Home proud Nagoya, birthplace of Toyota and pachinko (pinball-style game), is a manufacturing powerhouse. Although Nagoya’s GDP tops that of many small countries, this middle child has grown accustomed to life in the shadow of its bigger brothers, Tokyo and Kansai. In contrast to its industrial core, Nagoya has cosmopolitan aspects including some fantastic museums, significant temples and excellent shopping. Parks and green spaces in the inner wards prevail and are well maintained. Nagoyans take pride in the unpretentious nature of their friendly, accessible city.
Nagoya sits between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen line. It’s the gateway for journeys north into Chūbu’s big mountain heart and a great base for day trips.