Korankei Momiji Festival

Photo courtesy of Asuke Tourism Association

See 11 varieties of some of the most breathtaking autumn foliage of approximately 4,000 trees which line Tomoegawa River. This area is known for having one of the best views in the Tokai area and during the Momiji Festival, the area is also lit up with spectacular lighting from sunset till 21:00. As well as the usual sightseeing, there will also be tea ceremonies, taiko drums, and monkey performances and you can expect so see a lot of people turn up as always (approx. 500,000 last year!).

When: Friday, November 1 to Sunday, December 1 Where: Asuke-cho in Toyota City Access: Take the train to Higashi Okazaki Station東岡崎 on the Meitetsu Line then take a bus to Korankei (approx. 60 min).


Tokugawaen Garden Autumn Matsuri and Dance

錦を纏う 徳川園 紅葉祭
Photo courtesy of Tokugawaen
Photo courtesy of Tokugawaen

See approximately 300 autumnal trees colour the breathtaking garden grounds and join in the Gujo dance around the large pond (all welcome). The garden will also be lit up for 11 days.

When: Gujo Dance is on Sunday, November 24 (15:00 – 17:00). Garden Illumination between Thursday, November 21 and Sunday, December 1 (closed on Monday, November 25). The garden is open from 9:30 to 20:30 (last entry 20:00). Where: Tokugawaen Garden Access: Take the Key-Route 2 bus from Nagoya (#2 bus stop) or Sakae (bus terminal at Oasis 21) and get off at the Tokugawaen Shindeki 徳川園新出来 stop.


Jokoji Temple and Jokoji Koen

Photo Courtesy of Seto City Marumotto Museum
Photo Courtesy of Seto City Marumotto Museum

Located in Seto, this temple and the surrounding park are popular spots for viewing autumn leaves. The temple dates back to 1336. The park’s autumn leaf viewing festival runs from Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 1. There are approximately 500 trees in the area and about 100 trees within the boundaries of the temple and park alone.

When: From Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 1. Where: Jokoji Temple Access: Approximately a 15 minute walk from Jokoji Station on the JR Chuo Line. There are also 160 free car spaces available.


Messe Nagoya 2013



Messe Nagoya began in 2006 and is now in its 8th year. This business exhibition brings many professionals together to create bridges between different networks and industries including environmental, science and technology related fields. It also aims to foster an international exchange of people and ideas from around the world, boasting 833 exhibitors this year alone, including the Toyota Group as well as other Nagoya based manufacturing entities. This year’s Messe Nagoya expects to see some 60,000 visitors.

When: Wednesday, November 13 to Saturday, November 16 (10:00 – 17:00) Where: Port Messe Nagoya ポートメッセなごや Access: A 5 minute walk from the Aonami Line’s Kinjo-futo Station 金城埠頭 (the last station) Admission: Free.


Ogaki: City of Water

Photo courtesy of Ogaki City Tourism Association
Photo courtesy of Ogaki City Tourism Association

Ogaki is blessed with abundant and pure underground waters as well as beautiful rivers; as a result, Ogaki is also known as the “City of Water.” As pictured, you can ride the “Tarai” boats along Suimon River while seeing the beautiful autumn colors on the trees lining the banks. If you’d like to see some local history, Ogaki Castle is famous for being the headquarters of Ishida Mitsunari’s Western Troops until the night before the legendary Battle of Sekigahara. It’s located only 10 minutes away on foot from JR Ogaki Station. This beautiful city has many beautiful things to explore and you can find out more at their English website at

Tarai Boat Ride When: Until Sunday, November 17 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Sessions as follows; 9.20~/10:40~/12:00~/13:40~/15:00~/16:20~. Bookings are required by phoning 0584-77-1535. Access: Approximately a 5 minute walk from JR Ogaki Station Cost: 2,000 Yen for a total of three people to ride the boat (excl. driver) with a maximum total weight limit of 180kg (excl. driver). Children under four years of age are not permitted to ride.

Ogaki Castle When: Open every day except December 29 – January 3 (9:00 – 17:00). Access: Approximately a 7 minute walk southwards from JR Ogaki Station South Exit. Cost: 100 Yen for adults. Senior HS students and under gain free entry.


