26 Facts About Nagoya


Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu region, the fourth-most populous city and third most populous urban area in Japan, with a population of 2.

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Nagoya was impacted by bombing from US air raids during World War II.

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Nagoya has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cool winters.

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Nagoya Castle was constructed as the seat of the Owari branch of the ruling Tokugawa clan.

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Company was established in 1920 in Nagoya and became one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in Japan.

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Nagoya was the target of US air raids during World War II.

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The Nagoya area produced machine tools, bearings, railway equipment, metal alloys, tanks, motor vehicles and processed foods during World War II.

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Nagoya is the center of Greater Nagoya, which earned nearly 70 percent of Japan's 2003 trade surplus.

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Brother Industries, which is known for office electronics such as multifunction printers is based in Nagoya, as is Hoshizaki Electric, which is known for commercial ice machines and refrigeration equipment.

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Traditional department stores with roots in Nagoya are Matsuzakaya, Maruei and the Meitetsu Department Store.

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Nagoya University was set up in 1871 as a medical school and has produced six Nobel Prize laureates in science.

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Various universities from outside Nagoya have set up satellite campuses, such as Tokyo University of Social Welfare.

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Nagoya is served by Chubu Centrair International Airport, built on an artificial island in Tokoname.

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Nagoya Airfield is used for general aviation and as an airbase and is the main Fuji Dream Airlines hub.

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Nagoya Port is the largest port by international trade value in Japan.

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Nagoya is known for its orderly grid street plan for which the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu is ultimately responsible.

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Nagoya is a starting point for visits to the surrounding area, such as Inuyama, Little World Museum of Man, Meiji Mura, Tokoname, Himakajima, Tahara, Toyohashi and Toyokawa and Hamamatsu.

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Nagoya was a major trading city and political seat of the Owari lords, the most important house of the Tokugawa clan.

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Nagoya has multiple museums, including traditional and modern art, handicrafts to industrial high-tech, natural and scientific museums.

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The Nagoya Noh Theater at Nagoya Castle continues that tradition and is a prominent feature in the cultural life of the city, with monthly performances.

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Nagoya dialect is spoken in the western half of Aichi Prefecture, centering on Nagoya.

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The Nagoya dialect is relatively close to standard Japanese and to the Kansai dialect, differing in pronunciation and vocabulary.

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The city, especially Nagoya Castle, has been featured in two other Godzilla movies: Mothra vs Godzilla and Godzilla vs Mothra.

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Nagoya is the setting for the manga and anime series Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki, which highlights many of the sites and traditions of the city.

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In 2010, Nagoya Grampus won the J League championship, their first in team history.

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Nagoya is the home of the Nagoya Barbarians semi-pro rugby football club.

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