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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

Enjoy Japan's Traditional Setsubun Festivals

The Japanese word Setsubun means the parting of seasons, and in modern-day Japan, particularly represents the period between the changing of winter to spring. During this period (February 3), people throw beans around inside their houses in order to dispel evil spirits.

Nagoya's main Setsubun festival information:

◆Osu Kannon Setsubun Treasure Ship Parade
February 3, from 1:18 PM–3:00 PM
Transportation: Osu Kannon Station on the subway
Inquiries: +81-52-231-6525
For more details, click here.

◆Kasadera Kannon (Kannon's Lucky Direction This Year)
Transportation: Meitetsu Moto Kasadera Station
Inquiries: +81-52-821-1367
Night Festival Before Setsubun: February 2, from 8:00 PM–12:00 AM
Setsubun Festival: February 3, from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
For more details, click here.

◆Jimokuji Kannon
Transportation: Meitetsu Jimokuji Station
Inquiries: +81-52-442-3076
Setsubun: February 3, from 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

◆Arako Kannonji
Transportation: Takabata Station on the subway, Arako Station on the Aonami Line
Inquiries: +81-52-361-1778
Setsubun Festival (First Half): February 3, from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Setsubun Festival (Second Half): February 3, from 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
For more details, click here.

◆Ryusenji
Transportation: Ryusenjiguchi Station on the elevated bus line, the Yutorito Line
Inquiries: +81-52-794-3647
Night Festival Before Setsubun: February 2, from 8:00 PM–12:00 AM
Setsubun Festival: February 3, from 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
For more details, click here.

ScheduleFebruary 2–3, 2018

Toyoda Gosei Rink

A mysterious skating rink you can slide around on with skates even though it's not ice!
You can skate on this rink as it is made of a special plastic material. First-time skaters and children can easily experience skating as you don't get wet if you fall, and it's not cold. At night, images are projected onto the rink's surface, so you can enjoy the illumination in the middle of the rink.

Closed: None during the event period
Website:
*Japanese page only
https://www.nagoyatv.com/toyodagoseirink/

ScheduleNovember 18, 2017–February 25, 2018

Weekdays: 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays / winter vacation (12/25–1/6): 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing
PlaceGalaxy Platform in Oasis 21
1-11-1 Higashi Sakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya
AccessSakae Station on the Meijo and Higashiyama subway lines
TEL+81-52-331-9966 (Event Department, Nagoya TV)
Admission FeeRequired

Weekdays: 900 yen for junior high school students and older, 500 yen for elementary school students and younger
National holidays: 1,200 yen for junior high school students and older, 500 yen for elementary school students and younger

Plum Blossom Information

Nagoya City

Nagoya Castle

Best viewing time: The end of January-beginning of March
More than 10 kinds of approximately 100 trees (white and red plum trees)
Transportation: 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 "③ Nagoya Castle" Bus Stop
Website

Togokusan Fruit Park (closed Mondays)

Best viewing time: The beginning of February-middle of March
35 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees, weeping plum trees)
Transportation: 13-minute walk from "Togokusan Fruits Park" City Bus Stop
Website

Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens (closed Mondays)

Best viewing time: The middle of February-middle of March
Approximately 20 kinds of approximately 200 trees (white and red plum trees)
Transportation: 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
Website

Aichi Prefecture

Ogata Shrine / Inuyama City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-end of March
Approximately 300 trees (red and white weeping plum trees)
Transportation: Approximate 20-minute walk from Gakuden Station on the Meitetsu Line
Website (External link: Japanese only)

Sori Pond / Chita City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-end of March
25 kinds of approximately 5,400 trees
Transportation: Chita Bus "Ume no Yakata-guchi" Bus Stop from Asakura Station on the Meitetsu Line
Website (External link: Japanese only)

Oike Park / Tokai City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-beginning of March
13 kinds of 300 trees
Transportation: Approximate 20-minute walk from Otagawa Station on the Meitetsu Line
Website (External link)

Mukaiyama Ryokuchi Plum Garden / Toyohashi City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-beginning of March
29 kinds of approximately 400 trees (white and red plum trees)
Transportation: 5-minute walk from Toyotetsu Bus "Daimachi" Bus Stop from Toyohashi Station on the Meitetsu and JR lines
Website (External link)

Gifu Prefecture

Bairin Park / Gifu City

Best viewing time: The middle of February-middle of March
Approximately 50 kinds of trees including 700 white plum trees and 600 red plum trees
Transportation: Approximate 3-minute walk from "Bairinkoen-mae" Bus Stop after taking a bus from JR Gifu Station (bus stop 14/15) or Gifu Bus Terminal
Website (External link)

ScheduleThe end of January–middle of March

Weeping Plum Tree Festival

View the flowers of approximately 700 trees, both red and white plum trees, as they come into bloom. Enjoy a petting zoo with small animals, street performances (*cancelled on rainy days), an open-air market, and bonsai display during the event period. *Parking during the event period is 500 yen.

