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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.

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
URLhttps://www.tebasaki-summit.jp/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

Special Collection of Things to Do in Nagoya on Rainy Days

No one ever knows where to go on rainy days... But, there are tons of sightseeing spots to enjoy in Nagoya even when the rain falls!
Get your fill of sightseeing even on rainy days! Let Nagoya Travel Guide show you our recommended spots.
Be sure to use these spots for sightseeing, dates, or going out with children!

If you're looking to go sightseeing but not get your shoes wet, then these are for you...

The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

Directly connected to the subway! Walk right into the museum from Exit 1 of Shinsakae-machi Station. Delight in French art from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Access: Shinsakae-machi Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday, changes of exhibition

The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Have a good time while learning about the creation of the fibers and cars that have become so familiar in our lives through exhibitions of the actual items and demonstrations. This museum actually uses the factory building used during the Taisho era (1912-1926). If you use the Me~guru Bus, you won't need an umbrella because it stops in front of the museum entrance.

Access: Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology bus stop on the Me~guru bus route
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology Automobile Pavilion

Hands-on sightseeing for those with inquisitive minds

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

There are tons of things to see at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Magical tornado movements of sardines, cute and healing beluga whales, harbor seals swimming through the water, and more. Feel the amazing thrill of watching killer whales, the kings of the sea, swim right beside you!

Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 3 of Nagoyako Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday) *Open during Golden Week, spring/summer vacation, and the year-end/new year holiday

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Nagoya City Science Museum

The largest planetarium in the world makes this museum easily spottable. Children and adults alike are sure to be amazed at corners where you can experience the mystery of science! Full of planned exhibitions, you can have the time of your life for an entire day.

Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 5 of Fushimi Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following ordinary weekday if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), 3rd Friday of the month (the 4th Friday of the month if the 3rd Friday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday

Nagoya City Science Museum

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

You can view train cars, from steam locomotives to bullet and SCMaglev trains, which were actually used up close and from different angles. Try out the train operation simulation and other experience corners.

Access: 2-minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station on the Aonami Line
Closed: Tuesdays (the following day if the Tuesday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Enjoyable scenery with a feel that you can only get on rainy days

Tokugawaen Japanese Garden

This garden has a lineage to the Owari Tokugawa clan. A large pond lies in the center, and the wonder of nature can be felt through waterfalls and boulders, in addition to flowers. Time slows down as you listen to the gentle sound of rain falling in the park.

Access: Near the Tokugawaen, The Tokugawa Art Museum, Hosa Library bus stop on the Me~guru bus route
Closed: Mondays (the following day if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday

Tokugawaen Japanese Garden

The Town of Arimatsu

This town was prosperous from the Edo period (1603-1868) with its traditional art of Arimatsu-shibori (tie-dying), and even now, the feel of those times remain. We recommend experiencing the appeal of walking through the old town in the rain. Also, experience tie-dying for yourself at the Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dying Museum.

Access: 5-minute walk from Arimatsu Station on the Meitetsu Line

The Town of Arimatsu

Shirotori Garden

This large park makes its theme "the tale of water," from a water source to ocean's wide expanse. It's so beautiful here with the shine of rain drops upon the trees' green leaves.

Access: 10-minute walk from Exit 4 of Jingu Nishi Station on the subway
Closed: Mondays (the following ordinary weekday if the Monday coincides with a national holiday), year-end/new year holiday

Shirotori Garden

Recommended roofed shopping spots that allow you peace of mind

Nagoya Station Underground Shopping Mall

Nagoya Station's underground shopping mall has been given a breath of new life in recent years. It's full of the newest stores offering not only fashion, but souvenirs, cuisine, miscellaneous merchandise, and more. So big you could get lost, you can spend an entire day full of fun here.

Access: Nagoya Station on the JR Line, Meitetsu Line, Kintetsu Line, and the subway

Nagoya Station Underground Shopping Mall

Sakae Underground Shopping Center

Sakae's underground shopping center connects all of the town of Sakae, and is lined with stores centered around fashion and cuisine. It's connects a number department stores and buildings, and allows you to different places from underground.

Access: Sakae Station on the subway, Sakaemachi Station on the Meitetsu Line

Sakae Underground Shopping Center

Osu Kannon Shopping District

From major items to niche items, this hodgepodge shopping district is lined with various sorts of stores. This area is enveloped with a warm aura with a mixture of both old-fashioned and modern stores. Don't worry about getting wet from the rain in this shopping arcade.

Access: Kamimaezu Station and Osu Kannon Station on the subway

Osu Kannon Shopping District

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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