Guide to Nagoya’s Naka Ku


Nagoya (“Meieki”)

NAKA KU NAGOYA (“MEIEKI”)The area around Nagoya station is host to many offices, restaurants and popular places to shop, including the Takashimaya department store and Tokyu Hands. Domestic travel is made easy here as you can jump on the bullet train from Nagoya station and reach almost all areas of the country in just a few hours.

Sakae

Sakae is essentially Nagoya’s city center in everything but name and is one of the busiest parts of town. It is famous for its vibrancy, drawing people from all over the region on weekends. By day the area is a hub of people shopping in the various department stores while at night the area hums with the energy of an active dance club scene, pumping out everything from hip hop to trance to techno and even Korean pop.

Read our Guide to Sakae 

Fushimi

Fushimi, which is one stop east of Nagoya Station, is to Nagoya what Roppongi is to Tokyo and is a center for business boasting some of the city’s best known museums, restaurants and ex-pat bars.

Yaba-cho

Yaba-cho tends to be more of a shopping district, though dining options are ample as well. Accommodation in central Naka-ku is almost exclusively limited to apartments which can be quite expensive and smaller than you are likely to find elsewhere. However, those who value convenience and want a bit more nightlife will probably find it is worth the trade-off and there are quite a few executive housing options.

Osu

Osu, one stop from Fushimi on the Tsuramai line, has an atmosphere similar to Tokyo’s Harajuku, with aging hippies happily rubbing shoulders with teenage cosplayers; though without quite so much of the self-referential pretension of it’s capital city counterpart.


Transportation

Fushimi is served by the Higashiyama and Tsurumai subway lines. Sakae too is served by the Higashiyama subway line as well as the Meijo subway line which also has a station at Yaba-cho. The Nagoya Expressway loops around the area with an entrance and exit at Toshin-cho to the East.

Parks and Green Spaces

While the green areas are rather limited and unspectacular in Naka-ku, unsusualy for a city center they are relatively numerous. Running through the center of Sakae there are a string of narrow parks that begin at Yabacho in the south, and travel all the way up to the impressive Nagoya Castle in the north, some of which hold large events on weekends. Shirakawa Park in Fushimi is a popular area for kite flying and ball games, and is conveniently located near various tourist areas of interest.

Shopping

In regards to shopping, if Naka-ku doesn’t have it, you don’t want it. The areas of Sakae and Yaba-cho boast many trendy places to shop, as well as upscale boutiques and the “3M” department stores (Mitsukoshi, Matsuzakaya and Maruei), and plus many international stores ranging from GAP to H&M to Apple. In Osu things are a little more off-the-wall and eclectic with a covered shopping arcade that has been running for some 400 years and currently has something in the region of 1200 stores, ranging from kimono shops that have stood for generations to brand new electronics stores selling top of the range goods.

Dining

No matter your eating-out needs you are absolutely spoiled for choice, particularly in the Sakae and Fushimi areas. Whether you want small and homely or big and extravagant, you will find it all here. Sakae is probably your go-to for the famed Nagoyan foods as well as all kinds of international cuisines, and in Fushimi you will find many tastes of home in the ex-pat bars that proliferate the area.

Nightlife

The nightlife around Sakae is perhaps the best in the city. Bars, clubs, restaurants, it’s all there. Friday and Saturday nights see the busiest periods, and you can usually find some big event going on every week. Much of the nightlife around Fushimi focuses on the ex-pat bars, and the areas of Osu and Yaba-cho are a little quieter. But really you should not need to look any further than Sakae or Fushimi for fun.

Local attractions

Naka-ku is home to two of Nagoya’s most recognizable icons: Nagoya Castle and Nagoya Tower. The former, in the north of the ward, is a faithful replica of the original built in 1610 but destroyed during WW2, and is a major tourist draw. The latter is to be found in Sakae, and there are observation decks from which you can look out over much of the surrounding area. Both are so famous that they have been destroyed during battles in the Godzilla movies.

Most of the major museums and art galleries can be found in the area, including the Nagoya City Art Museum, The Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Art, the seventeen storied Aichi Arts Center, and the Nagoya City Science Museum, home to the world’s largest planetarium.

