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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.

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. 

ScheduleThe first Saturday and Sunday of June
PlaceArimatsu district
URLhttp://www.shibori-kaikan.com/en/External Link
ContactArimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dying Museum

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).

ScheduleJune 5th
PlaceAtsuta Shrine
URLhttp://www.atsutajingu.or.jp/en/intro/External Link
ContactAtsuta Shrine

Tebasaki Summit®

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.

ScheduleThe second Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in June
PlaceHisaya-Odori Park
AccessSakae Station on the Meijo and Higashiyama subway lines
Sakaemachi Station on the Meitetsu Line
URLhttp://www.tebasaki-summit.com/External Link
Admission FeeFree admission (Charges for food and drink.)

Lantern Event at the Okehazama Historical Battlefield Festival

A memorial ceremony for the Battle of Okehazama, guided tours of the ruins, and parades with armored warriors, as well as performances with taiko drums and the Naruko-odori dance are held. A number of local mascots from different areas including Okewanko also come together here.
After sunset, in a mourning of those who died from both sides of the battle, 3,500 lanterns are lit around Oike Pond.

ScheduleThe middle of June
PlaceOkehazama Kosenjo Park, Chofukuji Temple, Oike Pond
AccessOkehazama Teramae Bus Stop on the city bus from Arimatsu Station on the Meitetsu Line
URLhttp://okehazama.net/External Link
Admission FeeFree

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).

PlaceNagoya Port
URLhttp://www.nagoya-port-festival.com/External Link

The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium's Summer Night Aquarium

Throughout the summer vacation period from the third week of July to August, the Summer Night Aquarium is held.
During this period, business hours are lengthened, allowing you to enjoy yourself until 8:00 PM. We recommend watching the Night Performance with dolphins flying into the night sky from the main pool of the North Building, as well as the romantic atmosphere of the South Building with its lights brought down as low as possible. Also, save with the admission fee being 20% lower after 5:00 PM. Have a ball at this night aquarium, where you can see the extraordinary.

The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium's Summer Night Aquarium
*Japanese page only

ScheduleThird week of July–around the end of August
5:00 PM–8:00 PM
*Admission until 1 hour before closing
PlaceThe Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Access5-minute walk from Exit 3 of Nagoyako Station on the Meijo subway line
URLhttp://www.nagoyaaqua.com/english/2015031013432314.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeAdults/high school students: 1,600 yen, Elementary/junior high school students: 800 yen, Children (ages 4 and above): 400 yen
*20% discount from the admission fee after 5:00 PM

Endoji Tanabata Festival

Various papier-mache characters are decorated in the Endoji Shotengai shopping arcade for the Tanabata holiday. Monkey performances, a firefighter band parade, street performers, the Awa-odori Dance, and a multitude of other events are held daily.

ScheduleFourth Wednesday of July to the following Sunday
PlaceEndoji Shotengai shopping arcade, Endoji Hon-machi Shotengai shopping arcade
AccessInternational Center Station on the subway or the Meido-cho city bus stop
Admission FeeFree

World Cosplay (Costume Play) Summit

The manga , anime , and console games of Japan are popular all over the world.
Every year , fans from many countries come to Nagoya to compete by performing as characters from these source. The contestants also show off their costumes in a parade through Osu.

Schedule28th of July to 5th of August, 2018
PlaceOsu and Oasis21, Sakae
URLhttp://www.worldcosplaysummit.jp/en/External Link
ContactWCS Inc.

Osu Summer Festival

This is a very lively festival held in Osu district. The Osu Summer Festival is always a great success. There are so many active events, including Osu-daiko (drums), a samba parade, and bon dancing. Don't miss the powerful tezutsu hanabi (hand-held fireworks) in the precincts of Osu Kannon Temple.

ScheduleThe first Saturday and Sunday of August

Nagoya Castle Summer Festival

This festival illustrates the atmosphere of Japanese festivals in the olden days, primarily using the chochin (paper lanterns) that are used during the Obon holidays. You will enjoy bon dancing (which varies in style according to region in Japan), a beer garden, and fair booths (a common scene at Japanese festivals) for a fun night in Nagoya. Also, as the festival is held at Nagoya Castle, it is unique in that visitors are given a close-up view of Nagoya Castle, the main keep of which is open and illuminated at night. Nagoya Castle makes this festival an experience out of the ordinary.

Schedule4th of August 2017 to 15th of August
PlaceNagoya Castle
URLhttp://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeAdmission fees apply
ContactNagoya Castle Management Office
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