Yosakoi Yume Matsuri 2013

Around 100 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.


  • When: Friday May 3, Saturday May 4, & Sunday May 5
  • Where:
  • Port of Nagoya
    • There are 3 performance areas: Pier Garden (Main Stage), Port Building Stage, and the Wharf Stage.
    • Times: May 4 (11:00 – 19:00) & May 5 (11:00 – 21:00).
    • Access: Nagoya Ko Subway Station, exit 2
  • Shirotori Gardens 白鳥庭園
    • Access: Jingu Nishi Subway Station, exit 4
    • Times: Friday, May 3 (12:00 – 16:00)
  • Atsuta Park 熱田神宮公園 shown as 熱田公園 on most maps
    • Access: Nishitakakura Subway Station, exit 2
    • Times: Sunday, May 5 (12:00 – 16:00)
  • Mizuho Ward’s Ganmichi Arcade 雁道商店街
    • Access: A 15 minute walk west of Mizuho Kuyakusho Subway Station, exit 4
    • Times: Friday, May 3 (17:00 – 21:00).


Nagashino Kassen Nobori Matsuri

長篠合戦のぼりまつり An annual festival commemorating the 1575 Battle of Nagashino; one of the most important battles in Japanese history.

Photo courtesy of the Shinshiro Tourist Association.
Photo courtesy of the Shinshiro Tourist Association

Nagashino Kassen Nobori Matsuri 長篠合戦のぼりまつり An annual festival commemorating the 1575 Battle of Nagashino; one of the most important battles in Japanese history. Features a samurai parade (09:30 – 10:30) and arquebus (flint-lock gun) demonstrations throughout the day; there are also taiko drum and Yosakoi dance performances. You can also visit the Nagashino Castle Site Preservation Hall長篠城史跡保存館 (adults 210 Yen, children 100 Yen) for to see maps, illustrations, weapons, and armour. A bilingual booklet is available from reception.

  • When: Sunday, May 5 (09:30 – 16:00). Admission: Free.
  • Where: Nagashino Castle Site長篠城址史跡 (Shinshiro City, Aichi)
  • Access:
    • By Train: An 8 minute walk from the JR Iida Line’s Nagashino-jo Station 長篠城
    • By Car: Tomei Expressway Toyokawa IC → Route 151 (20 km / 40 mins). A large number of free (official) car parks with a free shuttle bus service are available on the day.




After the completion of the Meiji Irrigation Canal in 1880, the area around Anjo was transformed into a model of modern agriculture. Anjo came to be known as the “Denmark of Japan” due to its likeness to Denmark, the most advanced agricultural country at the time. Denpark a Danish-themed park opened in the city in 1997 as a tribute to this moniker.

As well as themed restaurants and shops, there’s a traditional windmill, Danish architecture, extensive flower gardens, and a huge flower house. For children, the park’s children’s area has places to climb, slide, and play, including a 55m-long roller slide! Kids can also dress up in traditional Danish clothing (300 Yen) or enjoy a trip on the toy train around the park (100 Yen – adults 200 Yen). Workshops 体験教室 Denpark offers regular craft and sausage-making workshops, and also runs monthly flower-arrangement and handicraft workshops. Reservations are required and class schedules are listed on the park website.

Sausage Making Class 手作りソーセージ教室

Visitors can make their own sausages using locally produced pork. Daily classes are available at 10:00 & 13:00 and run for approximately 2 hours.

–   2kg course (4 to 5 people) 6000 Yen

–   1kg course (2 to 3 people) 3200 Yen

Visitors also have the option to add a little flavour to their sausages. For each kilogram of meat, visitors can choose (at the time of booking) from either plain, parsley (+100 Yen), basil (+100 Yen), garlic (+300 Yen), chorizo (+300 Yen), and yuzu-kosho (+300 Yen – winter season only).


Items required to bring: apron, towel, cooler box / ice box.

If you don’t bring your own the following items are available for purchase: disposable apron – 100 Yen each, 500g capacity cool bag – 150 Yen each, 2kg capacity cool bag – 300 Yen each.

