Nagoya Port Festival
The main site for the Nagoya Port Festival is Garden Futou (wharf) at the Port of Nagoya. Visitors can enjoy various types of events related to the sea at the festival. The last event of this festival is a fireworks display. The sky is beautifully filled with fireworks, including a “melody hanabi” performance (fireworks synchronized with music).
Special Collection of Things to Do in Nagoya on Rainy Days
No one ever knows where to go on rainy days... But, there are tons of sightseeing spots to enjoy in Nagoya even when the rain falls!
Get your fill of sightseeing even on rainy days! Let Nagoya Travel Guide show you our recommended spots.
Be sure to use these spots for sightseeing, dates, or going out with children!
If you're looking to go sightseeing but not get your shoes wet, then these are for you...
The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
Directly connected to the subway! Walk right into the museum from Exit 1 of Shinsakae-machi Station. Delight in French art from the 18th to 20th centuries.Access: Shinsakae-machi Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday, changes of exhibition
Nagoya TV Tower
Located in the center of Nagoya, you can look over a view of the city. When the rain lets up, the air clears, and the sunset and night view are very beautiful. Just outside of Exit 4B of Hisaya-odori Station on the subway.Access: Hisaya-odori Station on the subway
Closed: Open year-round (Closed once a year for maintenance)
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Have a good time while learning about the creation of the fibers and cars that have become so familiar in our lives through exhibitions of the actual items and demonstrations. This museum actually uses the factory building used during the Taisho era (1912-1926). If you use the Me~guru Bus, you won't need an umbrella because it stops in front of the museum entrance.Access: Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology bus stop on the Me~guru bus route
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday
Hands-on sightseeing for those with inquisitive minds
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
There are tons of things to see at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Magical tornado movements of sardines, cute and healing beluga whales, harbor seals swimming through the water, and more. Feel the amazing thrill of watching killer whales, the kings of the sea, swim right beside you!Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 3 of Nagoyako Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday) *Open during Golden Week, spring/summer vacation, and the year-end/new year holiday
Nagoya City Science Museum
The largest planetarium in the world makes this museum easily spottable. Children and adults alike are sure to be amazed at corners where you can experience the mystery of science! Full of planned exhibitions, you can have the time of your life for an entire day.Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 5 of Fushimi Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following ordinary weekday if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), 3rd Friday of the month (the 4th Friday of the month if the 3rd Friday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
You can view train cars, from steam locomotives to bullet and SCMaglev trains, which were actually used up close and from different angles. Try out the train operation simulation and other experience corners.Access: 2-minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station on the Aonami Line
Closed: Tuesdays (the following day if the Tuesday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday
Enjoyable scenery with a feel that you can only get on rainy days
Tokugawaen Japanese Garden
This garden has a lineage to the Owari Tokugawa clan. A large pond lies in the center, and the wonder of nature can be felt through waterfalls and boulders, in addition to flowers. Time slows down as you listen to the gentle sound of rain falling in the park.Access: Near the Tokugawaen, The Tokugawa Art Museum, Hosa Library bus stop on the Me~guru bus route
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday
The Town of Arimatsu
This town was prosperous from the Edo period (1603-1868) with its traditional art of Arimatsu-shibori (tie-dying), and even now, the feel of those times remain. We recommend experiencing the appeal of walking through the old town in the rain. Also, experience tie-dying for yourself at the Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dying Museum.Access: 5-minute walk from Arimatsu Station on the Meitetsu Line
This large park makes its theme "the tale of water," from a water source to ocean's wide expanse. It's so beautiful here with the shine of rain drops upon the trees' green leaves.Access: 10-minute walk from Exit 4 of Jingu Nishi Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following ordinary weekday if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday
Recommended roofed shopping spots that allow you peace of mind
Nagoya Station Underground Shopping Mall
Nagoya Station's underground shopping mall has been given a breath of new life in recent years. It's full of the newest stores offering not only fashion, but souvenirs, cuisine, miscellaneous merchandise, and more. So big you could get lost, you can spend an entire day full of fun here.Access: Nagoya Station on the JR Line, Meitetsu Line, Kintetsu Line, and the subway
Sakae Underground Shopping Center
Sakae's underground shopping center connects all of the town of Sakae, and is lined with stores centered around fashion and cuisine. It's connects a number department stores and buildings, and allows you to different places from underground.Access: Sakae Station on the subway, Sakaemachi Station on the Meitetsu Line
Osu Kannon Shopping District
From major items to niche items, this hodgepodge shopping district is lined with various sorts of stores. This area is enveloped with a warm aura with a mixture of both old-fashioned and modern stores. Don't worry about getting wet from the rain in this shopping arcade.Access: Kamimaezu Station and Osu Kannon Station on the subway
Enjoy Nagoya's Summer at Beer Gardens! Special Collection of Beer Gardens in 2017
Nagoya's summers are humid! And beer gardens are the perfect way to spend your time in these summers in a delicious and fun way.
Here are the suggested beer gardens for 2017 by area, selected by locals and our staff, who is well versed in Nagoya!
