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46th Central Japan Dental Show in Nagoya on February 18-19, 2023 (Image: Toukai-Shikasho Japan)

What & When?

The 46th Central Japan Dental Show is starting soon on February 18-19, 2023, at Nagoya Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion Hall in Fukiage, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya. This two-day event will be showcasing the latest advancement in dentistry technology & equipment in Japan’s Dental Industry. Through Japan Dental Tour 2023, Dentayori is organizing a group visit to the event. Register here to join the program. (You will get 15 units of monolithic zirconia by cipta d.lab for FREE and a certificate from Hi-Life Denture Academy). Note that: admission is limited to dentists, dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental assistants, students, dental-related businesses, and everyone related to dentistry.

How to get there?

This Nagoya main railway & subway lines map might come in handy. (Image: Aichi-Now)

It is recommended to make use of public transportation as there will be highly limited parking space available. For public transport there are 3 options:

  • You can take the subway Sakuradori Line and get off at “Fukiage” (Exit 5), it will be a short 5-minute walk from there.
  • Or, take the rapid train JR Chuo Line, and get off at Tsurumai (continue 5 minutes with a taxi) or drop at Chikusa (continue 10 minutes with a taxi).
  • Another way is to take the City Bus,
    • Departing from Nagoya Station (17) bound for Tashiro Honmachi, get off at “Fukiage”
    • Departing from Sakae (17) bound for Nagoya University, get off at “Fukiage”
    • Departing from Sakae (16) bound for Tashiro Honmachi, get off at “Furuinozaka” or “subway Fukiage”
    • Departing from Sakae (18) bound for Myokencho and get off at “Akebono 2-chome”

Who is on the show?

The dental show will contain numerous dental workshops, lectures, and exhibitions from many big players in Japan’s Dental Industry, with brand names such as Takara Belmont, Nakanishi, Dentsply Sirona, Morita, Japan Dental Industry, Yoshida, Aichi Dental Association, Kulzer Japan, and many others. The bread and butter of the show will of course be the more than 160 exhibition booths from various companies & institutions dealing in the advancement of Japanese dental technology, all vouching to deliver better comfort to patients and more efficient & accurate workflows for dentists & technicians.

According to Naoki Senoo, cooperative chairman of Tokai Dental Products, which is the organizer of the event, dentistry is now getting more attention both from the government and society as shown by the Japanese government’s plan to introduce a universal dental checkup policy for everyone. The support stems from seeing how oral health contributes directly to overall physical health, and maintaining the general health of teeth and mouth as early as possible will in turn leads to longevity, thereby reducing the medical cost for young and aging people in Japan. In accordance with such vision, this year’s 46th Central Japan Dental Show theme is celebrated as “Dental care that is close to people – health and longevity that starts with the mouth.”

A note from the organizer of the event is to please make sure to wear your medical-grade mask, remember to bring a hand sanitizer, and check your body temperature to ensure you are healthy and fit to attend the show. (Side note: for Muslim visitors, you can download the official Muslim Tourist Map from the government of Nagoya here).

What to do after the show?

If you’re not participating in the extra optional sightseeing tour with JapanHemat, you can travel on your own and enjoy Nagoya’s landmarks & touristy destinations after the show. There are many public transportations available such as trains, bus & subway that can take you around easily and affordably. Here are a few recommended places to visit near and around Central Nagoya (bear in mind that most places close somewhere around 16:00 local time, with shops opening up to 19:00 local time, please confirm on each landmark’s official website for the latest opening hours & admission information):

Aichi Dental Museum

Have you ever heard of a Dental Museum before? It is rare even in Japan, but this one was built in 1989 to help promote a better understanding of the importance of oral hygiene to society. Here you can see how the dental examination thought process transforms from ancient times up to the modern era.

On display in Aichi Dental Museum: oversized teeth carvings showing what people in ancient times thought as the cause of toothache (Image: japantravel.com)

The Dental Museum is located at Aichi Dental Association Hall in the urban neighborhood of Marunouchi and it is free to explore & worth the visit, you can get there by taking the Subway Sakura-Dori line, getting off at Hisaya-odori Station and walking a short distance there.

Osu Kannon Temple

A view of Osu Kannon Temple majestic entrance – the temple was originally built in 1333 (Image: kawaii-aichi.jp)

Osu / Kanayama region is an extremely popular shopping district, you can find almost anything here from electronic appliances to second-hand clothing and there’s also a twice-a-month antique market being held on the 18th and 28th; make sure to get yourself a good luck charm if you have a chance to visit the temple area.

One of Osu’s famous sweet confectionery called Uiro (sweet steamed cake) is often brought home as a souvenir (Image: Aichi-Now)

And, if you want to get your hands on some souvenirs to bring home while satisfying your taste buds with Japanese delicacies then the Osu district is your one-stop place to go. Rumor has it that the place is packed with more than 1,200 shops & restaurants; it is by definition Nagoya’s version of Harajuku.

Another famous sweet cake called Kaeru Manju ~sweet bun in the shape of a frog face filled with red-bean paste, it is criminally delicious when dipped in cold milk (Image: Aichi-Now)

To find your way to Osu Kannon Temple you can walk and follow the scent of sweet confectionery in the air, or as an alternative, you can also get there by:

  • Subway Tsurumai or Meijo line dropping off on “Kamimaezu” Sta., or
  • Subway Tsurumai-line getting off on “Osu Kannon” Sta.

Chubu Electric Power MIRAI TOWER

Nagoya’s version of a mini-Eiffel Tower is a must-see (Image: aichi-now.jp)

Definitely worth a visit, Chubu Electric Power MIRAI TOWER is Japan’s first consolidated radio tower. It soars 90 meters above ground and from the observation deck on top you can enjoy an awe-inspiring 360 degrees view of Nagoya City that looks especially pretty at night.

Located at the very center of Nagoya in Sakae, you can get there by:

  • A 3-minute walk from Exit 3 or Exit 4 from Sakae Station on the Meijo and Higashiyama subway lines, as well as Sakaemachi Station on the Meitetsu Line, or
  • Just outside of Exit 4B from the south ticket gate of Hisaya-odori Station on the Meijo and Sakura-Dori subway lines

Nagoya Castle

This historic structure is the heart & the cultural influence of Nagoya city in the past & present time. (Image: Casia Charlie, Pexels)

Experience a taste of Nagoya’s past by visiting this 17th-century building made by Tokugawa Ieyasu for his son Yoshinao. On weekends and holidays, there will also be an Omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) performance shown.

You can get to Nagoya Castle by:

  • A 5-minute walk from Exit 7 of Nagoya Castle Station on the Meijo subway line, or
  • drop off just next to the Meguru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus “4 Nagoya Castle” Bus Stop

So exciting, right? These are just some of the more interesting places that you can visit while in Nagoya, but there are a whole bunch more that we haven’t covered here. Stay tuned! We might just update the article in the future times. Also, we’re eager to hear what other places you would definitely recommend as a must-see, must-go, and must-experience in Nagoya, so please send us your stories!