If you are coming for the conference, why not make a weekend of it? There are plenty of things to do in Nagoya. Nagoya locals – if you know of any hidden gems, please tip us off in the comment box below.
The Aichi Arts Center is a huge twelve storey complex full of gallery, library and performance spaces. If you are interested art, the Nagoya City Art Museum has an engaging and varied permanent collection as well as regular temporary exhibitions, and the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts is also worth a visit.
The Aquarium is in the port area, with penguins, dolphins and beluga amongst the highlights. Nagoya is also home to the world’s biggest planetarium, next to the recently remodelled science museum in Fushimi.
Osu Kannon temple is a great starting point for a stroll around an area full of cut price electronics, second-hand records, otaku goods and international street eats. Not far away is the best used English book and event space in Nagoya, The Mondo Lounge.