Nagoya is home to many attractions, including the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens and many parks. With Legoland set to open next year and the Linear Central Shinkansen planned for operation in fiscal 2027, Nagoya is expected to grow further as a hub for both tourists and businesspeople.
Covering a vast area of approximately 60 hectares, the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is holding various events and exhibitions to commemorate its 80th anniversary. Some highlights include areas offering a close look at such rare animals as the Sumatran Tiger and snow leopards, as well as chances for visitors to explore and learn about the ecology and lives of various plants and animals. There will also be panel displays outlining the history of this well-kept facility that has been undergoing renovations over the past decade.
Living inside this verdant zoo are about 500 different animals, including such popular creatures ranging from koala bears to giraffes, and from large animals such as elephants down to small fish such as the killifish.
Inside the botanical gardens are about 7,000 different plants, the most well known of which is the cherry tree corridor, which boasts 1,000 cherry trees of 100 different breeds. Also worth noting is the elegant classical greenhouse that was designated as an important cultural asset in 2006. The gardens are carefully landscaped to show the plants in a natural forest environment, allowing visitors to enjoy a stroll along the Path of Manyou-shu (Anthology of 10,000 leaves), the Passage of Medicinal Herbs and so on.
Open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (gates close at 4:50 p.m.), the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is closed on Mondays (closed the following day if Monday is a national holiday). Admission is ¥500 for adults, and free of charge for children through junior high school.
After beginning construction in 2015, Legoland Japan will open in spring next year on Kinjo Pier in the city of Nagoya. Being the second Legoland in Asia, this facility is being built and will be operated by Merlin Entertainments, a global amusement company that boasts the world’s second-highest attendance figures at its attractions. Legoland Japan will feature the best attractions from the six Legoland parks already successfully operated by Merlin around the world.
Specifically, this fun-filled theme park will have over 40 rides and unique attractions for families with children from two to 12 years old. Exciting photo opportunities are available at this facility as there are reproductions of several iconic buildings and vistas of Japan and Nagoya, made with a staggering 25 million LEGO blocks.
Linear Central Shinkansen
The start of operations of the Linear Central Shinkansen in fiscal 2027 will greatly reduce the travel time between Nagoya and Tokyo, from the current 100 minutes down to a mere 40 minutes. Taking such conditions into account, the city of Nagoya is renovating the entire station and surrounding area, with the goal of transforming it into a globally renowned super terminal.
To become a highly functional city capable of attracting many people from around the world, the administration is currently promoting the rebuilding of Nagoya under four basic guidelines. These include becoming a broad, international foothold for businesses and cultural exchange that is also attractive and eco-friendly; transforming Nagoya Station into a convenient, international, easy-to-use station for all, including foreign visitors; creating a city environment with a variety of attractive features that are a fusion of a castle town, as well as an ultra-modern business, tourist and living environment; and unifying the efforts of the administration and the private sector in time for the start of Linear Central Shinkansen operations.
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