Nagoya city, with a population of around 2.2 million, is located one hour to the East of Osaka and 2 hours to the West of Tokyo, which makes it easy to visit from either Kansai or Tokyo area by using a Shinkansen train. It´s also a very good stopover idea on your way to/from Kansai or Tokyo.
Nagoya station is quite big but easy to navigate. If you like to, go to the tourist visitor´s booth and take some of the numerous pamphlets and maps with you. It´s for free. The polite and English speaking staff will help you if you got any questions or need a piece of advice. It´s located in the middle of the building´s ground floor.
If you are visiting coming from Tokyo or Osaka, you´ll surely appreciate its comparably small and sophisticated metro network. Each station carries a unique symbol, so you can just remember those in case you´re not good with remembering the station name.
Nagoya TV Tower
One of the city´s sightseeing attractions is the Nagoya TV tower, which was built in 1954 and has a height of 180 metres (~590 ft). There´s a visitor observation deck at 90 metres (295 ft) where you´ll have a great view of the surrounding area.
How to get there:
Just take the metro to “Sakae” station, either via Higashiyama- or Meijo-line. You can´t really miss it when getting off the station.
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 (from January to March -> 10:00-21:00)
Admission: 700 Yen
Right across the street (that´s also from where I took the pictures), there´s a shopping arcade with supermarkets, shops, cafés and restaurants, not to mention the UFO-like platform that will be beautifully lit up after dusk.