Nagoya is the capital of the Aichi prefecture and located in the middle of Japan or called the Chubu area. Tourists do not as commonly visit Nagoya compared to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. However, Nagoya too has its charms and will surely surprise its visitors.
The Chubu Centrair International Airport is located 35km south of Nagoya on an artificial island in Ise Bay, Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture. The Chubu Centrair Airport services the third metropolitan area in Japan, with Nagoya as its centre. There are 4 common ways of getting to and from the airport. The most common and efficient way is by train. Travelers can use the "μSky Limited Express" which transfers to the Meitetsu Nagoya Station in 28 minutes. Apart from taxis and cars, there are also limousine buses to the city centre. Finally, travellers can take the Ferry to Tsu and Matsusaka.
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The best time to travel from Manila to Nagoya is undoubtedly from late March to mid-April. This is when the cherry blossom flowers are set to be in full bloom and the weather is still lovely for a picnic under the cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossom season is a peak travelling season but should not be missed. Other peak seasons, for example, Golden week (early May), Obon (mid-August), Silver week (end of September) and the New Year period should be avoided as these are times when the locals tend to do their vacationing. Compared to the tropical climate in Manila, Nagoya experiences four seasons. Manila has a dry season from December to May and a wet season from June to November. In Nagoya, spring is from March to May. Summer is June to August, autumn is September to November and winter is December to February. Traveling to Nagoya at any time of the year would be a breeze as each season offers visitors different wonders to see.
1. Nagoya Castle – Built during the Edo period, Nagoya Castle has been a symbol of Nagoya for over 400 years. Nagoya Castle. Most of the castle buildings were destroyed during the war in 1945. The current reconstructed castle keeps dates from 1959. The castle grounds and gardens are a popular spot for hanami during the cherry blossom season.
2. Atsuta Jingu Shrine – With over 1900 years of history, Atsuta Jingu Shrine is the oldest landmark in Nagoya. Located in a wooded park south of Nagoya station, Atsuta Jingu Shrine was modeled after Ise Jingu (Japan’s most important shrine) in the Japanese Shinmei-zukuri architectural style.
3. Osu Kannon and Osu Shopping District – Dating back to 1333, Osu Kannon is said to hold one of the biggest Kannon statues (the goddess of mercy) in Japan. However, Osu Kannon is also famous for holding flea markets on its grounds on every 18th and 28th of the month. Located between 2 subway stations, the area is packed with around 1200 shops and restaurants.