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Summer (June-August)

Tsutsui-cho/ Dekimachi Tenno Festival

This is an old local festival in which five preserved festival floats are pushed around a local neighborhood. The highlight of the festival occurs at around 11 am on the Sunday of the festival when the floats gather in the courtyard outside Tokugawaen. The karakuri mechanized dolls on each float then come to life and play traditional music. Many festival stalls are set up in front of the gate of Kenchuji Temple, which was the family temple of the Tokugawa Family.

ScheduleThe first Saturday and Sunday of June
PlaceTsutsui-cho, Tokugawaen
URLhttp://higashiku-dashi.or.jpExternal Link

Tokugawaen Festival Float Parade

See the five floats come together from Tsutsui-cho and Deki-machi's ancient past at the heart of the festival at Tokugawaen. Tsutsui-cho was a town of merchants and the residences of samurai warriors, and Deki-machi was a prosperous town of craftsmen. The Tenno Festival was performed in the two neighboring towns from the Edo era to ensure good health throughout, and traditional karakuri mechanized doll performances can be seen.

ScheduleThe first Sunday in June.
*Cancellation possible due to rainy weather the day before or day of.
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
PlaceThe square in front of Tokugawa Art Museum
Access●3-minute walk from the city bus and Meitetsu Bus Tokugawaen Shindeki Bus Stop
●Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Tokugawa Art Museum Bus Stop
●10-minute walk from the south exit of Ozone Station on the JR Chuo Line
URLhttps://www.tokugawaen.aichi.jp/External Link
Admission FeeFree

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
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

Enjoy Nagoya's Summer at Beer Gardens! Special Collection of Beer Gardens in 2019

Enjoy Nagoya's Summer at Beer Gardens! Special Collection of Beer Gardens in 2019

Nagoya's summers are humid! And beer gardens are the perfect way to spend your time in these summers in a delicious and fun way.
Here are the suggested beer gardens for 2019 by area, selected by locals and our staff, who is well versed in Nagoya!

Nagoya Station area

Meitetsu Department Store Rooftop Beer Garden

All-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink with no time limit this year too! This is also a prime location for sipping on great beers, participating in lively conversation, and looking across the nightscape under an expansive starlit sky.
*With indoor seats available so you can come on rainy days too!

Period: 4/19-10/14/2019
Time: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM (Food and drink offered until 9:30 PM)
Venue: Meitetsu Department Store main store's Main Building rooftop
Access: Nagoya Station on the subway, JR, Meitetsu, and Kintetsu lines
Address: Meitetsu Department Store Main Store (main building), 1-2-1 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
WebsiteExternal Link *Japanese page only

Meitetsu Department Store Rooftop Beer Garden

Yanagibashi Beer Garden

Directly connected to Yanagibashi Market! This is a beer garden with fish tanks!
Find delicious foods from sashimi with incredible freshness to freshly broiled littleneck and typical clams, from typical seafood to rare fish you won't find at the supermarket, and more.
*The entire premises is roofed, so you can have a great time even in rainy weather!

Period: 4/19-9/30/2019
Open: From 5:00 PM on weekdays/from 4:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays
Closed: From 11:00 PM (last orders for food taken at 10:00 PM, and for drinks at 10:30 PM)
Access: Nagoya Station on the subway, JR, Meitetsu, and Kintetsu lines
Address: Marunaka Shokuhin Center Building rooftop, 4-15-2 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya
WebsiteExternal Link *Japanese page only

Yanagibashi Beer Garden

Sakae area

Kinshachi Yokocho Fresh Seafood BBQ & beer garden

A large-scale, outdoor BBQ beer garden with everything provided in a 2.5-hour all-you-can-eat/drink buffet. Enjoy BBQ in Nagoya mainly featuring fresh, directly delivered seafood in an outdoor, open space environment.

Period: 3/15-9/30/2019
Weekdays: 5:00 PM-10:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
Access: Shiyakusho Station on the subway, or the Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus "④ Nagoya Castle" Bus Stop
Venue: Yoshinao Zone of Kinshachi Yokocho
WebsiteExternal Link

Kinshachi Yokocho Fresh Seafood BBQ & beer garden

Nagoya Oktoberfest 2019

This event is based on the largest beer festival in the world held every fall in Munich, Germany. Enjoy German beers and wines sent directly from their German breweries/wineries as well as local German treats like sausages!
*Held during rain, but may be canceled due to severe weather.

Period: 7/5-7/21/2019
Weekdays: 3:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
Access: Yaba-cho and Sakae Station on the subway
Venue: Hisaya-Odori Park (Edion Hisaya Plaza/Angel Square)
WebsiteExternal Link *Japanese page only

Nagoya Oktoberfest 2019

Beer Garden Miami

A beer garden on the Nagoya Mitsukoshi rooftop.
Enjoy all-you-can-drink and an all-you-can-eat buffet with a time limit of 150 minutes. In addition to beers of 4 beer breweries, there's a lineup of over 100 kinds of drinks and foods especially for BBQ for you to enjoy in an all-you-can-eat-style and more.

