Amateur and professional designers will be exhibiting and selling their creations at around 2,000 booths. A wide range of original handmade art, graphics, crafts, interior design, and fashion items will be on sale.
When: Sat. 29 and Sun. 30 Jun. (11:00 - 18:00)
Where: Portmesse Nagoya (ポートメッセなごや), Exhibition Halls 2 & 3 (2・3展示館)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjō-futō Sta. (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線).
Admission: Adults 900 Yen on the day; advance tickets 750 Yen, and two-day ticket 1,300 Yen; all available from Circle K, Sunkus, Seven Eleven, and Ticket Pia, Lawson and Mini-Stop. Up to 2 children of elementary school age or younger can enter for free with a paying adult.
Website: https://creatorsmarket.com/ (Japanese)
Listening to the Rain - Japanese Umbrellas at the Tokugawaen
Once a residence of the Owari Tokugawa clan and located next to the Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya's Higashi Ward, Tokugawaen is a pond-centered Japanese garden with something to enjoy in every season, even the rainy season. From late May through to early June, hanashōbu, or Japanese irises, are but one of the attractions.
During the tsuyu (梅雨), or rainy season, visitors to the Japanese garden can rent a wagasa (和傘), or Japanese umbrella, to enjoy a stroll through the rain (umbrella rental 8 to 23 Jun.). Visitors entering between 9:30 and 17:00 can rent umbrellas for 500 Yen each at the Kuromon main gate.
When: Thu. 6 Jun. to Sun. 7 Jul. (9:30 - 17:30; Last entry 17:00) Closed Mondays (in the event it falls on a national holiday, closed the next business day instead).
Where: Tokugawaen (徳川園) Japanese garden
Access: By train: a 10-minute walk from JR Ōzone Sta. (大曽根駅) South Exit (南出口). By bus: From Sakae, take a City Bus for Hikiyama (引山) or Shiken'ya (四軒家) leaving from Bus Station 3, Sakae Bus Terminal (Oasis 21). Get off at Tokugawaen Shindeki (徳川園新出来) bus stop.
Admission: General Admission/College & Senior HS Students 300 (270) Yen; Residents of Nagoya City aged 65 or older 100 (90) Yen. Junior HS Students and younger free. Prices in ( ) are for groups of 20 or more.
Korea Independent Animation Film Festival
The animated films at this year's event include 18 short films acclaimed at festivals around the world and one feature-length film (being screened in Japan for the first time) from South Korea, together with an Asian Competition section featuring 10 excellent films from around the region. All programs feature Japanese subtitles. See the website for program details.
When: Sat. 6 Jul. (A. Korean feature program 12:00, Special screening & director talk 13:45, B. Korean short program① 15:15, C. Asia short program 16:45, D. Korean short program ②18:15) and Sun. 7 Jul. (D. & director talk 12:00, B. 14:30, C. 16:00, A. 17:30)
Where: Aichi Arts Center (愛知芸術文化センター) 12F Art Space EF (アートスペースEF), Higashi Ward (東区)
Access: A 3-minute walk via Oasis 21 (オアシス21) from Sakae Sta. (栄駅) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線・名城線) and Sakaemachi Sta. (栄町駅) on the Meitetsu Seto Line (名鉄瀬戸線).
Tickets: (Per program) General 1,000 Yen; University and Senior HS students 500 Yen; Junior HS students and younger free.
Website: https://anikr.com/2019/ (Japanese)
The "beer garden" is something of a summer tradition in Japan, a place to cool off and enjoy eating, drinking and chatting outdoors. Charges cover unlimited food and drinks for a specified time, but some offer dishes or drinks for which an additional fee is required. Here is a selection of some of the numerous beer gardens around central Nagoya.
Beer Garden Maiami ビアガーデンマイアミ名古屋栄店A beer hall originally for Allied soldiers during the Occupation was reborn as Beer Garden Miami atop the (then newly-completed) old Dai Nagoya Building in 1963, and has been a summer evening fixture ever since. Now located in Sakae, Maiami continues to offer beer, food and entertainment with resident idols Mai-chan and Ami-chan.
When: Until Mon. 4 Nov. (Nat. Hol.) (Weekdays 16:00 - 22:30; Sat., Sun. & nat. hols. 11:00 - 22:30; Last order 22:00.)
Where: On top of Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae Store, Naka Ward (中区) Sakae 3-5-1 (栄3-5-1)
Access: Nagoya Mitsukoshi Sakae Store is directly outside Sakae Sta. (栄駅, H10/M05) Exit 16 on the Subway Higashiyama and Meijo Lines (地下鉄東山線・名城線). (Enter through the Mitsui Sumitomo Bank entrance to access the elevators.)
Charge: ①Lunchtime (11:00 - 15:00, Sat., Sun. & nat. hols. only) Adults 120 min. 3,400 Yen; Children 1,000 Yen. ②Dinnertime (16:00 - 20:30, from 15:00 Sat., Sun. & nat. hols.) Adults 150 min. 4,000 Yen; Children 1,500 Yen. ③Midnight Discount (after 20:15) Adults 3,300 Yen; Children 1,000 Yen.
Website: http://www.mai-ami.jp/ (Japanese)
Photo courtesy of CHITAKA INTERNATIONAL FOODS CO.,Ltd.
Yanagibashi Beer Garden 柳橋ビアガーデンA beer garden attached to "Nagoya's kitchen," the Yanagibashi Market.
When: Until Mon. 30 Sep. (Weekdays 17:00 - 23:00; Sat., Sun. & nat. hols. 16:00 - 23:00; Last order - food 22:00, drinks 22:30)
Where: Marunaka Shokuhin Center (マルナカ食品センター) rooftop, Nakamura Ward (中村区) Meieki 4-15-2 (名駅4-15-2)
Access: A 6-minute walk east from Nagoya Sta. (名古屋駅)
Charge: 120 min. Adults 3,900 Yen (includes 800 Yen in vouchers to use on items for which extra charge applies); Children (age 6 to 12) 2,000 Yen; Pre-school-aged children free
Website: http://www.ybgarden.com/ (Japanese)
Meitetsu Department Store Main Store Rooftop Beer Garden 名鉄百貨店本店「屋上ビアガーデン」A beer garden offering a "world market"-themed all-you-can-eat buffet featuring cuisine from various countries, as well as unlimited drinks.
When: Until Mon. 14 Oct. (nat. hol.) (16:00 - 22:00; Food and drink service stops 21:30)
Where: Meitetsu Department Store Main Store Main Building (名鉄百貨店本店本館) rooftop, Nakamura Ward (中村区) Meieki 1-2-1 (名駅1-2-1)
Access: Meitetsu Department Store Main Store Main Building is connected directly to Meitetsu Nagoya Sta. (名鉄名古屋駅)
Charge: Unlimited time (max. 6 hours) Adults 4,100 Yen; Children (age 5 to 12) 1,500 Yen
Website: https://www.e-meitetsu.com/mds/event_brand/2019beergarden/ (Japanese)
Enjoy the Oktoberfest atmosphere, right in the heart of Nagoya, with German beers, wines, authentic sausages, and a German folk band from Munich performing daily!
When: From Fri. 5 Jul. to Sun. 21 Jul. (weekends and nat. hol. 11:00 - 21:00, weekdays 15:00 - 21:00)
Where: Hisaya-odori Park (久屋大通公園) Edion Hisaya Hiroba (エディオン久屋広場) and Angel Hiroba (エンゼル広場)
Access: A 3-minute walk from Yaba-cho Sta. (地下鉄矢場町駅, M04) Exit 5 or 6 on the Subway Meijo Line (地下鉄名城線).
Admission: Free; Charges apply for food and drinks.
Website: www.nagoya-oktober-fest.com (Japanese)
Image: A previous Nagoya-Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy of Tokai Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
The 73rd Marine Day Nagoya Port Festival & Fireworks
This fireworks show (featuring around 3,000 fireworks), synonymous with summer at Nagoya Port, is the finale of the Marine Day Nagoya Port Festival held on the Umi no Hi (Marine Day) national holiday. There will also be a variety of stage events, performances and parades throughout the day.
When: Mon. 15 Jul. (Nat. Hol.) (Fireworks 19:30 - 20:20) Fireworks will still be held in rain, but cancelled in the event of stormy weather.
Where: Nagoya Port (名古屋港), around the Garden Pier (ガーデンふ頭) area.
Access: A short walk from Nagoyako (Nagoya Port) Sta. (名古屋港駅, E07) on the Meiko Subway Line (地下鉄名港線).
Recommended viewing spots are Wharf 2 and 3 in front of the Port Building (ポートビル) or on the green space south of the Port of Nagoya Aquarium (名古屋港水族館).
Website: http://www.nagoya-port-festival.com/ (Japanese)
Photo courtesy of Umi-no-hi Nagoya Minato Matsuri Kyōsankai
Tsuruma Park Summer Evening Festival
Enjoy a summer Saturday and Sunday night stroll in Tsuruma Park, and experience the Japanese tradition of nōryō matsuri (納涼まつり / summer evening festival). A fun event for all, with bingo for kids (Sat. 20 & Sun. 21, 17:30 - 17:55; Cards distributed 16:30 - 17:30; Junior HS students and younger), stage performances, and a variety of games, food trucks and a beer garden.
When: Sat. 20 and Sun. 21 Jul. (17:30 - 20:30) (Will still be held in light rain)
Where: Tsuruma Park (鶴舞公園), around the Suffrage Memorial Stage (普選記念壇), Showa Ward (昭和区)
Access: Tsurumai Sta. (鶴舞駅, T10) Exit 4 on the Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線); or Tsurumai Sta. (鶴舞駅) on the JR Chūō Line (JR 中央線)
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City Greenification Center
Susaki no Chōchin Matsuri
This lantern festival has been held at Susaki Shrine in Naka Ward since the Edo period, with the light of around 1,000 individual lanterns creating a fantastic atmosphere. The chinowakuguri (わくぐり / lit. passing through the straw ring) ritual is also performed, in which people pass through a ring made of straw so that they might avoid illness and ill fortune over summer, and give thanks for a peaceful first half of the year.
When: Sat. 20 and Sun. 21 Jul. (19:00 - 21:00)
Where: Susaki Jinja (洲崎神社), Naka Ward (中区)
Access: A 10-minute walk northwest from Osu Kannon Sta. (大須観音駅, T08) on the Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線)
Photo courtesy of Susaki Jinja
The 64th Textile Thanksgiving Ichinomiya Tanabata Star Festival
The extravagant decorations make this one of Japan's big three Tanabata festivals (Sendai and Hiratsuka host the other two), visited by over a million people each year. Highlights include a 500-meter long procession to dedicate an offering of locally-produced woolen textiles, a Jinrikisha (rickshaw) Tanabata procession and a Bon dance.
When: From Thu. 25 to Sun. 28 Jul.
Where: Around JR Owari-Ichinomiya Sta. and Meitetsu Ichinomiya Sta. in Ichinomiya City (一宮市)
Access: A short walk from Owari-Ichinomiya Sta. (尾張一宮駅) on the JR Tōkaidō Line (JR東海道本線); or Meitetsu Ichinomiya Sta. (名鉄一宮駅) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線).
Website: http://www.138ss.com/tanabata_bunner/index_tanabata.html (Japanese)
Photo courtesy of Orimono Kanshasai Ichinomiya Tanabata Matsuri Kyōshinkai
The 64th Nakagawa Kingyo Matsuri
The Nakagawa Kingyo (金魚 / goldfish) Matsuri is the major summer festival in Nakagawa Ward. With stage performances by locals and guest performers, a parade featuring a goldfish mikoshi (portable shrine) and lots of other attractions to enjoy.
When: Sat. 27 and Sun. 28 Jul. (16:00 - 21:30)
Where: Otobashi Park (尾頭橋公園) and surrounding area, Nakagawa Ward (中川区)
Access: A 5-minute walk south from Otōbashi Sta. (尾頭橋駅) on the JR Tōkaidō Line (JR東海道本線)
Photos courtesy of the Nakagawa Kingyo Matsuri Executive Committee
Owari Tsushima Tennō Matsuri
Considered one of the three great river festivals in Japan, and one of the country's most beautiful summer festivals, the Owari Tsushima Tennō Matsuri is the annual festival of Tsushima Shrine, a tradition that has continued for almost 600 years. Saturday's Evening Festival (宵祭) begins with the lighting of the lanterns adorning the five Makiwara boats (boats decorated with numerous lanterns in a dome-like arrangement), the beautiful sight enhanced by their shimmering reflection on the water. For Sunday's Morning Festival (朝祭), the boats are decorated with Noh-inspired ornaments and take part in a performance as they are rowed across the water. A designated National Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Property as of 1980, in December 2016, the boat events「 ( 尾張津島天王祭の車楽舟行事」) were inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
When: Sat. 27 Jul. (Evening Festival) and Sun. 28 Jul. (Morning Festival)
Where: Tennōgawa Kōen (天王川公園 / Tennō River Park) in Tsushima City
Access: A 15-minute walk west from Tsushima Sta. (津島駅) on the Meitetsu Tsushima and Bisai Lines (名鉄津島・尾西線)
Photo courtesy of Tsushima City
Toyota Oiden Matsuri
The Saturday night Oiden Sou-Odori will see around 100 teams dancing energetically through the streets of central Toyota, and Sunday's Fireworks never fails to impress.
