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“Stunning and yet tearful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle
1-1 Honmaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0031, Aichi Prefecture
+81 52-231-1700
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Ranked #10 of 121 Attractions in Nagoya
4.0 of 5 stars 896 Reviews
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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“Stunning and yet tearful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Nagoya Castle is actually a large complex of buildings and gardens that were mostly destroyed by bombing during WWII. While, as an American, I view the Japanese as perhaps reaping consequences for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the damage inflicted on their far longer history remains. The current Nagoya Castle was rebuilt in the 1950's and is filled with fantastic artifacts from the 1600's forward. The architecture is spectacular and the palace re-build is currently underway - stop by, ask for a hard hard, and you'll be guided to a viewing area where wonderfully talented craftsmen labor with love to rebuild a lost national treasure. A combination ticket may be purchased which will allow you to take a bus after touring the grounds to Tokugawa gardens which - also damaged heavily by bombing - are a spectacular sight, especially in the fall.

Visited December 2012
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“A wonderful treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Lots of work going to to rebuild and restore, but a nice couple of hours and a very entertaining visit. A must.

Visited November 2012
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“unbelievable place to visit in Nagoya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

five floors with history dating back to 1600 with display of living and conference rooms, kitchen utensils, and room decor. It was a fascinating visit to this place.

Visited November 2012
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Gunsan, South Korea
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“Popular Castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Nagoya Castle will look even better in a year or so with the rebuild of the surrounding buildings now underway. While they are being built though, you can still tour the immense castle and beautiful grounds. The gardens can be spectacular at certain times of year.

Visited October 2012
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Collierville, Tennessee
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“A 1960's Reproduction”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Originally built in 1610 but completely destroyed by B-29 bombings in May 1945. It was rebuilt in 1960. The outside is interesting to see, however the inside is not what you would expect. There is nothing old or castle looking about the inside. You are inside a 1960’s museum. There is a panoramic view of the city from the top floor. I would not suggest going out of your way to see the castle but if you are in Nagoya, stop by and see at least the outside. It is located right in the city. 360 view from top floor. Cost 500 yen to see the inside.

Visited October 2012
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