Need to know where to stay while you’re in Nagoya? Perhaps you’re considering staying in the city for one or two nights while travelling across Japan? It certainly is centrally located on the way to Takayama, and perfect for stopping off on your journey back to Tokyo. Or maybe you’re visiting for the newly opened Ghibli Park and adding in some traditional Nagoya sightseeing? Whichever it is, we’re here to make your life easier for you, with our pick of the 15 best hotels in Nagoya. We’ve listed 5-star hotels for those who appreciate true luxury with rooms boasting sweeping scenic views, and more affordable 4-star hotels perfectly positioned to enjoy downtown Nagoya and its famous local cuisine. We’ve also included some unique hotels and honourable mention hotels in the list.
Where to stay in Nagoya?
Before we get to hotels in Nagoya, your first question might actually be which area is best to stay in? In Nagoya, there are two main areas where you’ll find the majority of hotels – the area around Nagoya Station and Sakae in the middle of the city.
While Sakae is downtown and closer to iconic sightseeing spots like Nagoya Castle, the Tokugawa Museum, and Ghibli Park, the Nagoya Station area will be better suited for convenience after a long journey, and if you’re only in the city for one or two nights. One thing we noticed after living in Nagoya for over a decade is just how much the Nagoya Station area has developed. Some of the most incredible architecture in the city like Nagoya Spiral Tower is only seven minutes walk away, while there are plenty of shopping and restaurant choices in the chic Dai Nagoya Building, JR Gate Tower and Midland Square. Also it’s extremely quick to get from Nagoya to Sakae by subway being only a five-minute ride on the Higashiyama line.
Having said that, if you’re in the city for longer and prefer a stroll back to the hotel after exploring the Osu Kannon shopping district or an evening out, then Sakae may be a better option for you.
The Best 15 Hotels in Nagoya compared
We’ve selected the hotels in this list and created our star rating based on several factors including their convenience of location, room size, facilities, amenities, service, our knowledge from working in the Japan travel industry and booking guest accommodation, as well as reviews of friends and their family after staying. This table provides a brief overview of the 15 hotels listed in order of the sections they appear and you’ll find more details of each hotel below.
|Restaurants, Cafes, Lounges & Bars
|Standard Double room size *
|Superior / Deluxe Double room size **
|Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
|Best 5-star hotel
|Best 5-star hotel
|Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
|Best 5-star hotel
|Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower
|Best 5-star hotel
|Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
|Best 4-star hotel
|Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya PREMIER
|Spa + Public Bath area
|Best 4-star hotel
|Hotel JAL City Nagoya Nishiki
|Currency Exchange Machine
|Best 4-star hotel
|Hotel Keihan Nagoya
|Best 4-star hotel
|The Tower Hotel Nagoya
|Nikko Style Nagoya
|Lamp Light Books Hotel nagoya
|LEGOLAND Japan Hotel
|Children’s Play Area
|Nagoya Kanko Hotel
|The Strings Hotel Nagoya
|ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Court Nagoya
*Standard Double room size is based on the smallest Double Room size for each hotel.
**Superior/Deluxe Double room size is based on the Double Room size for the next grade up from Standard Double.
***The hotels in this list are not in order of star ranking but where they appear in our article.
Best 5-Star Luxury Hotels in Nagoya
Being a luxury hotel means the hotels in this section can be considered best in a number of categories such as best for facilities like indoor swimming pools, best for restaurants, and best for stylish rooms with scenic views of the city. Read on to find the perfect hotel for you when visiting Nagoya.
Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
You know you’re in for a treat when you step into the Marriott Associa. The interiors are elegant and classic with marble floors in the lobby and large floral displays, as well as seasonal ones like the Hina Matsuri (Dolls Festival) above displayed from February to March. Since the Marriott Associa is directly connected to Nagoya Station, the hotel reception is just minutes away, located on the 15th floor of JR Towers. This makes it the most convenient hotel in the city especially for those arriving after a long journey. After checking in, you take a stylish elevator – that even comes with a small chair – up to your floor, where you’ll find your room commanding panoramic views. Pick a west-facing room for views of the Shinkansen bullet trains coming and going, while south-facing rooms have the stunning Nagoya cityscape views.
In line with 5-star hotels, you can expect room service and a concierge, a swimming pool, sauna, and a 24-hour fitness gym. Room types range from Standard and Deluxe rooms through to the spacious 202m2 Imperial suite, and there’s also a Japanese Style room complete with Tatami mats and Futon bedding. For families, the Marriott Associa offers connecting rooms, triple and quad rooms, free cots, and satellite TV service. Although the pool and sauna are only complimentary to those on the concierge (club) floors, the fitness gym is free for all guests. Then there are 8 restaurants including French restaurant Mikuni on the 52nd floor, Teppan Yaki Nakotei with A5 grade Wagyu beef, and Kyoto Tsuruya where you can enjoy traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine. Their popular breakfast buffets also come highly rated and include Truffle flavoured Eggs Benedict.
