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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.

Hometowns of Japan Kenjinkai Festival

The Hometowns of Japan Kenjinkai Festival is an event showcasing the allure of the places people call their hometowns in Japan.
"Kenjinkai" refers to a friendship association in a prefecture other than the one it represents for people who are originally from that prefecture but no longer live there. The theme of this event is "connecting people's hearts through the bond with hometowns," and it lets you experience the characteristic charm of the various parts of Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa, through everything from traditional art forms such as dances and folk songs to local cuisines.
Performances of folk entertainment on the main stage as well as stages featuring local mascots are held. In addition to quiz rallies and drawings, you can enjoy delicious local cuisines, snacks, and alcoholic beverages from all over Japan.
Go around the event's premises and get a feel for the intrigue of the various parts of Japan while in Nagoya.

ScheduleSecond Saturday and Sunday of September
10:00 AM–around 6:00 PM *Held rain or shine
PlaceHisaya-Odori Park (Hisaya Square/Angel Square)
Access1-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station on the Meijo subway line
TEL+81-52-211-0083
Admission FeeFree admission (*Charges for food and drink.)

Shirotori Garden Moon Gazing Tea Event

Seiu-tei, a tea house almost in the middle of Shirotori Garden, was built with consideration to its angle from where the mid-autumn harvest moon rises. The Moon Gazing Tea Event is held with the garden open at night in relation to the timing of the mid-autumn harvest moon, and participants can enjoy the moon at this tea event from the evening hours on.
*Purchase of tickets beforehand is required to participate in the Moon Gazing Tea Event.

Schedule8/15 on the lunar calendar (9/22–9/25/2018)
PlaceShirotori Garden
AccessApproximate 10-minute walk from Exit 4 of Jingu Nishi Station on the Meijo subway line
TEL+81-52-681-8928
URLhttp://www.shirotori-garden.jp/english/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeAdults: 300 yen, junior high school students and younger: free
ContactShirotori Garden

Marvel of the Moon, Tokugawaen Moon Viewing Event

Tokugawaen is open at night for the "jugoya (fifteenth night)" and the "jusanya (thirteenth night)" on August 15 and September 13 of the lunar calendar. However, the schedule changes every year.
It is said that viewing the moons on both the jugoya and jusanya brings good luck. A decorated Japanese-style boat is lit up and floats upon Ryusenko pond for the moon viewing. Take in the sight of the beautiful moon together with a nighttime Japanese garden.

Schedule●Fifteenth night moon viewing event: Harvest moon on September 24, 2018
9/23–9/24/2018
9:30 AM–8:30 PM (Admission until 8:00 PM)
PlaceTokugawaen
1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
Access●Near the Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus "4 Tokugawaen, The Tokugawa Art Museum, Hosa Library" Bus Stop
●3-minute walk from the Tokugawaen Shindeki city bus stop
●10-minute walk from the south exit of Ozone Station on the JR line
TEL052-935-8988
URLhttps://www.tokugawaen.aichi.jp/english/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeAdmission fee required
Adults: 300 yen, city residents over 65: 100 yen, junior high school students and younger: free

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens Autumn Festival

Normal events of the autumn festival such as Animal Talk, where caretakers talk about the animals they are in charge of, and Animal Feeding by Guests are held in addition to special events. Whether you're a child or an adult, you'll be able to enjoy a day full of events.

Closed: Mondays (or the following weekday if a national holiday or compensatory holiday)

ScheduleThe beginning of October–the middle of November
9:00 AM–4:50 PM (Admission until 4:30 PM)
PlaceSky Tower, Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
3-70 Higashiyama Moto-machi, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya
Access3-minute walk from Exit 3 of Higashiyama Koen Station on the Higashiyama subway line
TEL052-782-2111
URLhttp://www.higashiyama.city.nagoya.jp/External Link
Admission FeeAdmission fee required
Adults: 500 yen, junior high school students and younger: free

Nagoya Castle Autumn Festival

A number of unique events are held as a feature of autumn in Nagoya.
From the middle of October, a chrysanthemum growing competition is held in the Nishinomaru area. It is the largest scale event of the Tokai region, and chrysanthemum dolls dressed in the flowers are exhibited at the Main Gate and East Gate.

