A local leader built Nagoya Castle and moved neighbouring villagers to a ‘new town’ built around it. Nagoya prospered and was the crucible where the united Japan was first mooted and where eventually reunification took place.
Today the city is known for its largest industrial corporation, Toyota, which began making looms before diversifying into being the world’s largest car maker. The Toyota Museum is an interesting visit showing the development of the company and its products as well as many photographs of the factory’s work over the decades.
Nagoya has dozens of temples and shrines and visiting some of them is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities. Arako Kannon is one of the oldest and best being nearly five hundred years old. The 17th century Koshoji Temple is also a good one to visit, especially if you are there around the time of the annual ‘1,000 Lanterns Festival’ when the temple is bathed in the lantern’s light giving it an even more magical atmosphere.