The Nagoya Festival 名古屋まつり is Nagoya’s largest festival. The festival’s main attraction is its parade, but there are also events at Oasis 21, Hisaya-odori Park, and other spots around the City.

The Parade of the Three Feudal Lords 郷土英傑行列
The festival’s main attraction is its parade with the procession of Nagoya’s 3 local feudal, Nobunaga ODA, Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, and Ieyasu TOKUGAWA, along with 700 of their followers. The parade is done over two different routes over two days and features 9 dashi (festival floats) which are city designated cultural assets, a 8 kagura floats (city cultural assets), a children’s “Mikoshi” parade, and a flower car. To commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Okehazama (fought in modern-day Midori Ward) this year’s parade will include Yoshimoto IMAGAWA and troops from the battle.

Secure your free roadside spot early at Sakae and City Hall to get a prime view of the planned samurai battle re-enactments at the rear of the parade. In case of rain the parades will be cancelled.

Saturday, October 16
■Order: Flower cars, Nana-chan parade, Okehazama reenactment troops, main samurai parade
■Route: Nagoya Station (13:40 – 14:43), Sasashima / Spiral Tower* (13:51 – 15:09), Fushimi (14:24 – 15:37), Sakae – Mitsukoshi (14:50 – 16:07), Yabacho (15:15 – 16:24). After the parade, part of the samurai contingent (including the 3 heroes) will perform at in Hisayaodori Park’s Hisaya Hiroba (Yaba-cho Subway Station exit 5 or 6)

Sunday, October 17
■Order: Dashi floats, kagura floats, and children’s parade (until Sakae), Sister City parade and flower cars (until Yabacho), Nana-chan parade, Arimatsu / Narumi Shibori parade, Okehazama reenactment troops, main samurai parade.
■Route: Shiyakusho (City Hall)* (11:00 – 14:04), Sakura-dori Otsu (11:29 – 14:30), Sakae – Mitsukoshi * (11:43 – 14:53), Yabacho (13:28 – 15:12), Akamon (14:14 – 15:16)

* indicates mock battle

Other Events
In Hisaya-odori Park, award-winning dance teams from August’s Nippon Domannaka Dance Festival will perform on stage (October 16 (19:30 – 20:30, October 17 (19:00 – 20:00) in Hisaya-odori Koen). On October 16, visitors will also have a chance to find out about and experience Nagoya’s cultural and historical heritage with displays from traditional entertainers. 


Around 45 groups of street performers, musicians, and artists will be showing off their skills with their dances, juggling, and magic routines. The highlight of the festival are the oiran processions through the packed streets of the Osu shopping district. The oiran, were high-class, Edo-era female entertainers only available to Japan’s wealthiest and highest ranking officials.

When: Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17
Access: Osu Kannon Subway Station, exit 2.
Street Performers: October 16 (11:00 – 20:40) & October 17 (11:00 – 19:00).
Oiran Processions: October 16 (11:00 – 12:15, 14:00 – 15:15, 18:30 – 19:45) & October 17 (11:00 – 12:30, 14:00 – 15:15, 16:30 – 17:30).

*times subject to change

(NIC Event Information)

henri daros

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