Nagoya lives up to the expectations placed upon it as Japan's fourth largest city. The “Greater Nagoya area” (a 100 km-square area with Nagoya City at its center, encompassing the three prefectures of Aichi, Gifu and Mie) is indisputably the manufacturing hub of Japan, particularly in the fields of biotechnology and automobile manufacture. But the city is not all about industry and industriousness. Nagoya is poised to become the transport hub of Japan, with Chubu Central Japan International Airport (CENTRAIR), Japan’s first 24-hour airport, just 30 minutes by fast rail from downtown Nagoya. In Nagoya, super-modernity blends seamlessly with timelessness. As former home to the Edo-era shoguns (Emperors) of Japan, the whole city breathes history. In a bid to boost tourism to Nagoya, the area stretching from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawaen has been dubbed “The Cultural Path”, billed as a living testimonial to 400 years of Nagoya history. The Cultural Path is lined with many historic buildings that have survived from the Edo (1603-1867), Meiji (1868-1911), Taisho (1912-1925) and Showa (1926-1988) periods. Just hanging out in Nagoya is one of life’s supreme pleasures. Check out Central Park with its striking TV Tower. Walk the streets of Nishiki precinct, a Soho or Montmartre on steroids. Then step back 250 years, on a trip out of town to the super-scenic Kiso Valley. Within a loose triangle formed by Sakae, Yaba-cho and Osu Kannon stations is the city’s principal shopping and entertainment district called Sakae. Here streets are lined with department stores, huge malls and an endless choice of eating and drinking venues. The port district is going through some major redevelopment too and now hosts a number of museums and attractions.