Nagoya, Inuyama Castle, Meiji-mura.
Nagoya is Japan’s third biggest urban area after Tokyo and Osaka and is an industrial powerhouse with the city of Toyota (named after the car company) on the outskirts. While “industrial powerhouse” doesn’t scream sex appeal, Nagoya is a vibrant city with its own unique cultural quirks and cuisine.
Nagoya is closer to the Kansai area than to Kanto. The super-fast Nozomi shinkansen takes about one hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo and about 50 minutes from Shin-Osaka. You can book shinkansen tickets in advance online. There are also hotel and train packages available, like these 2-day, 3-day, or 4- day round-trip deals from Tokyo to Nagoya.
Read our comprehensive guide on traveling from Tokyo to Nagoya.
The oddly named Chūbu Centrair International Airport is located on an artificial island in Ise Bay 35km to the south of Nagoya. The airport handles both domestic and international flights. Major international airlines that fly in and out of Centrair include JAL, ANA, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.