Nagoya, Japan: Located between Tokyo and Osaka, the city of Nagoya is filled with a wealth of attractions including historical castles, delicious food, scenic rail journeys, exciting theme parks and a thriving local bar scene.
Local eats: Nagoya's local food symbolizes the city's historical location both as a port and as part of the Tokaido road linking the capitals Kyoto and Edo (the former name for Tokyo). Dishes include hitsumabushi -- grilled eel coated in a sweet red miso sauce and served over rice.
Nagoya Castle: Nagoya Castle was rebuilt in the 1950s and now part of a museum complex that also includes the Nishinomaru Okura Museum, which opened in 2021.
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Tokugawa Garden: A few kilometers east of Nagoya Castle is the beautiful Tokugawa Garden, restored in 2004.
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Meiji-mura: An open-air architectural museum on the shores of Lake Iruka in the town of Inuyama on the outskirts of Nagoya, Meiji-mura is home to the Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Legoland: Located to the south of the city center, Legoland features roller coasters and dozens of other attractions, including Lego brick reproductions of many Japanese landmarks.
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SCMaglev and Railway Park: This is the ultimate destination for train lovers. Nagoya's SCMaglev and Railway Park features everything from trial maglev trains all the way back to historical steam trains.
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Toyota Automobile Museum: Car buffs will want to head straight for the Toyota Automobile Museum. About 45 minutes east of Nagoya Station, it features some 140 historical vehicles.
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Ghibli Park: About 30 kilometers from downtown Nagoya, the new Studio Ghibli opened in 2022.