Nagoya city gets a bad rap as just a fly by (or glide by on the Shinkansen) between Tokyo and Kyoto or Osaka, but the truth is Nagoya is quite an interesting city if you take time to explore it. For the most part, tourists are most familiar with Nagoya Castle, an expansive castle of great stature. But there’s good news/bad news for the venerable castle, which was rebuilt post WW2 out of concrete after being flattened by bombs. The current main structure is deemed unsafe and can no longer be entered (though the castle grounds and other structures are still accessible, including the brand new Hommaru Palace), so that’s the bad news. The good news is that the structure is being rebuilt from wood, using the craftsmanship and techniques of the original building from the 1600’s. The structure is scheduled to be completed by 2022 but don’t be deterred from visiting Nagoya before then to enjoy the rest of what the city has to offer.

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