5 Things you didn’t know you wanted to know about Nagoya, Japan.

  1. Nagoya is located 227 miles west of Tokyo and is Japan’s 4th largest city with a population of just over 2 million.
  2. Nagoya was founded almost 400 years ago at the request of Tokugawa Ieyasu who knew that the location would prove useful when trying to monitor the subjugation of cities.
  3. Nagoya is the home of the Atsuta Jingu Shrine. This shrine is revered as one of the three most important shrines in Japan because it “contains one of the Emperor’s three sacred treasures”. Said treasure is the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, or ‘grass mowing sword’. The other two treasure are the Sacred Mirror (which is stored in the Ise Grand Shrines) and the ‘Jewels’ (which reside in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo).
  4. The Nagoya Castle in Nagoya was built for the 9th son of Tokugawa Ieyasu and was completed in 1612. Fun Fact? Tokugawa forced all of the lords in Japan to contribute finances to the castles construction to the point of lord’s own bankruptcy. Tokugawa did this on purpose because he knew that it would make it harder for the now destitute lords to rebel in the future.
  5. Nagoya was nearly decimated during WWII.

Reiber, Beth. Spencer, Janie. Frommer’s Japan. Hoboken: Wiley Publishing. 2006. 8th ed.

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