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Winter (December-February)

Joya no Kane(The Tolling Bell Ceremony on New Year's Eve)

In the end of the year through the New Year’s season, Japan offers many traditional events to be experienced while traveling there.
One of the biggest Buddhist ceremonies is Joya no Kane, or the tolling of temple bells at midnight. 
According to Buddhist beliefs, it is customary to ring the bell 108 times as this number corresponds to the number of evil desires that we suffer from on earth. Ringing the bell 108 times rids us of our evil passions, and purifies us for the upcoming year. The following temples in Nagoya partake in this ceremony and allow people to watch or actually participate in ringing the bell.

Osu Kannon Temple 
Koshoji (Yagotoyama)
Nittaiji (Kakuozan)
Kenchuji Temple
Arako Kannon

ScheduleAround midnight, January 1st

Hatsumoude

Hatsumoude is an event in which people visit shrines, temples or churches for the first time in a new year to pray for safety and peace in that year. Generally speaking, Hatsumoude should be completed within the first three days of January. However, it is said that one’s first visit during the month of January, whenever it takes place, will be satisfactory. This event is also called "hatsumairi."
Especially, Atsuta Shrine and Osu Kannon Temple are crowded on New Year when many people come to pray.

ScheduleAll January
PlaceShinto shrines, Buddhist temples, churches, etc.

Nagoya Illumination Special Collection 2017

Nagoya is full of fun events like illuminations and projection mappings, a Christmas market, fireworks, and more in winter. Have a wonderful time in Nagoya with that special someone.

Nagoya Station area

Midland Christmas 2017

November 8 (Wed)-December 25 (Mon), 2017
5:00 PM-11:00 PM (*Some parts vary.)
Location: Midland Square (Nagoya Station)

Illuminations held mainly in the outdoor observation facility Sky Promenade and various areas inside, lighting them up in a champagne gold color, as well as Christmas trees.
WebsiteExternal Link

Midland Christmas 2017

KITTE Nagoya's Star Christmas

November 22 (Wed)-December 25 (Mon), 2017
Illumination Program: 4:00 PM-11:00 PM (Held every 30 minutes)
Location: KITTE Nagoya (Nagoya Station)

In the first floor's atrium, an actual Japanese fir is used for a large Christmas tree. An illumination program creating an exciting Christmas ambience with both light and sound.
WebsiteExternal Link
*Japanese page only

KITTE Nagoya's Star Christmas

Noritake Garden's Christmas Garden

November 11 (Sat)-December 25 (Mon), 2017
Illumination time: After sundown-7:00 PM
*Closed: Mondays (Open on 12/25 (Mon).)
Location: Noritake Garden (Kamejima Station on the Higashiyama subway line / Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus "Noritake Garden" Bus Stop

This year too, a giant Santa Claus is making an appearance. The garden is filled with color with the main illumination of a giant, 14-meter high Christmas tree.
WebsiteExternal Link

Noritake Garden's Christmas Garden

Sakae area

CITY LIGHT FANTASIA by NAKED -NEW WORLD-

December 1 (Fri), 2017-February 25 (Sun), 2018 ・6:00 PM-10:00 PM (12/1-12/31)
・6:00 PM-9:00 PM (1/1-2/25)
Location: Nagoya TV Tower's indoor observation area, Sky Deck (Sakae Station on the Higashiyama and Meijo subway lines)

"NEW WORLD," a city brimming with light and art makes its way to Nagoya TV Tower's observation deck.
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CITY LIGHT FANTASIA by NAKED -NEW WORLD-

Iceless skating rink, Toyoda Gosei Rink

November 18 (Sat), 2017-February 25 (Sun), 2018
・1:00 PM-8:00 PM (Weekdays)
・10:00 AM-8:00 PM (Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and 12/24-1/6)
Location: Oasis 21 (Sakae Station on the Higashiyama and Meijo subway lines)

You can skate on this rink as it is made of a special plastic material.
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Iceless skating rink, Toyoda Gosei Rink

Nagoya Christmas Market 2017

December 9 (Sat)-December 25 (Mon), 2017
Weekdays: 3:00 PM-8:30 PM
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and December 25 (Mon): 11:00 AM-8:30 PM
Location: Hisaya Square in Hisaya-Odori Park (Yaba-cho Station on the Meijo subway line)

Sales of local European cuisine like hot, sweet German wine, sausages, and sweets; sales of Christmas merchandise; lessons on how to make your own snow dome; and more. Free admission.
WebsiteExternal Link

