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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.

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
PlaceOsu
TEL+81-52-261-2287
FAX+81-52-241-6222
URLhttp://summer.nagoya-osu.com/summer_festa/External Link

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.

Schedule9th of August 2019 to 18th of August
PlaceNagoya Castle
TEL+81-52-231-1700
FAX+81-52-201-3646
URLhttps://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/en/External Link
Admission FeeAdmission fees apply
ContactNagoya Castle Management Office

Hirokoji Summer Festival

All of Hirokoji-dori Road becomes a pedestrian's paradise, coming to life in one large Nagoya event with float and music parades, the Awa-odori Dance, and more. Enjoy stands lined down the roadside and performances on special stages.

ScheduleThird weekend of August
PlaceThroughout Hirokoji-dori Road (Sakae–Fushimi areas)
AccessSakae and Fushimi Station on the subway
Admission FeeFree

Nippon Domannaka Festival

The Nippon Domannaka (literally meaning “right in the middle of Japan”) Festival (commonly known as Domatsuri) was established by the ambition of students in Nagoya who hoped to revitalize Japan through this festival. Nagoya is crowded with numerous dancers who hold naruko (Japanese clappers) and wear costumes of various colors, bringing Domatsuri to all parts of the city.

ScheduleThe last weekend in August
PlaceNagoya (Sakae, Osu, Nagoya Station,and other locations)
TEL+81-52-241-4333
FAX+81-52-241-4446
URLhttps://www.domatsuri.com/english/External Link
ContactNippon Domannaka Festival Cultural Foundation

Special Exhibition: The Doll Festival of the Owari Tokugawa Family

The gathering and exhibition of the gorgeous Hina dolls and their accessories worthy of the Owari clan, head of the three high Tokugawa clans of the Edo era. Also see the overwhelming 7-meter-wide terraced display platform with Hina dolls from the Meiji Era to the Showa era.

ScheduleThe beginning of February–middle of April
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance allowed until 30 minutes before closing)
PlaceThe Tokugawa Art Museum
AccessCity bus/Meitetsu bus (Tokugawaen Shindeki), Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus (The Tokugawa Art Museum)
TEL+81-52-935-6262
FAX+81-52-935-6261
URLhttp://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/External Link
Admission FeeRequired
1,400 yen, etc.

Marathon Festival Nagoya/Aichi

This is a marathon festival held together with the "Nagoya Women's Marathon" with 20,000 participants, and the "Nagoya City Marathon," and includes the Marathon Expo at Nagoya Dome, featuring sporting-related booths, food stands, and various events.

ScheduleThe middle of March
PlaceNagoya Dome
AccessNagoya Dome-mae Yada on the subway
TEL+81-52-201-1560
URLhttp://marathon-festival.com/External Link
Admission FeeFree
Free to view

Travel Fair in Nagoya

This festival is a big event in Nagoya in spring. Information about domestic and foreign travel is made available in one place, so visitors can become acquainted with fun and notable vacation opportunities. In addition to obtaining travel information prior to the spring peak season, visitors can see and touch traditional arts, unique products and local goods from different parts of Japan at the festival. Many visitors from inside and outside Nagoya are expected every year.

ScheduleMid-March
PlaceHisaya-Odori Park
TEL+81-52-202-1677
FAX+81-52-231-0922
URLhttp://tabimatsuri-nagoya.jp/External Link
ContactNagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau

Special Collection of Nagoya Flower Viewing Events in 2019

Spring! Cherry blossoms! Flower viewing! Here are the famous cherry blossom spots and flower viewing events in Nagoya.