When: The Oiden Sou-Odori (おいでん総踊り): Sat. 27 Jul. (17:00 - 20:30). Fireworks (花火大会): Sun. 28 Jul. (19:10 - 21:00)
Where: On the streets around the east side of Toyotashi Sta., and at Shirahama Park (白浜公園) on the banks of the Yahagi River (矢作川), Toyota City (豊田市)
Access: A 10-minute walk to Shirahama Park from Toyotashi Sta. (豊田市駅) on the Meitetsu Toyota Line (名鉄豊田線); accessible from Nagoya via the Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線).
Website: https://www.oidenmaturi.com/ (Japanese)
Photo courtesy of Toyota Oiden Matsuri Executive Committee
Kariya Mandō Matsuri
An Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Aichi Prefecture, this traditional festival boasts a history of more than 200 years. Each warrior-shaped mandō (万燈 / lit. "ten thousand lanterns") lantern, measuring 5m tall and weighing around 60kg, is carried by one young man, who dances heroically to the accompanying o-hayashi flute and drum music. The first day's event is known as Shingaku (新楽), in which the mandō wind through the streets. In the second day's event, the Hongaku (本楽), dancing is presented as an offering within the grounds of Akiba Shrine.
When: Sat. 27 Jul. (16:30 - 22:00) and Sun. 28 Jul. (16:50 - 22:00)
Where: Akiba Shrine (秋葉社) and surrounds, central Kariya City (刈谷市), Ginza (銀座) 2-101
Access: About a 5-minute walk north from Kariyashi Sta. (刈谷市駅) on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line (名鉄三河線); or about a 15-minute walk from Kariya Sta. (刈谷駅) on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line or JR Tōkaidō Line (JR東海道本線).
World Cosplay Summit 2019
The World Cosplay Summit is a huge gathering of international costume players (from 40 countries and regions) dressed up as characters from Japanese manga, animation, video games, and SFX shows, competing for the 2019 cosplay crown. Featuring stage performances, photo sessions, parades and more, the highlight is the World Cosplay Championship to determine the grand champion. Last year's event attracted 248,000 people to the Oasis 21 venue.
When: Sat. 27 Jul. to Sun. 4 Aug. (See the official website for details of all events.) Cosplay Championship the FINAL - Sun. 4 Aug.
Where: Oasis 21 (オアシス21) in Sakae (栄), Higashi Ward (東区) and Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater Concert Hall (愛知芸術文化センター 大ホール), Higashi Ward (東区)
Access: Connected at the basement level to Sakae Sta. (栄駅) on the Subway Higashiyama and Meijo Lines (地下鉄東山・名城線)
Details: See http://www.worldcosplaysummit.jp/ for full information regarding events and venues.
Photo courtesy of WCS Inc.
■Go and see the cosplayers with the World Cosplay Summit 2019 Commemorative Weekend Eco Ticket! 「世界コスプレサミット2019記念ドニチエコきっぷ」で世界のコスプレイヤーに会いに行こう！
To help World Cosplay Summit 2019 participants and spectators travel between venues on the City Bus and Subway, the City of Nagoya Transportation Bureau is releasing a commemorative World Cosplay Summit 2019 Weekend Eco Ticket (Donichi-eko-kippu / ドニチエコきっぷ). Like the regular Weekend Eco Ticket, the ticket allows unlimited travel on City Bus and Subway services for one day.
Ticket type: Weekend Eco Ticket (Adult)
When: Available from Sat. 6 Jul. (while stocks last; Limited to 18,000 tickets)
Where: Available at all 87 Subway stations and the Transportation Bureau Service Centers at Nagoya, Sakae and Kanayama
Cost: 600 Yen per ticket
A famous summer purification ritual, in which worshippers carrying reeds with ritual paper streamers pass through a ring of straw, first passing to the left, then right, then left, in a figure '8' pattern. It is said that through this, one can be freed of sin, shame, and misfortune, and stay cheerful and healthy without illness over summer. The lanterns tied to bamboo branches hung outside homes in the surrounding neighborhood are synonymous with summer to locals.