Reservations are required (Tel: 0566-92-7112) at least one week in advance. This workshop is recommended for adults and children (elementary grade 5 and up); younger children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Regular Workshops 工作体験 Reservations are not required for these regular craft workshops.


Clay Candle 粘土キャンドル Using a soft candle wax, visitors can easily make, shape, and create their own personalized candles. Make your own design or follow instructions to make a Denpark character candle. Participation fee 500 Yen.  *Not available in the summer season.

Glass Tile Plate ガラスタイルプレート Make your own wooden-framed personalized glass plate. Use as a coaster, wall decoration, or pot stand. Participation fee 600 Yen.

Wooden Toy Assembly 木のおもちゃ作り Follow the instructions to assemble your own stylish wooden toy. Choose from a train, ship, airplane, helicopter, or car. Participation fee 600 Yen.

Mug Painting マグカップ Using marker pens create your own personalized mug. Once coloured, mugs are heated in the oven. Participation fee 1000 Yen (large mug) 800 Yen (small mug).

Flower Kaleidoscope 花の万華鏡 Create your own unique design. Base materials vary by season. Participation fee 500 Yen.

Magnet Painting マグネット絵付け Choose from a selection of insects and Hans Christian Anderson characters. Participation fee: 200 Yen for one or 500 Yen for three.

About Denparkデンパークについて

  • Open: 9:30-17:00, last admission 16:30.
    • Closed on Tuesdays (except national holidays – else closed on next day)
    • Hours are subject to change.
  • Address: Anjo City, Akamatsu-cho, Kaji 1 安城市 赤松町梶1
  • Tel: 0566-92-7111
  • Parking is free.
  • Access: Via the “Ankuru” community bus あんくるバス. Costs 100 Yen.
  • Nanbu Service #3 南部
    • From JR Anjo Station → 08:19, 10:06, 11:52, 14:24
  • Sakurai Nishi Service #9 桜井西
    • From Meitetsu Minami Sakura Station  → 09:28, 11:14, 13:47, 15:33
    • From JR Anjo Station  → 08:26, 10:14, 12:00, 14:33
    • From Sakurai Station  → 08:48, 10:34, 12:20, 14:53


CHINA: Grandeur of the Dynasties

日中国交正常化40周年 特別展「中国 王朝の至宝」

For over 4000 years China has been home to a rich, sophisticated civilization. The ancient dynasties that ruled China greatly influenced the cultural development of the surrounding region, including Japan. This exhibition focuses on the capitals and central regions of the dynasties of China. Based on the latest accomplishments of excavation research, this exhibition looks at unique objects from the provinces, and aims to view Chinese civilization from a new perspective. Split into six sections covering ancient Chinese history from the Xia Dynasty (c. 2100 – c.1600 BC) to the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279), the exhibition features total of 168 items, approximately 60 percent of which are national treasures designated by the Chinese government.

Gold mask - Yin to Western Zhou dynasty, 12th–10th century BC. Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu, China.
Gold mask – Yin to Western Zhou dynasty, 12th–10th century BC. Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu, China.
  • When: Wednesday, April 24 to Sunday, June 23
  • Where: Nagoya City Museum 名古屋市博物館
  • Open: 09:30 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
  • Closed: Mondays (except April 29 & May 6), April 30, May 7, May 28
  • Admission: Adults 1300 Yen, college & HS students 900 Yen, free for JHS students & under. Advance tickets (1100 Yen & 700 Yen) available until April 23 from the museum, Chunichi Shimbun agents, Playguide, with P-code 765-478 from Ticket Pia, Seven Eleven, Circle K & Sunkus stores, or from Lawson (L-code 46064). 100 Yen discount with a valid subway day pass. Access: A 5 minute walk from Sakurayama Subway Station, exit 4. Parking 300 Yen.


Walkathon – International Charity Festival


This annual event brings together well over three thousand members of the International and Japanese communities to support the vital work being conducted by local NPOs and charitable organizations. The Walkathon has also been successful in raising money for local charities. The 2012 festival raised 9 million Yen, 1 million of which went towards supporting those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. As well as a walking course this fun and memorable family event will have great food, live music and stage shows, a children’s activity zone, and a raffle with great prizes.


