One of the largest castles in Japan, the Nagoya Castle was constructed in the early Edo period by Tokugawa Ieyasu - the founder and the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan - to defend the city against attacks from Osaka. The castle is particularly famous for its golden two dragon-headed fish carving known as Shachihoko, found at the top of the tower structure. Measuring up to 2.5 metres in height and weighing over 1.2 tonnes, the majestic carving was once thought to have the power to ward off fire and it is currently considered by many to symbolize the Nagoya city. Other highlights are the castle's three-storey turrets and the three gates. A museum is also located within the premises of the museum, showcasing the castle's rich history with a number of exhibits.
Tickets cost around ¥500 per person
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families, Senior Guests, Young Adults
The Shachihoko carvings and the history museum
Designated prayer room facilities at the Nagoya Castle will be unavailable, but it is possible to enquire the locals for a private area to make use of during prayer times.
Halal food at the Nagoya Castle will be unavailable but visitors could choose to go to one of the several Halal restaurants located in the near vicinity of Nagoya.