Nagoya is the perfect example of the best of both worlds, with modern aspects making it easy to live and history providing food for the soul. Many nomads flock to colive in Nagoya because it's not overcrowded, and there is plenty to experience.
Nagoya lays perfectly on the Pacific coast on central Honshu but is often overlooked by tourists. However, the city is booming with history, culture, and internet speeds that will pretty much impress anyone.
After World War II, Nagoya worked hard to develop into a significant port and, to be frank, the biggest transport hub in Japan. Home to Toyota, Lexus, and alike if you are into cars and want to see what goes into the manufacturing process, then this is the place for you. The Toyota Exhibition hall even has a 2-hour tour where you can learn all about the history and see how the cars are made. They have some exciting engineering and robotics exhibits too.
Atsuta-Jing shrine initially built over 1900 years ago, but like many places in Japan, it was destroyed and rebuilt in 1966. Home to a forest of cypress trees closely protecting a famous grass cutting sword. Legend has it that the sword was a gift to the Royal family from the Shinto Sun Goddess herself. The Shinto shrine is now one of the most protected in Japan.
The stunning Nagoya Castle dates to the 17th century. It stands high above the tree line, looking out to the picturesque Ninomaru-en garden that is well known for its tree houses. Set on top of the castle is the famous Shachi-hoko sculptures depicting the head of a tiger and the body of a fish.
Nagoya is also home to the largest planetarium in the world. Nagoya City Science Museum is no boring place to see. Tornado and freezing laboratories for kids and adults make it one of the best.
If you like thrift shop hunting, then Kamehyo puts all secondhand stores to shames. With seven floors to explore, you can find anything from clothes to electronics. In July and August, the city hosts the World Cosplay Summit, turning the part of Nagoya into somewhat of a wonderland.
July also brings around the Nagoya Sumo Tournament, which is 15 days long and welcomes the best sumo wrestlers in Japan. Nothing goes with a Sumo Tournament like food and Nagoya is very serious about its food, offering local and international favorites.
The bus and subway make it incredibly easy to get around and both are very safe. Crime is generally low, and although not everyone speaks English, most of the locals are friendly. A tip - pick up a Japanese handbook filled with simple phrases.
With good weather, lots to see, and Internet cafés scattered around, Nagoya is worth adding to your list of future coliving destinations.
Here are some fun facts about Nagoya:
- Nagoya is home to the oldest TV tower in Japan
- If you're into aviation, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter was made in Nagoya
- Robot tech is on the up and up and has tons of interactive exhibits
- Nagoya Port is the largest in Japan if you measure with international trade value