  • When: Sunday, May 19 (10:00 – 16:00)
  • Where: In and around Moricoro Park’ Global Center 地球市民交流センター – the dome-like structure near the park’s North Entrance.
  • Tickets: 5000 Yen and 2000 Yen for adults and 1000 Yen for students (including college students). Tickets can be purchased on the day. All proceeds go to charity. The ticket price includes the walk, a raffle ticket, and an original t-shirt.
  • For more information and a full list of events and attractions visit the Walkathon website at

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.


Romeo and Juliet

英語演劇 「ロミオとジュリエット」

Presented in English with Japanese subtitles (日本語字幕付き) Nameless Theatre is a Nagoya based community theatre group. Their first production of 2013 is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This show will be presented in English with Japanese subtitles (日本語字幕付き), and directed by award-winning film maker Anthony Gilmore.

romeo600 About: Two young people meet by chance at a party, and before the night is over fall hopelessly in love. However, their dreams of happiness are threatened by the bloody conflict that is raging between their two families. Swift, tense, and passionate, this timeless tale of doomed romance explores the power love has to not only unite, but to destroy.

  • When: Friday, May 24 (19:00) ・ Saturday May 25 (14:00 & 19:00) ・ Sunday May 26 (14:00 & 18:00). Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Where: Aichi Arts Center (Small Hall) 愛知芸術文化センター
  • Access: From Sakae Subway Station follow the signs for Oasis 21. The Aichi Arts Center is connected at the basement level to Oasis 21 in Sakae.
  • Tickets: Adults 4000 Yen in advance (4500 Yen door), students 3000 Yen in advance (3500 Yen door). Tickets available at For more information please email, or call 052 725 8216.


29th International Philippine Festival in Nagoya



  • When: Sunday, May 26 (10:00 – 20:00)
  • Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall
  • Theme: The Importance of Language: Children Growing up in a Multicultural Society
  • Admission: Free. Raffle ticket 1000 Yen.
  • Inquiries: Chubu Philippine Friendship Association – Tel / Fax: 052-834-0614

Scheduled events include: an opening ceremony with the Philippine Ambassador (10:00 -), a memorial exhibition in honour of the late Philippine Honorary Consul (10:00 – ), legal consultation (10:00 – ), a Philippine mini bazaar “Turo-turo” (11:00 – ), stage performances and introductions of Philippine-related groups (12:30 – 14:00), special lecture “The Importance of Language: Children Growing up in a Multicultural Society” by Professor Masanao Oue (14:30 – 17:00), and an International Friendship Party (17:30 – ).


NIC Book Recycling Bazaar

Over 3000 items including English fiction paperbacks, children’s books, books about Japan, and books for Japanese Language learners. Prices are not set and visitors can donate as much as they like after choosing books. Money raised from the bazaar will be donated between the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan for the promotion of literacy education in developing countries and the NIC Library for the purchase of new books. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

  • When: Sunday, June 2 (13:00 – 15:00)
  • Where: Nagoya International Center 5F, Conference Roombazzar-novb-6002


This is the World of Lupin the 3rd

アニメ化40周年 ルパン三世展

First created by manga artist Kazuhiko Kato (known as Monkey Punch) in 1967, Lupin III follows the adventures of Arsène Lupin III, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc’s series of novels. Since it’s creation as a manga series over 40 years ago, Lupin the Third has become became a media franchise, producing several TV series, animated movies, music CDs, and video games. This exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of Lupin III’s anime version, showcasing original manga illustrations and manuscripts, cell drawings, TV clips, films, and various other documents and paraphernalia related to the series.

