Around 70 teams, young and old, from all over Japan will converge on Nagoya to perform in this two day colourful and vibrant festival of traditional Kochi-style Japanese street dancing. Admission is free to all stage areas except Shirotori Gardens where admission to the Gardens is 300 Yen for adults.

(Photo by Andrew Booth)

When  : Monday May 2, Tuesday May 3, & Wednesday May 4

Where :

  • Port of Nagoya (Nagoya Ko Subway Station, exit 2). Pier Garden (Main Stage) – May 3 & 4 (11:00 – 21:00). Port Building Stage – May 3 & 4 (15:00 – 21:00). Port Building South Stage – May 3 & 4 (11:00 – 21:00)
  • Shirotori Gardens 白鳥庭園 (Jingu Nishi Subway Station, exit 4) – May 3 & 4 (12:00 – 17:00)
  • Horikawa River Bank 堀川会場 (Nishitakakura Subway Station, exit 2) – May 3 & 4 (12:00 – 17:00)
  • Atsuta Park 熱田神宮公園 shown as 熱田公園 on most maps (Nishitakakura Subway Station, exit 2) – May 3 & 4 (12:00 – 17:00)
  • Mizuho Ward’s Ganmichicho Arcade 雁道商店街 – May 2 & 3 (17:00 – 21:00).




An annual festival commemorating the 1575 Battle of Nagashino

One of the most important battles in Japanese history


  • Samurai parade (09:30 – 10:30) from Horai Town Hall to the Nagashino Castle Grounds.
  • A total of 5 arquebus (flint-lock gun) 30-minute displays at 11:45, 12:15, 13:45, 14:30, & 15:00.
  • Taiko drum and Yosakoi dance displays.
  • Visitors can take a comemmorative photo with samurai & princesses (11:15 – 11:45) in front of the Preservation Hall; at nearby Daitsūji大通寺 (across the road on the hill) if raining.

When  : Thursday, May 5 (09:30 – 16:00)

Where : Nagashino Castle Site長篠城址史跡 (Shinshiro City, Aichi)

Admission: Free. Admission to the Nagashino Castle Site Preservation Hall長篠城史跡保存館costs 210 Yen for adults and 100 Yen for children; this holds a collection that helps to set the scene, including maps, illustrations, weapons, armour, and a blood-stained war drum. A bilingual booklet is available from reception.


  • By Train: An 8 minute walk from the JR Iida Line’s Nagashino-jo (長篠城) Station.
  • By Car: Parking near the event site is not available, however a large number of free (official) car parks are available at nearby Fureai Park Horai (ふれあいパークほうらい) and the Shinshiro Mitsubishi Plant (三菱新城工場). The car parks are connected by a free shuttle bus service throughout the day.



22回トヨタ博物館 クラシックカー・フェスティバル

An annual spring event run by the Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute. Over 100 domestic and foreign classic cars (pre-1981) from private collectors as well as classic cars from the Museum will be on show. The highlight of the event is the parade around the park, but visitors can also learn about traffic safety, and take commemorative photos with their favourite classic cars.

  • When  : Sunday, May 22 (09:30 – 16:00)
  • Where : Moricoro Park (Nagakute-cho) – see below for access details; approximately a 10 minute walk from the park’s North Entrance.
(Photo: Courtesy of the Toyota Automobile Museum)

About Moricoro Park – Officially known as the Expo Memorial Park (Ai-chikyuhaku Kinen Koen 愛・地球博記念公園) was the location of Aichi Expo 2005 and is located in Nagakute-cho to the east of Nagoya City.

  • Access:
    • By Public Transport: From Fujigaoka Subway Station, take the Linimo Line to Ai-chikyuhaku Kinen Koen (Expo Memorial Park) Station 愛・地球博記念公園.
    • By Car: From Nagoya follow Higashiyama Dori / Green Road, extensive car-parking is available; parking costs 500 Yen.




This origami mingle will allow both foreign nationals and Japanese to use paper-folding as a form of communication in order to further develop knowledge about the Japanese art and tradition. Open to anyone and any nationality. Organized by the International Cross Culture Promotion Center.

(Photo: Wikipedia)
  • When: Saturday, May 28 (19:00 – 20:30)
  • Where: Fushimi Life Plaza 伏見ライフプラザ
  • Fee: 500 Yen. Reservation by e-mail required –

(Nagoya International Center)

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