1-Day Guided Garden Walk through Nagoya's Castle, Gardens, and Historic Estates

1-Day Guided Garden Walk through Nagoya's Castle, Gardens, and Historic Estates


All Year Round


9:00 - 17:00

Meeting Place

JR Nagoya Station


Adult (13+)17,800 JPY
Child (6 - 12 years)11,000JPY

1-Day Guided Garden Walk through Nagoya's Castle, Gardens, and Historic Estates

Centrally located and surrounded by fertile plains, mountains, rivers, and the sea, it is easy to understand why Nagoya is known as “the Heart of Japan.” This castle city attracted samurai and craftsmen alike and, later, wealthy merchants and innovative leaders of industry. Today, Nagoya has cemented itself as Japan’s center of industry and is home to manufacturing giants such as Toyota, Brother, Noritake, Ibanez, Buffalo, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

This tour will take you into several historical estates and private gardens of these titans of industry. Marvel at the gilded artwork and golden screens in Honmaru Palace and sip tea while gazing at a garden designed for a daimyo as you are led by an experienced, English-speaking guide through Nagoya on this full-day tour.


  • View Japan’s largest castle keep, Nagoya Castle, and tour the magnificent Honmaru Palace which was Japan’s first castle to be designated a National Treasure.
  • Glimpse into the lives of the Toyota family as we tour the Taisho-era home of Sasuke Toyoda and several other well-preserved estates.
  • Taste sencha, a Japanese tea, and traditional Japanese sweets while overlooking a tranquil Japanese garden.
  • Stroll through a traditional Japanese garden known as Tokugawa-en, and bask in the seasonal beauty of the flowers and foliage.

*For those looking to join the tour from Tokyo, please see the FAQ Section below


This tour will start at Nagoya Station at 9:00 A.M., where your guide will meet you in front of the Silver Clock tower near the Shinkansen Gates. You will have the opportunity to put your belongings in a coin locker at the station if you feel the need.

Nagoya Castle

Your guide will provide you with a brief history of Nagoya and set the scene as we depart Nagoya JR Station via Nagoya’s tourist bus toward our first destination, Nagoya Castle. As we walk around Nagoya Castle’s vast grounds, your guide will point out great spots for photos to commemorate your trip.

You will have the opportunity to enter Honmaru Palace and view the golden rooms which become more and more ornate as we make our way through the palace. Your guide will point out unique details and bring the palace to life as each room has its own story to tell.

We will then stop for lunch at a shopping street full of restaurants and souvenir stands constructed in a Japanese style of architecture giving the feeling of shopping at merchant houses from the Edo period. The street houses many well-known restaurants serving up local Nagoya dishes, known as “Nagoya meshi.” 

After lunch, we will continue on foot to Nagoya’s Culture Path—an area rich in well-preserved historical estates from some of Nagoya’s wealthiest residents from the Meiji era through the early Showa era (1868 -1930). You will be able to enter the homes and stroll the gardens of several of these properties, including the home of Sasuke Toyoda and Japan’s most famous geisha, Sadayakko Kawakami.

Our next stop will be Tokugawa Garden. Where we will take a well-deserved break to have some Sencha Tea and a traditional Japanese sweet in a historic building that was once the State Guest House of the Nagoya Pan-Pacific Peace Expo and is now registered as a national tangible cultural property.

Your guide will explain the proper way to enjoy drinking Sencha tea. Feel free to spend some time here contemplating the garden before you while sipping some high-quality, locally-grown tea.

After the sweet refreshments, we will enjoy some mental refreshment as we stroll through the beautiful Tokugawa Garden. The garden features over 100 maple trees, two waterfalls, and a beautiful pond in its center showing visitors a different face in each of the four seasons and making each visit a one-of-a-kind experience. Of course, your guide will be available to help you take photos that will make your friends and family envious.

From here, we will return to the station via Nagoya’s tourist bus and say our goodbyes there. Feel free to ask the guide for dinner recommendations or instructions back to your hotel.


9:00The tour begins with a meetup at Nagoya Station at 09:00. Guests should wait inside the station, in front of the SILVER clock tower across from the Shinkansen exit gates. Your guide will greet you there.

