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Nagoya is the 4th largest urban area in Japan (called the Chukyo Metropolitan Area) and even the 3rd largest if counting the city proper only. The latter has about 2.3 million inhabitants, the total urban area is more than 4 times as big with nearly 10 million inhabitants. Still, the city maintains a relatively quiet character and is often overlooked by travellers. It is located in the Chubu region in southern central Honshu, the main island of the country.
Nagoya is divided into 16 so-called wards:
Nagoya's summers are hot and humid with average daytime temperatures around 30 °C from June to September and balmy nights of 20 °C or more. Winters last from December to February when it is mostly around 10 °C to 12 °C during the day and just above zero at night. Snow is possible and mainly falls during January and February. Nagoya receives over 1,500 mm of rain a year, mainly during the summermonths though other months see a fair amount as well. Probably the best months for a visit are April and October with some rain, but comfortable temperatures and a chance to see spring flowers or beautiful autumn colours like elsewhere in Japan.
|Avg Max||9 °C||10.1 °C||13.9 °C||19.9 °C||24.1 °C||27.2 °C||30.8 °C||32.8 °C||28.6 °C||22.8 °C||17 °C||11.6 °C|
|Avg Min||0.8 °C||1.1 °C||4.2 °C||9.6 °C||14.5 °C||19 °C||23 °C||24.3 °C||20.7 °C||14.1 °C||8.1 °C||3.1 °C|
|Rainfall||48.4 mm||65.6 mm||121.8 mm||124.8 mm||156.5 mm||201 mm||203.6 mm||126.3 mm||234.4 mm||128.3 mm||79.7 mm||45 mm|
Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) serves Nagoya. The smaller Nagoya Airfield is only served by J-Air and has flights to several Japanse cities like Tokyo, Nagasaki and Niigata.
The international airport has many more flights. Japan Airlines (JAL) has international flights to/from Guangzhou, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Taipei and Tianjin (City). All Nippon Airways (ANA) serves Seoul and Shanghai as well. They both serve a few dozen of domestic destinations as well, including Sapporo, Fukuoka, Tokyo and Nagasaki.
Several other international airlines have flights to/from Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Detroit, Guam, Hanoi, Saipan, Frankfurt, Busan, Honolulu, Bali, Helsinki, Shenyang, Taipei, Beijing, Qingdao, X'ian and Hong Kong.
To/from the airport
Japan Railways offers regular connections throughout Honshu and further north towards Hokkaido and east towards Fukuoka. Tokyo is two hours away, Osaka 1 hour and Kyoto only 45 minutes. Nara and Hiroshima are two and three hours by train respectively. To the Japanese Alps, you can take trains to Matsumoto (2 hours) and Nagano (almost 3 hours). A line also goes to Takayama (2 hours).
JR and Meitetsu Highway buses operate services between Nagoya and Kyoto (2½ hours, hourly), Osaka (three hours, hourly), Kanazawa (four hours, 10 daily) and Tokyo (six hours, 14 daily). Overnight buses run to Hiroshima (nine hours).
FESCO runs a service from Vostochny Port/Nakhodka in Far Eastern Russia to the port of Nagoya and several other Japanse cities. Taiheiyo ferry runs between Nagoya and Tomakomai on Hokkaido. It takes around 38 hours and goes via Sendai (21 hours) every second evening at 8:00pm.
Nagoya Municipal Subway has services throughout the city and direct surroundings.