A favourite for international clients, the Hilton Nagoya is conveniently located 3 minutes walk from Fushimi subway station which is one stop from Nagoya Station or a 5-minute taxi ride. Being closer to the heart of the city means it’s also a 15-minute walk away from both downtown Sakae or Osu Kannon temple and shopping district. This skyscraper hotel features an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a fitness centre as well as a massage room offering body treatments. Dining options include contemporary Japanese restaurant Genji which offers Teppanyaki, Tempura and Kaiseki plus a selection of 100 Sakes and Shochus, Cantonese specialties at Dynasty, and premium buffet restaurant In Place 3-3.
The rooms at the Hilton are modern and spacious with a nod to Japanese design features such as with the Japanese Shoji paper sliding window screens. Rooms come with city views the best of which are like this one of the Mode Gakuen Spiral Tower, and both Queen and King Deluxe guestrooms have Hilton Serta beds. Family rooms are available along with connecting rooms, as are suites including a 60m2 Japanese-styled one that comes with Shoji window doors and comfortable Futon bedding for up to 4 adults. Also, if you’re looking to explore the city on bike, the Hilton offers bike rental for free.
Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
The Nagoya Tokyu Hotel provides a distinctive Western elegance fused with Japanese attention to details and service. Being just a 5-minutes walk from the heart of Sakae, the hotel is conveniently located for exploring downtown Nagoya giving you easy access to sightseeing spots like Nagoya Castle, shopping malls in Sakae, and dining out options. If you choose to eat-in, the Nagoya Tokyu offers 3 main restaurants – a fine dining French restaurant Loire which has a Teppan Grill Room Loire, a Chinese restaurant Nangokushyuka, and a Japanese restaurant Nadaman offering Kaiseki courses, Edo-style sushi and Tempura as well as All Day Dining Montmartre and Lounge Grindelward.
Along with the 25 metre long swimming pool, the facilities available at the Nagoya Tokyu include a sauna, athletic rooms, and relaxation massages in their Fitness Club, although note that there’s an additional charge for using them unless you’re staying on the Executive Floor. When it comes to rooms, the Nagoya Tokyu has a wide selection including connecting rooms for friends and families, smoking and non-smoking rooms, and a Japanese-style room with tatami mats for up to 5 guests, which is a great opportunity for those who want to experience traditional Japanese-style rooms.
Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower
A centrepiece of the newly developed area around Sasashima Raibu Station is the 37-floor Global Gate building, where the Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower is located on the 31st through to the 36th floors. Since the restaurant and rooms are all between 140 m and 170 m above ground, expect panoramic views wherever you are in the hotel, which is designed around the concept of a ship floating in the sky. At their in-house Sky Dining restaurant, you can sample buffets made with local ingredients and healthy Mediterranean dishes. There are also 16 other restaurants and cafes on the 1st and 3rd floor of the building offering everything from Japanese sushi and Abura-soba to Hawaiian BBQ and American-style burgers.
The hotel facilities include a Fitness Room with running machines and exercise bikes, which is complementary to use for all guests staying at the Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower. Rooms are pleasantly large with even standard rooms having a floor space of 32 m² and all rooms are non-smoking and offer excellent views with ceiling to floor windows. One thing to keep in mind before booking is that the Sasashima area is a 15-minute walk from Nagoya Station, although by train it’s just one stop on the Aonami line. Their concierge would also be able to help you book taxis and help you with any requests you may have.
Best 4-Star Hotels in Nagoya
Our list of 4-star hotels in Nagoya may not have the swimming pools or as many restaurant choices as the luxury hotels above, however they all feature stylish interiors with well-designed rooms, provide excellent service, and are centrally located around Nagoya Station, Fushimi Station or Hisaya-Odori Station (next to the TV tower).
Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
At the top of our picks of 4-star hotels is the JR Gate Tower. It’s directly connected to Nagoya Station which makes it convenient for exploring the city and day trips, and is opposite from the chic Midland Square and Dai Nagoya building skyscrapers which offer plenty of shopping and restaurant options. The glass-fronted hotel itself is modern and sleek as you can see from the image of the lobby above, and the entire property is a non-smoking building although there is a designated smoking area. As hotel rooms are located on the 18th to 24th floors of JR Gate Tower, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Nagoya skyline from your room and the 15th floor hotel restaurant where the breakfast buffet is served.
