Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮) is dedicated to the Five Great Gods of Atsuta and dates back almost 2000 years.
Nagoya Castle was the first castle structure in Japan to be designated as a National Treasure in 1930. Located in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, it was built in 1615 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The iconic building has been damaged several times during the air raids of 1945 and had to be reconstructed almost completely. The reconstruction in concrete was completed in 1959, but restoration work is still ongoing to bring Nagoya Castle back to its former glory.
Nagoya Castle’s main concrete keep is to be reconstructed until sometime in 2022 and cannot be entered anymore. Demolition of the keep is expected from autumn 2019.
A distinctive feature of Nagoya Castle is its golden dolphin ornaments placed on the top of the roof — the "dolphins" resembling a creature that is half tiger half carp, and is also referred to as 'shachi'. These shachi were placed there to ward off destruction by fire, which was essential due to the majority of the castle being made out of wood.
The castle grounds also contain several Important Cultural Properties, such as the historic watchtowers, main Honmaru Palace, and Ninomaru Garden. Honmaru Palace was once destroyed by fires back in the 1940s, and has since been reconstructed to resemble the original.