12 Days of Japan Travels: Visit Nagoya Castle and Overnight Bus Ride from Nagoya to Tokyo Day 9!

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On day 9 of our 12 days of Japan Travels, we finally got the chance to visit Nagoya Castle, ate more delicacies and took an overnight bus ride from Nagoya back to Tokyo. This morning, we started the day with our favourite melon pan (128 yen) and coffee (90 yen) together with the baumkuchen we bought from Takayama. Thereafter, we took bus 14 near Montblanc Hotel Nagoya to Nagoya Castle…

Bus 14 from Montblanc Hotel to Nagoya Castle (210 yen)
Bus 14 from Montblanc Hotel to Nagoya Castle (210 yen)
Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle

The tickets for Nagoya Castle costs only 500 yen per person. We thought that the entrance fee to Nagoya Castle is actually quite cheap given that it includes performances such as samurai, assassin and ninja acts. This is in addition to the palace gardens, Honmaru Palace and the Castle Tower. All for just 500 yen!

Entrance Ticket to Nagoya Castle costs 500 yen
Entrance Ticket to Nagoya Castle costs 500 yen
Performance timings at Nagoya Castle
Performance timings at Nagoya Castle
Samurai, Ninja and Assassin Performances at Nagoya Castle
Samurai, Ninja and Assassin Performances at Nagoya Castle

Once we entered the premise, there was a bonsai exhibition on display…

Nagoya Castle Bonsai Display
Nagoya Castle Bonsai Display
Bonsai Competition at Nagoya Castle
Bonsai Competition at Nagoya Castle

Bonsai are actually miniature trees that are stunted in their growth. From the beauty of these bonsai, it can be seen that alot of effort has been placed into the pruning and beautification process. There was also a rock on which the statue General Kato Kiyomasa stood upon. It was said that it was upon that rock General Kato gaves his instructions on how the castle ought to be built. “Upon this rock” reminds us of Peter in Matthew 16:18 🙂

General Kato Kiyomasa on the Legendary Rock at Nagoya Castle
General Kato Kiyomasa on the Legendary Rock at Nagoya Castle

We then headed to Ninomaru square where performances are held. Unfortunately, it started to rain and we were unable to capture nice photos of the performance. Nonetheless, it was funny and entertaining. Do check out the performances while you’re here!

Rainy day performance at Nagoya Castle
Rainy day performance at Nagoya Castle
Samurai performance at Nagoya Castle
Samurai performance at Nagoya Castle

Besides the Samurai performance, we also heard some singing performances which…were really sub-par performances. One of the lady singers actually zhao sia (Singlish for sang out of tune) and strained to reach a high note. That prompted the now famous quote from Kate, “If they’re so good, they won’t be singing at Nagoya Castle right?“. Before arriving at the Castle Tower, we passed through the Honmaru Palace and saw some really beautiful decorations within…

Entrance to Honmaru Palace Nagoya Castle
Entrance to Honmaru Palace Nagoya Castle
Intricate Tiger paintings on walls within Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle
Intricate Tiger paintings on walls within Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle
2bearbear in Honmaru Palace
2bearbear in Honmaru Palace
Hanging Bonsai in Honmaru Palace Nagoya Castle
Hanging Bonsai in Honmaru Palace Nagoya Castle
Miniature fruit bearing tree in Nagoya Castle Honmaru Palace
Miniature fruit bearing tree in Nagoya Castle Honmaru Palace

The other highlight of Nagoya Castle is the Castle Tower.

Nagoya Castle Tower
Nagoya Castle Tower

On the way up, there were many exhibits about the history of Nagoya Castle as well as how the reconstruction efforts after world war 2 took place. The Nagoya Castle that we see today is actually a reconstruction that was completed in the 1959.

Photo of original Nagoya Castle before destruction during WW2
Photo of original Nagoya Castle before destruction during WW2

We enjoyed an interactive exhibit that measured the strength of pulling a stone using a rope. This is to give visitors a feeling of how tough it was to move each and every stone to Nagoya Castle for its construction. After climbing up to the observation deck at level 7, we got to enjoy these amazing views of the surrounding area.

Views from top of Nagoya Castle
Views from top of Nagoya Castle
Another view from Nagoya Castle Tower
Another view from Nagoya Castle Tower

We also took an opportunity to try out a local “grilled” mochi…

Grilled Japanese Mochi
Grilled Japanese Mochi

After our visit to Nagoya Castle, we took a train ride from City Hall station to Sakae station for 200 yen. We headed to Sakae station to eat Okonomiyaki/Monjayaki at Rikyu!

Rikyu Okonomiyaki / Monjayaki
Rikyu Okonomiyaki / Monjayaki
Menu at Rikyu Okonomiyaki Nagoya
Menu at Rikyu Okonomiyaki Nagoya

The set meal at Rikyu Okonomiyaki/Monjayaki costs 960 yen which includes the mains of okonomiyaki/monjayaki/yakisoba, miso soup and ebi sushi. For an additional 300 yen, you’ll get a drink, salad and dessert as well. We wanted to order the DIY okonomiyaki but did not realise that we had to order “monjayaki”. Instead, the ready-made okonomiyaki and yakisoba were delivered to our table. Do not repeat out mistake. Also, we observed several tables ordering just the monjayaki for 2 to share, something that you can consider if you’re not too peckish that day.

Nagoya Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba
Nagoya Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba
Desserts at Rikyu Nagoya
Desserts at Rikyu Nagoya

After the meal, we were SO FULL! We headed to our (by-now) favourite shopping mall Don Quijote and found Kit Kat to be cheaper than what we bought from Takayama. They also have lots of flavours such as hojicha, apple, rum & raisin, sake and red bean! Next, we visited Daiso at Nagoya Sakae Skyle Level 7 where Kate bought LOADS of My Melody products at 100 yen each! If you’re interested in having all-you-drink alcoholic buffets in Nagoya (also known as nomihodai), you can check out the roof top bar, Beer Garden Miami at the top of Nagoya Mitsukoshi. For 3500 yen, finger foods are included as well. We didn’t try it this time due to the heavy lunch that we had. Instead, we shared a ramen and gyoza (1170 yen) plus additional noodles (kadaema) at Ichibanken (一番轩), located at B1 of Isetan Haus near Nagoya Station…

Menu of Ichibanken B1 Isetan Haus Nagoya
Menu of Ichibanken B1 Isetan Haus Nagoya
Ramen Ichibanken B1 Isetan Haus Nagoya
Ramen Ichibanken B1 Isetan Haus Nagoya
Gyoza Ichibanken B1 Isetan Haus Nagoya
Gyoza Ichibanken B1 Isetan Haus Nagoya

As we were slated to depart for Tokyo this evening, we headed back to Nagoya Ekimae Montblanc Hotel to rest for 2 hours before heading over to the fountain at Nagoya JR station at 10pm. Once there, we did not understand the instructions given by the conductors and waited patiently. We also observed that there was another departure at 10:15pm before our departure at 10:30pm. At 10:17pm (2 minutes after the previous departure at 10:15pm), people started leaving the waiting point and we followed them along. After a 5 minutes walk in the light drizzle, we arrived at a bus stop where 4 buses were waiting. Turns out that there were several companies departing at the same time for the same destination. Make sure you join the correct line as the staff shouts out the names of the various bus lines (ours was Willer Express). We were also able to drop off 3 pieces of luggage eventhough instructions were only for 1 piece per passenger. At the end of this “ordeal”, the buses departed punctually at 10:30pm.

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We arrived at Tokyo at 6:30am the next morning. Stay tuned for our next post as we discover more delicacies and attractions in Tokyo Japan!

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