Nagoya: Exploring with Insiders *RERUN
The city of Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the hub of Japan's third largest metropolitan region. Located midway between Tokyo and Osaka, it is not just a major economic center, it also boasts a rich history and a vibrant contemporary culture. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, we explore Nagoya through the eyes of two long-time residents: Elisabeth "Elly" Llopis from Spain and Lena Yamaguchi from Germany. Elly and Lena are very enthusiastic about their adopted hometown, and they introduce some of the people, areas and foods that make Nagoya so special for them.

Osu

This busy shopping district boasts around 1,200 restaurants, stores and other businesses. Besides being one of Nagoya's most popular areas, it also has a Buddhist temple of historical note, Osu Kannon.

Arimatsu

This traditional neighborhood retains its historic townscape dating back to the 17th century, and has been designated as a preservation district. It also has a long history as a center for dyeing fabrics.

Kakuozan

The Kakuozan Nittaiji temple was founded to enshrine a relic of the Buddha that was presented by the King of Thailand. It is also a center for arts and crafts.

Access

To reach Nagoya from Tokyo, it takes about an hour and 40 minutes by Shinkansen bullet train. There are also frequent highway bus services, which are more affordable than the train.