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Events In and Around Nagoya

2019.07.26

World Cosplay Summit 2019
世界コスプレサミット2019

WCS_380x252.jpgThe 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


Reinomimaesha-sai
鈴之御前杜祭

ReinomimaeSha_380x253.jpgA 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
円頓寺七夕まつり

Tanabata_Endoji_200x286.jpgThe 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


Fireworks in August
8月の花火

Okazaki Jōka Ieyasu-kō Summer Festival 71st Fireworks
岡崎城下家康公夏まつり第71回花火大会

FWOkazaki_300x200.jpgWhen: Sat. 3 Aug. (18:50 - 21:00)
Where: Banks of the Otogawa River (乙川) and Yahagi River (矢作川), Okazaki City (岡崎市)
Access: A 10-minute walk from Higashi Okazaki Sta. (東岡崎駅, NH13) or Okazakikōen-mae Sta. (岡崎公園前駅, NH14), Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線)

Miyoshi-ike Festival
三好池まつり

FWMiyoshi_200x300.jpgSeven lantern boats (adorned with 401 lanterns each); Around 1200 individual fireworks.
When: Sat. 3 Aug. (18:40 - 20:30; Fireworks from 19:30)
Where: Miyoshi-ike (Miyoshi Pond / 三好池), Miyoshi City (みよし市)
Access: From Toyotashi Sta. (豊田市駅, MY07), Meitetsu Mikawa Line (名鉄三河線), take the Meitetsu Bus bound for Akaike (赤池) via Araya (新屋), and alight at the Araya stop. From Kurozasa Sta. (黒笹駅, TT04) or Miyoshigaoka Sta. (三好ヶ丘駅, TT03), Meitetsu Toyota Line (豊田線), take the Sansan Bus (さんさんバス), and alight at the Araya stop. Venue is a 10-minute walk from Araya bus stop.

The 40th Japan Rhine Summer Festival Fireworks
第40回日本ライン夏まつり納涼花火大会

FWRhine_200x300.jpgAround 3,000 individual fireworks.
When: Sat. 10 Aug. (19:30 - 20:20)
Where: Banks of the Kiso River (木曽川), near Inuyamabashi Bridge (犬山橋), Inuyama City (犬山市)
Access: A 1-minute walk from Inuyamayūen Sta. (犬山遊園駅,IY16), Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線)

The 50th Tōkai Festival Fireworks
第50回東海まつり花火大会

FWTokai_300x200.jpgAround 4,000 individual fireworks
When: Sat. 10 Aug. (19:20 - 20:30)
Where: Ōike Park (大池公園), Tokai City (東海市)
Access: A 15-minute walk from Ōtagawa Sta. (太田川駅, TA09), Meitetsu Tokoname Line (名鉄常滑線)

2019 Shinshiro Summer Evening Fireworks
令和元年新城納涼花火大会

FWShinshiro_300x200.jpgWhen: Tue. 13 Aug. (19:10 - 20:45)
Where: Sakurabuchi Park (桜淵公園), Shinshiro City (新城市)
Access: A 15-minute walk from Shinshiro Sta. (新城駅) or Higashi Shinmachi Sta. (東新町駅) on the JR Iida Line (JR飯田線); By Toyotetsu Bus, a 15-minute walk from Nakamachi (中町), Higashi Shinmachi (東新町) bus stops.

Nōbi Big Fireworks (Ichinomiya City / Hashima City Citizens Fireworks)
濃尾大花火(一宮市・羽島市市民花火大会)

FWNobi_241x200.jpgWhen: Wed. 14 Aug. (19:30 - 20:45) (Postponed to Fri. 16 Aug. in the event of stormy weather and rising water levels due to Typhoon No. 10 (Krosa))
Where: Kiso Riverside, north of the Nōbi Ōhashi Bridge (濃尾大橋北木曽川河畔)
Access: Shuttle buses (charge applies) operate between Meitetsu Ichinomiya Sta. (名鉄一宮駅, NH50) & JR Owari Ichinomiya Sta. (JR尾張一宮駅, CA72) West Exit Rotary (西口ロータリー), Aeon Mall Kisogawa west side (イオンモール木曽川 西側) and the venue.