Closed: None (December 29–January 1 only)

ScheduleThe beginning of October–the middle of November
9:00 AM–4:30 PM (Admission to the donjon and Hommaru Palace until 4:00 PM)
PlaceNagoya Castle
1-1 Hommaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya
Access5-minute walk from Exit 7 of Shiyakusho (City Hall) Station on the Meijo subway line
TEL052-231-1700
URLhttp://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeAdmission fee required
Adults: 500 yen, junior high school students and younger: free

Osu Street Performing Festival

The Osu Street Performing Festival includes such street performances as saru mawashi (monkey tricks) and banana no tatakiuri (bananas sold the traditional Japanese way) as well as unique performances that include rock music Kabuki and a kinpun show (a show using gold dust). One performance you mustn’t miss the parade of oiran (courtesans) wearing beautiful clothes. 

ScheduleMid-October
PlaceOsu Shopping district
AccessKamimaezu station on Tsurumai/Maijo line OR Osu Kannon station on Tsurumai line
TEL+81-52-261-2287
FAX+81-52-241-6222
URLhttp://www.ohsu-gei.net/External Link
ContactOsu Shopping District Association

The 35th "Craftsmanship of Owari Nagoya Exhibition"

Mass production can be seen far and wide, and even with the activeness of industrial robots today, there is a creativity that machines cannot take the place of in the techniques of craftsmen.
At this event, the craftsmen of Owari-Nagoya gather under one roof and introduce diverse skillful techniques used in daily necessities and everyday life, such as the making of Nagoya folding fans and yuzen dying. Experience making crafts (some charging money) together with craftsmen, and watch various techniques performed on the stage.

Schedule2018/10/19~21
19th 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
20th 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
21st 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Place●Galaxy Platform in Oasis 21
●Plaza Wave 21 in the NHK Nagoya Broadcasting Center Building
AccessSakae Station on the city bus/subway, or Sakaemachi Station on the Meitetsu Line
TEL+81-52-972-3146
URLhttp://www.meigiren.com/fureru/shokuninten.htmExternal Link
Admission FeeFree admission (*Charges for hands-on events and shopping.)

Nagoya Festival

Nagoya Festival is the biggest autumn event in Nagoya. It includes a parade with more than 700 participants, some of whom play the roles of local heroes, including the three national heroes—Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu—and bears a remarkable resemblance to a picture scroll from those days. Various events, such as dances and concerts, are performed in and around Hisaya-Odori Park, while other fun events take place all around the city of Nagoya.

Schedule20th & 21th of October 2018
PlaceNagoya
TEL+81-52-972-7611
FAX+81-52-972-4111
URLhttp://www.nagoya-festival.jp/External Link
ContactNagoya Festival Promotion Association

Chrysanthemum Dolls of Nagoya Castle

This is one of the famous autumn events at Nagoya Castle. Beautifully colored dolls wearing clothing made from chrysanthemums are displayed. These doll exhibitions are based on a different theme each year, giving visitors a new and entertaining experience each time. An exhibition of hundreds of chrysanthemum bonsai (potted trees) gathered from all around Aichi Prefecture is held at the same time. Bonsai with a chrysanthemum with a diameter of 2 meters from its root will sometimes be displayed. Please come and see these Japanese traditional arts, which we are proud to show not just in Nagoya but the whole world.

ScheduleLate October - Late November
PlaceNagoya Castle
TEL+81-52-231-1700
FAX+81-52-201-3646
URLhttp://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeAdmission fees apply
ContactNagoya Castle Management Office

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.

Much of Japan’s performing arts emerged from the bustling streets from which the performers formed a cultural community. The modern day streets still maintain that culture, and this is where this project was born. The performances in this project re-ignite the traditions!

“Tsuji Kyogen”*1, “Tea ceremony party”, Street Kabuki, Noh play*2 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. And more, the historical walking tours will be the valuable experiences of Japanese culture for you.  Some of the performances is free admission!

*1 Kyogen:  It remains Japans’ oldest remaining form of comedy performance.
*2 Noh: A major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century   

Schedule27th of October ~ 18th of November 2018
PlaceSASASHIMA LIVE, Nagoya Castle,Osu Shotengai shopping district, KITTE NAGOYA BLDG. ENDOJI Shotengai shopping district and more.
The details will soon be announced.
URLhttp://www.yattokame.jpExternal Link
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