The City of Nagoya is Japan's fourth largest city and a critical component of the national economy. A manufacturing powerhouse and home to the world's busiest automakers, the Port of Nagoya was almost completely destroyed by Allied bombs during World War II, which may explain why it is not one of Japan's more popular tourist destinations. However, visitors to the Port of Nagoya will be happily surprised at the number of attractions and variety of activities available. For detailed information on the things to see and do in the Port of Nagoya, please visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Nagoya has a varied climate with distinct seasons. Summers are humid and hot, so travelers may want to visit in the spring or autumn. Temperatures in the Port of Nagoya range from an average high of 32 °C (90 °F) in August to an average low of 0.5 °C (33 °F) in January and February. There is an average of six snowy days in January and February in the Port of Nagoya.
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The two most popular places to see in the Port of Nagoya are the Atsuta Shrine and Nagoya Castle, although there are many other attractions. Atsuta Shrine is known in Japan as the second most honored shrine in the country. It is rumored to house the Kusanagi sword, one of Japan's three sacred treasures. Over 4400 national treasures covering the country's two-thousand-year history are contained in the Shrine, and it hosts about 70 festivals each year.
Photo by NNENagoya Castle was first constructed on the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu for his son in the early 17th Century as a defense against attacks from Osaka. Although it burned down during the World War II fires, three original corner towers, three gates, and many paintings survived. The damaged castle was restored and improved a bit in 1959. Famous for the two Golden Orca (although sources also called them dolphins and carp) on its roof, the original building was home to warlord Oda Nobunaga. The Port of Nagoya's castle contains a museum, an observation deck, and gardens surrounding the structure.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
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Visitors to the Port of Nagoya will want to check out the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. The museum rests on the site of one of Toyota's original loom factories, and it tells the story of the corporation from its beginnings. In addition to hundreds of exhibits, the museum has a library, a video library with personal viewing booths, and amenities. Barrier-free access welcomes disabled visitors, and Wi-Fi access is available. The museum presents a fascinating trip through the historic transitions in industry and technology. The Textile Machinery Pavilion, originally a cotton-spinning factory, remains as it was a century ago, and it contains some 90 spinning and weaving machines. The Automobile Pavilion was an automotive factory, and it contains exhibits covering automotive technology, manufacturing technology, and automobile mechanisms and parts. Visitors can watch machinery operations, see experimental devices, and learn about the history and the future of the automobile.
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The Port of Nagoya Aquarium (Japanese) is one of Japan's biggest. It contains some 30 thousand creatures representing 450 species from the world's five oceans. Visitors will enjoy the Ocean Theater with its giant screen, the virtual trip into the deep sea by submersible, or the turtle wandering tank.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Nagoya by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.