Ask almost any resident of Nagoya if they prefer their city to Tokyo, and they’ll readily agree. With around 3 million people, Nagoya is certainly less packed that its big attention-grabbing brother. It’s also much easier to navigate as the transport system is one of the best in the world – every part of the city is served by a subway station and most journeys won’t exceed half an hour. It’s also less of a struggle to find your bearings in Nagoya as there are just two downtown areas to explore instead of Tokyo’s eleven! Located in the centre of Japan on the Honshu Island, Nagoya is an industrial behemoth with a GDP greater than some small nations. It lies in a prime position on the vast, fertile Nobi plain that divides Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Nagoya is also one of the country’s major ports as well as a manufacturing powerhouse. But despite sounding like a giant factory for the country, Nagoya has plenty to offer foreign visitors. There is a wealth of museums, ancient temples, diverse cuisine, cultural attractions and as much shopping as you can handle – and home-proud Nagoyans will be happy to point you in the right direction.