© モンキー・パンチ    © モンキー・パンチ / TMS・NTV
© モンキー・パンチ © モンキー・パンチ / TMS・NTV
  • When: Saturday, April 27 to Tuesday, May 21 (10:00 – 19:30; until 18:00 on 5/21)
  • Where: Matsuzakaya Art Museum 松坂屋美術館, Matsuzakaya Department Store, South Wing 7F
  • Access: Yabacho Subway Station, exit 5
  • Admission: Adults 900 Yen, students 700 Yen, free for JHS and elementary school students. Advance tickets (700 Yen & 500 Yen) available until April 26 with P-code 765-493 from Ticket Pia, Seven Eleven, Circle K and SunKus stores.
  • Image:
    • © モンキー・パンチ
    • © モンキー・パンチ / TMS・NTV


Paul Delvaux Exhibition

ポール・デルヴォー展 ―夢をめぐる旅―

Paul Delvaux (1897 –1994) was a Belgian painter associated with Surrealism. In conjunction with the Paul Delvaux Foundation, over 100 painting and other works will be on display – many in Japan for the first time.

Image: Paul Delvaux – L’Aube 1944 – Private Collection – © Paul Delvaux Foundation, Belgium
  • When: Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, May 26 (10:00 – 17:00); closed on Mondays (expect April 29 & May 6) and closed on April 30 & May 7.
  • Where: Okazaki Mindscape Museum 岡崎市美術博物館
  • Access: Take a bus from Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki (東岡崎駅) – north exit – stop # 2 – bound for Chuoh Sougo Kouen “中央総合公園”. Costs 360 Yen. Departs twice an hour on weekends, once an hour on weekdays.
  • Admission: Adults 1000 Yen, children 500 Yen.
  • Image: Paul Delvaux – L’Aube 1944 – Private Collection – © Paul Delvaux Foundation, Belgium.


Belgian Beer Weekend 2013


The Belgian Beer Weekend came to Nagoya for five days last year, and this year the festival is returning for a total of 11 days! Hisaya Odori Park will stage the best of Belgium: a wide selection of great beers, delicious food like fries, meat balls, grilled sausages and waffles, and top Belgian live music. Admission is free.


Purchasing Food and Drink:

  • Beer and food can only be purchased with tickets (coins), sold at the event; no cash payments accepted at the beer & food containers.
  • Beer will only be served in the original BBW glass, sold at the event.
  • A starter set costs 3100 Yen and get you an original glass + 12 beer/food coins

  • When: Friday, April 26 to Monday, May 6 (16:00 – 21:00),
  • Times: Weekdays (14:00 – 21:00). Weekends & holidays (11:00 – 21:00)
  • Where: Hisaya Hiroba – Hisaya Odori Koen久屋広場 久屋大通公園, Naka Ward
  • Access: A 3 minute walk from Yaba-cho Subway Station, exit 5 or 6.
  • More information:


The Aozora Free Pass


The Aozora Free Pass is a rail pass by JR Tokai, providing one day of unlimited usage of local JR trains in the Greater Nagoya region (see map) on weekends and national holidays. Ideal for day trips in Golden Week!


Where to Buy

  • Most JR railway stations in the area covered by the pass.
  • Adult 2500 Yen. Child 1250 Yen.
  • Up to 2 preschool children travel free if accompanied by fare-paying adult or child.

Comparison to the Seishun 18 Kippu

The Seishun 18 (Juhachi) Kippu 青春18きっぷ can be a cheaper, more flexible alternative to the Aozora Free Pass. Unlike the Aozora Free Pass, the Seishun 18 Kippu can be used nationwide on any day of the week. However it can only be used in and around the school holidays in Spring, Summer, and Winter, and offers no child discount. See the Nagoya International Center website for further details.


  • Allows unlimited use of local JR trains, including rapid (kaisoku) services 快速, in the Greater Nagoya area (see map)
  • It cannot be used on the Shinkansen or on night trains
  • It CAN be used on express 急行 & limited express trains 特急 if you pay the additional limited express fee.
  • Valid on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, Dec 30 – Jan 3.
  • Valid on one calendar day. If you travel after when it turns midnight, the pass is only valid until the next station.
  • With the exception of the Ise Railway 伊勢鉄道線 the pass is not valid on other train lines.
  • Tickets lost during use cannot be replaced, and found tickets cannot be refunded.


As for the events, please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations, and prices are subject to change without notice.


(NIC Events Information)

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