ScheduleFrom the middle of February to the end of March
9:00 AM–4:30 PM (Changes possible due to blooming circumstances. Held everyday during the event period.)
PlaceNagoya Agricultural Center
AccessSubway (Hirabari Station/Akaike Station)
TEL+81-52-801-5221
FAX+81-52-801-5222
URLhttp://www.city.nagoya.jp/kurashi/category/19-8-4-2-2-0-0-0-0-0.htmlExternal Link
Admission FeeRequired
Some events require admission fees
(500 yen during the event period)

Konomiya Hadaka (Naked) Festival

An awe-inspiring festival with that has been celebrated since the Nara Period. A religious ceremony in which a large number of (almost) naked men jostle with each other in order to touch a purified man (the Shin Otoko) and become blessed.

ScheduleFebruary 28 (Wed), 2018
PlaceKonomiya Shrine, Inazawa City, (1-1-1 Konomiya, Inazawa city)
AccessTake Meitetsu Main line train from Nagoya Station bound for Gifu,
and get off at Konomiya Station (roughly 13 minutes from Nagoya Sta.)
The Shrine is a 3-min. walk from Konomiya Station.
TEL+81-587-23-2121
URLhttp://www.konomiya.or.jpExternal Link
ContactKonomiya

Kinekosa Festival

The Kinekosa Festival is held annually to pray for yakuyoke (protection from evil), shison hanei (prosperity), tenka taihei (peace), and gokoku houjyou (a good harvest). It is specifically believed that prayers for yakuyoke are particularly effective at this festival. The implements for the festival include kine (vertical mallets) and kosa (rice cake removed from kine) for which this festival was named.

First, male participants carry a piece of green bamboo to the Shonai River near Hichishosha Shrine and stand it up in the middle of the river. Then, a man from among them climbs up the green bamboo, and the direction in which the bamboo is bent or broken by the man’s weight is used to guide prayer and make predictions about the harvest.,Festival events are also held in the precincts of the shrine, and the kine and kosa are used to touch visitors during the festival. The visitors touched by these tools are believed to be protected from evil.

This festival at Hichishosha Shrine, said to have been established around A.D. 884 (Genkei 8), is registered as an intangible cultural asset and is one of the three major eccentric festivals in Owari.

ScheduleEvery 17th day of the first month of the lunar calendar
PlaceNanasho-sha (Nanasho shrine)
TEL+81-52-412-3671
FAX+81-52-412-0538
URLhttp://www.kinekosa.comExternal Link
ContactNanasho-sha (Nanasho shrine)

Special Collection of Recommended Sightseeing Spots You Can Enjoy Even on Mondays

Monday is known for facilities like art museums and zoos being closed. Here is a collection of recommended sightseeing spots you can enjoy even on Mondays.

In Nagoya, these ≪staple spots≫ are where to go

Nagoya Castle

The shimmering golden "shachi" upon Nagoya Castle's donjon (castle tower) is a symbol of the city. Within the castle is a museum where you can have fun learning about Nagoya's history. Reconstruction of the Hommaru Palace is also progressing, and completed areas open to the public as they occur.

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Shiyakusho Station on the subway
Nagoya Castle bus stop on the Me~guru bus route
Closed: Year-end/new year holiday
Website

Nagoya Castle

Osu Shopping District and Osu Kannon Temple

The "most active shopping district in Japan," lined with shops of all kinds offering household appliances, used clothing, fine food, etc. The flea market held within Osu Kannon Temple's premises is also popular.

