Ask the average Japanese on the street, and they may wonder why you've chosen to visit Nagoya, but you, intrepid traveler, are in the know -- and possibly even ahead of the curve! Nagoya has lots to see, a culture vastly different from both the Tokyo/Yokohama and Kyoto/Osaka areas, and all the urban excitement you'd expect from Japan's third-largest metropolis. On this tour, you'll get out of the central Nagoya rut and see a tribute to Nagoya artistic industrial splendor in the form of Noritake no Mori, a showcase of ceramic techniques, facilities, and output of Noritake, a company that's enjoyed international fame across the centuries. From there, it's non-stop: Splendid gardens, a historic shrine, and dive into the wealth, power, and privilege of the samurai of yore.
With Nagoya Castle under construction, and other central Nagoya sights needing little explanation, this is the tour for those who really want to get to know Nagoya well!
What is included in the tour
- Well versed, friendly guide.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup (unless pickup option is purchased)
- Transportation to/from attractions
Your private tour starts with a visit to the rightly famous Atsuta Jingu (Shrine), overflowing with grand edifices, grander trees, and yet still grander history and religious significance. You'll learn about Shintoism and the role of religion in Japan in general, both today and yesterday. Afterwards, we hop on over to Shiratori Garden, a truly magical natural oasis, indisputably a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It's an unforgettably gorgeous Japanese garden.
Next, you'll head on over to the Tokugawa Museum, a hallowed ground that proffers artifacts and spaces that drive home memories like few other spots in greater Nagoya. Here, in addition to the many famous swords, regalia, furnishings and more from this renown samurai's era, you'll find calm and inspiration in the beautiful gardens just outside the museum halls.
After all the samurai talk, it's time to shift gears and head to "Noritake no Mori," where, interspersed across the lovely landscaped grounds, you'll get to see gorgeous ceramics up close. You'll also see how these masterpieces dating back to 1904 have been made. Noritake is a world famous institution in the world of ceramics, and this facility has something for artist and industry buffs as well. Next, continuing along your discovery of all things famous in Nagoya,
With a knowledgeable guide at your side, you'll learn about Nagoya's history, indulge in a right-sized amount of great art and artifacts, and restore the spirit across two different gardens. No buses, no loudspeakers, no being herded about. This small-group tour brings you the best, and is sure to leave you with lasting memories, as well as stories to tell any Nagoya naysayers you may meet!
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
Departure point (for no pickups): Jingu Nishi Subway Station fare gates (underground).
Return details: Tour ends at Noritake no Mori, from where transit guidance can be provided.