Facilities at the JR Gate Tower Hotel include a 24-hour fitness room equipped with treadmills and exercise bikes, which is free of charge for staying guests, allowing you to check out the scenery while you work out. The Gatehouse Restaurant on the 15th floor offers all-day dining from breakfast to dinner and showcases fresh produce from the local area, with the menu created by Daisuke Kaneko of the famous French restaurant L’AS in Aoyama, Tokyo. Room interiors have warm tones and are designed with neutral colours to create an open feeling, and Simmons’ mattresses are available in all rooms. Another handy item is a tablet provided in a room which can be used in English, Chinese or Korean.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Nagoya PREMIER
Frequent travellers to Japan will know that the Mitsui Garden chain can be trusted for their modern rooms and excellent service. The Mitsui Garden Premier hotels build on the regular hotel standard with their chic hotel interiors, and the Mitsui Garden Nagoya being no exception as you can see from the golden lobby design above. The hotel is close to Nagoya Station being a 5-minute walk on foot and on rainy or humid days, you can take an underground passageway straight from the station. Another draw for foodies will be the proximity of the Yanagibashi morning market location to the hotel, although you’ll need to be an early riser to get the best deals.
As the hotel rooms are all located from the 19th to 25th floors, you can expect impressive views of Nagoya city depending on your room location and floor. Moderate rooms are slightly smaller than other Nagoya hotels, so you may want to book a superior room if you are taking large luggage, however all rooms come with good quality mattresses and free access to the SPA and Japanese-style public bath facilities. The hotel restaurant on the 18th floor offers superb views 80 metres above street-level, which you can admire during their breakfast buffet. For lunches and dinners, they serve modern oriental dishes fusing local traditions with Mediterranean cuisine.
Hotel JAL City Nagoya Nishiki
You may recognise JAL in the name, and you would be correct in thinking the hotel is part of the JAL group, so you can earn mileage each night you stay. As you may expect from Japan’s flag carrier, the interior is modern and stylish, and rooms are well-designed. Location wise it’s a seven-minute walk from Fushimi Station, which is one stop from Nagoya Station, but if you have luggage with you, it might be easier to get a taxi as it’s a 5-minute ride. The hotel restaurant – Cafe Canal 1610 – serves a breakfast buffet which includes local dishes, french toast, and healthy salad bar options. Lunch is a semi-buffet affair, while the dinner menu is Italian casual dining that incorporates special products from the region.
Hotel JAL City Nagoya has relatively spacious rooms for 4-star hotels in Nagoya, as even the smallest room is 22.1m2. All rooms boast Simmons beds, are non-smoking, and come with high-quality air purifiers that also function as humidifiers. Another room feature would be their modern bathroom designs where baths and toilets are separated, so you can enjoy a nice relaxing bath or try the rain shower. Along with the standard room types, JAL City Nagoya has a universal-design twin room which has easy access for wheelchairs, and a twin room where an extra bed can be placed which will be convenient for families and small groups.
Hotel Keihan Nagoya
One of the newest hotels on our list is the Hotel Keihan Nagoya which opened in April 2020. Interiors are modern and bright, with attractive design features, and the hotel caters for both travellers on business or sightseeing in Nagoya. All hotels in the Keihan chain strive to be conveniently located, and the Keihan Nagoya does just that being 4 minutes walk from Hisaya Odori Station, which is one stop from Sakae Station, or 5 minutes by subway to Nagoya Station. It’s also close to Nagoya Castle which is within walking distance, as are the shopping areas and restaurants in Sakae.
The rooms at the Hotel Keihan Nagoya are compact but functional, come with a sitting area as well as a flat screen TV, and are fitted with a humidifying air purifier and a negative-ion hair dryer. For Breakfast, you can enjoy a buffet-style breakfast in a bright and open space restaurant on the 1st floor where Japanese and Western dishes are served. If you are travelling on business you may appreciate the self-service working space open from 12pm and available for a small 300 yen per hour charge, where you can drink 20 different kinds of coffee and cocoa from a Starbucks coffee machine.
Unique Hotels in Nagoya
When it comes to truly unique hotels in Japan, there are several you can only stay at in Nagoya such as the Lego themed LEGOLAND Japan, Tower Hotel Nagoya located in the TV Tower in Sakae, Nikko Style Hotel featuring a DJ booth in the lobby, and Lamp Light Books Hotel nagoya where the focus is truly on a journey into the literary world.
