GET­TING YOUR BEAR­INGS

Toy­ota City Aichi Pre­fec­ture Hon­shu Is­land JA­PAN

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TOY­OTA CITY AND NAGOYA

Toy­ota City is in the Aichi pre­fec­ture, es­sen­tially in the cen­tre of the main is­land of Hon­shu.

Nagoya is the largest city in Aichi and one of the larger ci­ties in Ja­pan with a pop­u­la­tion of around 2.4 mil­lion. Nagoya is one of the busiest ports in Ja­pan, with enor­mous vol­umes of cars and parts be­ing shipped in an out.

Toy­ota City is 30 min­utes to 45 min­utes from Nagoya de­pend­ing on traf­fic and both ci­ties are served by Chubu Cen­trair Air­port – al­though tick­ets from New Zealand will say Nagoya is the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

Chubu Cen­trair Air­port is about a 45 minute drive from Nagoya and closer to an hour from Nagoya.

Korean Air fly to In­cheon Seoul di­rect from Auck­land and have a con­nect­ing flight to Nagoya.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The beauty of Ja­pan is that it has a supremely ef­fi­cient and re­li­able public transport net­work.

There is a regular bus from Chubu Cen­trair Air­port to Toy­ota and rail and bus links within the city that will take you to the Toy­ota Au­to­mo­bile Mu­seum and Asuke.

There are also good links be­tween Toy­ota City and Nagoya and the lat­ter is well served by the Shinkansen – the bul­let train. The jour­ney from Tokyo to Nagoya takes about two hours 40 min­utes.

NAGOYA CAS­TLE

A visit to Nagoya is go­ing to al­most cer­tainly in­volve vis­it­ing the cas­tle. It is an im­pres­sive, pic­ture-post­card struc­ture – with five sto­ries, a work­ing moat and a long and rich history.

In­trigu­ingly Nagoya Cas­tle sur­vived in its orig­i­nal form un­til 1945 when it was dam­aged in a bomb raid. But for­tu­nately it has been re­built in what would ap­pear to be tra­di­tional form.

The cas­tle was re­flec­tive of the im­por­tance of Nagoya dur­ing the Edo pe­riod of Ja­panese history. Nagoya was one of five key stag­ing posts on a vi­tal trad­ing route.

The cas­tle pro­vides a su­perb in­sight into the history of the Samu­rai pe­riod.

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