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The Cultural Path in Nagoya is a captivating journey through time. This well-preserved district is a must-visit for a glimpse into Nagoya’s rich history, from Samurai clan dwellings to pioneering industrialists. Explore the stories that shaped this city in one remarkable stroll.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of this remarkable part of the city as we guide you through three historic houses that once belonged to visionary industrialists in this 2-hour tour.
10:00 – 12:00 (2 hours)
The “Cultural Path” is the area between Nagoya Castle and Tokugawa Garden. It encompasses the sites of Samurai dwellings, numerous temples, and shrines. The area is now a designated Townscape Preservation Area, where industrialists and notable figures once lived. Here, a blend of Japanese and Western-style houses stand, creating a distinctive urban landscape with a rich history spanning over 400 years, and many of these buildings are designated Tangible Cultural Properties.
Enjoy a stroll around the area and a visit to the three buildings owned by the people who started the industrial foundation of modern Japan: electric power, ceramics, and cars.
This was the mansion where Kawakami Sadayakko (considered the first actress in Japan) and Fukuzawa Momosuke (who built seven hydroelectric power plants and was called the King of Electric Power) spent their time together.
See how a leading porcelain exporter lived, as the production of painted ceramics for export flourished in this area. The place even includes a stunning traditional tea house in the garden.
Enjoy a special drink in the room with gorgeous stained-glass windows, located on the first floor of the Western-style building in Shumoku Museum. The café overlooks the garden and the Japanese-style house.
Visit this historic residence once belonged to the younger brother of Toyoda Sakichi, the visionary founder of the renowned TOYOTA brand. It stands as a precious testament to architectural craftsmanship, with numerous intriguing features gracing its interior rooms.
After saying your goodbyes, your guide will give you directions to get back to your hotel or any other place you want to visit next.
Hi! I am a member of the Non-profit Corporation Cultural Path Guide Organization “E-Guide” and I have been guiding here for over 10 years. I joined the guiding group because I was fascinated by the depth and interest of the history, culture, industry, people, and architecture of this area as it transitioned from the samurai era to the present. I lived in the U.S.A. and Singapore for over 20 years as an overseas representative and also visited many countries for business.
It is my pleasure to share this wonderful cultural path with you.