The Tower Hotel Nagoya
According to Time Out, The Tower Hotel Nagoya is the world’s first hotel inside a TV Tower. The iconic TV Tower is actually the oldest in Japan, and designed by Tachu Naito in 1954 before he set out to design Tokyo Tower. The hotel opened in 2020, and quickly gained popularity as a boutique hotel which incorporates the steel frames of the tower in light and airy modern bedrooms that command excellent views of the central park. In terms of location, the Tower Hotel is next to Hisaya Odori Station, and 4 minutes walk from Sakae Station, which makes it easy to access all the sightseeing spots and downtown Sakae.
As you may expect from a boutique hotel, there are a limited number of rooms available including twins, doubles, suites, and even an art gallery room. Rooms are completed with Airweave mattresses, high-quality furnishings and beautiful decor showcasing unique pieces by local artists. The hotel also has three restaurants – Glycine (Wisteria) offering heartfelt hospitality and regional cuisine, Banquet Lily serving casual French-based dishes for lunch and afternoon tea on some weekdays, and the more lively cafe & dinner “Farm&” on the 1st floor. Along with a fitness gym and tasteful artwork, you’ll find secret doors to restaurants, welcoming staff, and a complimentary breakfast included for all rooms.
Nikko Style Nagoya
Being recognised as one of the top 25 hotels in Japan on TripAdvisor and receiving the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award certainly puts Nikko Style Nagoya on everyone’s radar. It’s the first lifestyle hotel of the Okura Nikko Hotel chain, and themed around “good music, good sleep and good coffee”. While it is a good 10 minutes walk from Nagoya Station, Kokusai Center Station is 6 minutes away on foot, and by taxi it’s a 5 minute journey from Nagoya Station. Not far at all to travel to the first hotel in Nagoya to have a DJ booth and communal space in their lobby.
Nikko Style Hotel rooms are spacious at 30 m² and designed to create an open and comfortable space. Each room has a 49-inch 4K TV screen and Geneva speakers, and on the Premium Floor, they come with a whole array of VOD streaming services. If you’re on the Deluxe Floor, rooms are provided with Simmons beds, and then on the Deluxe+ floor, they’re equipped with an Airweave bed mattress and even a white noise machine for a peaceful night’s sleep. All guests can enjoy a 24-hour fitness gym for free of charge, and the cafe & bar where you can try their original blend coffee. Also, the Style Kitchen restaurant serves visually appealing breakfasts, and brings out the best in season for lunches and dinners.
Lamp Light Books Hotel nagoya
The concept of the Lamp Light Books Hotel nagoya is to provide guests with a hotel where guests can travel the world of books. If you’re a person who likes to read a book before bed, you can get your choice of book from the 24-hour open bookstore on the 1st floor, and lose yourself in the pages that night in your room. Being 3 minutes walk from Fushimi Station means the hotel is conveniently located, and it’s a 15-minute on foot to downtown Sakae, or one stop on the subway. Although this is a moderate 3-star accommodation, the design features in rooms and cleanliness, along with friendly staff mean Lamp Light Books Hotel nagoya is popular and highly rated.
Rooms are simple, functional, and clean and have dimmable illumination and reading lights. While compact, you’ll find each room has a desk and chair as well as a comfortable armchair sofa with Ottoman, so you can stretch your legs out for a comfortable read. A nice feature of the Moderate Doubles or Twins is their balconies overlooking the park, giving you both a view and additional dimension to the room. Breakfast is served on the 1st floor in the cafe area and consists of two types of mini-buns and a drink. Although the focus here is on reading, should you decide on a break, all rooms have flat screen TVs and come with free Wi-Fi.
LEGOLAND Japan Hotel
For families and Lego-enthusiasts, visiting LEGOLAND Japan or the nearby Sealife Nagoya aquarium, you’ll find the LEGOLAND Japan hotel conveniently placed just steps away from the entrance of LEGOLAND, which is just 25 minutes from Nagoya Station by train. As you can probably guess, the hotel has Lego theming everywhere, with Lego models in front of the hotel, and a Lego play area for children while you wait to check in. It doesn’t stop there though – you’ll find Lego to play with in all the rooms, Lego movies to watch for free, and a treasure hunt, so there’s guaranteed fun for all the family when you stay.
LEGOLAND Japan Hotel has five themed floors – Pirate, Kingdom Adventure, Lego NinjaGo and Lego Friends, and wallpaper theming in corridors and rooms make it easy to see which floor you’re on. Rooms themselves are generally 30 m² or larger for the suites, while themed and premium rooms consist of a Queen Bed and a Bunk Bed which can accommodate up to families of 4. Hotel facilities include a water play area (shallow pool up to 60 cm deep), Bricks Family buffet-style restaurant serving free breakfasts each morning, and the Skyline bar and restaurant, where dinners are made with seasonal Japanese products.
