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Nagoya, which is known for excellent performing arts nurtured by its long history and tradition, offers various kinds of events. You can enjoy seasonal events all year around.

Enjoy Japan's Traditional Setsubun Festivals

The Japanese word Setsubun means the parting of seasons, and in modern-day Japan, particularly represents the period between the changing of winter to spring. During this period (February 3), people throw beans around inside their houses in order to dispel evil spirits.

Nagoya's main Setsubun festival information:

◆Osu Kannon Setsubun Treasure Ship Parade
February 3, from 1:18 PM–3:00 PM
Transportation: Osu Kannon Station on the subway
Inquiries: +81-52-231-6525
For more details, click here.

◆Kasadera Kannon (Kannon's Lucky Direction This Year)
Transportation: Meitetsu Moto Kasadera Station
Inquiries: +81-52-821-1367
Night Festival Before Setsubun: February 2, from 8:00 PM–12:00 AM
Setsubun Festival: February 3, from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
For more details, click here.

◆Jimokuji Kannon
Transportation: Meitetsu Jimokuji Station
Inquiries: +81-52-442-3076
Setsubun: February 3, from 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

◆Arako Kannonji
Transportation: Takabata Station on the subway, Arako Station on the Aonami Line
Inquiries: +81-52-361-1778
Setsubun Festival (First Half): February 3, from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Setsubun Festival (Second Half): February 3, from 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
For more details, click here.

◆Ryusenji
Transportation: Ryusenjiguchi Station on the elevated bus line, the Yutorito Line
Inquiries: +81-52-794-3647
Night Festival Before Setsubun: February 2, from 8:00 PM–12:00 AM
Setsubun Festival: February 3, from 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
For more details, click here.

ScheduleFebruary 2–3, 2018

Special Exhibition: The Doll Festival of the Owari Tokugawa Family

The gathering and exhibition of the gorgeous Hina dolls and their accessories worthy of the Owari clan, head of the three high Tokugawa clans of the Edo era. Also see the overwhelming 7-meter-wide terraced display platform with Hina dolls from the Meiji Era to the Showa era.

ScheduleThe beginning of February–middle of April
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance allowed until 30 minutes before closing)
PlaceThe Tokugawa Art Museum
AccessCity bus/Meitetsu bus (Tokugawaen Shindeki), Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus (The Tokugawa Art Museum)
TEL+81-52-935-6262
FAX+81-52-935-6261
URLhttp://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/External Link
Admission FeeRequired
1,400 yen, etc.

Toyoda Gosei Rink

A mysterious skating rink you can slide around on with skates even though it's not ice!
You can skate on this rink as it is made of a special plastic material. First-time skaters and children can easily experience skating as you don't get wet if you fall, and it's not cold. At night, images are projected onto the rink's surface, so you can enjoy the illumination in the middle of the rink.

Closed: None during the event period
Website:
*Japanese page only
https://www.nagoyatv.com/toyodagoseirink/

ScheduleNovember 18, 2017–February 25, 2018

Weekdays: 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays / winter vacation (12/25–1/6): 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing
PlaceGalaxy Platform in Oasis 21
1-11-1 Higashi Sakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
AccessSakae Station on the Meijo and Higashiyama subway lines
TEL+81-52-331-9966 (Event Department, Nagoya TV)
Admission FeeRequired

Weekdays: 900 yen for junior high school students and older, 500 yen for elementary school students and younger
National holidays: 1,200 yen for junior high school students and older, 500 yen for elementary school students and younger

Weeping Plum Tree Festival

View the flowers of approximately 700 trees, both red and white plum trees, as they come into bloom. Enjoy a petting zoo with small animals, street performances (*cancelled on rainy days), an open-air market, and bonsai display during the event period. *Parking during the event period is 500 yen.

ScheduleFrom the middle of February to the end of March
9:00 AM–4:30 PM (Changes possible due to blooming circumstances. Held everyday during the event period.)
PlaceNagoya Agricultural Center
AccessSubway (Hirabari Station/Akaike Station)
TEL+81-52-801-5221
FAX+81-52-801-5222
URLhttp://www.city.nagoya.jp/kurashi/category/19-8-4-2-2-0-0-0-0-0.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeRequired
Some events require admission fees
(500 yen during the event period)

Plum Blossom Information

◆Nagoya Castle
Inquiries: +81-52-231-1700
More than 10 kinds of approximately 100 trees (white and red plum trees)
Middle of February–beginning of March

◆Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens (closed Mondays)
Inquiries: +81-52-782-2111
Approximately 20 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees)
Middle of February–middle of March

◆Togokusan Fruit Park (closed Mondays)
Inquiries: +81-52-736-3344
35 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees, weeping plum trees)
Beginning of February–middle of March

◆Oagata Shrine
Inquiries: +81-568-67-1017
Approximately 300 trees (red and white weeping plum trees)
Middle of February–middle of March

ScheduleThe end of January–middle of March

Plum blossom viewing at Nagoya Castle

160 plum trees in the vicinity of Nagoya Castle (Natsuka, Nanko, Michishirube, Bungo, Omoinomama)

ScheduleMid-February to Late March
PlaceNagoya Castle
TEL+81-52-231-1700
FAX+81-52-201-3646
URLhttp://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/External Link
Admission FeeAdmission fees apply
ContactNagoya Castle Management Office

Plum blossom viewing at Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

200 plum trees (Omoinomama, Enou, Benichidori, Aojiku, Michishirube…etc)

ScheduleMid-February to Late March
PlaceNagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
TEL+81-52-782-2111
FAX+81-52-782-2140
URLhttp://www.higashiyama.city.nagoya.jpExternal Link
Admission FeeAdmission fees apply
ContactNagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Konomiya Hadaka (Naked) Festival

An awe-inspiring festival with that has been celebrated since the Nara Period. A religious ceremony in which a large number of (almost) naked men jostle with each other in order to touch a purified man (the Shin Otoko) and become blessed.

