Get off the Meijo line at Shiyakusho station and you’re underneath the boulevard beside which Nagoya City Hall stands. Nagoya Castle is diagonally across the boulevard from Nagoya City Hall, hence this castle plan designed on stairs in the metro station.
… as well as the obligatory shachihoko.
This corridor directly connects the metro station with the basement floor of the city hall.
… which looks like this from above the ground.
It looked like this less than a century ago.
Nagoya City Hall 名古屋市庁舎, designed by Kingo Hirabayashi 平林金吾 and completed in 1933, is in the Imperial Crown style that was popular in the 1930s. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the clock tower (53 metres in height) is crowned with shachihoko. The rooftop was partly reinforced so as to be able to support an anti-aircraft artillery.