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Atsuta-jingu Shrine

Atsuta Shrine is the most interesting Shinto shrine in Japan. This place is one of three imperial emblems, where the "grass-mowing sword" (kusanagi-no-tsurugi) was conserved.

The principal shrine "Hongu" is located in the northern part of the precincts with areas wooded, it has an enclosing wall. To the east we can find the Treasury, it's a modern building which possesses a large number of works of art (old and modern pictures, ceramics, jewelry and dramatic masks).

Higashiyama Multiple Park

Higashiyama is a multiple park formed of a zoo, botanical garden and amusement park, it is famous for its cherry blossoms. There is the Higashiyama Sky Tower that provides an observation deck at an altitude of 180m where visitors can observe a magnificent view of Nagoya.

Nagoya Castle

Tokugawa Ieyasu constructed Nagoya's castle in 1612, the then-shogun of the Edo government. This palace was the residence of Owari Tokugawas, one of the three Tokugawa houses. Much of the castle was burnt in 1945 in the air raids of the World War II. Now it is a museum which contains art treasures from the palace which was destroyed during the last war, including painted wall screens, sliding doors and wall paintings, mainly of the Kano school. From the fifth floor of the tower there are extensive views of the city and the Nobi Plain. From the original castle there survive three corner towers, the second gateway and walls.

Tokaido Shinkansen

Japan's main island Honshu is linked by a network of high speed train lines that connect Tokyo with most of the island's major cities and Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu. The shinkansen is the name of the Japan's high speed trains (bullet trains).

The Tokaido Shinkansen, linking Nagoya, Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, was instituted in the year 1964 as the first shinkansen line and the world's first high speed train. In 1964 the trains ran with speeds of about 200 km/h. Nowadays they reach speeds of over 300 km/h.

Tokugawa Art Museum

Tokugawa Art Museum keeps many treasures which belonged to the Tokugawa family of Nagoya, you can find pictures, porcelain, weapons and documents; specially notable items are the 43 parts of the "Genji-monogatari-emaki", a picture scroll by Fujiwara Takayoshi, and the "Saigyo-mono-gatari-emeki", a scroll depicting scenes from the life of the priest Saigyo (1118-90).

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