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The Fourth Largest City in Japan

Jan 15, 2008
Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan and is one of Japan's major ports. Nagoya is the centre of the Greater Nagoya which earns 70 percent of a trade surplus of Japan.

Sunshine Sakae is located at central sakae area. It has a Ferris wheel, many restaurants, ramen shops and clothes shops. Particularly, on the 2nd floor, there are many ramen shops. The floor is called Nagoya ekimen rococo.

The Italian Village near Nagoya port is quite interesting, it has a canal with real gondola and gondoliers, a statue of David and buildings that are pretty good copies of old style Italian buildings. This place is made to suck in the local Japanese tourists. The multitude of stores inside, although quite nice, are overpriced. There is even a small market inside selling foodstuffs imported.

Nagoya Castle was built in the beginning of the Edo Period for one of the three Tokugawa family branches, the Owari. Nagoya Castle, known for the pair of golden dolphins on its roof, was built approximately four hundred years ago. The castle was almost completely destroyed in the air raids of 1945. The current Ferro-concrete reconstruction dates from 1959. The inside of the castle is now a modern museum displaying the castle's history

Nagoya has been a pottery and porcelain production centre for centuries. Today, the city and its vicinity manufacture 90% of Japan's total export chinaware. The largest chinaware company in Japan is Noritake, founded in 1904 and known the world over for its fine tableware. Unlike most modern-day factories, almost all the work done at Noritake is still done by hand.

Museum Meiji Mura a most important attraction it is a 100-hectare open-air architectural museum, it features more than 65 buildings and structures dating from the Meiji Period 1868 to 1912, all beautifully situated on landscaped grounds on the shores of a lake. On the grounds are Western homes that once belonged to foreigners living in Nagasaki and Kobe, official government buildings and schools, two Christian churches,a bathhouse, a Kabuki a post office theatre, a brewery, bridges, Japanese-style homes, a martial-arts hall, and even a prison. Unfortunately, earth quakes, war, fire, and developer greed have destroyed most of Japan's Meiji-Era buildings, making this a priceless collection.

The greatest Sumo wrestlers in Japan, meet for Nagoya Basho, the biggest and most important of the year's six Grand Tournaments, held at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a writer for The Nagoya Rental Site
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