Or at least a reasonable facsimile of the former castle. The real Nagoya Castle was almost completely destroyed in WW2. What you see below is a modern replica built in 1959. It is pretty nice to look at — just don’t go inside. As was the fashion at the time, I suppose, the inside is a lifeless, ugly, concrete museum. But the outside is very well done. At least to these untrained eyes it is. This guy could probably tell you more.
From this angle, there was once a group of buildings in front, the Honmaru Palace. They finally raised enough money to reconstruct this and started construction not long after I took this photo. According to Wikipedia it is scheduled to be finished in 2017. Let’s hope the insides are made a little more true to history and not another soulless concrete museum.
Check out other photos of Japanese Castles.