Nagoya Station area
CRAB YOUR HANDS
This finger food seafood restaurant opened February, 2017.
Enjoy the night view, beer, and fresh fish direct from the market at this 200-seat open terrace beer garden!
Period: April 28 (Fri)-September 30 (Sat), 2017
Monday-Friday, days before national holidays: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM (last orders taken at 2:30 PM)
5:00 PM-11:00 PM (last orders taken at 10:30 PM)
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM (last orders taken at 10:30 PM)
Address: M4 Terrace 2F, 4-8-19 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Meitetsu Department Store Rooftop Beer Garden
All-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat with no time limit!
This year, tebasaki (chicken wings), miso-katsu (pork cutlet with thick miso sauce), Kei-chan chicken fry, and more have been added to the special menu at Meitetsu's main station, and "World Cuisine" will be making its first appearance! Enjoy European, Asian, Central and South American cooking each month while the event lasts.
Period: April 21 (Fri)-October 1 (Sun), 2017
Time: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
*Food and drink offered until 9:30 PM
Inquiries: +81-52-571-1855 (10:00 AM-8:00 PM)
Address: Meitetsu Department Store Main Store (main building), 1-2-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
Yanagibashi Beer Garden
Directly connected to Yanagibashi Market! This is a beer garden with fish tanks!
Find delicious foods from sashimi with incredible freshness to freshly broiled littleneck and typical clams, from typical seafood to rare fish you won't find at the supermarket, and more.
*The entire premises is roofed, so you can have a great time even in rainy weather!
Period: April 21 (Fri)-September 30 (Sat), 2017
5:00 PM-11:00 PM (Weekdays)
3:30 PM-11:00 PM (Premium Friday)
4:00 PM-11:00 PM (Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)
Inquiries: +81-52-571-5545 (12:00 PM-6:00 PM)
Address: Marunaka Shokuhin Center Building rooftop, 4-15-2 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
BBQ Private Terrace
A stylish rooftop BBQ space with the air of a resort and an out of this world atmosphere!
Have a blast casually barbequing in the middle of the city.
Only available with reservations for over 4 people.
Period: April-the end of October, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM-10:00 PM
Address: BALI-HAI Sakae store (4-4-13 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya)
Chunichi Building Rooftop Beer Garden
With 2 hours of all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat, this open space beer garden overlooks an illuminated TV Tower and Sakae!
Only 2 more seasons left with the planned rebuilding of Chunichi Building!
*Have a great time even in rainy weather with tented seating!
Period: May 12 (Fri)-September 17 (Sun), 2017
5:30 PM-10:30 PM on weekdays/4:00 PM-10:30 PM on Saturdays
4:00 PM-9:00 PM on Sundays and national holidays
Inquiries: +81-52-263-7607 (10:00 AM-7:00 PM)
Address: 4-1-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Beer Garden Miami
A beer garden on the Nagoya Mitsukoshi rooftop.
Enjoy all-you-can-drink and an all-you-can-eat buffet with a time limit of 150 minutes. In addition to beers of 4 beer breweries, there's a lineup of over 100 kinds of drinks and over 50 kinds of foods especially for BBQ for you to enjoy in an all-you-can-eat-style and more.
Period: April 14 (Fri)-December 17 (Sun), 2017
Weekdays: 4:00 PM-10:30 PM/Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 11:00 AM-10:30 PM
Weekdays: 5:00 PM-10:00 PM/Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
Inquiries: +81-52-238-0051 (11:00 AM-8:00 PM)
Address: Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae store rooftop, 3-5-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Nagoya TV Tower Beer Garden
A beer garden right below Nagoya TV Tower, the symbolic tower of Nagoya.
In an open area full of greenery, you can enjoy thick-cut pork; crisply fried samgyeopsal; and a premium BBQ with beef, pork, and chicken.
*Have a great time even in rainy weather with roofing!
Period: May 15 (Mon)-September 10 (Sun), 2017
Time: 5:00 PM-10:30 PM (last orders taken at 10:00 PM)
Address: Nagoya TV Tower 1F
3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Lumiere Beer Hall 2017
90 minutes of both the best all-you-can-eat Japanese, Western, and Chinese cooking by hotel chefs and drinks like draft beer at a reasonable price! All-you-can-drink too!
A cowgirl comes and meets customers in the hall!
*Have a great time even in rainy weather since it's a beer hall!
Period: July 3 (Mon)-August 31 (Thu), 2017
*Open only on weekdays
*Closed Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and August 14 and 15 for summer vacation
Time: 5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Address: Kagayaki no Ma, Hotel MIELPARQUE Nagoya 1F
(3-16-16 Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya)
FLAIR BEER HALL
Only the best moments
in a sophisticated bar lounge
with charcoal-grilled sirloin and beers of the day.
Enjoy a buffet-style seafood salad bar with 7 kinds of salads, and Nagoya's microbrew "Kinshachi Beer."
