When planning a trip to Japan, most tourists would include popular cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Nagoya is often overlooked by tourists but if you have more time, I recommend to visit Nagoya. There are several undiscovered gems in this city. If you are coming from Osaka, you can take a day trip to Nagoya. You can also take several day trips from Nagoya if you are going to explore this city for a few days.
Day trip From Nagoya:
- Shirakawa Village and Takayama Day Trip
- Inuyama Castle Town
- Shinhotaka Ropeway
- Kanezawa Day Trip
- Iga Ninja Village Day Trip
Nagoya is the capital of Aichi Prefecture, located in the Chubu Region. It is also the fourth-most populous city in Japan, next to Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka. You can also include a Nagoya day trip from Osaka to your itinerary. Just take the shinkansen or bullet train from Shin-Osaka Station to Nagoya.
A round trip ticket would cost 6000 yen. The estimated travel time is around 45 -60 minutes. If you want to save money, then I recommend buying the unreserved seat. We took the earliest train to Nagoya and went back to Osaka really late so finding seats is easier since there are only a few passengers. The peak time is during the day time at around 10 am – 6 pm.
We rode the shinkansen at around 6:30 A.M and arrived at Nagoya station at around 8:00 A.M. We bought some onigiri and snacks at the convenience store so that we can have breakfast on the way.
The first place we visited is the Yamazaki river. This place is really beautiful during the spring season where you can see cherry blossoms. Yamazaki River is actually one of Japan’s 100 best cherry blossom spots. Here, you’ll see around 500 cherry blossom trees along the 2.5 kilometer stretch of Yamazaki River. Since we went there really early at around 9 A.M, we did not see any tourists. We only saw locals going for their morning run. The atmosphere of this place is really peaceful.
The cherry blossoms were not yet in full bloom but it already looks beautiful and magical. I can already imagine what it would look like when it is already in full bloom.
Yamazaki River is also very accessible. It’s just a 20 minutes train ride from Nagoya Station on the Sakuradori subway line.
After strolling along Yamazaki River, we went to our next stop which is Nagoya Castle. You cannot leave Nagoya without visiting Nagoya Castle. It is also one of the largest castles in Japan. You can also rent a kimono and wear it while exploring the castle.
I love the atmosphere of the park around Nagoya Castle. There are street foods and entertainment. During the spring season, you can also enjoy having snacks under the cherry blossom trees. The park around Nagoya castle is also one of the best cherry blossom spots in Nagoya.
We had our lunch after. We ate Hitsumabushi, which is a local eel dish in Nagoya. I recommend eating this when visiting Nagoya.
Just a walking distance from Nagoya Station is the Meitetsu Bus Center, we need to take a 30 minutes bus ride to Nabana no Sato which is a garden theme park in Mie Prefecture, there you can see the biggest winter illumination in Japan.
One of my favorite places in Japan is definitely this garden theme park. It has always been on top of my bucket list to visit this illumination. This place will always be special to me.
I wrote a separate post about our experience in Nabana no Sato, click here to read more:
There are still many beautiful places to visit in Nagoya but since we spent most of our afternoon till evening in Nabana no Sato, our time in Nagoya was limited. If you prioritize visiting more places in Nagoya than Nabana no Sato then here are some suggestions:
- Check out Port of Nagoya
- Visit the Observation Deck at Nagoya TV Tower
- Experience aMaid cafe
- Take a Day Trip to Shirakawago
- JR SCMAGLEV Railway Museum
I hope this was helpful to you if you plan to visit Nagoya as a day trip from Osaka in the future.
Check out what else we did in Japan
- One day in Kyoto: How to Maximize Your Day Trip
- Exploring Arashiyama in Kyoto
- Hidden Gem in Kobe: Nunobiki Herb Garden
- Mt Fuji Shibazakura Festival
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