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Festivals and Events Calendar

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.

2016-2017 Year-end and New Year Holiday Special Feature

An abundance of fun, must-see New Year's events during the year-end and new year holiday like countdown events, the tolling of temple bells, the first visit of the year to a shrine or temple, and special new year events. Have a wonderful time bringing in the new year in Nagoya with family and friends.

New Year's Eve Events

New Year's Countdown & First Opening of Nagoya Castle's Gates

Date and time:
◆New Year's countdown
From 11:30 p.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)
◆First opening of the gates
From 9:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)

Location: Nagoya Castle
Count down together with Nagoya's idol group "Team Syachihoko" and the members of "Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai."
At the First Opening of the Gates Ceremony, you can enjoy the traditional entertainment of "Owari Manzai."

New Year's Countdown & First Opening of Nagoya Castle's Gates

Nagashima Countdown & New Year's Party 2017

Date and time: 8:00 p.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)–3:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)
Location: Nagashima Spa Land

Enjoy live performances by famous artists and fireworks. You can also enjoy the amusement park rides.

Nagashima Countdown & New Year's Party 2017

 

LAGUNA TEN BOSCH New Year's COUNT DOWN 2017

Date and time: 10:00 a.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)–1:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)
Location: Lagunasia, Laguna Ten Bosch

Enjoy live performances by famous artists and fireworks. You can also enjoy the amusement park rides.

LAGUNA TEN BOSCH New Year's COUNT DOWN 2017 


First Sounding of Temple Bells & D-K Live Digital Scroll Art at Higashi Betsuin

Date and time: 8:00 p.m., December 31, 2016 (Sat)–1:30 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday)
Location: Higashi Betsuin (Shinshu Otani-ha Nagoya Betsuin)
Enjoy a collaborative performance of light, art, and traditional Japanese culture with performances of "D-K Digital Scroll" art and the magical atmosphere it creates through projections of digital images on historic architecture, Noh theater, Japanese taiko drums, and more.

First Sounding of Temple Bells & D-K Live Digital Scroll Art at Higashi Betsuin


Tolling of Temple Bells

Date and time: December 31–January 1
Location: Temples everywhere
In Japan, the tolling of bells on New Year's Eve is done in what is called Joya no Kane. The bells are struck 108 times. It is said that within people dwell 108 worldly temptations (responsible for deceiving people's hearts and causing suffering in them), and the bells are run to expel those temptations. There are many temples where you yourself can strike the bell.
For more details, click here.

Tolling of Temple Bells


Date and time: 5:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday) (Final admission at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: Nagoya TV Tower
You can watch the first sunrise of the year from two observation decks; the Sky Deck (90-meters high, indoor) and the Sky Balcony (100-meters high, outdoor). All those who come can receive an original TV Tower calendar as a gift.
*Admission limited to 400 people.

Nagoya TV Tower


Date and time: 5:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m., January 1, 2017 (Sun/National holiday) (Tentative)
Location: Midland Square Sky Promenade
You can watch the first sunrise of the year from the tallest building in Nagoya.

Midland Square Sky Promenade


First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple

First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple

Date and time: January
Location: Temples, shrines, etc.
Japan has a custom, known as hatsumoude, where people visit temples and shrines in the beginning of the new year. People pray to ensure that the new year will be a good year.
For more details, click here.

First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple


Other

Matsu wo Kotohogu, Celebrating New Year at Tokugawaen

Date and time: December 13, 2016 (Tue)–January 15, 2017 (Sun)
*Closed: Mondays (if a national holiday or compensatory holiday, the immediately following weekday), Year-end and New Year Holiday (December 29–January 1, 3)
Location: Tokugawaen
This is a special event held to celebrate the new year.
The "Shinshun Manzai" performance is held in Tokugawaen Hall on January 8.

Matsu wo Kotohogu, Celebrating New Year at Tokugawaen


New Year Tea Party at Shirotori Garden

Date and time: January 7, 2017 (Sat)–January 9, 2017 (Mon/Compensatory holiday)
Location: Shirotori Garden
Enjoy tea ceremony in Seiu-tei, a tea house authentically built in with sukiya-style architecture, while gazing at beautiful yukizuri (ropes to prevent branches from snapping under heavy snow) scenery. A traditional Japanese instrument concert is also held on the 7th and 9th.

New Year Tea Party at Shirotori Garden


Chinese New Year Festival in Nagoya

Date and time: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (from 11:00 a.m. on January 7), January 7, 2017 (Sat)–January 9, 2017 (Mon/Compensatory holiday)
Location: Hisaya Plaza, Hisaya Odori Park
The traditional Chinese lunar new year's "Chinese New Year Festival" is held. Learn about Chinese culture through this traditional festival. You can also get a taste of flavors, scents, and emotions. For more details, click here.

