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About Nagoya

ith over two million inhabitants, Nagoya (名古屋) is Japan’s fourth most populated city after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka. It is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and the principal city of the Nobi plain, one of Honshu’s three large plains and metropolitan and industrial centers.
Nagoya developed as the castle town of the Owari, one of the three branches of the ruling Tokugawa family during the Edo Period. Much of the city, including most of its historic buildings, were destroyed in the air raids of 1945. The Toyota Motor Corporation maintains its headquarters just outside of Nagoya.
The city is a major urban center between Tokyo and Kyoto and a gateway for accessing Kanazawa, Takayama and other destinations in the Hokuriku region. It is a destination that combines the industrial and traditional elements of Japan, with much to see and do—delve into the city’s industrial history with a visit to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology or explore Nagoya Castle and the surrounding park, and taste some Nagoya specialties.


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