| Willow Lu
Great scenic spots between Chubu Centrair International Airport and Nagoya Station
When you get off the plane in Nagoya’s Central International Airport, it will take you about 40 minutes to get to Nagoya Station. However, there are many sightseeing spots in this 40 minute journey which have fewer visitors and where you may get memorable photos.
In this article, I will introduce these unique spots. When you come to visit Nagoya next time, I really recommend you to store your luggage at the travel information center, or just send it directly to the hotel, and start off your trip to discover the unique “culture” in this industrial city.
Get off at these stations：
- STOP 1:【Rinku Tokoname Station】 To see the maneki-neko (Guardian cat) in Aeon Mall Tokoname（for 2 hours）
- STOP 2:【Tokoname Station】To walk through the pottery footpath（for 2 hours）
- STOP 3:【Shinmaiko Station】To smell the sea, feel the breeze, and run on the beach（for 1 hour）
- STOP 4:【Shurakuen Station 】To see the 18.79 meter tall Great Buddha in Shurakuen Park（for 1 hour）
STOP 1:【Rinku Tokoname Station】To see the maneki-neko (Guardian cat) in Aeon Mall Tokoname
Aeon Mall Tokoname can be reached by taking the Meitetsu airport line one stop from Nagoya Central International Airport. The mall provides free Wifi and a Tax-free service, and you can also enjoy a lot of traditional Japanese food here. It is not only a well-known shopping mall for tourists, but also a popular leisure space for local people.
The big attraction here is the large number of maneki-neko (Guardian cats) hiding in this shopping mall. Find them and give yourself some good luck!
P.S. The maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.
STOP 2:【Tokoname Station】To walk through the pottery footpath
Taking the Meitetsu airport line one more stop to Tokoname Station, you will find a totally different atmosphere compared to the modern Aeon Mall at Tokoname. You'll be surprised by the local traditional culture.
Tokoname is an area noted for ceramics with a one thousand year history of pottery firing. Tokoname boasts one of the Six Ancient Kilns in Japan. Here, you will not only see the kilns and chimneys that were used during the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods, but also a special sloping road made by leftover pottery. Maneki-neko (Guardian cats) and Tokoname Pottery are the 2 key words to remember when you walk through Tokoname city.
Let’s get a tourist map from visitor center and enjoy walking through the pottery footpath.
STOP 3:【Shinmaiko Station】To smell the sea, feel the breeze, and run on the beach
Japan is a country surrounded by the sea, so it is not difficult to find a place to swim. Shinmaiko Marine Park is a famous place near Nagoya for you to enjoy the beach and swim in the sea, especially in summer. You will also not be disappointed if you take time to walk on the soft sand.
STOP 4:【Shurakuen Station】To see the 18.79 meter tall Great Buddha in Shurakuen Park
The Shurakuen Buddha was constructed to commemorate the marriage of Emperor Showa. Even larger than the Giant Buddhas of both Kamakura and Todaiji Temple in Nara, this giant Buddha is a popular symbol of Tokai City.
Shurakuen Park is free to enter and not that crowded. It is a quiet place to take a rest.
About the giant Buddha in Shurakuen:
Name of Buddha: Amitābha(the principal Buddha in Pure Land Buddhism, a branch of East Asian Buddhism)
Height: 18.79m(by way of comparison, the Todaiji Buddha is 14.98m, and the Kamakura Buddha is 11.3m)