Edited by Holly Stark
For me, Nagoya is the underappreciated gem of the country, it feels like the Seattle of Japan before grunge took it to a new level. It’s the unknown coupled with the traditional; home to Edo period architecture, incredible culture and, of course, anime. Living in Nagoya means skateboarding and longboarding around, trying new places to eat and exploring. My favorite thing about living in Nagoya is its lesser-known spots, the ones often overlooked by travel guides. In this sense, Nagoya is an endless source of little hidden gems lost in its alleyways, sidestreets, and forgotten corners. It’s like Tokyo's little sister; still growing but retaining a strong connection to the past. Visiting Japan and seeking 10 hidden gems in Nagoya? Be prepared to head Nagoya off the beaten path and peel back the layers of a very interesting place that people don’t often give so much thought to. Looking for an alternative Nagoya guide to get started? You’ve just found it - here are the best unique Nagoya experiences.