The first stage of the reconstruction project of Nagoya Castle “Honmaru palace”(/本丸御殿, honmaru-goten, the main palace) being completed , opened to public on the 29th. (http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/) and (http://www.hommaru-palace.city.nagoya.jp/)
The castle was originally built in 1615 as the residence and palace of the feudal lords of the Owari Tokugawa family which was the top lineage of the three highest relative family-clans of the Tokugawa shogun family. The Honmaru palace was actually the residence for the lords and later on it came to be used exclusively for the guest house for shoguns when they visited the castle.
The palace’s pre-openning show was hosted to the press and a grand opening ceremony was hosted by the city with Nagoya Mayor, Takashi Kawamura, who confidently made a remark where he told the press that this reconstruction was quite accurate and faithful according to the original design’s blueprint, Shoichiro Toyota, honorary chairperson of Toyota, and other about 250 guests. Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-tai (/名古屋おもてなし武将隊, Nagoya hospitality warlords group), which is a dance performer’s group of six whose members wear special costumes of warlords in warring state age joined and conducted a performance show there. The six warlords of Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Ieyasu Tokugawa, Toshiie Maeda, Kiyomasa Kato, and Keiji, whose parts are performed by the Busho-tai members were all from Nagoya, closer areas,or related to those areas and still popular in those areas or even nationwide as historical figures. (http://www.hommaru-palace.city.nagoya.jp/)
Nagoya Castle Park is open 9:00am – 16:30pm(entrance to the Keep or Honmaru palace is up to 16:00pm) but 9:00am – 18:30pm(entrance up to 17:00pm) between May 29th – Sep. 1st in 2013. The addmission fee is ￥500 for an adult and ￥100 for an elderly citizen of Nagoya City, and free of charge for a junior high school student and younger, and discounts are available for certain types of a group.