Nagoya Castle

Number of trees: About 1,000
Best viewing time: The end of March-beginning of April
Admission fee: Adults: 500 yen *Jr. high school students and younger: free
Access method: Shiyakusho on the subway
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 "Nagoya Castle" Bus Stop
◆Nagoya Castle Spring Festival
3/23-5/6/2019
Illumination (until 7:30 p.m.)
3/23-4/7/2019
(Closing at 8:00 p.m. (Admission until 7:30 p.m.))
WebsiteExternal Link

Nagoya Castle

Tsuruma Park

Number of trees: About 750
Best viewing time: The end of March-beginning of April
Access method: Tsurumai on the subway and JR line
◆Tsuruma Park Flower Festival
3/21-6/9/2019
Illumination (until 9:30 p.m.)
3/22-4/7/2019
WebsiteExternal Link

Tsuruma Park

Banks of the Yamazaki River

Number of trees: About 600
Best viewing time: The end of March-beginning of April
Access method: Shidai Yakugakubu city bus stop, Mizuho Kuyakusho on the subway
◆Illumination
3/27-4/4/2019 (Tentative)
Website

Banks of the Yamazaki River

Shonai Ryokuchi Park

Number of trees: About 700
Best viewing time: The end of March-beginning of April
Access method: Shonai Ryokuchi Koen on the subway
◆Canola Flowers and Cherry Blossoms Festival
3/23-4/7/2019
WebsiteExternal Link

Shonai Ryokuchi Park

Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens (Closed Mondays)

Number of trees: 3,500
Best viewing time: Beginning of March-end of April
9:00 AM-4:50 PM (Admission until 4:30 PM)
Admission fee: Adults: 500 yen, junior high school students and younger: free
Access method: Higashiyama Koen and Hoshigaoka on the subway
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
*Hoshigaoka Station is convenient for getting to the botanical gardens.
◆69th Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens Spring Festival
3/16-5/6/2019
WebsiteExternal Link

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Meijo Park

Number of trees: 800
Best viewing time: The end of March
Access method: Meijo Koen on the subway
Website

Meijo Park

Shirotori Garden Cherry Blossom Viewing Event

Date held: 4/6-4/7/2019
9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Admission until 4:30 PM)
Location: Shirotori Garden
Enjoy green tea while gazing upon the garden in early spring at this city flower viewing and tea party
Admission fee: Adults: 300 yen, junior high school students and younger: free
Website

Shirotori Garden Cherry Blossom Viewing Event

Heiwa Park

Number of trees: 1,500
Best viewing time: End of March-beginning of April
Access method: Heiwa Koen Minami city bus stop

Heiwa Park

Togokusan Fruits Park (Closed Mondays)

Number of trees: About 1,000
Best viewing time: The beginning of April-middle of April
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Admission fee: Free (Viewing within the greenhouse: 300 yen, junior high school students and younger: free)
Access method: Togokusan Fruits Park city bus stop
◆Weeping Cherry Blossom Festival
4/5-4/14/2019 *Open everyday during the event period
Website

Nagoya City Togokusan Fruits Park

Cherry blossom viewing at Nagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

3,800 cherry trees (Yoshino cherry trees, wild cherry trees, curcumas, and other varieties) are beautifully blooming around the entire park.
 

ScheduleThe end of March–middle of April
PlaceNagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
AccessSubway Higashiyama Line Higashiyama-Koen station, 3 miniute-walk from Exit 3
or a 7-minute walk from Exit 6 of Hoshigaoka Station on the Higashiyama subway line
*Hoshigaoka Station is convenient for getting to the botanical gardens.
TEL+81-52-782-2111
FAX+81-52-782-2140
URLhttp://www.higashiyama.city.nagoya.jp/External Link
Admission FeeAdults: 500yen
ContactNagoya Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Nagoya Castle Spring Festival

Nagoya castle is one of the most popular place to enjoy Sakura (Cherry Blossom) flowers in Nagoya.
There are over 1,000 sakura trees in many varieties, during the full bloom period there is special lighting available to enjoy the sakura flowers in the evening.
Many events are scheduled to be held on weekend such as The Koto (Traditional Japanese stringed instruments) concert, Japanese Taiko drum performance and Japanese tea ceremony.

ScheduleThe end of March–beginning of May
(Nighttime cherry blossom viewing: closing at 8:00 p.m. during the end of March–the beginning of April. Admission until 7:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. for the donjon and Hommaru Palace.)
PlaceNagoya Castle
AccessSubway Meijo-Line Shiyakusho station
Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Me-Guru Nagoya Castle station
TEL+81-52-231-1700
FAX+81-52-201-3646
URLhttp://www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/13_english/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeAdults: 500yen / Under junior high school students: free
ContactNagoya Castle Management Office
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