Nagoya was a major trading city and political seat of the Owari lords, the most important house of the Tokugawa clan. They encouraged trade and the arts under their patronage, especially Tokugawa Muneharu, the 7th lord, who took a keen interest in drama and plays and lived lavishly. Under his rule, actors and actresses began to visit Nagoya. Arts and culture was further supported by the city's wealthy merchants. Culture flourished after the feudal Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji era. During World War II many old buildings and artefacts were destroyed. The region's economic and financial power in the post-war years rekindled the artistic and cultural scene.
Nagoya's two most famous sightseeing spots are Atsuta Shrine and Nagoya Castle.
- Atsuta Shrine is the second-most venerable shrine in Japan, after Ise Grand Shrine. It is said to hold the Kusanagi sword, one of the three imperial regalia of Japan, but it is not on public display. It holds around 70 festivals per year. The shrine hosts over 4,400 national treasures that span its 2,000 year history.
- Nagoya Castle was built in 1612. Although a large part of it burned down during World War II, the castle was restored in 1959, adding amenities such as elevators. The castle is famous for two magnificent Golden tiger-headed carp (金の鯱, Kin no Shachihoko) on the roof, often used as the symbol of Nagoya.
- Sakae Town
- Meieki Town
- Kanayama Town
- Ozone Town
- Imaike Town
- Hoshigaoka Town
- Yabacho Town
- Atsuta Shrine
- Nagoya Castle
- Honmaru Palace (Nagoya Castle)
- Ōsu Kannon
- Arako Kannon
- Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
- SCMaglev and Railway Park
- The Nagoya TV Tower and Oasis 21
- Hisaya Ōdori Park
（Nagoya Central Park）
- Ōsu shopping district
- Port of Nagoya
- Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
- Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
- Togokusan Fruits Park
- Shōnai Greens
- Tsuruma Park
- Tokugawa Art Museum
- Shirotori Park
- Nagoya Port Wildflower Garden BlueBonnet
- Nakamura Park
- Cultural Path Futaba Museum (The residences of Sada Yacco)
- Cultural Path Sasuke Toyoda House
- Noritake Garden
- Nagoya City Science Museum
- Danpusan Kofun
- Maker's Pier
- Legoland Japan
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