Honourable mention Hotels in Nagoya
A list of the top hotels in Nagoya would not be complete without these three hotels. While they don’t exactly fit into the categories above, they each are remarkable in their own way – be it for their history, hotel interior and exterior, or views.
Nagoya Kanko Hotel
One of the most prestigious hotels in the city is the Nagoya Kanko Hotel, which first opened its doors in 1936, and has been receiving VIPs and guests including members of royal and imperial families ever since. Despite its age, the hotel interior has been constantly updated to keep in line with modern standards. As it’s only a 2-minute walk from Fushimi Station, the hotel is centrally located being only one stop on the subway to either Nagoya or Sakae Station, and if you prefer to arrive comfortably, the taxi ride from Nagoya Station is just over 5 minutes. The hotel overlooks a small park on one side with a pond if you are looking for a quick stroll, or a 24-hour fitness gym for free of charge on the 5th floor for those in the mood for a full workout.
Rooms are elegant and tastefully furnished, and each provides guests with high quality organic cotton linens and towels as well as Bvlgari bath amenities. Room types range from Quad rooms on the Comfort floor to spacious 48 m2 Twins on the Deluxe floor, to even the 176 m2 Royal Suite. As for dining options, there are many starting with French restaurant Escoffier where you can choose from 200 fine wines, and Ryujo for Cantonese with a focus on seafood dishes. If you are looking for Japanese cuisine, you have Kuretake, Shoryu which specialises in Teppanyaki, and then Tenshachi for Tempura. Breakfast is served at Brasserie + Cafe Le Sud open from 7am while Jardin offers casual dining and a lounge from lunchtime.
The Strings Hotel Nagoya
Apart from the stunning lobby area, the Strings Hotel Nagoya has an impressive exterior facade that gives a great first impression. The hotel strives to create a unique experience for guests under the concept of “city-lifestyle” with the aim of offering fulfillment for all who visit and stay. While there, you can check out the impressive gothic-style “ArtGrace Cathedral”, modelled after St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NY or take a stroll in the garden when wedding ceremonies aren’t on. Although the hotel is a 15-minute walk from Nagoya Station, Sasashima-Raibu Station (next stop from Nagoya Station on the Aonami Line) is located just 3 minutes away on foot, or you can easily get a taxi.
Hotel rooms at The Strings Hotel come with humidifying air purifiers, LCD TVs and free WiFi. The bathroom is equipped with a rainfall showerhead, nano water (water purified with nanotechnology), and bath amenities including shampoo, conditioner and body wash from Mikimoto Cosmetics. Fussy sleepers will be satisfied with beds which either come with Sealy or Tempur mattresses depending on your room. There’s a good choice of restaurants too with all day dining at Chef’s Live Kitchen, Teppan-yaki restaurant Takumi, The Gramercy Suite with its open kitchen, and Italian dining available at Zillion. Meanwhile at the New York Lounge, you can enjoy drinks, desserts, or afternoon tea while relaxing on their comfortable sofas.
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Court Nagoya
As there are no tall buildings around the ANA Crowne Plaza Nagoya, it boasts a breath-taking panorama of the city and beyond from the top floors. All hotel rooms are modern and chic, and being located on the 16th through to 27th floors, they offer spectacular views of the region. Facilities at ANA Crowne Plaza Nagoya include a 24-hour fitness room which is available exclusively to staying guests, and is fitted with a wide range of equipment including aerobic machines and free weights. The hotel is a minute’s walk from Kanayama Station, which is a 5-minute train ride from Nagoya Station, and 8 minutes to downtown Sakae by subway.
Rooms are provided with ultra comfortable Simmons beds and Sleep Advantage, a unique system for guests to get a good night’s rest which includes relaxing eye warmers and bath salts. For dining options, the ANA Crowne Plaza Nagoya has plenty to choose from. Kenzan Sushi Restaurant offers Tokyo style sushi, Japanese Restaurant Tankuma Kitamise serves traditional Kyoto cuisine, while Chinese Restaurant Karin prepares colourful Chinese cuisine dishes. There’s also Sky Restaurant Star Gate on the 30th floor where chefs prepare French dishes in an open kitchen overlooking Nagoya, as well as all day dining at the Garden Court and the Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea.
Your reviews of the Best Hotels in Nagoya
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TIP: In Japan, the floor of a building at ground level is called the 1st floor, while the 2nd floor in Japan would be the 1st floor in the U.K. If you’re not used to this, it can be confusing to begin with, but all you have to remember is that the 1st floor in Japan is the ground floor in the U.K. and most of Europe.
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