Nagoya’s Cultural Path

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 Take a Walk through Nagoya’s Cultural Heritage

The district between Nagoya Castle and Tokugawa-en is an area rich in preserved historical buildings and is known locally as the Bunka no Michi – “the cultural path”. In the Edo Period (1603-1867), the area was where middle and lower-class samurai lived.

From the Meiji through early Showa Periods (1868-1930), the area was home to entrepreneurs, missionaries, journalists, and artists.

The area is accessible by the Nagoya Kanko Route Bus and there are numerous cultural landmarks worth visiting.


1. The Futaba Museum 二葉館
This is the former home of Japan’s first actress, Sadayakko Kawakami, and Momosuke Fukuzawa, a power station pioneer and tycoon. The house, built in 1920, was originally located in Higashi-Futaba-cho, but was relocated to its current location in 2000 and restoration was completed in 2005. The residence is now a designated cultural property.

The house, nicknamed the “Futaba Palace”, had a revolutionary design and the interior was stocked with electrical fittings that were groundbreaking at the time. Such was the influence of the occupants, that the house was regularly visited by political, financial, and cultural giants.

Volunteer guided tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays (11:00 and 13:30); the tour lasts 30 minutes and is conducted in Japanese, but a detailed English pamphlet is available.

Open: 10:00 – 17:00  Closed: Mondays (or the next day if a national holiday)
Admission: Adults 200 Yen, under 15s free.

Tel: 052-936-3836   Website:


2. Former Sasuke Toyoda Residence

This was the home of Sasuke Toyoda, the younger brother of Sakichi Toyoda – founder of the Toyota Corporation. This is the only Toyoda residence remaining. A rarity for its time, the house, built in 1923, is a Western-style wooden design, and features lights on the first floor shaped like lotus buds, as well as hanging decorations and air vents that incorporate the word “Toyota” into a crane motif.

Admission: Free
Open: Tuesdays to Thursdays, & Saturdays; 10:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:30
Guides: Volunteer guides are available between 10:00 and 15:00 on Tuesdays & Thursdays (no set tour times, tours in Japanese).


3. Chikaramachi Catholic Church

This church, Aichi’s oldest, was established in 1888 by Father Augustin Tulpin, a French Catholic missionary from Paris.

The present chapel was built in 1904; the priest building was added in 1930, and the entrance & outer chamber were extended in 1959.

Sunday Mass starts at 09:00 and is conducted in Japanese.


Nagoya Kanko Route Bus 名古屋観光ルートバス
The Nagoya Kanko Route Bus is a luxury, air-conditioned city bus service that stops at, and only at Nagoya’s main tourist spots. It departs from and ends at Nagoya Station Bus Terminal 2F; bus stop #0

Course: Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology → Noritake Garden → Nagoya Castle → (Hosa Library , Tokugawa Art Museum & Tokugawa-en) → Futaba Museum → Nagoya City Archives → Nagoya TV Tower → Sakae → Fushimi
Schedule: Every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays, every hour on weekdays. No service on Mondays or during New Year. From Nagoya Station the service runs between 09:30 & 15:30 and comes at :00 & :30 past the hour on weekends; 30 only on weekdays. From the Futaba Museum the service runs between 10:13 & 16:13 and comes at :13 & :43 past the hour on weekends; :13 only on weekdays
Fare: One time: 200 Yen for adults, 100 Yen for children. 1Day Ticket is 500 Yen for adults, 250 Yen for children. Yurika Cards and Regular one-day combined passes (850 Yen) and Do-nichi Eco Kippu (600 Yen) are also accepted.

Originally printed in the September 2007 edition of the Nagoya Calendar. All information correct as of 2007/09/01

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