West Nagoya Walking Tour, Nagoya (Self Guided)

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.
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West Nagoya Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: West Nagoya Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Nagoya (See other walking tours in Nagoya)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: leticia
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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

1) Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (must see)

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, also known as Toyota Tecno Museum, is a technology museum located in Nishi-ku in the city of Nagoya. Toyota started as a textile firm and evolved over decades into an international automobile producer. The museum was established in June, 1994 and is housed in an old red-brick textile factory. Its display starts with textile looms and then gradually goes over into the history of cars. Also featured are high-tech robots. Access by public transport is Sako Station on the Meitetsu line or Kamejima Station by the Higashiyama Line.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 5 pm

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Noritake Craft Center

2) Noritake Craft Center (must see)

This wonderful craft center on Noritake Square is a delightful place to visit on your trip to Nagoya. Here you can watch talented local craftsmen use traditional techniques to make beautiful ceramic pieces including intricately hand-painted Japanese pottery.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
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Celabo

3) Celabo

Editor's note: Closed for reconstruction until March 2015

This ceramics showroom is located next to the Noritake Museum. Inside the "Celabo" you can enjoy more presentations of ceramic production, as well as find out about the many contemporary applications of Noritake ceramic technology in electronics and industry. Afterwards, you can choose some beautiful tableware at the gift shop to add a unique Japanese twist to your home décor.
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Nagoya Station Tower

4) Nagoya Station Tower (must see)

Nagoya Station is a railway station in Nakamura-ku. It is one of the world's largest train stations by floor area (410,000 m²), and houses the headquarters of the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central). Much of this space is located in the JR Central Towers atop the station, as well as in underground concourses.

The current station complex was completed on December 20, 1999. The station and the area around it is officially called Meieki in the Japanese addressing system. The station is adjacent to Meitetsu Nagoya Station, the terminal of the Nagoya Railroad, and Kintetsu Nagoya Station, the terminal of the Kintetsu Nagoya Line. The twin-towered station rises over 50 stories. There is the 59-story tall Hotel Tower and the 55-story tall office tower (with a heli-pad on top).

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Midland Square

5) Midland Square

Midland Square, officially called Toyota-Mainichi Building, is a skyscraper located in the Meieki district of Nakamura-ku. It opened in early 2007 and it is the fifth tallest building in Japan behind Yokohama Landmark Tower, Rinku Gate Tower Building, Osaka World Trade Center Building and Midtown Tower. Midland Square houses offices of many companies including Toyota Motor Corporation, Towa Real Estate and Mainichi Shimbun.

At 247m (810 feet), it is slightly taller than the nearby JR Central Towers. Midland Square features a shopping center with 60 name-brand stores, two automobile showrooms and a cinema. It also holds the record for the highest open-air observation deck in Japan. Also of note are the unusual double-floored elevators, which take only 40 seconds to rise to the top.

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Nagoya International Center

6) Nagoya International Center

The Nagoya International Center is a non-profit organization based in Nakamura-ku. The center was established in 1984 and is known locally as the "NIC." The center's facilities are located on the third to fifth floors of the Nagoya International Center Building, a 7-minute walk or a 2-minute subway ride from Nagoya Station. The facilities that are open to the public free-of-charge include an information corner and a library with an extensive collection of foreign books--including over 10,000 English language books. There is a limited internet service in the 3F Information Counter, as well as a billboard where ads may be posted.

Here, there are ads from people seeking a roommate/flatmate to live with, and people simply seeking to dispose of their accumulated possessions (a.k.a. sayonara sale) before they leave the country. Prior to January 2009, the board was also used to post individual ads by people seeking partners for language exchange as well as foreign exchange students seeking part-time employment, but these services are no longer offered. It is also possible to rent other facilities in the building itself. The center organizes activities that promote multi-cultural exchange between the local communities and the somewhat transient foreigner population of the area. It also provides information and hosts free consultations (health, tax, legal, personal counseling, etc.) services for foreign residents in 8 languages (English, Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, French, Japanese).

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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.
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
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
Naka Ward Walking Tour

Naka Ward Walking Tour

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...  view more

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

South Nagoya Walking Tour

The southern part of Nagoya has some wonderful attractions in store for a visitor, not least the outstanding Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In this district you can visit several prominent temples and beautiful Japanese gardens. It’s also home to some popular shopping venues and some great architecture. Take our South Nagoya Walking Tour to catch the best sights in the area.

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

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

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.

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.