In 1612, feudal lords all
over the country, built Nagoya castle by the order of Tokugawa
Ieyasu who was the supreme ruler in practice. It is larger
than any other castles in Japan. From here Owari family
ruled Nagoya region through 250 years (Owari family is one
of the important sons of Ieyasu). After the samurai left
the political stage, many buildings had stood even in time
of modernization. However, castle burnt down under the Pacific
War, so Tensyu, the main tower, and other parts of castle
were rebuilt later.
Nagoya has played a role as central city in Japan as well
as capital in its region, since castle was built.