Kariya Wansaka Festival 2019 and Fireworks
刈谷わんさか祭り2019・花火大会

FWKariyawansaka_200x302.jpgWhen: Sat. 17 Aug. (11:00 - 21:00; Fireworks from 19:00)
Where: Kariya City General Athletic Park (刈谷市総合運動公園), Kariya City (刈谷市)
Access: About a 20-minute walk from Fujimatsu Sta. (富士松駅, NH21) or Hitotsugi Sta. (一ツ木駅, NH20) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線); Free shuttle buses from Meitetsu and JR Kariya Sta. (名鉄・JR刈谷駅) North Exit (北口), Meitetsu Chiryū Sta. (名鉄知立駅) and other places in Kariya City

The 54th Utsumi Mei-Tele Fireworks
第54回内海メ~テレ花火大会

FWUtsumi_200x300.jpgWhen: Sat. 17 Aug. (19:00 - 20:30)
Where: Utsumi Beach (内海海水浴場), Minamichita Town (南知多町)
Access: A 15-minute walk from Utsumi Sta. (内海駅, KC24) on the Meitetsu Chita Line (名鉄知多新線)

Tokoname Summer Evening Fireworks
常滑納涼花火大会

FWTokoname_200x282.jpgAround 1,500 individual fireworks.
When: Sat. 24 Aug. (19:00 - 20:00)
Where: Tokoname City (常滑市) Shinkai-chō 6-chōme (新開町6丁目)
Access: A 10-minute walk from Tokoname Sta. (常滑駅, TA22) on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line (名鉄常滑線)

The 6th Shinmaiko Beach Festival Fireworks
第6回新舞子ビーチフェスティバル花火大会

FWShinmaiko19_240x200.jpgWhen: Sat. 31 Aug. (19:00 - 19:45) (Postponed to 1 Sep. in the event of stormy weather)
Where: Shinmaiko Marine Park (新舞子マリンパーク), Chita City (知多市)
Access: A 10-minute walk from Shinmaiko Sta. (新舞子駅, TA16), Meitetsu Tokoname Line (名鉄常滑線)


The 66th Anjo Tanabata Matsuri
第66回安城七夕まつり

Tanabata_Anjo_380x253.jpgA 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


The 69th Osu Summer Festival
第69回大須夏まつり

OsuNatsu_300x200.jpgA lively summer celebration at the Osu commercial district featuring stage performances, parades, and Bon dancing both nights. Don't miss Sunday's thrilling finale with around 100 tezutsu hand-held fireworks (21:00 - 21:30 at Osu Kannon Temple). See the website for a detailed schedule.

When: Sat. 3 Aug. (12:00 - 21:00) and Sun. 4 Aug. (10:00 - 21:30)
Where: Osu Kannon Temple (大須観音), Banshoji Temple (万松寺) and Fureai Hiroba (ふれあい広場) in Naka Ward (中区)
Access: A short walk from Osu Kannon Sta. (大須観音駅, T08), Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線) or Kamimaezu Sta. (上前津駅, T09/M03) on the Subway Tsurumai or Meijo Lines (名城線)
Website: http://summer.nagoya-osu.com/summer_festa/

Photo courtesy of Osu Shopping District Association


Nagoya Castle Summer Festival
名古屋城夏まつり

There's something for everyone at Nagoya Castle's annual summer festival - including a Bon odori dancing event (9 - 18 Aug.), and performances on the specially-built stage include live music and more. There'll also be stalls offering amusements.
When: Fri. 9 Aug. to Sun. 18 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.


BeerFes Nagoya 2019
ビアフェス名古屋2019

BeerFes_300x200.jpgFor the cost of entry to this event, visitors can sample again and again both domestic and international beers, including winners of the Asia Beer Cup. Try around 100 varieties of beer from around 40 companies, as well as a selection of food (extra charges apply) specially chosen to complement beer. Enjoy not only the taste, but also the fragrance of the beer with the "best aroma glass" (included in admission, and yours to keep).

When: Sat. 10 Aug. (15:00 - 19:00) and Sun. 11 Aug. (12:30 - 16:30); Last entry one hour before closing; Last order 15 minutes before closing.
Where: Shirotori Hall (白鳥ホール), Nagoya Congress Center (名古屋国際会議場), Atsuta Ward (熱田区)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Nishi Takakura Sta. (西高蔵駅, M28) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)
Admission: 4,800 (4,400) Yen - includes 400 Yen food coupon and a glass. Price in ( ) is for advance sale tickets, available from Ticket Pia, 7 Ticket and other ticket agents until 9 Aug. Admission is limited to persons over 20 years old.
Website: http://beerfes.jp/index_beerfes_ngo_e.html

Photo courtesy of Craft Beer Association


Cooling Down in the Evening at Tokugawaen
夜に憩う 徳川園夕涼み

TokugawaenCooling_300x200.jpgTake a well-earned break from the summer heat with an evening visit to Tokugawaen Japanese garden, which will be illuminated by floating lanterns. Opening hours will be extended to 20:30 (last entry 20:00), and there will be a variety of attractions to enjoy.

