Situated in the Chubu region in the middle of Japan, Nagoya has long been a junction between eastern and western Japan. Today, it is a dynamic and growing metropolitan area possessing an increasingly cosmopolitan outlook.
With a population of just over 2 million set in the city’s 326 square kilometers. Nagoya possesses an easy pace of life and broad avenues. It is distinctive from other major metropolitan areas in Japan, and is one of the country’s most livable and affluent areas. Its central location offers convenient access to destinations around Japan, and its modern and efficient transportation network is easy to navigate.
While the city is regarded today as a center of business and industry, in fact there are several spots in and around Nagoya that offer a unique opportunity to experience all that Japan has to offer. Close to both the mountains and the sea, there are a wealth of scenic attractions for outdoor enthusiasts. Historically important, virtually every period of Japan’s colorful history over the last 2000 years is reflected, in the form of relics, ruins and sites, within or around the city. The long tradition of artisanal excellence has resulted in a number of distinctive craft centers. It has also spawned the manufacturing tradition that has made the region famous today. Culturally, a variety of festivals and food evince the passing of the seasons, traditional culture and historical events.
There is a wide selection of excellent local cuisine to sample, but Nagoya also offers visitors a number of restaurants and bars that cater to the tastes of a variety of nationalities. Whether it is Southeast Asian, American, Chinese, French, or Italian food you are after, Nagoya has an incredible selection of dining and night life entertainment from which to choose.
In this guide you will find information that represents the best that Nagoya has to offer. Our recommendations come from foreign residents who have lived and worked in the city for a number of years. We hope this information helps to make your time in Nagoya an enjoyable, entertaining and enriching experience.