NIC Walking Guides

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With a population of 2.2 million, Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, is the core city of Japan’s fourth-largest metropolitan area.

As commerce and industry prospered, and culture flourished in the Edo Period, Nagoya grew into a thriving metropolis. Nagoya has continued to grow since Ieyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate Government, built Nagoya Castle in 1612. A culture and tradition of manufacturing blossomed during the Meiji Period and is still evolving today.

These guides have been prepared by Nagoya International Center Volunteers for foreign residents of Nagoya and visitors to the City who are interested in viewing local tourist attractions.

Contained in each guide is a model walking route applicable to the specified area or spot. You will find a variety of cultural and historical attractions situated around the walking course. We hope that you find these guides useful.

The guides are available in a printer-friendly PDF format.


Kakuōzan Area Walking Guide: Shiroyama Hachimangū Shrine to Yōkisō Villa

Explore the temples and historical buildings of the Kakuōzan area of Chikusa Ward with this walking guide


Castle Town Nagoya Walking Guide

Using an 1870 map as a guide follow our model walking route to discover the history of the what was the castle town area of Nagoya City and get a picture of how the city was structured before the industrial area and post-war renewal.


Hakone Walking Guide

Explore the Tokaido in picturesque Hakone National Park. Hakone is approximately 400 km east of Nagoya and is a very popular sight-seeing spot, situated at the bottom of Mt. Fuji.


Inuyama Walking Guide

The original Inuyama Castle as well as many traditional-style houses have been preserved on the streets of this city, making it a beautiful place surrounded by abundant water, greenery and tradition.


Miya to Atsuta Walking Guide

Explore the historical area around Nagoya’s ancient Atsuta Shrine, and take in Shiratori Gardens, the harbour that was once part of the Edo-era Tokaido Highway, and Takakura-musubi-miko Shrine.


Pottery Walking Guides

Since ancient times, a number of well-known potteries have been located in the Seto and Tokoname areas.


Nagoya Cultural Path Walking Guide

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


Higashiyama 10,000 Step Walking Course

The 6km “Higashiyama 10,000 Step Hiking Course” (東山一万歩コース), which runs around the Higashiyama Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, is a must-try experience for your health and peace of mind. This well-maintained course stretches through a specially preserved forest area in the eastern suburbs of Nagoya.


Horikawa River Walking Guide

A 9km walk along Nagoya Castle’s “man-made moat” – the Horikawa River – starting at Meitetsu Sato station and ending at JR Nagoya Station.


Chikusa Area Walking Guide

A 7km walking route starting from Imaike Subway Station around Chikusa Park and the Suidomichi Green Road areas of Nagoya. Discover the history of the temples and shrines of area.


Yagoto Area Walking Guide

The Yagoto area is a bustling and active area located to the east of central Nagoya with several university campuses, large shopping centers, hotels, and many buildings with fashion boutiques. In the olden days however, the area flourished as the temple town of Koyasan Bekkaku Honzan Koshoji, whose remnants can still be observed today.


Nagoya Castle Walking Guide

Nagoya Castle was a national treasure until most parts of it were destroyed in 1945 during WW2. However, many cultural assets have survived including the north-west and south-east turrets, the Omote-ni-no-mon Gate, many stone walls, the Nino-maru Garden, and Fusuma (sliding door) paintings. Why not explore the castle grounds with our handy guide?


Nakasendo Walking Guide

The Nakasendo was a highway that ran from Kyoto over an inland route through what is now Shiga, Gifu, and Nagano Prefectures before descending on Tokyo’s predecessor, Edo.


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