Access Method: Osu Kannon Station and Kamimaezu Station on the subway
Closed: Osu Kannon Temple open year-round
Days closed differ from store to store in the shopping district
Website

Osu Shopping District and Osu Kannon Temple

Atsuta Shrine

This historical shrine is the second most revered after Ise Shrine, and is known for holding one of Japan's three sacred treasures, the legendary "Kusanagi-no-Mitsurugi" sword.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from Jingu-mae Station on the Meitetsu Line
7-minute walk from Jingu Nishi Station on the subway
Closed: Open year-round (Treasure Hall closed the last Wednesday of the month and the following day)
Website

Atsuta Shrine

Enjoy the city in ≪downtown Nagoya's Sakae area≫

Nagoya TV Tower

From its observation deck 100 meters above ground, look over the city of Nagoya and its outlying mountains. Lit up at night, this spot becomes a romantic setting, and has been named a "Lovers' Sanctuary."

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Hisaya-odori Station and Sakae Station on the subway
Closed: Open year-round (closed once a year for maintenance)
Website

Nagoya TV Tower

Oasis 21

This three-dimensional park is known for its giant floating "Spaceship-Aqua" glass roof. A variety of events are held on the "Galaxy Platform" atrium.

Access Method: Directly connected to Sakae Station on the subway
Closed: Twice a year
Website

Oasis 21

Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie

Feel nature while relaxing among gardens with blooming seasonal flowers. Also enjoy great tasting food and shopping.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station on the subway
Closed: Year-end/new year holiday
Website

Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie

Go on an excursion to ≪the city's outer edge≫

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Focused on bullet trains, and featuring train car exhibits from local trains to the Superconducting Maglev train. You can learn about the workings of railroads and their histories through things like dioramas and driving simulators.

Access Method: 2-minte walk from Kinjo-futo Station on the Aonami Line
Closed: Tuesdays, year-end/new year holiday
Website

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Get an introduction to the tie-dyeing culture of the Arimatsu and Narumi area. Walking through the still existing beautiful townscape portrayed in the woodblock prints of even Hokusai and Hiroshige is recommended.

Access Method: 5-minute walk from Arimatsu Station on the Meitetsu Line
Closed: Open throughout April-November
Closed on Wednesdays and the year-end/new year holiday from December-March
*May be closed at unspecified times

Arimatsu-Narumi Tie-Dyeing Museum

Nagoya Ceramics Hall

An exhibition introduction to pottery pieces for export which have captivated the world. The building's art deco atmosphere, featuring things like ceiling reliefs, is also worth a look.

Access Method: 3-minute walk from the Akatsuka Shirakabe city bus stop
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, the summer season, year-end/new year holiday
*May be closed at unspecified times

Nagoya Ceramics Hall

Nagoya Dezomeshiki Firefighting Ceremony and Drills 2018

Featuring all the firefighting equipment for ground, sea, and air, such as fire engines, fire boats, firefighting helicopters, and more. Watch approximately 2,000 firefighting staff marching in line and performing rescue drills, as well as the simultaneous discharging of water and other firefighting drills.
In addition, events and a display of fire engines are held in the Shobo Fureai space.

ScheduleJanuary 14 (Sun), 2018
10:00 AM–11:45 AM
PlaceGarden Pier, Port of Nagoya
Minato-machi, Minato-ku, Nagoya
AccessNagoyako Station on the Meiko subway line
TEL+81-52-972-3504
Admission FeeFree

2017-2018 Year-end and New Year Holiday Special Feature

An abundance of fun, must-see New Year's events during the year-end and new year holiday like countdown events, the tolling of temple bells, the first visit of the year to a shrine or temple, and special new year events. Have a wonderful time bringing in the new year in Nagoya with family and friends.

New Year's Eve Events

"Nagoya Castle Countdown Show!" and Opening of Nagoya Castle's Gates in the New Year

◆"Nagoya Castle Countdown Show!"
Date and time: 9:00 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (closing at 2:00 a.m.), December 31, 2017 (Sun)
◆Opening of the gates in the new year
Date and time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closing at 5:00 p.m.), January 1, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)

Location: Nagoya Castle
◆teamLab: Floating, Resonating Spheres - Nagoya Castle
Date: December 23, 2017 (Sat/National holiday)-January 14, 2018 (Sun)
Time: 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (excluding December 31 and January 1)

Location: Nagoya Castle
Count down together with Nagoya's idol group "Team Syachihoko" and the members of "Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai."
In this event period, you can enjoy Nagoya Castle shining in an environment filled with a mysterious light produced by teamLab's digital art.
For more details, click here.

