Place Nagoya

Nagoya is the largest city in the Chūbu region, the fourth-most populous city and third most populous urban area in Japan, with a population of 2.3 million in 2020. Located on the Pacific coast on central Honshu, it is the capital and the most populous city of Aichi Prefecture, and is one of Japan’s major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, and Chiba. It is the principal city of the Chūkyō metropolitan area, which is the third-most populous metropolitan area in Japan with a population of 10.11 million in 2020.In 1610, the warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu, a retainer of Oda Nobunaga, moved the capital of Owari Province from Kiyosu to Nagoya. This period saw the renovation of Nagoya Castle. The arrival of the 20th century brought a convergence of economic factors that fueled rapid growth in Nagoya, during the Meiji Restoration, and became a major industrial hub for Japan. The traditional manufactures of timepieces, bicycles, and sewing machines were followed by the production of special steels, ceramic, chemicals, oil, and petrochemicals, as the area’s automobile, aviation, and shipbuilding industries flourished. Nagoya was impacted by bombing from US air raids during World War II. In the mid-20th century, Nagoya’s economy diversified, the Tokaido Shinkansen was built in 1964 connecting Tokyo and Osaka converges on Nagoya.
Nagoya is an industrial and transport center of Japan. The city is home to the Nagoya Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of Brother Industries, Ibanez, Lexus, and Toyota Tsusho, among others. Nagoya is home of educational institutes such as Nagoya University, the Nagoya Institute of Technology, and Nagoya City University.

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Atlas Obscura 2017
This Home From a Hayao Miyazaki Movie Welcomes Explorers

Satsuki and Mei's House is considered a compulsory pilgrimage site by the animator's devoted fans.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Nana-chan Mannequin

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Atlas Obscura 2021
Japon Louvre Sculpture Museum

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Atlas Obscura 2018
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Atlas Obscura 2017
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Atlas Obscura 2020
Hotei Buddha

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Atlas Obscura 2020
Mama Kannon Temple

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City Hall
Atlas Obscura 2019
Takayama Shōwa-kan Museum

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Atlas Obscura 2017
Ise Grand Shrine

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Atlas Obscura 2016
Sekigahara War Land

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Atlas Obscura 2017
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Nagoya University Toyoda Memorial Hall
Atlas Obscura 2018
Okishima Cat Island

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City Hall
Divine Word Seminary Chapel
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Ama Hut Hachiman Kamado

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An Anthropological Theme Park in Japan

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