ScheduleFebruary 28 (Wed), 2018
PlaceKonomiya Shrine, Inazawa City, (1-1-1 Konomiya, Inazawa city)
AccessTake Meitetsu Main line train from Nagoya Station bound for Gifu,
and get off at Konomiya Station (roughly 13 minutes from Nagoya Sta.)
The Shrine is a 3-min. walk from Konomiya Station.
TEL+81-587-23-2121
URLhttp://www.konomiya.or.jpExternal Link
ContactKonomiya

Kinekosa Festival

The Kinekosa Festival is held annually to pray for yakuyoke (protection from evil), shison hanei (prosperity), tenka taihei (peace), and gokoku houjyou (a good harvest). It is specifically believed that prayers for yakuyoke are particularly effective at this festival. The implements for the festival include kine (vertical mallets) and kosa (rice cake removed from kine) for which this festival was named.

First, male participants carry a piece of green bamboo to the Shonai River near Hichishosha Shrine and stand it up in the middle of the river. Then, a man from among them climbs up the green bamboo, and the direction in which the bamboo is bent or broken by the man’s weight is used to guide prayer and make predictions about the harvest.,Festival events are also held in the precincts of the shrine, and the kine and kosa are used to touch visitors during the festival. The visitors touched by these tools are believed to be protected from evil.

This festival at Hichishosha Shrine, said to have been established around A.D. 884 (Genkei 8), is registered as an intangible cultural asset and is one of the three major eccentric festivals in Owari.

ScheduleEvery 17th day of the first month of the lunar calendar
PlaceNanasho-sha (Nanasho shrine)
TEL+81-52-412-3671
FAX+81-52-412-0538
URLhttp://www.kinekosa.comExternal Link
ContactNanasho-sha (Nanasho shrine)

Special Collection of Recommended Sightseeing Spots You Can Enjoy Even on Mondays

Monday is known for facilities like art museums and zoos being closed. Here is a collection of recommended sightseeing spots you can enjoy even on Mondays.

In Nagoya, these ≪staple spots≫ are where to go

Nagoya Castle

The shimmering golden "shachi" upon Nagoya Castle's donjon (castle tower) is a symbol of the city. Within the castle is a museum where you can have fun learning about Nagoya's history. Reconstruction of the Hommaru Palace is also progressing, and completed areas open to the public as they occur.

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Shiyakusho Station on the subway
Nagoya Castle bus stop on the Me~guru bus route
Closed: Year-end/new year holiday
Website

Nagoya Castle

Osu Shopping District and Osu Kannon Temple

The "most active shopping district in Japan," lined with shops of all kinds offering household appliances, used clothing, fine food, etc. The flea market held within Osu Kannon Temple's premises is also popular.

Access Method: Osu Kannon Station and Kamimaezu Station on the subway
Closed: Osu Kannon Temple open year-round
Days closed differ from store to store in the shopping district
Website

Osu Shopping District and Osu Kannon Temple

Atsuta Shrine

This historical shrine is the second most revered after Ise Shrine, and is known for holding one of Japan's three sacred treasures, the legendary "Kusanagi-no-Mitsurugi" sword.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from Jingu-mae Station on the Meitetsu Line
7-minute walk from Jingu Nishi Station on the subway
Closed: Open year-round (Treasure Hall closed the last Wednesday of the month and the following day)
Website

Atsuta Shrine

Enjoy the city in ≪downtown Nagoya's Sakae area≫

Nagoya TV Tower

From its observation deck 100 meters above ground, look over the city of Nagoya and its outlying mountains. Lit up at night, this spot becomes a romantic setting, and has been named a "Lovers' Sanctuary."

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Hisaya-odori Station and Sakae Station on the subway
Closed: Open year-round (closed once a year for maintenance)
Website

Nagoya TV Tower

Oasis 21

This three-dimensional park is known for its giant floating "Spaceship-Aqua" glass roof. A variety of events are held on the "Galaxy Platform" atrium.

Access Method: Directly connected to Sakae Station on the subway
Closed: Twice a year
Website

Oasis 21

Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie

Feel nature while relaxing among gardens with blooming seasonal flowers. Also enjoy great tasting food and shopping.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station on the subway
Closed: Year-end/new year holiday
Website

Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie

Go on an excursion to ≪the city's outer edge≫

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Focused on bullet trains, and featuring train car exhibits from local trains to the Superconducting Maglev train. You can learn about the workings of railroads and their histories through things like dioramas and driving simulators.

Access Method: 2-minte walk from Kinjo-futo Station on the Aonami Line
Closed: Tuesdays, year-end/new year holiday
Website

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Get an introduction to the tie-dyeing culture of the Arimatsu and Narumi area. Walking through the still existing beautiful townscape portrayed in the woodblock prints of even Hokusai and Hiroshige is recommended.

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Arimatsu Station on the Meitetsu Line
Closed: Open throughout April-November
Closed on Wednesdays and the year-end/new year holiday from December-March
*May be closed at unspecified times

Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Nagoya Ceramics Hall

An exhibition introduction to pottery pieces for export which have captivated the world. The building's art deco atmosphere, featuring things like ceiling reliefs, is also worth a look.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from the Akatsuka Shirakabe city bus stop
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, the summer season, year-end/new year holiday
*May be closed at unspecified times

Nagoya Ceramics Hall

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