Your guide will provide you with a brief history of the city and set the scene as we depart from Nagoya Station toward Nagoya Castle via the City’s tourist bus.
9:45We will tour Nagoya Castle grounds and the exterior of the castle’s keep before entering Honmaru Palace.
11:15We will stop for a quick lunch and free time to purchase souvenirs in Kinsachi Yokocho. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations or let your nose lead the way!
12:00After lunch, we will head to Nagoya’s Culture Path on foot. It is about a 20-minute walk from Kinshachi Yokocho. Once we arrive at the Culture Path, your guide will lead you through several historical villas and gardens once owned by some of Nagoya’s wealthiest families.
14:30We will set off on foot once again to our final destination, Tokugawa Garden. The walk from the Culture Path to Tokugawa Garden is about 20 minutes.

Upon arrival, you will be able to take a well-deserved rest as we enjoy Sencha tea and traditional Japanese sweets in a historical tea house. After refreshments, you will have the opportunity to take a relaxing stroll through the garden.
16:25We will head back to Nagoya station via Nagoya’s tourist bus. Guests wishing to end the tour at Sakae will be able to do so.
17:00The tour concludes at Nagoya Station, where the guide will say their goodbyes.

*We cannot guarantee the end time as traffic could cause delays. For guests booking onward tickets to other destinations, we recommend doing so for times of 18:00 or later.


1 / NAGOYA STATION @ 9:00 A.M.

Meet at Nagoya Station's Silver Clock tower at 9am

The meetup point is at the base of the SILVER clock tower outside of the Shinkansen gates. 

If you are arriving via Shinkansen, the clock tower should be located directly in front of you as you exit the gate.

If you are arriving via a JR line, please look for signs directing you towards the Taiko-Dori Gate. The silver clock is located inside the station just before the Taiko-Dori exit.

For those coming from outside the station, you will most likely be entering through the Sakura-Dori gate (the side with the gold clock). In this case, please walk straight through the station towards the Taiko-Dori Gate. The silver clock is located inside the station just before the Taiko-Dori exit.

You may wait nearby there until the tour begins at 9:00 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide holding a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour sign. We highly recommend arriving early as Nagoya station can be quite crowded.



  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Entry fee at Nagoya Castle
  • Entry fee at the Culture Path estates
  • Entry fee at Tokugawa Garden
  • Sencha Experience


  • Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation to/from Nagoya Station

Other Information

  • This tour involves several hours of walking outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or raincoat if necessary.
  • In the summer, temperature highs are around 35 °C (95 °F) and above with extreme humidity. We recommend wearing something light and airy while minding sunburn and heatstroke. A parasol is highly encouraged.
  • Winter temperatures in Nagoya average between 0℃-10℃ (32°F-50°F). Please wear warm clothing and footwear appropriate for cold conditions.
  • There will be free time along the way for guests to purchase souvenirs to remember their trip.


I’d like to join the tour from Tokyo. Is that possible?
If you’d like to join us from Tokyo, we’d love to have you with us!

Take the following services on the Tokaido Shinkansen line:

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagoya Station

Tokyo: 07:00 – Nagoya: 08:38 – Nozomi No. 203

Tokyo: 07:09 – Nagoya: 08:47 – Nozomi No. 9

Rather than heading straight back to Tokyo, we recommend staying in Nagoya after the tour or booking accommodation in Hikone or Ise.

For international visitors holding a Japan Rail (JR) Pass, both train services (including reservations) can be used without any additional charge.
Can I add accommodation to my tour booking?
Yes. We can add accommodation in Nagoya. To do so, please contact us any time to discuss options.
What should I wear/bring?
Nagoya’s summers are extremely humid and hot. We recommend wearing something light and airy while minding sunburn and heatstroke. A parasol is highly encouraged. As this tour has extended periods outside, please ensure you bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Guests must take their shoes off upon entering many of the places we visit on this tour, so we recommend wearing shoes that are easy to take on and off or bringing a pair of socks if you plan on wearing sandals.

At all times of year, please ensure you wear good quality footwear suitable for walking on uneven ground and we recommend always bringing a small pack or bag to carry water, snacks, umbrella, etc. Of course, your phone or a camera is a must!
Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility?
Some of the historic buildings we will be entering in this tour have stairs, meaning it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility. Should this be of concern, contact us before booking to discuss options.
Is lunch included on this tour?
No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.
Can I choose to end the tour in Sakae?
Yes, you may end the tour in Sakae.

There are many options for dinner and shopping here, plus the view of Oasis 21 and Mirai Tower lit at night is a sight to behold. For those who do not have dinner plans, it may be a good idea to separate from the tour here in order to enjoy Nagoya’s unique food scene. Please notify your guide ahead of time, and they will assist you with where to get off the bus at the end of the tour.

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Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
Tel: (81)26-219-6256
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara