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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
Website

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
Website

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
Website

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)
TEL+81-52-801-5221
FAX+81-52-801-5222
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.
TEL+81-587-23-2121
URLhttp://www.konomiya.or.jpExternal Link
ContactKonomiya

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)
TEL+81-52-412-3671
FAX+81-52-412-0538
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
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

Nagoya's Autumn Leaves Special Collection

The leaves of the trees in gardens throughout Nagoya change into reds and yellows from around the middle of November, showing you autumn has come.
Establishments open at night as well as illuminations and other events are held. Enjoy things in a different view than in the daytime.

Nagoya city area

Yagotosan Koshoji Temple

Best viewing time: The middle of November-beginning of December
100 trees such as Japanese maples
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: 3-minute walk from Exit 1 of Yagoto Station on the Tsurumai and Meijo subway lines
WebsiteExternal Link

Yagotosan Koshoji Temple

Tokugawaen (Closed: Mondays)

Best viewing time: The middle of November-beginning of December
About 300 trees such as Japanese maples
・Illumination: Sundown-8:30 PM on 11/23-11/25, 11/30-12/2/2018
Admission fee: Admission fee required
Transportation: Just next to Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus "⑤Tokugawaen" Bus Stop
10-minute walk from the south exit of JR Ozone Station
WebsiteExternal Link

Tokugawaen

Shirotori Garden (Closed: Mondays)

Best viewing time: The end of November-beginning of December
About 1,500 trees such as Japanese maples and Enkianthus perulatus
・Illumination: 11/23-12/9/2018
・Maple Viewing Event and Tea Ceremony: 11/18, 11/23-11/25/2018
Admission fee: Admission fee required
Transportation: 10-minute walk from Exit 4 of Jingu Nishi Station on the Meijo subway line
WebsiteExternal Link

Shirotori Garden

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Closed: Mondays)

Best viewing time: The middle of November-beginning of December
500 trees such as Japanese maples and Acer pycnanthum
・Leaf viewing event: 11/16-12/2/2018
・Illumination: 11/16-11/18, 11/22-11/25/2018 (*Only botanical garden open until 8:30 PM)
Admission fee: Admission fee required
Transportation: Hoshigaoka Station and Higashiyama Koen Station on the Higashiyama subway line
WebsiteExternal Link

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Meijo Park

Best viewing time: The middle of November-end of November
Chinese tallow trees, gingko trees, Japanese zelkovas, etc.
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: 2-minute walk from Exit 2 of Meijo Koen Station on the Meijo subway line
WebsiteExternal Link

Meijo Park

Seto City

Iwayado Park

Best viewing time: The middle of November
About 200 trees along the river such as maples
・Japanese Maple Festival: 11/1-11/30/2018
・Illumination: 5:30 PM-9:00 PM, 11/10-11/18/2018
Inquiries: +81-561-85-2730
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: Approximate 20-minute taxi ride from Meitetsu Owari Seto Station

Iwayado Park

Jokoji Temple/Jokoji Park

Best viewing time: The middle of November
About 200 trees such as maples
・Japanese Maple Festival: 11/3-12/2/2018
Inquiries: +81-561-85-2730
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: Approximate 15-minute walk from JR Jokoji Station

Jokoji Temple/Jokoji Park

Toyota City

Korankei

Best viewing time: The middle of November-end of November
About 4,000 trees with 11 kinds, such as Japanese maples
・Japanese Maple Festival: 11/1-11/30
・Illumination: Sundown-9:00 PM on 11/1-11/30
Inquiries: +81-565-62-1272
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: Toyota Oiden Bus "Korankei" Bus Stop from Josui Station on the Meitetsu Toyota Line (approximately 1 hour)

Korankei

Korankei Momiji Matsuri2018 Walking mapExternal Link

Obara Shikizakura Festival

Best viewing time: The beginning of November-end of November
A combination of about 10,000 trees featuring winter cherry blossoms and autumn leaves
・Obara Shikizakura Festival: 11/1-11/30
Inquiries: +81-565-65-3808
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: Toyota Oiden Bus for Kaminigi on the Obara/Toyota route from the east exit of Meitetsu Toyotashi Station (approximately 1 hour)

Obara Shikizakura Festival

Inuyama City

Jakkoin Temple

Best viewing time: The middle of November-beginning of December
1,000 Japanese and other maple trees
・Japanese Maple Festival: 11/10-12/9/2018
Inquiries: +81-568-61-0035
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride from Meitetsu Inuyamayuen Station, 2 kilometers upstream of the Kiso River.

Jakkoin Temple

Tokai City

Shurakuen Park

Best viewing time: The middle of November-beginning of December
About 550 trees with seven kinds including Japanese maples
・Japanese Maple Festival: 11/12-11/25/2018. Event on 11/18.
Inquiries: +81-562-32-5149
Admission fee: Free admission
Transportation: 5-minute walk east of Meitetsu Shurakuen Station

shurakuen Park Daibutsu

ScheduleMid-November to Early December
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