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Sakae is a popular area, representative of Nagoya, which is located in the center of Nagoya City. It is a commercial district developed around the Sakae Stations of the city subway and Meitetsu Seto Line, and lots of commercial facilities including big department stores are lined and popular tourist spots, such as Oasis 21 and Nagoya TV Tower, are near here. Sakae is a busy town with lots of tourists every day. Also, it has three underground shopping arcades, so you don't have to worry about the bad weather to enjoy shopping, which is one of the reasons for its popularity.
- Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
- Contact No.
- Sakae Station on subway Higashiyama Line and Meijo Line Sakaemachi Station on Meitetsu Seto Line
- Time Required
- Half day
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Nagoya TV Tower
Nagoya TV Tower on the north side of Sakae was completed in 1954. It is 180 m in height and has the observation decks called Sky Deck at the height of 90 m and Sky Balcony at 100 m high, where you can see, of course, the whole city of Nagoya and even Mt. Ontake.
Oasis 21 is a commercial complex that has a characteristic oval roof. It has various shops from apparel products to restaurants and the symbolic glass roof called "Spaceship-Aqua" in which water flows, and you can have a stroll along the flowing water as it shimmers in the sunlight. Also, the light-up at night whose colors are changed in harmony with the seasons is lovely.
Hisaya Odori (avenue) runs through the town north-south. It's known to people as the 100 m wide road. On both sides of the avenue, department stores, office buildings, and restaurants stand side by side. The median is the park called Hisaya-Odori Park, and various events are held here on weekends.
Three Department Stores Known as 3M
There are three department stores in Sakae area: Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae branch, Matsuzakaya Nagoya branch, and Maruei. They are called "3M" because of their names’ initials and attract widespread popularity. Mitsukoshi has excellent taste, Matsuzakaya has the best collection of food and food-related products on the basement floor, and Maruei is a locally based store founded in 1615. Each of them has its characteristic.
Three Underground Shopping Arcades in Sakae
There are three underground shopping arcades in Sakae area: Sakae Chika spreads around Crystal Square, Mori-no-Chikagai (forest of the underground mall) near the city subway exit, and Central Park in a vast area of 5,000㎡. They are connected with each other, and you can thoroughly enjoy shopping even on a rainy day.
Sunshine Sakae is a hot spot with the landmark of a 52 m high Ferris wheel and has many other amusement facilities such as a theater for local idol groups who are mainly active in the Sakae area, cafes themed by subculture, and apparel shops with the latest Japanese fashion.
Famous for Nagoya's well-known dish
One of Nagoya's typical local food is Miso-katsu (pork cutlet with thick miso sauce). Yabaton is the most famous Miso-katsu restaurant which originally started in Yabacho, located in the south of Sakae, and they have franchises worldwide, too. It is exquisite to fill your mouth with crispy cutlet and thick miso sauce together.