Chubu Centrair International Airport, located 35 km south of Nagoya, lies on an artificial island in Aichi Prefecture. The airport is the main international gateway to the Chubu or central region of Japan, and the country’s third international gateway following Narita International Airport and Kansai International Airport. Centrair, as it is also commonly called, also handles more domestic flights than Narita and Kansai.
Chubu Centrair International Airport currently handles frequent flights to many destinations around the world, connecting the Chubu region to major cities in Asia, the Middle East, North America and Europe.
The airport is conveniently located 30 minutes away from the Nagoya city centre. It is served by a variety of transport options to downtown Nagoya and other destinations in Central Japan-- from rail service, public and express buses to hotel shuttles. The Meitetsu Airport Line connects Centrair Airport and Meitetsu-Nagoya Station with high-speed trains operating at 30-minute intervals. There are also express ferry services which link Centrair Airport to the west side of Ise Bay. Metered taxis and rental cars are also readily available at the terminal. Travel time from the airport to the city centre takes 30-45 minutes.
The heart of Central Japan, Nagoya is an old city with a lot of history. It gets its name from an old manor called Nagono which was built in the area in the 12th century. The city’s interesting history is more than the usual culture fare as Nagoya boasts of a strong industrial heritage, being at the forefront of Japan’s manufacturing and industrial sector. Modern-day Nagoya is a major economic hub with a bustling scene and home to many of Japan’s industry giants.
Getting around Nagoya is fairly convenient. Largely known for its automotive industry, Nagoya has a very extensive street network. Rail services are not quite as extensive in Nagoya as in other major cities, but taxis and buses are cheap and plenty. The rail service can get you to some of the cities popular attractions though. Visitors can avail of the Donichi-Eco-Kippu one-day subway ticket which offers unlimited subway travel and discounted entry at several points of interest in Nagoya, including Nagoya Castle and the Toyota Museum.
There is a wide range of things to do and see in Nagoya. The city offers a good blend of historical attractions, natural scenery and shopping opportunities. As the economic hub of Central Japan, its city center features impressive skyscrapers and vibrant commercial districts in Japan with numerous malls and department stores, including the oldest department store in Japan, Matsuzakaya. Here are some of the points of interest that should be on any visitor’s itinerary--
Built during the Edo shogunate period in 1612, the Nagoya Castle boasts the largest area of any castle in Japan. The castle was also the first to be declared a national treasure. The most prominent feature of the castle is the golden shachihoko that adorn the towers of the castle. This mythical creature, with a tiger head and a fish body, is the one of the symbols of the city.
The Atsuta Shrine is a popular attraction and one of Japan’s most important centers of Shinto worship. Nestled in a serene garden right in the southern part of the city, this ancient shrine is admired by millions of visitors for its Koshinpo traditional artefacts, historical treasures, quiet ambience and lush greenery.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
One of the highlights of the city is this must-see museum which marks the birthplace of an industrial giant, Toyota. The museum includes the original factory building and exhibits historical items that range from weaving looms to automobiles as well as interactive displays on technology of the Toyota Group. Guided tours are available.
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
More commonly known as Nagoyako Aquarium, this favorite attraction features marine life from local habitats in Japan to the Atlantic and Antarctica all wonderfully displayed in different zones. Don’t miss the amazing exhibit in the North Building which showcases the evolution of killer whales, belugas and dolphins.
Nagoya has a humid sub-tropical climate, where temperatures can range from extremely warm summer months and very cold winters. For more pleasant temperatures and the lesser chances of rain, the spring months and autumn are the best timesto enjoy the city’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Plan your trip to Nagoya and Central Japan now! Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Chubu Centrair International Airport on Skyscanner Singapore.
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