The bus starts at Nagoya Station and stops at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Noritake Garden, Nagoya Castle, Tokugawa Museum & Garden, Cultural Path & Futaba Museum, Nagoya Municipal Archive, TV Tower, Sakae, Fushimi, and again Nagoya Castle, Noritake Garden and Toyota Commemorative Museum and returns to Nagoya Station.
One ride is 200 yen, but if you buy a one-day ticket for 500 yen, you’ll get many services and discounts with it. For example, the admission fee of Nagoya Castle is usually 500 yen, but it’ll be 400 yen if you show your one-day ticket at the entrance.
First my friend and I went to Noritake Garden. Noritake is a famous tableware company in Japan, especially by export western-style one. There are many old brick buildings in the garden. They used to be factories built in Meiji era about one hundred years ago. Now they are used as a museum, a shop, and a restaurant and so on. http://www.noritake-elec.com/noritake_garden.htm
After lunch, we took the route bus again. I was surprised to find out the announcement in the bus was live. I hadn’t noticed that until the guide said, “On your hand you’ll see Nagoya City Hall. Ah now you may not see it behind the traffic signal though.” A volunteer guide was also riding.
My friend and I got off the bus at Cultural Path and Futaba Museum. There are many historical sites around the area. We visited one of them, Futaba Museum. It was rebuilt at the present place as a museum, but was originally the house of Sadayakko Kawakami, who was the first actress in Japan about 100 years ago.
I had wanted to visit the building since I happened to pass before it half a year ago. I like the outside, which is artistic and attractive. There are many displays as like old furniture, beautiful windows with stained glass, costumes, paintings and so on. They have a poster of Sadayakko painted by Pablo Picasso.
I saw a boy sketching the museum when we came out of the building to take the bus. I asked him if he was a student of a university of art. But he is a high school student now, and he hopes to enter a university of art next spring. I said good-bye to him and got on the bus.
My friend and I was getting tired, and got off the bus at TV Tower and went to a café. She had something cold and I had beer there. We could visit other places after the break, but we decided on stopping our tour there. You know, I still have many places to visit with the bus. I’m wondering where I go next time.