Chinese New Year Festival in Nagoya

 

Nagoya's winter illuminations 2016-2017

There are a lot of entertaining events during the Nagoya winter, such as illuminations, projection mappings, markets, ice rinks and fireworks.Time is precious, so spend it with someone special.

ASUNAL KANAYAMA Xmas feat.LEGOLAND®Japan

Date: November 9th, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Asunal Kanayama (JR, Meitetsu or Subway  Meijo-Line Kanayama sta.)
Enjoy the 8-meter-high Christmas tree decorated with ornaments made from around sixty thousand LEGO® blocks. You can sit in a sleigh pulled by reindeer (made of LEGO® blocks) and take pictures as well.

ASUNAL KANAYAMA Xmas feat.LEGOLAND®Japan

STAR LIGHT FANTASIA by NAKED -NAGOYA TV TOWER-

Date: November 26th, 2016 - February 26th, 2017
Venue: Nagoya TV Tower (Subway Meijo-Line or Higashiyam-Line Sakae sta.)

Starry skies are projected onto the windows and ceiling of the observation deck and you can enjoy the night-time scenery and projection mapping at the same time. The feeling is just like being surrounded by the night sky.

STAR LIGHT FANTASIA by NAKED -NAGOYA TV TOWER-

 

Shirotori Garden: Paper Lamp Art Festival

Date: December 1st, 2016 - December 11th, 2016
Venue: Shirotori Garden (Subway Meijo-Line Jingunishi sta.)

You can see and enjoy a Japanese-style lighting-up double bill of paper lamps made of “Mino washi" (Mino paper: a type of Japanese paper created in Gifu Prefecture) and the lighting-up of the autumn leaves.

Shirotori Garden Paper Lamp Art Festival  


FLARIE Illumination

Date: November 19th, 2016 - March 31st, 2017
Venue: Hisaya-Odori Garden FLARIE (Subway Meijo-Line Yaba-cho sta. )

FLARIE Illumination


Noritake Garden Illumination

Date: November 3rd, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Noritake Garden (Subway Higashiyama-Line Kamejima sta. or Sightseeing Route Bus Me-guru Noritake Garden sta.)

Noritake Garden Illumination


Toyoda-gosei Rink

Date: November 19th, 2016 - February 26th, 2017
Venue: Oasis21 (Subway Meijo-Line or Higashiyam-Line Sakae sta.)

Toyoda-gosei Rink


Nagoya Xmas Market 2016

Date: December 9th, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Hisaya-Odori Park (Subway Meijo-Line Yaba-cho sta. )

Nagoya Xmas Market 2016


FIREWORKS by NAKED

Date: December 3rd, 2016 - December 25th, 2016
Venue: Nagoya Port Area (Subway Meijo-Line Nagoya Port sta.)

FIREWORKS by NAKED


ISOGAI fireworks theater in Nagoya

Date: December 24th, 2016
Venue: Nagoya Port Area (Subway Meijo-Line Nagoya Port sta.)

ISOGAI fireworks theater in Nagoya


Centrair sky illumination ~around the world~

Date: November 23rd, 2016 - March 31st, 2017
Venue: Sky deck of 4th floor, Chubu Centrair International Airport Nagoya

Centrair sky illumination ~around the world~


Nabana no Sato Illumination

Date: October 15th, 2016 - March 7th, 2017
Venue: Nabana no Sato (30 minutes by highway bus from Nagoya station)

Nabana no Sato Illumination


LAGUNA Illumination

Date: November 3rd, 2016 - March 31st, 2017)
Venue: LAGUNA TEN BOSCH LAGUNASIA (15 miuntes bus ride from Gamagori station on JR Tokaido line)

LAGUNA Illumination

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.naka.nagoya.jp/External Link
Admission FeeAdmission fees apply
ContactNagoya Castle Management Office

teamLab★Island Dance! Art Exhibition, Learn & Play! Future Park

“teamLab” is an "Ultra-technologists" group which develops creative projects, mainly in the digital realm. Their art exhibitions are held all over the world and highly regarded.

