The Nagoya leg was more for some city activities – shopping predominantly! haha – and also to have a different experience for the trip. We booked a hotel in the Sakae district, supposedly the hip and happening location of Nagoya. It was also the quieter part of the trip (surprisingly – being a city and all!) but the time we were there contributed to the sleepiness of the city during the days we were in the city.
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Hotel : We stayed at the AB Hotel – they have hotels all over japan, I would definitely check them out again in the other cities!
We took the Meitetsu Bus from Takayama back to Nagoya – the next trip I visit Takayama or anywhere in the Gifu / Mie district, the bus option is about half the price of the train option, so will definitely consider. And all buses are equipped with toilets, so it was perfect for those with young children.
We took the public underground within Nagoya. Prices vary between 200-240 yen per trip, if you are considering more places to visit in one day, the day pass is only 500 Y, so that is a very budget friendly option.
Train to Airport – we took the SKY train to the airport. Being quite close to the city (only around 45min), the sky train prices were very affordable – we splurged on the 1st class reserved seats, at approx 1500 Y pp (and children at half price).
Sites and Things we did in Nagoya:
It was a super unplanned leg of the trip! Mostly due to most of the places being shut in the days coming up to the New Year. But the girls enjoyed the places that we visited – very little complains of bored / tired / hungry etc. I suppose shopping with a daily budget helped keep them interested to spot the Happy Bags! 🙂