Naka Ward (中区, Naka-ku, "Middle Ward") is one of the 16 wards of the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2019, the ward has an estimated population of 90,918 and a population density of 9,693 persons per km². The total area is 9.38 km².
Naka Ward is located in the center of Nagoya city. Largely hemmed in by Sakura-dōri (桜通り), Ōtsu-dōri (大津通り), Fushimi-dōri (伏見通り) and Tsurumai-dōri (鶴舞通り), it contains the main shopping area of Sakae which includes a massive air-conditioned 5 square-kilometer underground mall and the 'after-five' semi-red light districts of Nishiki and Shin-sakae.
Naka Ward was one of the original four wards of the city of Nagoya, established on April 1, 1908. On February 1, 1944 a portion of Naka Ward was divided out to become Sakae Ward (栄区, Sakae-ku), but was merged back into Naka Ward on November 3, 1945. Most of the area was completely destroyed during the bombing of Nagoya in World War II. After the war, the layout of the streets was changed to a grid pattern, with wide streets serving as firebreaks. The city is especially proud of Sakae's 100-meter road (100メートル道路) so named because of its width. There are small parks and areas for public performances in the area between two four-lane roads that service the city centre. The road is about 100 m (328 ft) in width, and 1 km (0.6 mi) in length.
Until the 1980s, town-planners were not allowed to build structures more than six stories in height outside of the business districts.
In addition the Sakae shopping area, there is also Ōsu, a sprawling old-style small-trader shopping area spreading out from the large Ōsu Kannon (大須観音), a Buddhist temple that holds flea markets. The covered streets housing numerous restaurants and stores selling fashion garments, electronics and alternative medicine give a small taste of what Japan might have been like before modernization. Between Ōsu and Sakae in Shirakawa Park are the city's Science and Modern Art museums. South of Ōsu is Kanayama Station (straddling the border with Atsuta-ku and Nakagawa-ku), Nagoya's second-most important rail transportation hub after Nagoya Station and a major access point for the Central Japan International Airport. Many izakayas and pachinko parlors can be found in its vicinity.Naka-ku is also home to the city's Opera House and the main government offices, including the Nagoya City Hall and the Aichi Prefectural Government Office.When Matsuzakaya was an independent company, its headquarters were in Naka-ku.
Tokyo University of Social Welfare
JR Central - Chūō Main Line
Kanayama - Tsurumai
Meitetsu – Seto Line
Nagoya Municipal Subway – Higashiyama Line
Fushimi - Sakae
Nagoya Municipal Subway – Sakura-dōri Line
Nagoya Municipal Subway – Meijō Line
Kanayama – Higashi Betsuin – Kamimaezu - Yabachō – Sakae – Hisaya-ōdōri – Shiyakusho
Nagoya Municipal Subway – Tsurumai Line
Marunouchi – Fushimi – Ōsu Kannon – Kamimaezu – Tsurumai
Ring Route (Nagoya Expressway)
Route 2 (Nagoya Expressway)
Japan National Route 19
Japan National Route 22
Japan National Route 41
Japan National Route 153
Notable local attractions
Nagoya TV Tower
Nagoya City Science Museum
Nagoya City Art Museum
Electricity Museum, Nagoya
Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Hisaya Ōdori Park
Ran no Yakata
Noted people from Naka-ku, Nagoya
Oda Nobunaga – samurai during the Sengoku period
Midori Ito – professional figure skater
Kanako Murakami - professional figure skater
Hiroshi Tachi –actor, singer