What to Expect
Nagoya Castle has been a symbol of Nagoya over 400 years. It consists of the tower, palace and garden. The original building were burnt down in 1945 but they were reconstructed as it used to be. The gorgeous inside of the palace is overwhelming to visitors.
Atsuta Shrine is one of oldest shrines in Japan. It is located at the south of Nagoya, covered with thick forests. There are three camphor trees estimated over 1000 years old. Next to Ise Shrine, it is rated as the second important shrine. The legendary sword is enshrined inside.
The history of the temple dates back to the 12th century.
But it was moved to its current site in the 17th century.
The Kannon, a wooden statue, is said to be carved by Kobo Daish, Japan's the most important Buddha priest. It also contains very important classic texts. After visiting the temple, you may enjoy shopping in the neighboring shopping district. There are 1200 shops there.
Magome Post Town
Tsumago Post Town
About 400 years ago, there was "Nakasendo" national route covering 500 km between Tokyo and Kyoto.
People traveled along the route on foot for 12 - 16 days. There were 69 post towns. Most of them were lost but even today there are a few that retain the original scene. Magome and Tsumago are one of these. Here you can see the original Japan, different from those of Kyoto and Nara.