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Monday, November 9th, 2009

Nagoya (名古屋市) is the third largest incorporated city after Yokohama and Osaka in Japan. The city is situated on the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region on central Honshū. It’s also one of Japan’s main ports along with those from Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Yokohama. As of latest measurement the city has a population of 2,3 million people.

Unlike other big Japanese cities the skyline of Nagoya isn’t that filled up yet with big sky scrapers and office buildings, all though the current plans are that in 2012 it’ll look like any other massive Japanese city like Tokyo or Yokohama. That the city doesn’t have a skyline yet doesn’t bother at all, Nagoya has interesting and historical sightseeing available for tourists and locals. One of the main sights include the in 1612 constructed Nagoya Castle, which is famous for the golden dolphins on the rooftop. Nagoya is active building in downtown adding culture and technology together to create a harmonious environment to its locals and visitors.

In the center of the city, downtown Nagoya it’s full of people, bustling and busy yet its enjoyable with good markets and malls for shopping. Look for the Osu and Sakae area’s as they are both great for shopping, you can find many big shopping malls here that provide quality stores, restaurants and facilities as well several history museums. For some relaxation the nearby Hisaya Odori Park which consists of series of parks is often the “secret hideout” where many go to sit, eat and find peace.

Visitors to Nagoya need a valid passport and visa. European and American citizens will receive a 90 days visa upon arrival. Generally seen the city is safe for tourists, regular travel rules apply so have a close look after your belongings. The best period to visit Nagoya is in the summer months from June till August.