Sandwiched between Tokyo to the east and Osaka to the west, Nagoya is Japan’s fourth-biggest city. It may not be the first that comes to mind when you’re thinking of a holiday in Japan, but there are a lot of gems worth checking out here that depart from the well-trodden tourist trail.
Due to its history of being an automotive manufacturing hub, the city is sometimes referred to as the “Detroit of Japan”. Besides traditional sights such as the city’s preeminent landmark, Nagoya Castle, Nagoya is home to the crowd-pleasing themed attractions, as well as interesting technological museums.
If you’ve already done your rounds of shrines and castles, here are other must-visit attractions in Nagoya to add to your list.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology & Toyota Automobile Museum
We are all familiar with this global car brand, but not many people know Toyota started life as a textile manufacturing company in 1911. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya showcases several of these early textile machines (most in working order) along with exhibits of cars from over the decades. You can see a live demonstration of robots on a modern assembly line and even witness a Toyota robot playing the violin! Interestingly, the city of Toyota next to Nagoya was named after the company and not the other way around. The city decided to change its name from Koromo to Toyota in 1959.