Welcome to Nagoya, Where Old and New Unite. Nagoya has a population of more than two million and almost in the center of Japan. The city developed as the seat of the 17th-century castle. We hope you enjoy touring Nagoya, where ancient tradition and modern dynamism unite.
Nagoya has the history of famous leading clan of Tokugawa family. The founder of Tokugawa Shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu, built the magnificent Nagoya Castle 400 years ago. Golden dolphins on top of the castle are still seen as the symbol of Nagoya today. A great deal of historical heritage from medieval era is preserved and can be found at museums, shrines and temples in the city. Atsuta Shrine, one of the three most revered shrines in Japan, Osu Kannon, Nagoya’s most famous temple, Shirotori Garden, a traditional Japanese garden, and the Tokugawa Art Museum, which displays an original scroll of the 12th century masterpiece, the Tale of Genji.
The Nagoya area has long had been a distribution center for high quality wood. By utilizing the technologies of craftsmen from the Edo period, today’s industrial wood technologies have developed. After many years, high-level wood processing technology was used to produce aircraft. Early on, components such as propellers and the fuselage of various aircraft and the pontoons of seaplanes were assembled using wood products.
In later years, the Nagoya area went on to produce the Nippon-go, Zero fighters and the YS-11, becoming today the largest manufacturing area for the aerospace industry in Japan.
In 1932, the twin-engine transport plane Nippon-go, the most up-to-date aircraft of its time, flew around the world. Flying a total of 52,860 km in 56 days, including through some difficult parts spotlighted Japan’s high-level aircraft technology to the world.
In the coming years, the global aircraft industry is expecting 4% annual growth in the number of civil aircraft and in the next 20 years, market size is expected to grow to about 26,000 aircraft (worth approx. 300 trillion yen). In Japan, aircraft makers have been producing main components and parts for aircraft makers such as Boeing and Airbus by collaborating with their subcontract companies.
The Nagoya area is the largest aerospace production area in Japan, accounting for about 50% of the nation’s aircraft production. In the 1960s, production of the YS-11, the only commercial aircraft built in Japan, was carried out. Today, commercialization of the MRJ, the first Japanese commercial jet, has begun, and its development is ongoing. Production of main components for the B787, the next-generation jet from Boeing, is also under way. In the outer space area, as well, production of parts and assembly of the H-IIB launch vehicle, developed and produced by JAXA/MHI, were carried out in this area, with successful launches accomplished in September 2009 and January 2011.(JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Three key companies in the Chubu region Mitsubishi(MHI), kawasaki(KHI), and Fuji(FHI) Heavy Industries have been receiving orders for main components from Boeing, such as the main wings and fuselage. Japan’s share ratio has steadily increased from 15% of the B767, 21% of the B777, and up to 35% of the B787.
Along with its ancient history, Nagoya is also famous for industrial tourism. It is a major industrial center. It’s high-technology manufacturing foundation is best seen by visiting some of its many industrial facilities. Among the most famous of these is Toyota Motor Corporation’s factory in a suburb. The city also home to several of Japan’s high-technology industries such as aerospace, machine tools, fine ceramics and industrial robots. Therefore Nagoya abounds in industrial museums such as Toyota Techno Museum and Noritake Garden.
Nagoya’s central location makes it an ideal base to explore the many cultural and historic riches of Japan. Around the city, there are also attractive tourist sights such as Meiji Mura, a life-size recreation of a Japanese city from one hundred years ago, Takayama, the beautifully preserved ancient town in mountain area, Shirakawa-go, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Iseshima with the history of Mikimoto pearl culturing in bay area, and of course, Kyoto, the most beautiful of Japan’s ancient capitals. Those areas could be ideal excursion destinations.
In addition to all of the tourist sights, Nagoya proudly represents its gourmet Japanese cuisine based with its native ingredient Hatcho miso; high-quality soy bean paste. This unique and healthy flavor is only tasted in Nagoya area. Miso Katsu pork, and Misonikomi noodle are especially popular.
Nagoya is the perfect base for a visit to Japan. Its central location means that almost all of the major population centers and important tourist sights are within a few hours travel time on Japan’s famous bullet trains, by air, or by bus. The Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) is about 30 minutes from central Nagoya. Centrair has regular flights to about 30 foreign cities and 20 cities in Japan. It also has many more international connections through Japan’s Narita International Airport on to Asia, the Americas, Oceania, Europe and Africa.
Although Nagoya’ population exceeds two million, the main areas are fairly compact and conveniently linked by an extensive and reliable subway system. There will be no need to rent a car. Furthermore, bus tours and train tours will allow visitors to experience the wonderful culture in and around the city. Many of these tours are available with English speaking guides. Visitors who desire to see more can buy a Japan Rail Pass that permits almost unlimited travel on the country’s extensive railway system. This pass is very inexpensive for non-residents of Japan.
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