Translated by Emily Dempster
High in the Nagoya Sky: Oasis 21, the Glass Plaza!
Written by Keisuke Yamada
What's in Nagoya anyway? Read on to find out about Oasis 21, a veritable shopping "oasis" amidst the many buildings in Nagoya.
Nagoya, the capital city of Aichi Prefecture. Following Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka, Nagoya has the fourth highest population in Japan.
There are lots of buildings in Nagoya such as, Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Shrine, where you can really feel the Nagoya of times past. In stark contrast to these traditional buildings, Nagoya also features many popular tourist destinations that emphasise modern architecture and techniques, such as the Nagoya City Science Museum and the SCMaglev and Railway Park. Today, let's take a look at Oasis 21, a floating glass plaza in the middle of Nagoya city which was constructed in 2002.
While you are wandering around Nagoya, this giant building just comes into view, and its intriguing shape really makes you want to get to the top. You have to try it, at least once!
Right next to the Nagoya TV Tower
At the mention of a shopping district in Nagoya, everyone will either think of the area around Nagoya Station or Sakae Station. Oasis 21 is near Sakae Station.
Also near Sakae Station, is the Nagoya TV Tower, which is very much a symbol of Nagoya. Oasis 21 is located right next to the TV Tower, so if you head in that direction you can easily find it.
Journey to the top of Oasis 21!
Oasis 21 is designed so that you can get to the topmost plaza. There are two ways to get up: stairs or elevators. We personally think that the stairs are the better option, as you can enjoy watching the light reflections and twinkling water from beneath as you work your way up.
You can only partially see it in the lower part of this photo, but near Oasis 21 is a place called Sunshine Sakae, which has a Ferris Wheel. If you want to see Nagoya from an even higher vantage point, we recommend checking out this Ferris Wheel, as it's quite close by.
You can see the characteristic glass roof of Oasis 21 from below when you take the stairs.
Arriving at Spaceship Aqua
At long last, you arrive at the top. This area is officially known as Spaceship Aqua.
From Spaceship Aqua, you can see Nagoya TV Tower, and take in the calming breeze. The characteristic top layer of the roof at Oasis 21 is covered in a flowing, veil-like sheet of water which reflects light to create countless glittering ripples.
Additionally, Spaceship Aqua is pointed in the direction of Nagoya Castle.
Events beneath the Spaceship
The lower section of Oasis 21 is known as the Galaxy Platform, and is a multi-purpose events stage.
The Galaxy Platform has a very open atmosphere, due to the natural light flowing in through the ceiling overlapping with the beautiful blue floor.
So what do you think?
Nagoya city features not only historical buildings, but also modern-day buildings like Oasis 21, which cater to every kind of traveler who may pass through.
Not only that, but Nagoya also features a food culture unlike any other in Japan, so you should definitely sample some of the local cuisine.
Address: 1-11-1 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Closest Station: 3-minute walk from Sakae Station on either the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijousen Subway Line
Website: Oasis 21