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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
TEL+81-52-621-0111
FAX+81-52-621-6051
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
TEL+81-52-671-4153
FAX+81-52-681-0538
URLhttp://www.atsutajingu.or.jp/en/intro/External Link
ContactAtsuta Shrine

June

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
TEL+81-52-935-8988
FAX+81-52-937-3847
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
TEL+81-52-621-0111
FAX+81-52-621-6051
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
TEL+81-52-671-4153
FAX+81-52-681-0538
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
TEL+81-50-3385-2387
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

Flower Festival at Tsuruma Park

750 cherry trees bloom at the park, many local enjoy Hanami (flower viewing) here during the full bloom season.

Special flower lighting is available from late March to early April.(6 PM-9:30 PM)

Limited time Beer Garden  opens from late March to early April. (5 PM - 9:30 PM on weekday, 12 PM - 9:30 PM on weekends. Close on rainy days)

After Cherry tree blooming, the rose gardens in May and the blue flag gardens in late May to June are also very beautiful.

ScheduleThe end of March–middle of June
(Cherry blossoms best viewed late March–beginning of April)
PlaceTsuruma Park
AccessSubway Tsurumai-Line Tsurumai station Exit 4
JR Chuo-Line Tsurumai station
TEL+81-52-731-8590
FAX+81-52-731-0201
URLhttp://www.nga.or.jp/en/index.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeFree
ContactNagoya City Greenery Association

July

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).

ScheduleMid-July
PlaceNagoya Port
TEL+81-52-654-7894
FAX+81-52-654-7910
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
TEL+81-52-654-7080
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.

August

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
TEL+81-52-654-7080
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
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
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