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Martin's Fascinating Journey

As an avid traveler with a passion for history and culture, Japan has always been a dream destination for me. This spring, I finally made my way to this captivating land, and one of the highlights I eagerly anticipated was visiting Nagoya Castle.

Arriving at Nagoya Castle

Early in the morning, I set off from my hotel in Nagoya, taking a short bus ride to the castle grounds. As soon as I arrived, I was immediately struck by the grandeur of Nagoya Castle, with its imposing stone walls and the distinctive golden shachihoko (dolphin-like mythical creatures) adorning the roof. Known for its historical significance and architectural beauty, Nagoya Castle is a symbol of the city's rich heritage.

Exploring the Castle

Inside the castle grounds, my first stop was the main keep, a stunning structure reconstructed to its former glory after being destroyed during World War II. As I approached the entrance, I was greeted by our guide, Mr. Hiroshi. Fluent in English and brimming with knowledge about Nagoya Castle’s history, Hiroshi provided us with detailed maps and pointed out key sites and important information.

Echoes of History

Nagoya Castle was originally built in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, as a strategic defense point and residence for his ninth son, Yoshinao. The castle played a crucial role during the Edo period as a political and military headquarters. Hiroshi led us through the castle, explaining how it was designed to showcase the power and prestige of the Tokugawa family. He highlighted various features, such as the impressive stone walls and the intricately decorated interiors of the Honmaru Palace, which have been beautifully restored.

Thoughtful Service

Throughout the tour, Hiroshi was incredibly attentive. He provided foldable chairs for us to rest when we got tired and handed out bottles of refreshing mineral water on this warm day. Noticing my keen interest in the castle’s architectural details, Hiroshi took me to a special exhibit showcasing the original blueprints and models used during the castle's reconstruction. He patiently explained the significance of each element, making the history come alive with his vivid storytelling.

Discovering Local Culture

After exploring the main keep, I followed Hiroshi's recommendation and visited the nearby Ninomaru Garden, a beautiful Japanese garden within the castle grounds. The garden, with its tranquil ponds, cherry blossom trees, and meticulously maintained landscapes, provided a perfect contrast to the imposing castle. Hiroshi had arranged for us to participate in a traditional tea ceremony held in a charming tea house within the garden. The tea master explained each step with great care, and the experience was both relaxing and culturally enriching. Hiroshi's thoughtful arrangement added a special touch to our visit.


As the afternoon sun began to set, casting a golden glow on the castle’s white walls, I reluctantly left Nagoya Castle. This visit not only allowed me to witness Japan’s history firsthand but also to experience the unique charm of Nagoya. From the magnificent architecture of Nagoya Castle to its historical stories, and the attentive service of Mr. Hiroshi, everything deepened my appreciation of Japanese culture.

Back at my hotel, I eagerly wrote down the day’s experiences in my travel journal. Nagoya Castle, with its majestic beauty and storied past, will always hold a special place in my memories. I look forward to the day I can return to this land and uncover more of its mysteries.


As an American tourist, my visit to Nagoya Castle not only satisfied my thirst for history but also allowed me to deeply experience the unique charm of Japanese culture. Whether you are a history enthusiast or a casual visitor, Nagoya Castle is a must-see destination that will provide you with an unforgettable journey. The thoughtful service of our guide, Mr. Hiroshi, made this trip truly perfect.

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