Nagoya Christmas Market 2017

Flarie Christmas 2017

November 18 (Sat)-December 25 (Mon), 2017
Illumination: 5:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location: Hisaya-Odori Garden Flarie (3-minute walk south from Exit 4 of Yaba-cho Station on the Meijo subway line)

A romantic feel in the park with a 3-meter high Poinsettia Tree flower arrangement, foreign-style buildings and carriages, and illuminations with heart and other shaped decorative pieces. *Illumination starts from 11/25 (Sat).
WebsiteExternal Link

Flarie Christmas 2017

ASUNAL KANAYAMA loves Barbie

November 17 (Fri), 2017-February 28 (Wed), 2018
5:00 PM-11:00 PM (Tentative)
Location: ASUNAL KANAYAMA (Kanayama Station on the subway, Meitetsu, and JR lines)

A collaboration with Barbie, the eternal dream of every girl. Full of photogenic spots allowing you to experience the world through Barbie's eyes.
WebsiteExternal Link
*Japanese page only

ASUNAL KANAYAMA loves Barbie

Shirotori Garden's Akari Art

December 1 (Fri)-December 10 (Sun), 2017 *Closed on 12/4 (Mon).
Sundown-9:00 PM
Location: Shirotori Garden (10-minute walk from Exit 4 of Jingu Nishi Station on the Meijo subway line)

Akari lantern art made with Mino-washi Japanese paper and illumination of autumn leaves with Japanese lanterns.
WebsiteExternal Link

Shirotori Garden's Akari Art

Port of Nagoya

Port of Nagoya, FIREWORKS by NAKED -Radiant Snow Fireworks-
December 2 (Sat)-December 25 (Mon), 2017
5:30 PM-9:00 PM
*5:30 PM-7:00 PM on December 24 (Sun) due to a fireworks festival
Location: Near Nagoya Port Building (Just outside Nagoyako Station on the Meiko subway line)

"Kaleido fireworks" shows are performed once every 20 minutes in the motif of the beautifully sparkling inside of a kaleidoscope.
WebsiteExternal Link
*Japanese page only

Port of Nagoya

ISOGAI Fireworks Theater in Port of Nagoya

December 24 (Sun), 2017
7:00 PM-7:45 PM
Location: All around Garden Pier, Port of Nagoya (Just outside Nagoyako Station on the Meiko subway line)

Paired with music, fireworks soar upward creating an Xmas story in a beautiful fireworks musical.
WebsiteExternal Link
*Japanese page only

ISOGAI Fireworks Theater in Port of Nagoya

Outside Nagoya

Centrair sky illumination -The Cathedral's Bell-

October 27 (Fri), 2017-March 31 (Sat), 2018
5:30 PM-10:30 PM
*Starting at 6:00 PM from February 1 (Thu)
Location: Sky Deck on 4F of the Passenger Terminal Building, Chubu Centrair International Airport (A short walk from Central Japan International Airport Station on the Meitetsu Airport Line)

This year's theme is the bells found in cathedrals. Enjoy an illumination depicting a cathedral beyond layers upon layers of shining lights adorning a transept's arch. *Free admission
WebsiteExternal Link

Centrair sky illumination -The Cathedral's Bell-

Nabana no Sato Illumination

October 14 (Sat), 2017-May 6 (Sun), 2018
Around sundown-final business hours
Location: Nabana no Sato (30-minute ride by Meitetsu Bus from Nagoya Station)

One of the largest illumination events in Japan. The beautiful scenery of Kumamoto such as the Aso region and Kumamoto Castle is recreated as the motif of this grand illumination, and there is also a tunnel of light with the motif of cherry blossoms.
WebsiteExternal Link

Nabana no Sato Illumination

The brightest ever Winter Laguna

November 3 (Fri), 2017-March 31 (Sat), 2018
5:00 PM-park's closing time (business hours may differ by season)
Location: Lagunasia in LAGUNA TEN BOSCH (15-minute ride by free shuttle bus from Gamagori Station on the JR Tokaido Line)

Enjoy this year's maritime illumination, Palace of Blue, new 360 degree 3D mapping piece, and fireworks show.
WebsiteExternal Link

The brightest ever Winter Laguna

Chinese New Year

Lots of chinese food, dances and more at this Chinese New Year festival in Nagoya.

 

Schedule10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (from 11:00 a.m. on January 6 (Sat)), January 6 (Sat)–January 8, 2018 (Mon/National holiday)
PlaceHisaya Park
AccessA few minutes walk from [sakae], [yaba-cho]station
TEL052-508-4177
URLhttp://www.n-cj.comExternal Link
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