Nagoya Castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1612. Kinshachi (golden dolphins) were set atop the castle tower, and the structure became a symbol of Nagoya's prosperity, as told of in the Ise Ondo folksong: "Owari Nagoya keeps it in its castle." The castle burned down during WWII, and was reconstructed in 1959. The castle was restored to its former glory, kinshachi and all. Large-scale redevelopment of the area around Nagoya Station in recent years has seen the appearance of many modern high-rise buildings. An ever-changing Nagoya, and an unchanging Nagoya Castle. The castle is the centerpiece of stunning scenery created by old and new landmarks.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
Views of Nagoya Castle among modern skyscrapers can be seen in the northern part of the city, and from the observatory on the 7th floor of the castle tower, visitors can enjoy the ever-changing landscape of skyscrapers around JR Nagoya Station. Besides the panoramic views, within the castle precincts, Honmaru Goten has been undergoing reconstruction since 2009, and, as a first phase of reopening, the "Genkan"and "Omote-shoin" have already been made accessible to the public again at time of writing (2015). Many people are looking forward to the completion of reconstruction work in 2018. * New buildings are currently under construction around Nagoya Station as part of ongoing redevelopment.
The pleasure of travel: Nagoya Castle
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updated on Mar 31, 2015