ScheduleNovember 12, 2016 (Sat) to February 12, 2017 (Sun)
9:30 to 17:00 (last accepted 16:30)

Closing day:Every Monday, the other by a closed day calendar of the Nagoya City Science Museum
PlaceNAGOYA CITY SCIENCE MUSEUM
AccessSubway Higashiyma-Line Fushimi sta. Exit 5
TEL+81-52-201-4486
Admission Fee800 yen Small-junior high school students 500 yen General 1,400 yen high school, college students

Satsuki Azalea

Starting Saturday, May 21, the Satsuki Azalea Competition will begin at Nagoya Castle! Around 300 Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Trees will give beautiful color to the early summer Nagoya Castle.

Satsuki Azalea

・Blooming Period: From May 10 to around June 20

・Named after the old lunar calendar month it blooms, Satsuki (May)

・Species of Rhododendron indicum, a type of azalea

・Japanese Language of Flowers meaning: Cooperation

Dates: Saturday May 21 to June 5, 2016
Location: Nishinomaru Area, Nagoya Castle 
http://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.html
We look forward to seeing you there!

ScheduleSaturday May 21 to June 5, 2016
PlaceNagoya castle
AccessSubway Meijo-Line Shiyakusho station
Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Me-Guru Nagoya Castle station
TEL+81-52-231-1700
FAX+81-52-201-3646
URLhttp://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.htmlExternal Link

Aichi Triennale 2016

Aichi Triennale is an international art festival. About 80 artists from inside and outside of Japan get together.
This event takes place in many different places in Nagoya city, Toyohashi city, Okazaki city.  You will encounter
fabulous arts, performing arts, etc in the city.

Schedule11th of August 2016~23rd of October 2016 (for 74 days)
PlaceNagoya, Toyohashi, Okazaki
URLhttp://aichitriennale.jp/english/index.htmlExternal Link

Wakamiya Festival

This festival is held at Wakamiya Hachimansha Shrine, Sochinju (a general village shrine) in Nagoya as a big annual festival. The Fukurokuju-sha is a float registered as a cultural property and is very valuable in that it carries four wind-up dolls. Shinyotogyo-Dashihoei (a Shinto ritual to carry a portable shrine and a float) was resumed at the 1985 festival. When the procession of floats are brought out and carried through Nagoya, it resembles ancient picture scrolls showing the traditional ritual.

ScheduleMay 15th and 16th
PlaceWakamiya Hachiman-sha (Wakamiya Hachiman Shrine)
TEL+81-52-241-8010
FAX+81-52-251-2414
URLhttp://www.ohsu.co.jp/wakamiya.htmlExternal Link
ContactWakamiya Hachiman-sha (Wakamiya Hachiman Shrine)

Chinese New Year

Lots of chinese food, dances and more at this Chinese New Year festival in Nagoya.

 

ScheduleJanuary 7, 2017 (Sat)–January 9, 2017 (Mon/Compensatory holiday)
PlaceHisaya Park
AccessA few minutes walk from [sakae], [yaba-cho]station
TEL052-325-4657
URLhttp://www.n-cj.comExternal Link

Yattokame cultural festival

The festival is held to discover and spread Nagoya’s allure to the world, which has a long history and rich culture.

“Tsuji Kyogen”*1, “Tea ceremony party”, Maiko/Geiko traditional dance*2, Noh play*3 and a wide variety of Nagoya's traditional entertainment will be played in many areas around Nagoya. The play performances and popular entertainments are at Osu Engeijo theater, Oasis21 and more.  “Machinaka Terakoya”*4 which you can learn traditional culture and the historical walking tours will be the valuable experiences of Japanese culture for you. Some of the performances is free admission!

*1 Kyogen: a form of traditional Japanese comic theater.
*2 Maiko/Geiko: Women professional entertainers who attend guests during meals, banquets and other occasions. (Meal is not included)
*3 Noh: a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century       
*4 Terakoya: private educational institutions during the Edo period

Schedule29th of October 2016~20th of November 2016
PlaceOasis 21(Sakae sta.), Nagoya Noh Theater(10 min. walk from Sengencho station), Osu Engeijo theater(5 min. walk from Osu Kannon sta.) and more.
URLhttp://www.yattokame.jpExternal Link

Autumn leave viewing around Nagoya

Autumn tints the trees with bright hues and the season of colorful foliage begins.
See particularly beautiful scenes with autumn leaves at Tokugawaen, Shirotori Garden,
Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Nagoya Castle and so on!

【Tokugawaen】 http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/see/facilities/the_tokugawa_art_museum.html

【Shirotori Garden】 http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/see/facilities/shirotori_garden.html 

【Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens】 http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/see/facilities/higashiyama_zoo_and_botanical_gardens.html


ScheduleMid-November to Early December
URLhttp://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/see/floralinfo/External Link
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