are here, as well as a beautiful fountain and wonderful flowers and trees.

Walking Tours in Nagoya, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Nagoya

Create Your Own Walk in Nagoya

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nagoya is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
West Nagoya Walking Tour

West Nagoya Walking Tour

The West Nagoya area has lots of interesting attractions for a visitor to enjoy. Highlights include the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, the Noritake Craft Center and the Noritake Garden, plus many others. Take our West Nagoya tour to see the top sights of this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
East Nagoya Walking Tour

East Nagoya Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
Southeast Nagoya Walking Tour

Southeast Nagoya Walking Tour

The southeastern part of Nagoya is home to many interesting places, including the wonderful Tsurumai Park, several captivating museums and a number of magnificent Japanese temples. Take the following tour to discover this exciting city area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
North Nagoya Walking Tour

North Nagoya Walking Tour

North Nagoya is famous for housing the city’s most prominent architectural landmark, the magnificent Nagoya Castle. Other notable sights include the Meijo Koen Park, Nagoya City Hall, Gokoku Shrine and more. Take this self-guided tour of North Nagoya to discover top attractions of this part of the city.

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

Nagoya Nightlife Walking Tour

Nagoya is an excellent destination for visitors who seek entertainment, because there are loads of trendy clubs, hopping discos, crowded bars and quality restaurants to enjoy. Whether you are looking for delicious food, tasty drinks, live music or a party atmosphere, you will find it here in Nagoya at any time of night. Take our Nightlife Walking Tour to see the hottest spots in town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Nagoya Cultural Walking Tour

Nagoya Cultural Walking Tour

Nagoya is considered one of Japan’s most important cities when it comes to cultural attractions. This beautiful city is home to many art galleries, museums, theaters and some other great cultural venues. Take our Cultural Walking Tour to see all the best cultural spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

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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.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.