Nagoya Castle, Aichi prefecture

From Fushimi station, we reached the Kamimaezu station via Tsurumai line and changed to Meijo Subway Line to reach the Shiyakusho Station. Walking towards the Nagoya castle, we could see the Nagoya City hall. It was built in 1933 and it miraculously survived the wartime bombing of the city. The building is a mix of Japanese and western styles and includes the imperial symbol at the top of its roof. The tower has 12 floors with the administrative offices of Nagoya city.

We reached the castle’s east gate in three minutes. There is a beautiful garden on one side of the path towards the castle. Some drama was played on the side of the wide path. We also watched it for some time, but I couldn’t understand what they are saying. Two of them were dressed like warriors and from their action, I got the idea that one of them is teaching the other man how to use the sword.

Nagoya Castle was constructed in 1612. The castle has seven floors with a green-painted roof. There is an observation deck on the top floor. Two sets of stairs are there – one or climbing up and other for getting down. All the floors are exhibited with various historical remainings of the Nagoya Castle.Walking through all the floors, we can learn the entire history of the castle.

The first floor has a golden fish, a replica of the Ogonsui Well etc. There were so many paintings exhibited there. Pictures of Tigers, wild cats, pheasants, peacocks, cherry blossom etc. are some of them. They were painted in the Japanese style sliding walls. A castle town replica is displayed along with the architectural details. There are some small replicas of various types of Japanese houses too. The structure of the rooms inside the castle and the life of Lord and his people are exhibited here. Armors, helmets, swords etc. are displayed on another floor.

The next floor has a seat on a full-scale replica of the Golden fish, Visitors could take photographs sitting on it. There is a display of three men pulling big rocks during the castle construction. We can also try pulling a rope tied to a stone.

At last, is the Donjon observation deck which gives a nice view of the Nagoya Castle grounds as well as a good portion of the Nagoya city including huge buildings. Some souvenir shops are also located here. Before going back, we spent some time in the famous Ninomaru Garden of Nagoya Castle which is situated near the east gate. It is a traditional Japanese garden. The Ninomaru Garden was also constructed in 1615 along with the Ninomaru Palace.

Official website(EN): http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp