Eye on Nagoya: A City's Identity through Architecture
Nagoya is in Aichi Prefecture in central Japan. While it is sometimes compared unfavorably to Tokyo, Kyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture, there is more to the city than meets the eye. It's a fascinating place steeped in history. From the ancient Atsuta Jingu, a shrine with deep ties to the Imperial Family, to contemporary buildings we explore renowned architecture old and new to reflect on the culture of Nagoya.

Nagoya TV Tower

The Nagoya TV Tower was built together with 100-meter-wide roads in a redevelopment initiative after World War II. The country's first integrated radio tower is now designated as a tangible cultural asset. Last year, it opened a hotel and cafe. (As of May 1, 2021 it will be renamed MIRAI TOWER.)

Atsuta Jingu

The shrine, founded in 113, is well known as the place that enshrines the sword Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, one of the three sacred treasures that symbolize the Imperial throne. It was built in the simple Shinmei-zukuri style, characterized by a raised floor, plank walls and gabled roof.

Museum Meiji-mura

When Japan officially opened in the Meiji era (1868-1912), various cultures flowed into the country. Significant buildings from that period have been carefully preserved, including 11 designated important cultural assets.

Access

It takes about an hour and 40 minutes by Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya.