INFO: NAGOYA CASTLE IN OCTOBER
Free Tours of Nagoya Castle – in English!
During the COP10 Convention (Oct 9 – Oct 31) the AGGN (Aichi Goodwill Guides Network) offers a daily tour of Nagoya Castle. The tour departs from the East Gate of Nagoya Castle at 13:30. An entrance fee 500 Yen is required. No reservations needed. Details of other tours are here.
The Nagoya Omotenashi Busho Tai 名古屋おもてなし武将隊
If visiting Nagoya Castle don’t miss the “Nagoya Omotenashi Busho Tai” troupe. The group has 10 members, 4 ordinary soldiers and 6 well-known military commanders from Japanese history – including the likes of Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa.
The group gives stage performances at 11:00 and 14:00 every Saturday, Sunday, and national holiday. Every day several members of the group will be in front of the castle keep and at the main entrance to greet visitors. The group members will be dressed up in full, samurai-style armour and visitors will have the opportunity to shake their favourite samurai by the hand and take a commemorative photo.
The official Nagoya 400 mascot, “Hachi-maru”, will also be at Nagoya Castle greeting visitors along with the “Nagoya Omotenashi Busho Tai” troupe every day for around 30 minutes each time at the following times: 09:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:45.
Between October 16 and November 23 (09:00 – 16:30) a selection of 8 historically-themed mannequins wearing chrysanthemum clothes (kiku-ningyo 菊人形) will be on display outside the castle. This year’s theme is “Muneharu Tokugawa (1696 – 1764) and Castle Town Nagoya”.
Additionally until November 7 (09:00 – 16:30) there is a special exhibition of Tigers in Art inside Nagoya Castle. During the Momoyama and Edo Periods tigers were still native to much of mainland Asia, but not to Japan and tiger art came to Japan with Buddhism. Images of Tigers were painted at the entrances of temples and castles to guard their inhabitants. In this mini-exhibition there are over 40 paintings and drawings on display ranging from as early as the mid 13th century to the end of the Edo Period.
For both events admission to the castle is required; the castle is open 09:00 – 16:30.
(Nagoya International Center)