The Nagoya Station and Sakae are the landmarks of this metropolis that prospered as a key trade route junction are the high-rise station building and castle. The world famous Edo-period Nagoya Castle is the pride of Nagoya. Shachihoko, golden orcas adorning the castle roof signify prosperity.
Nagoya has prospered as a key junction for traffic between Edo (Tokyo) and Osaka for the past 400 years. The Nagoya station building, the JR Central Tower, is the city’s modern landmark. Standing 245 meters high, it is the tallest station building in Japan. Various facilities are incorporated, including a department store, restaurants, and hotels. During the Christmas season, many people come to view the beautiful lights. Around the station, there has been a great deal of redevelopment, such as Midland Square, the Nagoya Lucent Tower, and other department stores, hotels, and office buildings stand side-by-side, all connected by a huge underground shopping arcade.
A 5-minute subway ride from the station brings you to Sakae, the city’s major downtown area. In the center of town filled with department stores is OASIS21, an environmentally friendly three-dimensional park, where many exciting events are held.