Whether it’s shopping, dining, entertainment or nightlife you want, Sakae is definitely the place to go. Nagoya’s downtown district bustles with activity both day and night.
The city’s three main thoroughfares Hirokoji-dori, Nishiki-dori and Sakura-dori traverse Sakae from East to West and cross paths with Hisaya-Odori and Otsu-dori the area’s main North to South boulevards. Because these roads intersect on a grid pattern, the area is easy to navigate and very pedestrian friendly.
The area is bisected by a series of narrow parks which thread from Nagoya Castle in the north all the way to the four lane road, Wakamiya-Odori, in the south. The area’s signature landmark, the Nagoya TV Tower sits in the middle of the aptly named Central Park.
To the east of Central Park lies the Aichi Arts Center, home to the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and the Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater. The adjoining Oasis 21 bus station features a unique suspended pond and houses the city tourist information center.
A lot of the action actually takes place underground where an extensive network of shops and restaurants line the routes to the Higashiyama and Meijo subway lines. A bit further south the Yaba-cho area is essentially an extension of the shopping and nightlife district and is connected to Sakae via subway.
Sakae is a shopper’s paradise. Starting at the large ferris wheel attached to the Sunshine Sakae building in the Nishiki district and winding all the way south along Otsu-dori are row after row of the city’s largest department stores and brand-name shops.
The largest dance clubs and bars are located here and whether it is techno, hip hop or just a decent beer you’re into you are sure to find it here.