TwiTrip – Nagoya

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Aichi, Travel Volunteer Journey | 2 Comments
TwiTrip – Nagoya

So for those who missed it, here’s a quick round-up of what we did today on our TwiTrip around Nagoya. All day we darted around the city, checking out suggestions tweeted to us by our Twitter followers.

10am – Made our way over to Nagoya Castle, as suggested by @InsideJapan. It was a brilliantly sunny day here in Nagoya, so the old girl was looking particularly elegant. Unfortunately, no amount of sunshine could make the massive amount of construction taking place on the other buildings look any better. Still, it was busy – but not overcrowded – with visitors old and young, which was encouraging.

11.30am – Plans changed after a bit of map reading, and some fruitless walking around. Finally stomped up to the Noritake Gardens (recommended by @JapanIntercult) where they’ve been making high-grade pottery for over 100 years. Today much of the industry around Nagoya is focused on cars, but this is where some of the biggest early business started. We only had a little time, so didn’t get a chance to make our own bowls (which is an option). Instead we just enjoyed the gardens and the sunshine, which were absolutely lovely.

12:30pm – We jumped into a cab with a very confused and confusing taxi driver, who had the unintentionally hilarious name of Ichinose. To our surprise, he didn’t sneeze once. We were supposed to be heading a Manga cafe, as had been recommended by @mekkan, but by then we were hungry.

1:00pm – Luckily for us, around now a tweet arrived from @Tokyofoodcast, advising us to find the wildly popular Yabaton for something to eat. After queuing for a while, we finally got a seat and an English menu. We didn’t really need it though – several followers had already advised us to try miso katsu, which conveniently was the speciality dish here. It’s really just breaded pork, deep-fried and coated with a rich, dark miso, but whatever the formula, it’s a total winner here. Thankfully the nutritional information was not included. Thanks @Tokyofoodcast!

2.00pm – We decided to try and track down the Manga cafe that @mekkan had recommended, but were distracted by the huge shopping district of Osu Kannon. The selection of clothes and souvenirs was immense and – for once – the prices were very reasonable too. Almost an hour disappeared here, and by the time we did arrive at the Manga cafe, it seemed rather expensive, especially as we didn’t have time for their introductory manga-drawing course. Not our finest hour as TwiTrippers, we know.

3:15pm – The guilt had subsided so we treated ourselves to a couple of apple-filled taiyaki. They were incredible.

4:00pm – We arrived at Nagoya’s Science museum and planetarium, which had been recommended by @suzu08182007, among others. Alas, the planetarium was fully booked – the advice is to get here early to avoid disappointment. Still, the half that was open was filled with four floors of information and gadgets for kids to play with to improve their understanding of, well, everything.

5:30pm – We turned for home as we had to transfer hotels and, after eight hours, were starting to feel a little drained. Just before that, though, we followed @ciaoalfamickey‘s recommendation to pick up another local speciality: tebasaki. The chicken wings smothered in a strong, sesame and pepper sauce made a perfect snack to end a hectic day.

So that’s it! Thanks to everything who took the time to send us suggestions. Apologies that we couldn’t use them all – maybe next time.


Our time in Aichi prefecture was made possible by:

Mikari Furuhashi, our guide, aka @mekkan, who took us around Toyota yesterday and plied us with loads of good suggestions for our TwiTrip today. It was a genuine pleasure to spend time with her, and to wave to her in the morning (by odd coincidence, her house was facing our hotel, despite being a few miles away).

The Associa Marriot Hotel in Nagoya, a towering luxurious beast that looks over the entire city. Everything was as you would expect for a five-star hotel, except the breakfast which should be at least six. The extremely boisterous egg chef made sure we were good and awake to sample the “best omelettes in Nagoya”. We were. They were. Great stuff.

The good people at Guardian Travel for letting us steal their TwiTrip idea.















  1. Karin
    October 26, 2011

    wouldn’t the Ferris Wheel be a nice place for the evening? Sunset from high up.

  2. Ryoko Okamoto
    October 26, 2011

    Oh,I’m sorry that planetarium I recommended by twitter was fully booked! But you had a great day in Nagoya.Local food in Nagoya is a little bit strong and unique as compared with food in other areas in Japan,but you seem to like these food : )