English teacher, 38 (British)
Nagoya has everything a big city needs in terms of culture, food and shopping on a manageable scale. Some say the city is too conservative but I have always found people to be friendly and down-to-earth. Also, I like that it isn’t too international, so I need to use Japanese. Although industrial, it doesn’t take long to get out to some beautiful countryside. Nagoya is “the business.”
Student, 18 (Japanese)
Sakae is the coolest area for young people. It has so many wonderful shops, full of trendy clothes, music and DVDs. There are lots of good-value eating places, particularly at lunch. It’s a great place to meet friends, and even if you don’t have much cash you can go window shopping and never get bored. At night it’s buzzing and there are clubs and bars to suit every pocket.
Research institute executive, 60 (Japanese)
When you visit Nagoya, go out of your hotel in the morning and drop in at a cafe on the street -any cafe you like — and order a cup of coffee. Then you can enjoy the world’s most gorgeous breakfast special, which is called “morning service.” You are served bread, egg, salad and fruit with a cup of coffee for no extra fee! This is a service you can find only around Nagoya.
Secretary, 33 (Japanese)
Nagoya is not too big, not too small, has good public transport and is a comfortable city to live in. The only reason I can think of why anyone would make a special journey here would be to visit the planetarium at the Nagoya City Science Museum. I believe it is one of the biggest in the world. Also, a lot of tourists seem to enjoy Nagoya Castle, which has two golden whales on its roof.
English teacher, 45 (American)
The Osu district is packed with great restaurants, cafes, live music venues, cool little hangouts and fantastic shops to score great deals on vintage clothing. There are geeky electronic goods and audio equipment, historical sites and some pristine used and antique furniture. I’m a New Yorker and Osu really reminds me of Greenwich Village back in the ’80s and early ’90s.
Marketing manager, 38 (Japanese)
Nagoya food is delicious and distinctive. Special to the city are dishes like tebasaki (fried spicy chicken wing) and miso nikomi udon (very chewy noodles with red miso). Most eel dishes around Japan serve just a couple of slices of eel. But the Nagoya version, unagi hitsumabushi, gives you lots of finely chopped cuts of eel on the rice, and there are three versions. They are all delicious.
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