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Nagoya is the largest city in the Chūbu region of Japan. The total area is 326.45 square kilometers (126.04 sq mi). Its metropolitan area extends into Mie and Gifu prefectures, with a total population of about 9 million people, with only Osaka and Tokyo being larger. Located on the Pacific coast on central Honshu, it is the capital of Aichi Prefecture and is one of Japan's major ports along with those of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Yokohama, Chiba, and Kitakyushu. It is also the center of Japan's third largest metropolitan region, known as the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area. As of 2000, Chūkyō Metropolitan Area has 8.74 million people, of which 2.27 million live in the city of Nagoya.
Climate and weather
Nagoya has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. Although precipitation falls throughout the year, summer is noticeably wetter than the winter.
In Nagoya, it is convenient for tourists to travel around by using the sightseeing buses which stop at most of the popular attractions. In addition, subway is another mode of transport for a speedy trip.
Nagoya is known for unique local cuisine Nagoya meshi. Various dishes can go well with red meshi, such as miso katsu which is pork cutlet with sweet miso sauce and miso nikomi udon, hard udon stewed in miso soup. Some other dishes are miso oden, miso taste oden, a type of stew and dote nabe, miso nabemono with meat and vegetables.
Another must-try is Nagoya kōchin as it is a special breed of free-range chicken. This is a breed of chicken that has been cross-bred between a Nagoya chicken and a Cochin. The time until maturity is 2.5 times the normal broiler chicken, and its meat is said to be juicy and tender, without the strong scent common among chicken. In recent year, it has become the signature dish in the region.
Tenmusu is rice ball wrapped in laver with tempura at the centre. This dish originated in Tsu and became popular in Nagoya especially among the blue collars as it is convenient to have and tastes good even when it get cold.
Nagoya Castle has long been a symbol of Nagoya was residence of the 620,000-koku Owari Tokugawa household. It was built by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612 which symbolizes Nagoya's pride and power. Restoration of Hommaru Palace is currently underway, which was registered as Japan's National Treasure but the original building was tragically burnt down during World War II. There are exhibits describing the lifestyle of the local lords in the castle tower. The main gate and the front drawing room is now open to the public.
The Atsuta Shrine is home to the “Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi which is one of the Three Sacred Imperial Treasures. As the 2nd largest shrine after Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture, it attracts 6.5 million people visit there annually. At the Treasure Hall, the Atsuta Jingu Museum houses about 4,000 articles donated by the people ranging widely in class from the Imperial Family, shoguns (generalissimo) and feudal lords to common persons. The articles on display are exchanged every month.
Sakae's old landmark is the Nagoya TV Tower, which was completed in 1954. It is the oldest TV tower in Japan, and was completed in 1954. It is located in the centre of Hisaya Ōdori Park. The tower is 180 meter tall and houses an observation deck 100 meters above ground. The tower also includes a restaurant and gallery at 30 metres. Nagoya TV Tower closely resembles the Eiffel Tower. The Nagoya TV Tower has since been surpassed by Midland Square which has an observation deck at 220 meters.
Opened in 2011, the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is the railway museum of Central Japan Railways. Impressively, a collection of 39 retired train cars are displayed in the museum. Another section of the museum is dedicated to maglev trains and JR Central's plans to construct a maglev high speed link between Tokyo and Osaka.The museum seeks to educate visitors on the advances in high speed rail in Japan and displays a number of actual trains including historic steam locomotives, world record setting experimental shinkansen (bullet train) and the latest magnetic levitating trains.