And in Osu you can also find one of the city’s most recognizable religious sites, Osu Kannon, a Buddhist temple that was built in 1333.

Schools

From Sakae, Nagoya International School is a 35 minute drive or 55 minutes on public transport. Aichi International School is more convenient at 20 minutes by car and 25 minutes by subway, while those with younger children can even walk to Abroad International School that is near the Nagoya City Science Museum in Fushimi.

Housing in Naka-Ku

See listings for properties available now for rent in Naka Ku on JapanHomeSearch.com ***link***  by clicking this link (it will return only Nishi-Ku results), or browse the Nagoya Housing Cost Survey data below, which will give you a snapshot of what sort of expat housing is available in the area.

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1 Bedroom

District

Station

Monthly cost

Rent

Maintenance fee

Parking

Type

Age

Downtown

Fushimi (H09, T07)

126.00

¥189,400

¥160,000

Incl.

¥29,400

Apt

1993

 

Hisaya-Odori (M06, S06)

57.82

¥207,000

¥197,000

¥10,000

N/A

Apt

2007

 

Higashi-Betsuin (M2)

86.80

¥350,000

¥350,000

Incl.

N/A

Apt

2003

 

Fushimi (H09, T07)

107.47

¥372,500

¥320,000

¥21,000

¥31,500

Apt

2006

1BR AVERAGE

94.52

¥279,725

¥256,750

¥15,500

¥30,450

 

 

2 Bedrooms

District

Station

Monthly cost

Rent

Maintenance fee

Parking

Type

Age

Downtown

Shin Sakae (H11)

81.74

¥233,250

¥197,000

¥10,000

¥26,250

Apt

2007

 

Fushimi (H09, T07)

126.00

¥259,400

¥230,000

¥0

¥29,400

Apt

1993

 

Fushimi (H09, T07)

86.34

¥269,400

¥225,000

¥15,000

¥29,400

Apt

2008

 

Marunouchi (S04, T06)

99.50

¥272,400

¥233,000

¥10,000

¥29,400

Apt

2005

 

Marunouchi (S04, T06)

105.52

¥280,000

¥270,000

10000

N/A

Apt

2008

 

Fushimi (H09, T07)

140.22

¥371,500

¥320,000

¥20,000

¥31,500

Apt

2006

2BR AVERAGE

106.55

¥280,991

¥245,833

¥13,000

¥29,190

 

 

3 Bedrooms

District

Station

Monthly cost

Rent

Maintenance fee

Parking

Type

Age

Downtown

Fushimi (H09, T07)

84.29

¥234,400

¥193,000

¥12,000

¥29,400

Apt

2005

 

Kanayama (E01, M01)

152.58

¥346,250

¥300,000

¥20,000

¥26,250

Apt

2005

 

Yabacho (M04)

92.18

¥446,000

¥446,000

Incl.

N/A

Apt

2005

 

Higashi Betsuin (M02)

125.33

¥515,000

¥500,000

Incl.

¥15,000

Apt

2003

3BR AVERAGE

113.59

¥385,412

¥359,750

¥16,000

¥23,550

 

4 Bedrooms

District

Station

Monthly cost

Rent

Maintenance fee

Parking

Type

Age

Downtown

Kamimaezu (M03, T09)

88.88

¥234,000

¥198,000

¥15,000

¥21,000

Apt

2006

 

Shin Sakae (H11)

144.00

¥250,000

¥250,000

Incl.

Incl.

House

1996

 

Marunouchi (S04, T06)

87.86

¥259,650

¥210,000

¥15,000

¥34,650

Apt

2005

 

Hisaya-Odori (M06, S06)

127.67

¥361,400

¥320,000

¥12,000

¥29,400

Apt

2005

Hisaya-Odori (M06, S06)

181.00

¥290,000

¥290,000

Incl.

Incl.

House

1992

4BR AVERAGE

125.88

¥279,010

¥253,600

¥14,000

¥28,350

 

 

5 Bedrooms

District

Station

Monthly cost

Rent

Maintenance fee

Parking

Type

Age

Downtown

Higashi Betsuin (M02)

340.00

¥550,000

¥550,000

Incl.

Incl.

Apt

1995

5BR AVERAGE

340.00

\550,000

¥550,000

 

 

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