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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

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

1 Day Walking tour in Nagoya -Discover Samurai City Nagoya!!-


(c)2009Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-Tai Secretariat

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)
                                       Email   reservation@tourismdesigners.com
                                       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

Scheduleupon your request,9:00am - 3:30pm (Please be ready 10 minutes before tour start time)
Place<Meeting Place> Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center
AccessNagoya Station Tourist Information Center http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/icenter/
TEL050-3634-4574 (English & Japanese)
URLhttps://www.facebook.com/tourismdesignersExternal Link
Admission Fee8,800 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)
ContactTourism Designers Tour Desk (10:00am - 5:00pm) Email reservation@tourismdesigners.com

Joya no Kane(The Tolling Bell Ceremony on New Year's Eve)

In the end of the year through the New Year’s season, Japan offers many traditional events to be experienced while traveling there.
One of the biggest Buddhist ceremonies is Joya no Kane, or the tolling of temple bells at midnight. 
According to Buddhist beliefs, it is customary to ring the bell 108 times as this number corresponds to the number of evil desires that we suffer from on earth. Ringing the bell 108 times rids us of our evil passions, and purifies us for the upcoming year. The following temples in Nagoya partake in this ceremony and allow people to watch or actually participate in ringing the bell.

Osu Kannon Temple 
Koshoji (Yagotoyama)
Nittaiji (Kakuozan)
Kenchuji Temple
Arako Kannon

ScheduleAround midnight, January 1st

Hatsumoude

Hatsumoude is an event in which people visit shrines, temples or churches for the first time in a new year to pray for safety and peace in that year. Generally speaking, Hatsumoude should be completed within the first three days of January. However, it is said that one’s first visit during the month of January, whenever it takes place, will be satisfactory. This event is also called "hatsumairi."
Especially, Atsuta Shrine and Osu Kannon Temple are crowded on New Year when many people come to pray.

ScheduleAll January
PlaceShinto shrines, Buddhist temples, churches, etc.

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)

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
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