Nagoya (名古屋) is the center of Japan (Heart of Japan) and the capital of Aichi Prefecture. Being Japan’s 3rd largest metropolitan city, it is well known for headquarter of “Toyota Motors” and Japan greatest Samurai warriors. It is also famous for its Traditional industries like ceramics and textiles as well as high tech industries like Brother Industries, World’s largest planetarium at Science Museum and more.
How to get in : Public Transport
Nagoya is very easily to accessible from almost all parts of Japan. It has both a domestic and an international airport as well as port.
Shinkansen (Bullet Train):
- From Kyoto, around 40 min
- From Tokyo, around 1.45 hours
- From Kumamoto, around 5 hours (no direct bullet train, need to change from Shin-Osaka)
The cheapest way to travel from Kumamoto to Nagoya is to go for a night bus, Shiranui-go. This express night bus runs every day from Kumamoto City to Nagoya. You can ride the bus from Kumamoto Sta./Kumamoto Kotsu Center. The one-way trip between Kumamoto to Nagoya, takes around 12 hours. The fare is 8000 Yen～12500 Yen (depending on days)
The Shiranui-go Bus departs from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Kotsu Center. Here is a list of Bus-stop & Time-table.
20:00 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Sta.
20:20 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Kotsu Center
There is a rest time @ Yamaguchi. You can refresh there.
Talking about fares, it varies everyday. The fare is based on calendar. Shiranui-go Fare-table
There are many famous spots such as Nagoya Castle, world most famous Toyota Motors and Toyota Techno Museum and 50-60 floors high towers in downtown of the Nagoya. The mix of history and latest tech of Nagoya is gaining popularity as a tourist spot not only in Japan but also in Overseas. So, you must visit here whenever you get a chance.
This is a symbol of Nagoya which was built during Tokugawa period. Nagoya Castle is the most elegant and attractive castle and that’s the reason it makes its place in the top 5 best Castles in Japan. More details Click..
Nagoya City Science Museum:
The world largest dome planetarium with 35 meters of diameter was inaugurated in 2011. Don’t miss the four large-scale exhibitions featuring an aurora film shown in a -30°C and a 9-meter tall man-made tornado which is the main attraction of this Museum. More details about it, Click..
Nagoya TV Tower & Oasis 21:
Nagoya TV Tower is the first radio tower built in Japan. This 180 meter high tower and has a Sky balcony after reaching 100 meters of it’s height. More details about light up events, timing Click..
Oasis21 is an incredible construction with the theme of “Space ship Aqua”. There is an amazing view of Nagoya TV Tower and surroundings from the top floor specially in the evening. So don’t miss it. Also there are various shops and restaurants on the ground level, and a connection to bus terminal on the second level.
Others Sightseeing Spots:
There are some other places that you should visit like; Railway Museum, Toyota Techno Museum, High Towers near Nagoya Sta.
Me-guru Bus (メーグルバス):
This is a Nagoya City Sightseeing bus. This is the best, easy and affordable way to do Nagoya City Sightseeing. 1-day Pass for Adults 500 Yen and for children it’s 250 Yen
It runs from Nagoya Station every half an hour. Me-guru Bus (Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus) is the best way to experience Culture, History, High Towers, Science Museums and more…
Nagoya is known for Tebasaki , Akamiso, Nagoya Cochin Chicken. Tebasaki (手羽先) is deep-fried chicken wingtips. The spicy flavor is just Yummy! You can try it with beer or Japanese Sake or wine.
If you are in Kumamoto/Nagoya and want to visit Nagoya/Kumamoto then flight and express bus are the options. Express bus is the cheapest way to go for sightseeing. Take a night bus which arrive in morning, and do a full-day sightseeing, then comeback on the same day by Shiranui-go bus. You can also stay overnight if you wish to.
If you are going for the same day tour for Nagoya/Kumamoto, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do? It is worth to take Me-guru Bus “メーグルバス”(Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus) best way to experience Culture, History, High Towers, Science Museums and more…
Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Nagoya and vice-versa and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!