|Business Inn Tsuchiya||2-16-2 Noritake, Nakamura-ku||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Ann||2-4-2 Kanayama Naka-ku||Hostel||86|
|Hotel Wing International||Aichi-pref,Nagoya-city,Naka-ku,Nishiki 1-4-11||Hotel||91|
|Kanayama Plaza Hotel||3-7-15 Masaki Naka-ku||Hotel||-|
|Kyoya Ryokan||2-11-4, Habashita Nishi-ku||Hostel||87|
|Nagoya Kasadera Washington Hotel Plaza||Aichi-pref,Nagoya-city,Minami-ku, Maehamadoori 1-9||Hotel||-|
|Nagoya Kanayama Washington Hotel Plaza||4-6-25 Kanayama, Naka-ku Aichi Prefec||Hotel||-|
|Nagoya Rolen Hotel||1-8-40, Nishiki, Naka-ku Nagoya city||Hotel||88|
|Petit Ryokan Ichifuji||Saikoubashi-dori, 1-7, Kita-ku||Hostel||-|
|Ryokan Meiryu||2-4-21 Kamimaezu, Naka-ku Nagoya city||Hostel||84|
|Tsuchiya Hotel||2-16-2 Noritake, Nakamura-ku,||Hostel||-|
|Ohsu Plaza Hostel||2-24-45, Ohsu, Naka-ku, Nagoya||Hostel||81|
|Nagoya Guesthouse Otohaya||3-3-2 Meiekiminami Nakamuraku||Hostel||70|
|Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Nishiki||3-3-22, Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya||Hotel||86|
|Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Kanayama||1-11-7, Kanayama, Naka-ku||Hotel||-|
|Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Ekimae||2-21-12, Meieki, Nishi-ku, Nagoya||Hotel||-|
|Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Sakuradori||3-17-21, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya||Hotel||-|
|Ecohotel Nagoya||Tsubaki-Cho Nakamura-Ku||HOTEL||80|
Manga cafes are dotted along the streets of almost every city in Japan. For a very reasonable price (about ¥100 per 15 minutes), you receive a private cubicle with a PC with internet access at blistering Japanese internet speeds. The chairs are incredibly comfortable (making them an excellent place to sleep for the cash-deprived), and you can even order snacks and drinks from the staff.
A number of business hotels have Internet access available if you have your own device, sometimes for free. It is also possible to find Wi-Fi "hot spots" around many large cities in Japan, especially near tech-related businesses and large corporate buildings with unsecured wireless networks. 3G Wireless Data and Pocket Wifi are other options.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Payphones (公衆電話 kōshū denwa) are easily found, particularly near train stations, although with the popularity of mobile phones, public pay phones are not quite as numerous as they once were. Gray and green pay phones accept ¥10 and ¥100 coins and prepaid cards. Be aware that not all places with public telephones have phones that accept coins, so it may be worthwhile to buy a phone card for emergency use. Some of the gray phones, as indicated on the display, can make international calls. Pre-paid cards can be purchased at convenience stores, train station kiosk stores and sometimes in vending machines next to the phone.
Modern Japanese mobile phones (携帯電話 keitai denwa or just keitai) tend to operate on unique cellular standards not always compatible with the rest of the world. 3G phones using the UMTS/WCDMA2100 standard and equipped with a 3G SIM card will most likely work. If your phone is up to spec, double-check with your carrier if they have a roaming agreement with either SoftBank or NTT DoCoMo. Coverage is generally excellent, unless you are heading to some remote mountainous areas. If you have no 3G phone but still have a 3G-compatible SIM card, you can rent a 3G phone in Japan and slot in your card, allowing you to keep your home phone number in Japan. For a longer trip, you can also purchase a phone, but doing this legally requires an Alien Registration Card (or an obliging Japanese friend willing to front for you).
The easier way is to get a prepaid phone. Prepaid phones are sold in most SoftBank and AU stores. If you already have a 3G phone, go with Softbank as it can sell SIMs as opposed to au whose prepaid service is phone-based like most CDMA carriers. Prepaid phones use a "card" with a pass key to "charge" a phone with minutes. These prepaid calling cards, unlike the phone itself, can be found in most convenience stores. A prepaid cell phone is available for as little as ¥5000 plus ¥3000 for a 60-90 day call time package, which will get drained at a rate of ¥100 per minute (¥10 per 6 seconds for AU's prepaid service). Both SoftBank and AU offer prepaid phones.
The Japanese postal service is excellent! Domestic and international mail service is very quick and reliable. The prices for sending letters, postcards and parcels vary depending on where you send if from and to which country you send it too, and of course depends on weight as well, so check this calculation page of Japan Post for more details. Post offices generally are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays, closing at weekends and also on national holidays, though a few open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Central post offices are sometimes open until 7:00pm, open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Sundays and holidays from 9:00am to 12:30pm. There are post offices in every major city and minor town. Another thing to remember is that the post office is one of the few places in Japan that is guaranteed to have ATMs that take international cards.
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