Nagoya Castle Countdown Show! and Opening of Nagoya Castle's Gates in the New Year

Nagashima Countdown & New Year's Party 2018

Date and time: 8:00 p.m., December 31, 2017 (Sun)-3:00 a.m., January 1, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)
Location: Nagashima Spa Land (External link)

Enjoy live performances by famous artists and fireworks. You can also enjoy the amusement park rides.
For more details, click here. (Japanese only)

Nagashima Countdown & New Year's Party 2018

 

LAGUNA TEN BOSCH New Year's COUNT DOWN 2018

Date and time: 10:00 a.m., December 31, 2017 (Sun)-1:00 a.m., January 1, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)
Location: Lagunasia, Laguna Ten Bosch (External link)

Enjoy live performances by famous artists and fireworks. You can also enjoy the amusement park rides.
For more details, click here. (Japanese only)

LAGUNA TEN BOSCH New Year's COUNT DOWN 2018 


First Sounding of Temple Bells & D-K Live Digital Scroll Art at Higashi Betsuin

Date and time: 8:00 p.m., December 31, 2017 (Sun)-1:30 a.m., January 1, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)
Location: Higashi Betsuin (Shinshu Otani-ha Nagoya Betsuin)
Enjoy a collaborative performance of light, art, and traditional Japanese culture with performances of "D-K Digital Scroll" art and the magical atmosphere it creates through projections of digital images on historic architecture, Noh theater, Japanese taiko drums, and more.
For more details, click here. (External link: Japanese only)

First Sounding of Temple Bells & D-K Live Digital Scroll Art at Higashi Betsuin


Tolling of Temple Bells

Date: December 31-January 1
Location: Temples everywhere
In Japan, the tolling of bells on New Year's Eve is done in what is called Joya no Kane. The bells are struck 108 times. It is said that within people dwell 108 worldly temptations (responsible for deceiving people's hearts and causing suffering in them), and the bells are run to expel those temptations. There are many temples where you yourself can strike the bell.
For more details, click here.

Tolling of Temple Bells


Date and time: 6:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m., January 1, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)
(Final admission at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: Nagoya TV Tower
You can watch the first sunrise of the year from two observation decks; the Sky Deck (90-meters high, indoor) and the Sky Balcony (100-meters high, outdoor).
*Admission limited to 400 people.

Nagoya TV Tower


Date and time: 5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., January 1, 2018 (Mon/National holiday) (Tentative)
Location: Midland Square Sky Promenade
You can watch the first sunrise of the year from the tallest building in Nagoya.

Midland Square Sky Promenade


First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple

First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple

Date and time: January
Location: Temples, shrines, etc.
Japan has a custom, known as hatsumoude, where people visit temples and shrines in the beginning of the new year. People pray to ensure that the new year will be a good year.
For more details, click here.

First Visit of the Year to a Shrine or Temple


Other

Matsu wo Kotobuku, Celebrating New Year at Tokugawaen

Date: January 2 (Tue)-January 3 (Wed), 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
*Closed: Mondays (if a national holiday or compensatory holiday, the immediately following weekday), Year-end and New Year Holiday (December 29-January 1)
Location: Tokugawaen
This is a special event held to celebrate the new year.
From 9:30 a.m. on January 2 (Tue), a drawing is held and warm adzuki bean soup is served to the first 300 guests to arrive. Also, tree peonies, a feature of Japan's winters, are displayed from January 2 through February 18.

Matsu wo Kotobuku, Celebrating New Year at Tokugawaen


New Year Tea Party at Shirotori Garden

Date and time: 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., January 6 (Sat)-January 8, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)
Location: Shirotori Garden
Enjoy tea ceremony in Seiu-tei, a tea house authentically built in with sukiya-style architecture, while gazing at beautiful yukizuri (ropes to prevent branches from snapping under heavy snow) scenery. A traditional Japanese instrument concert is also held.

New Year Tea Party at Shirotori Garden


Chinese New Year Festival in Nagoya

Date and time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (from 11:00 a.m. on January 6 (Sat)), January 6 (Sat)-January 8, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)
Location: Hisaya Plaza, Hisaya Odori Park
The traditional Chinese lunar new year's "Chinese New Year Festival" is held. Learn about Chinese culture through this traditional festival. You can also get a taste of flavors, scents, and emotions.
For more details, click here.

Chinese New Year Festival in Nagoya

 

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