Period: 4/19-11/4/2019
Weekdays: 4:00 PM-10:30 PM
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays: 11:00 AM-10:30 PM (last orders taken at 10:00 PM)
Venue: Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae store rooftop
Access: Exit 16 of Sakae Station on the subway
Address: Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae store rooftop, 3-5-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya
WebsiteExternal Link *Japanese page only

Beer Garden Miami

Lumiere Beer Hall 2019

90 minutes of both the best all-you-can-eat Japanese, Western, and Chinese cooking by hotel chefs and drinks like draft beer, highballs, plum wine, sours, and wine at a reasonable price! All-you-can-drink too!
A cowgirl comes and meets customers in the hall!
*Have a great time even in rainy weather since it's a beer hall!

Period: Monday, June 24-Thursday, September 5, 2019
*Open on weekdays only
*Closed on Saturdays; Sundays; national holidays; and 8/13-8/15 during the Obon holiday
Time: 5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Venue: Kagayaki no Ma, Hotel MIELPARQUE Nagoya 1F
Access: Chikusa Station on the subway and JR line, or Kurumamichi Station on the subway
Address: Kagayaki no Ma, Hotel MIELPARQUE Nagoya 1F
(3-16-16 Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya)
WebsiteExternal Link *Japanese page only

Lumiere Beer Hall 2019

Tsurumai area

Koyoen, Nagoya Beer Garden

Forget the hustle and bustle of the city in the healing space of Koyoen Beer Garden, with a cool waterfall and location surrounded by a grove of trees. Along with Koyoen's famous lamb BBQ, this historic beer garden also offers various other types of BBQ as well as thirst-quenching draft beers.
*Enjoy the indoor beer hall on rainy days.

Period: 4/26-9/30/2019
Weekdays: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Fridays: 5:00 PM-10:00 PM
Saturdays: 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
Sundays and national holidays: 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
Venue: Koyoen, Nagoya Beer Garden
Access: 13-minute walk from Tsurumai Station on the subway
*A free shuttle bus is available every 20 minutes from 3:50 PM.
WebsiteExternal Link *Japanese page only

Nagoyako area

Harbor Garden BBQ

Nagoya's beer & BBQ garden closest to the ocean. It couldn't have a better location, being next to Garden Pier, Port of Nagoya, which features Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, Port Building, etc. Choose the spot of your choice from the luxurious area with sofa seating or the casual area lined with tents.
*Closed during rainy weather.

Period: Now until 10/31/2019
Time: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
Access: 3-minute walk from Exit 1 of Nagoyako Station on the subway
Tel:+81-52-659-2027 (11:00 AM-9:30 PM)
Venue: Harbor Garden
WebsiteExternal Link

Harbor Garden BBQ

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.

Schedule27th of July to 4th of August, 2019
PlaceOsu and Oasis21, Sakae
URLhttps://www.worldcosplaysummit.jp/championship2019?lang=enExternal 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
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
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)
URLhttps://www.domatsuri.com/english/External Link
ContactNippon Domannaka Festival Cultural Foundation

1 Day Walking tour in Nagoya -Discover Samurai City Nagoya!!-

Ⓒ2009Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-Tai Secretariat

1day city tour to enjoy Nagoya's 10 attractions is newly available.
You can discover Nagoya's history, culture, cuisine, entertainment, shopping and so on.
A national licensed English speaking guide will help you to make your trip special and valuable in Nagoya.

Tour Point    Nagoya castle: Guide about Samurai, Castle, Architecture
                     Sakae: Enjoy lunch (Nagoya local cuisine), shopping and high-tech culture in downtown 
                                Experience local life such as subway
                     Osu:    Pop culture, shopping, entertainment such as Karakuri performance at Osu shopping arcade.
                                Visit temples and shrines.

Minimum Participants     2 to 8 people

Included                         Guide, entrance and public transportation fees. 

Not Included                   Lunch 

Reservation                    Tourism Designers Tour Desk (10:00am - 5:00pm)
                                     Email   reservation@tourismdesigners.com
                                     TEL     052-629-5828  (English & Japanese)

Private Tours available daily. 
Basic fee: 28,000 JPY + 2,000 JPY per person for a groud tour of up to 8 people.

For more details: Discover Samurai City 1 Day Tour (Tour brochure).pdf PDF

Scheduleupon your request,9:00am - 3:30pm (Please be ready 10 minutes before tour start time)
Place<Meeting Place> Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center
AccessNagoya Station Tourist Information Center https://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/icenter/
TEL052-629-5828 (English & Japanese)
URLhttp://discovernagoyatours.comExternal Link
Admission Fee7,800 JPY per person
(Private Tours available daily. Basic fee: 28,000 JPY + 2,000 JPY per person for a ground tour of up to 8 people)
ContactTourism Designers Tour Desk (10:00am - 5:00pm) Email reservation@tourismdesigners.com
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