When: Wed. 31 Jul. (from 18:00)
Where: Reinomimae Shrine (鈴之御前社), Atsuta Ward (熱田区)
Access: A 5-minute walk southeast from Temma-cho Sta. (伝馬町駅, M26) Exit 3 on the Subway Meijo Line (地下鉄名城線)
Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū
Endōji Tanabata Matsuri
The 64th Endōji Tanabata Matsuri will feature a variety of events and performances including Awa-odori dancing, taiko drum performances, a parade featuring the Pokka Lemon Fire Department Band, and more. Enjoy the festive atmosphere as the arcade is transformed into a gallery of fantastic hanging papier-mâché figures.
When: Wed. 31 Jul. and Thu. 1 Aug.
Where: Endōji Shopping Arcade (円頓寺商店街) and Endōji Honmachi Shopping Arcade (円頓寺本町商店街) in Nishi Ward (西区)
Access: A 7-minute walk north from Kokusai Center Sta. (国際センター駅, S03) Exit 2 on the Sakura-dori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).
Photo courtesy of Endōji Honmachi Shopping Arcade
The 66th Anjo Tanabata Matsuri
A grand, 3-day spectacle in which central Anjo is decked with various traditional decorations and transformed into another world, with parades, stage events and more. Tanabata (七夕) being an occasion to make wishes, visitors can participate in a number of rare wish-making events only found at the Anjo Tanabata Matsuri, such as "wish balloons" (願いごとふうせん) in which a swarm of (environmentally friendly) balloons inscribed with wishes are launched into the air en masse.
When: Fri. 2 to Sun. 4 Aug.
Where: City center area around JR Anjō Sta., Anjō Tanabata Shrine (安城七夕神社) and other locations in Anjō City (安城市)
Access: Anjō Sta. (安城駅) on the JR Tōkaidō Line (JR東海道本線)
Website: http://www.anjo-tanabata.jp/ (Japanese)
Photo courtesy of Anjo Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Nagoya Castle Summer Festival
There's something for everyone at Nagoya Castle's annual summer festival - including a Bon odori dancing event (3 - 15 Aug.), and performances on the specially-built stage include live music and more. There'll also be stalls offering amusements.
When: Sat. 3 Aug. to Thu. 15 Aug. (9:00 - 20:30; Gates close 21:00. Hommaru Palace hours extended until 18:00; Last entry 30 minutes before closing.) Please note that dates and times may be subject to change.
Where: Nagoya Castle (名古屋城) grounds
Access: A 5-minute walk from Shiyakusho Sta. (市役所駅, M07) Exit 7 on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線); or a 12-minute walk from Sengen-cho Sta. (浅間町駅, T05) Exit 1 on the Tsurumai Subway Line (地下鉄鶴舞線).
Admission: Adults 500 Yen; Senior citizens residing in the City of Nagoya 100 Yen; Junior HS students and younger free.
Cormorant Fishing on the Kiso River
Ukai (鵜飼) is fishing using specially-trained cormorants (鵜 / u) to catch, swallow, and regurgitate the fish, a unique technique passed down through the generations. Weather and river conditions pending, there are daily ukai tours in Inuyama until the early autumn. Tours last between 1hr 15 min. (without meal) and 2 hrs. 30 min. (with meal) and visitors are taken out on special viewing boats to within close proximity of the fishing boats.
1 Jun. - 15 Oct. 11:30 - 14:00 on Tue., Thu., Sat., Sun. (except 9 Aug. - 10 Aug.)
Cost: Adults 5,000 Yen, Children (age 4-11) 3,600 Yen; Includes meal.
Dinner tours: 1 Jun. - 31 Aug. 17:45 - 20:15; 1 Sep. - 15 Oct. 17:15 - 19:45. (No tours 10 Aug.)
Cost: Adults 3,000 Yen, Children (age 4-11) 1,500 Yen. Meal not included. Meals can be ordered when making a reservation. (Meal selection & prices available on website.) A 350 Yen charge per person applies if bringing your own food & drink.
Sightseeing tours: 1 Jun. - 31 Aug. 19:00 - 20:15; 1 Sep. - 15 Oct. 18:30 - 19:45. (No tours 10 Aug.)
Cost: see Dinner tours above.
Reservations: Kisogawa Kanko, phone: 0568-61-2727 (9:30-18:00; Jun. to 15 Oct.). Cancelation charges apply. Reservations required for all tours, at least 3 days in advance for tours with meals.
Where: Kiso River (木曽川), Inuyama City (犬山市)
Access: The Ukai Boat Boarding Area is a 5-minute walk north from Inuyamayūen Sta. (犬山遊園駅) East Exit (東口) on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線).
Website: www.kisogawa-ukai.jp (Japanese)
Photo courtesy of Inuyama Tourist Association