  • Floating lanterns (Sat. 10 to Wed. 14 Aug., from dusk until 20:30; Weather pending.)
  • Make a floating lantern (Sat. 10, from 17:00) - Make a unique floating lantern and set it afloat. Limited to first 50 people; Participation free.
  • Japanese music performance by high school students (Tue. 13 - Tsugaru shamisen; Wed. 14 - Wadaiko drums) Enjoy performances by high school students as you look out over the Japanese garden.

When: Sat. 10 to Wed. 14 Aug. (Also open Tue. 13 Aug.)
Where: Tokugawaen (徳川園)
Access: By train: a 10-minute walk from JR Ōzone Station (大曽根駅, CF04) South Exit (南出口) on the JR Chūō Line (JR中央線). 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.
Website: https://www.tokugawaen.aichi.jp/

Photo courtesy of Tokugawaen


Tako Matsuri
たこ祭り

The island of Himakajima is well known as a center of octopus (tako / たこ) production, and this annual octopus festival serves as a memorial to the spirits of octopuses, and to pray for bumper catches. Morning festivities include a procession of portable octopus shrine-bearing children, releasing octopuses, and memorial rituals. In the evening, children present taiko drum and dance performances before a fireworks show draws the day's events to a close.

When: Mon. 12 Aug.
Where: Himakajima Island (日間賀島) West Port (西浜海岸), in Minami Chita Town (南知多町)
Access: From Kōwa Sta. (河和駅, KC19, around 50 minutes from Nagoya) on the Meitetsu Kōwa Line (名鉄河和線) walk to Kōwa Port (河和港, 5 minutes) and take a high speed boat to Himakajima (around 20 minutes). Boats stop at West Port or East Port, or both, then go on to Shinojima (篠島).


Nishio Yonezu River Festival
西尾・米津の川まつり

NishioYonezu_300x200.jpgA Bon festival (a period at which the spirits of one's ancestors are thought to return to their loved ones) event held annually to ameliorate the suffering of the spirits of those who have drowned or died in war.
Some 2,000 lanterns are set afloat on the river as Buddhist sutras are read, followed by around 3,000 fireworks, including star mines, sparkling and lighting up the evening sky.

When: Thu. 15 Aug. (19:30 - 20:30) (Postponed to Sun. 1 Sep. in the event of stormy weather and rising water levels)
Where: Downstream of Yonezu Bridge (米津橋) on the Yahagi River (矢作川), Nishio City (西尾市)
Access: A 5-minute walk southwest from Yonezu Sta. (米津駅, GN07) on the Meitetsu Nishio Line (名鉄西尾線)

Photo courtesy of Nishio City Tourism Association


Miyoshi Giant Lantern Festival
三好大提灯まつり

MiyoshiLantern_300x200.jpgThe annual summer festival of Miyoshi Inarikaku Shrine, in the heart of Miyoshi City. Three 11m-high lanterns are suspended in the night sky, and there are a variety of stalls both days. Festivities include children's o-hayashi (お囃子 / traditional festive music) and Bō-no-te (棒の手 / martial arts-based dance), and fireworks on the nearby Botagaike Pond (保田ヶ池).

When: Festival Eve - Sat. 17 Aug. (17:00 - 21:30) Main Festival - Sun. 18 Aug. (10:00 - 21:30; Fireworks - 19:30 - 20:30); Lanterns lit 18:30 - 21:30 both days.
Where: Miyoshi Inarikaku Shrine (三好稲荷閣), Manpukuji Temple (満福寺) in Miyoshi City (みよし市), Miyoshi-cho Hachigaike 5 (三好町蜂ケ池5)
Access: From Akaike Sta. (赤池駅, T20) on the Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線), take a Meitetsu Bus bound for Toyotashi (豊田市), alight at the Miyoshi (三好) bus stop, from which the venue is a 5-minute walk.

Photo courtesy of Miyoshi City


Amagoi Matsuri
雨乞いまつり

AmagoiMatsuri_299x200.jpgAn annual observance at Miyaji Tenjin Shrine in Toyokawa City, said to have begun in the Edo period when parishioners' prayers for respite during a terrible drought were answered with heavy rain. The festival features dashi (山車) floats, a mikoshi (神輿) procession accompanying the deity, and the major highlight is the Kabuki-gyōretsu (歌舞伎行列), a procession of local youths dressed and made up as courtesans, warriors and young women (18 Aug., 14:00 - 19:00).

When: Sat. 17 & Sun. 18 Aug.
Where: Miyaji Tenjin Shrine (宮道天神社), Toyokawa City (豊川市) Akasaka-chō, Miyaji 1120 (赤坂町宮路1120) and the old Tōkaidō (旧東海道)
Access: A 15-minute walk southwest from Meiden Akasaka Sta. (名電赤坂駅, NH06) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線)

Photo courtesy of Toyokawa City Tourism Association


Nagoya Auto Festival 2019
名古屋オートフェスティバル2019

One of the Tokai region's biggest motor events.

