The Nagoya city science museum and planetarium under. A recent municipal survey showed Nagoya was last on the list of favourite tourist spots in Japan. Photo: Shutterstock

Japan’s dullest city tries to get party started but will anybody come?

Hope springs eternal among some local officials, but the nation’s fourth-largest city remains a mediocre-at-best destination, seemingly forever in the shadows of glitzy Tokyo and historic Kyoto

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The Nagoya city science museum and planetarium under. A recent municipal survey showed Nagoya was last on the list of favourite tourist spots in Japan. Photo: Shutterstock
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.