Nagoya City Museum
(Time required: About 30 minutes. Take the Higashiyama Subway Line and get off at Fushimi Station.)
The world's largest planetarium, Brother Earth, with a dome's inner diameter of 35 m opened in 2011. You can enjoy the recreated starry sky that is as close as the real sky and a space experience with a live explanation provided by the curator. You can also experience a room with a temperature of -30 °C, the science of a 9-meter-high tornado, etc.
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
(Time required: About 25 minutes. Take the Higashiyama Subway Line and get off at Higashiyama-koen Station.)
The zoo and gardens are attractive and cover a vast area of 60 ha with the lush greenery of the zoo, botanical gardens, amusement park, and Higashiyama Sky Tower. Popular koalas and giraffes are exhibited in the zoo, and in 2013, a new area for Asian elephants opened, which is one of the world's largest in scale. In the botanical gardens, about 7,000 kinds of plants are exhibited.
(Time required: About 15 minutes. Take the Meitetsu Line and get off at Jingumae.)
The shrine is home to the Kusanagi Sword, one of the Three Sacred Treasures. On the premises, the mud wall (called the Nobunaga Wall) still exists that was dedicated by Nobunaga Oda to the shrine in return for the victory at the Battle of Okehazama. You can also enjoy Nagoya-meshi (dishes originated in Nagoya), such as Miya Kishimen (noodles made in flat strips) and Atsuta Houraiken that serves hitsumabushi (chopped kabayaki eel on rice).