When: Sat. 24 (9:00 - 18:00) and Sun. 25 Aug. (9:00 - 17:00)
Where: Portmesse Nagoya (ポートメッセなごや), Exhibition Hall 3 (第3展示館)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjō-futō Sta. (金城ふ頭駅, AN11) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線)
Admission: 2,500 Yen at door (advance purchase tickets 2,000 Yen, available at ticket agents including FamilyMart and 7-Eleven); Children of Elementary School age and younger free; Holders of a Certificate of Disability 1,000 Yen (visitors in
wheelchairs free).
Website: http://www.n-autofestival.jp/ (Japanese)


The 32nd Toyokawa Tezutsu Festival
第32回豊川手筒まつり

ToyokawaTezutsu_301x200.jpgA festival that showcases the tradition of hand-held fireworks passed down by shrines within Toyokawa City, now recognized throughout the country. Be thrilled by the columns of flame and sparks lighting up the night sky, and the explosive sound as the bottom of the cylinder is blown out in what is known as hane (ハネ).
Around 400 huge tezutsu hand-held fireworks and around 2,000 rocket fireworks.

When: Sat. 24 Aug. (18:00 - 21:00) (Postponed to 25 Aug. in the event of rain)
Where: Toyokawa Municipal Baseball Ground (豊川市野球場), Toyokawa City (豊川市)
Access: A 5-minute walk north from Suwachō Sta (諏訪町駅, TK02), Meitetsu Toyokawa Line (名鉄豊川線)

Photo courtesy of Nishio City Tourism Association


Mikawa Isshiki Great Lantern Festival
三河一色大提灯まつり

MikawaIsshiki_300x200.jpgWith a proud history of over 450 years, this festival of Mikawa Isshiki Suwa Shrine in Nishio City is a designated Prefectural Tangible Folk Cultural Property. Enormous lanterns measuring between 6 and 10m in height are hung, swaying in the twilight. See the fantastic sight of the illuminated lanterns, adorned with legendary and historical figures, floating in the night sky.

When: Sat. 24 Aug. (8:00 - raising of the lanterns; 19:00 - lighting of the lanterns; candles burn until around 23:00) & Sun. 25 Aug. (17:00 - lowering of the lanterns)
Where: Mikawa Isshiki Suwa Jinja (三河一色諏訪神社) in Nishio City (西尾), Isshiki-chō, Isshiki, Miyazoe 129 (一色町一色宮添129)
Access: From Nishio Sta. (西尾駅, GN10) on the Meitetsu Nishio Line (名鉄西尾線), take the Meitetsu Tobu Kotsu Bus bound for Isshiki-chō Kōminkan (一色町公民館), and alight at Isshiki Daihōbashi (一色大宝橋) bus stop.

Photo courtesy of Toyokawa City Tourism Association


AICHI IMPACT! 2019

The opening event at the new Aichi Sky Expo (Aichi International Convention & Exhibition Center) will be AICHI IMPACT! 2019, a festival combining e-sports and live entertainment. As well as a large-scale e-sports event featuring top players from both Japan and overseas and celebrity players (31 Aug. & 1 Sep.), KPOP FESTIVAL presents performances by an international lineup of K-pop artists (30 & 31 Aug.)

When: Fri. 30, Sat. 31 Aug. and Sun. 1 Sep.
Where: Aichi Sky Expo, Tokoname City (常滑市)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Central Japan International Airport (中部国際空港駅, TA24) on the Meitetsu Airport Line (名鉄空港線)
Admission: E-sports events - free entry; KPOP FESTIVAL - tickets to be purchased in advance (see the official website for details).
Website: http://www.tokai-tv.com/aichi_ip/ (Japanese)
Venue website: https://www.aichiskyexpo.com/


Nagoya Kottousai
名古屋骨董祭

The largest antique fair in the Tokai region, packed with all kinds of antiques from Japan and abroad. Antique dealers from all over the country fill the venue with urns, crockery, hanging scrolls, European antiques, armor and swords, tea ceremony items, retro items, kimono, toys and signs, clocks, glassware and furniture, dolls, fortune-bringing figures and much more.

When: Fri. 6 to Sun. 8 Sep. (10:00 - 17:00)
Where: Fukiage Hall (吹上ホール), Chikusa Ward
Access: A 5-minute walk from Fukiage Sta. (吹上駅, S09) Exit 5 on the Sakura-dori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線)
Admission: Free
Website: www.nagoyakottousai.com (Japanese)


Cormorant Fishing on the Kiso River
木曽川うかい

Ukai_300x200.jpgUkai (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.

Daytime Ukai

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.

Evening Ukai

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


Beer Gardens
ビアガーデン

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

    Maiami2_300x200.jpgA 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)

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