Period: June 12 (Mon)-August 31 (Thu), 2017
Time: 5:30 PM-10:00 PM (last orders taken at 8:30 PM)
*90-minute time limit
Address: AOI MONOLITH (1-4-29 Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya)
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.
・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 20 to June 5, 2017
Location: Nishinomaru Area, Nagoya Castle
|Schedule||Saturday May 20 to June 5, 2017|
|Access||Subway Meijo-Line Shiyakusho station|
Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Me-Guru Nagoya Castle station
Arimatsu Shibori (Tie-Dying) Festival
The Arimatsu Shibori Festival is held annually all around Arimatsu. Old-fashioned stores and houses still remain along the Tokaido road. The shops for tie-dyed products on the main roads are reproduced from the Edo period. Additionally, demonstrations of tie-dying, tie-dying lessons for visitors, and parades are performed.
|Schedule||3th and 4th of June|
|Contact||Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dying Museum|
The 4th Tebasaki Summit® in 2017
Approximately 20 stores from all over the country gather, and the winner of a tebasaki (chicken wing)-eating contest's grand prize is chosen by all.
*Held even in rainy weather
Tebasaki, or chicken wings, are Nagoya's famous local specialty. They are deep fried once at a low heat and again at a high heat, and flavored with a sweet and spicy sauce, pepper, or other seasonings. With a soft inside and crunchy outside, they are outstanding with beer.
|Schedule||The second Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in June|
|Access||Sakae Station on the Meijo and Higashiyama subway lines|
Sakaemachi Station on the Meitetsu Line
|Admission Fee||Free admission (Charges for food and drink.)|
Atsuta Festival (Shobusai Festival)
The Atsuta festival is the biggest festival among the approximately 70 events held at Atsuta Shrine each year. An imperial envoy is sent to the shrine to offer goheimotsu (strips of white paper for Shinto rituals). Atsuta Shrine and its environs are filled with such attractions as kentou makiwara (light tributes tied with straw), fireworks at Jingu Koen (Shrine Park), various martial arts and entertainment competitions, and kodomo mikoshi (portable shrines for children).
Tokugawaen Festival Float Parade
See the five floats come together from Tsutsui-cho and Deki-machi's ancient past at the heart of the festival at Tokugawaen. Tsutsui-cho was a town of merchants and the residences of samurai warriors, and Deki-machi was a prosperous town of craftsmen. The Tenno Festival was performed in the two neighboring towns from the Edo era to ensure good health throughout, and traditional karakuri mechanized doll performances can be seen.
|Schedule||The first Sunday in June. |
*Cancellation possible due to rainy weather the day before or day of.
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
|Place||The square in front of Tokugawa Art Museum|
|Access||●3-minute walk from the city bus and Meitetsu Bus Tokugawaen Shindeki Bus Stop|
●Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Tokugawa Art Museum Bus Stop
●10-minute walk from the south exit of Ozone Station on the JR Chuo Line
1 Day Walking tour in Nagoya -Discover Samurai City Nagoya!!-
1day city tour to enjoy Nagoya's 10 attractions is newly available.
You can discover Nagoya's history, culture, cuisine, entertainment, shopping and so on.
A national licensed English speaking guide will help you to make your trip special and valuable in Nagoya.
Tour Point Nagoya castle: Guide about Samurai, Castle, Architecture
Sakae: Enjoy lunch (Nagoya local cuisine), shopping and high-tech culture in downtown
Experience local life such as subway
Osu: Pop culture, shopping, entertainment such as Karakuri performance at Osu shopping arcade.
Visit temples and shrines.
Minimum Participants 2 to 8 people
Included Guide, entrance and public transportation fees.
Not Included Lunch
Reservation Tourism Designers Tour Desk (10:00am - 5:00pm)
TEL 050-3634-4574 (English & Japanese)
Private Tours available daily.
Basic fee: 28,000 JPY + 2,000 JPY per person for a groud tour of up to 8 people
Discover Samurai City 1 Day Tour (Tour brochure) Nagoya 1day Tour.pdf
|Schedule||upon your request,9:00am - 3:30pm (Please be ready 10 minutes before tour start time)|
|Place||＜Meeting Place＞ Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center|
|Access||Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/icenter/|
|TEL||050-3634-4574 (English & Japanese)|
|Admission Fee||8,800 JPY per person|
（Private Tours available daily. Basic fee: 28,000 JPY + 2,000 JPY per person for a groud tour of up to 8 people）
|Contact||Tourism Designers Tour Desk (10:00am - 5:00pm) Email email@example.com|
Tsutsui-cho/ Dekimachi Tenno Festival
This is an old local festival in which five preserved festival floats are pushed around a local neighborhood. The highlight of the festival occurs at around 11 am on the Sunday of the festival when the floats gather in the courtyard outside Tokugawaen. The karakuri mechanized dolls on each float then come to life and play traditional music. Many festival stalls are set up in front of the gate of Kenchuji Temple, which was the family temple of the Tokugawa Family.
|Schedule||The first Saturday and Sunday of June|