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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.

Futaba Day at the Cultural Path Futaba Museum

The Cultural Path Futaba Museum, built in Japanese/Western-style, is the former residence of "first Japanese actress" Sadayakko Kawakami and "king of electricity" Momosuke Fukuzawa during the Taisho period (1912–1926). It was established as the base facility for the Cultural Path (spanning approx. 3 kilometers east to west from Nagoya Castle to Tokugawaen) in February 8, 2005.
The name of the facility and the date it was opened are similar each other's Japanese pronunciations, and so February 8 came to be known as "Futaba Day", with various events such as taishogoto musical performances.

ScheduleFebruary 8
PlaceCultural Path Futaba Museum
Access●Just next to the Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Cultural Path Futaba Museum Bus Stop
●Approximate 10-minute walk from Exit 2 of Takaoka Station on the Sakura-dori subway line
URLhttp://www.futabakan.jp/english/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeFree admission on February 8

Plum Blossom Information

Nagoya City

Nagoya Castle

Best viewing time: The end of January-beginning of March
More than 10 kinds of approximately 100 trees (white and red plum trees)
Transportation: 5-minute walk from the Shiyakusho Station Exit 7 on the Meijo subway line, or just next to the Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus "③ Nagoya Castle" Bus Stop

Togokusan Fruit Park (closed Mondays)

Best viewing time: The beginning of February-middle of March
35 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees, weeping plum trees)
Transportation: 13-minute walk from "Togokusan Fruits Park" City Bus Stop

Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens (closed Mondays)

Best viewing time: The middle of February-middle of March
Approximately 20 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees)
Transportation: 3-minute walk from Exit 3 of Higashiyama Koen Station on the Higashiyama subway line, or a 7-minute walk from Exit 6 of Hoshigaoka Station on the Higashiyama subway line

Aichi Prefecture

Ogata Shrine / Inuyama City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-end of March
Approximately 300 trees (red and white weeping plum trees)
Transportation: Approximate 20-minute walk from Gakuden Station on the Meitetsu Line
Website (External link: Japanese only)

Sori Pond / Chita City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-end of March
25 kinds of approximately 5,400 trees
Transportation: Chita Bus "Ume no Yakata-guchi" Bus Stop from Asakura Station on the Meitetsu Line
Website (External link: Japanese only)

Oike Park / Tokai City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-beginning of March
13 kinds of 300 trees
Transportation: Approximate 20-minute walk from Otagawa Station on the Meitetsu Line
Website (External link)

Mukaiyama Ryokuchi Plum Garden / Toyohashi City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-beginning of March
29 kinds of approximately 400 trees (white and red plum trees)
Transportation: 5-minute walk from Toyotetsu Bus "Daimachi" Bus Stop from Toyohashi Station on the Meitetsu and JR lines
Website (External link)

Gifu Prefecture

Bairin Park / Gifu City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-middle of March
Approximately 50 kinds of trees including 700 white plum trees and 600 red plum trees
Transportation: Approximate 3-minute walk from "Bairinkoen-mae" Bus Stop after taking a bus from JR Gifu Station (bus stop 14/15) or Gifu Bus Terminal
Website (External link)

ScheduleThe end of January–middle of March

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)
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)

Kacchin-Dama Festival

Every year, candy called "kacchin-dama" is sold on this day only, and is said to bring divine help with safe birth, growth, protection from evil, etc. There are over 100 stands on the premises.

ScheduleFebruary 26
PlaceRokusho Shrine (1-6-37 Yada-minami, Higashi-ku, Nagoya)
AccessFrom Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station on the Meijo subway line, ride the city bus to Yada Minami 3-chome bus stop
Admission FeeFree to watch

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 17 (Sun), 2019
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.
URLhttp://www.konomiya.or.jpExternal Link

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
⋆February 21, 2019
PlaceNanasho-sha (Nanasho shrine)
URLhttp://www.kinekosa.comExternal Link
ContactNanasho-sha (Nanasho shrine)

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
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 (9/13–9/15/2019)
PlaceShirotori Garden
AccessApproximate 10-minute walk from Exit 4 of Jingu Nishi Station on the Meijo subway line
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 13, 2019
9:30 AM–8:30 PM (Admission until 8:00 PM)
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
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

Arimatsu Tenman Shrine and Autumn Festival (Arimatsu Float Festival)

This is a large autumn festival in which three floats designated by Nagoya as tangible folk-cultural properties are pulled around.
The three floats are paraded through a townscape reminiscent of the former Tokaido Road. The meeting of floats and their energetic change of direction as well as karakuri mechanized doll performances done atop the floats are a spectacular sight.
ScheduleFirst Sunday of October
9:30 AM-2:30 PM/6:00 PM-9:00 PM
PlaceAround Arimatsu and Tokaido Road
AccessMeitetsu Arimatsu Station
ContactArimatsu Float Hall
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