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Nagoya, Japan-port

This centrally located city at the crossroads of the country offers the international visitor an excellent look at both modern and traditional Japan. It features wide boulevards, a dynamic shopping district in the heart of downtown, and easy access to nearby mountains and beaches for day trips. The main visitor destination here is Nagoya Castle, featuring the samurai armor and treasures of the Tokugawa clan. Other visitor favorites include the Atsuta Shrine & Technology Museum, highlighting the city’s past and present; nearby Inuyama Castle, believed to be the oldest castle in Japan; Noritake Garden and its Craft Center; and Toyokuni Shrine where you can see the large torii (Shinto Shrine gate).

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Atsuta Shrine & Technology Museum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Inuyama Castle & Noritake Garden
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Panoramic Tour of Nagoya
    Seated Tour
  • Tokugawa Legacy
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Atsuta Shrine & Technology Museum

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: NGO-001

Discover two vastly different aspects of Nagoya: its love of history at an ancient shrine and its reverence for innovation at a technology museum.

After departing from the pier, you will drive through Nagoya, a city largely destroyed during World War II. Still, its most culturally significant buildings have been lovingly reconstructed, including fire-ravaged Atsuta Shrine, which was supposedly founded in the 3rd century when a legendary sacred sword was enshrined here.

Over time, the Shinto shrine became a great spiritual center, and today thousands of artifacts are displayed, including sacred garments, utensils for deities and ancient documents. While the sacred sword remains the most valuable item, the last person claiming to see it was a priest from the Edo period, who soon died from a mysterious curse. Even so, millions of visitors come to Atsuta Shrine each year hoping that the magical sword will bring them luck.

Continuing on, you will drive to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, an attraction that celebrates industrial innovations. The museum is located in a 1911 factory for automatic looms in honor of Sakichi Toyoda, the inventor of Japan’s first power loom and founder of the Toyota Group. The company name was later changed from Toyoda to Toyota in part because it requires only eight brush strokes to write in Japanese, and eight is a lucky number. While here, you will see exhibits on textiles, automotive breakthroughs and steam engine technology. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking and there are cobblestone surfaces and gravel surfaces to negotiate at the Shrine. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Participants should bring local currency (Japanese Yen) for any purchases they may wish to make. The tour sequence may vary.