Autumn Party – International Cross Culture Promotion Center

Enjoy learning about Japanese culture at the Internatioanal Cross Culture Promotion Center!
Enjoy learning about Japanese culture at the Internatioanal Cross
Culture Promotion Center’s Autumn Party

This event provides Japanese and non-Japanese guests a chance to meet and mingle under a casual party setting. There will be recreational games, prizes, and a chance to learn and experience Japanese culture. A buffet-style light meal will be available.

You can… ★Experience and watch a Japanese drum (taiko) performance. ★Play Japanese recreational games and prizes for winners! ★Make a lot of new friends.

Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall (Kokusai Center Subway Station, exit 2) When: Sunday, November 3 (18:30 – 20:30) Admission: 1000 Yen for foreign residents, 2000 Yen for Japanese nationals; reservations are required. To reserve your place and for more information contact the International Cross Culture Promotion Center at 080-1559-9744 or


Dolls Collection -from crafted and chrysanthemum dolls to mannequins, figurines and robbots- Dolls Collection

Receptionist robot “Wakamaru” – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries K.K. 2003 Receptionist robot actroid “Haruka” – Kokoro K.K. and Advanced Media K.K. 2005 Crafted doll of “Shokatsu Komei” – The Yoshihama Crafted Doll Preservation Assoc. 2012
Receptionist robot “Wakamaru” – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries K.K. 2003 Receptionist robot actroid “Haruka” – Kokoro K.K. and Advanced Media K.K. 2005 Crafted doll of “Shokatsu Komei” – The Yoshihama Crafted Doll Preservation Assoc. 2012

The Yoshihama area of Takahama City is famous for being home to some of the finest doll craftsmen in Japan. During the Edo Period many craftsmen who specialized in producing “kiku ningyo” were practicing their skills all over Japan. These dolls are decorated with chrysanthemum and other natural materials all over their bodies and are often based on kabuki and other traditional themes, so they are all made to be life-sized in scale.

At this exhibition you’ll not only get to see these “kiku ningyo” and other traditional dolls, but you’ll also see mannequins, robots and other life-sized works. You can also explore old post cards, photos, ukiyoe and other related items from the Edo Period as well as department store and exhibition displays from as far back as the Meiji Period (Japanese department store history dates back even further back than the Meiji Period).

When: Saturday, November 16 to Monday, December 23 (9:00 – 17:00, tickets sold till 16:30). Closed on Mondays, except for the last day, December 23 (public holiday). Where: Kawara Museum, Takahama City Access: Approximately a 10 minute walk from Takahamaminato Station 高浜港 on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line Cost: 600 Yen for Senior HS students and above, (480 Yen per person for groups of 20 or more) Junior HS students and below gain free entry. Tickets are available at Ticket Pia, Circle K Sunkus and Seven Eleven stores.


Seventy Years of the Art of Aichi

ANDO Masako  Oil on Canvas Panel 190.0cm x 140.0cm Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Collection © Masako Ando
ANDO Masako “The Garden of Belly Button” Oil on Canvas Panel 190.0cm x 140.0cm Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Collection © Masako Ando

Aichi is well known to be one of the significant bases of contemporary post-war art in Japan. It has three Universities of Arts, as well as a large number of art museums and galleries. With the richness of this fostering environment it’s no surprise that Aichi produces some of the most significant artists, not only in Japan, but in the world. With this exhibition, look back upon the path  which led to the artistic achievements of Aichi. From post-war to the present, see some of the greatest works from the museum collection. The Aichi Triennale showed us many works from around the world, and now, the museum would like to show the world the greatness of Aichi’s art. An excellent exhibition for both newcomers to Aichi as well as its long-terms residents where you can appreciate the amazing caliber of art which Aichi has produced to date.

When: Friday, November 29 to Sunday, February 2 (10:00 – 18:00, open till 20:00 on Fridays, last entry 30 min. before closing). Closed on Mondays*, December 24, December 28 to January 3, January 14. *Open on December 23 and January 13. Where: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (Level 10 in the Aichi Arts Center) Access: A three minute walk via Oasis 21 from Sakae 栄 Station. Cost: 500 (400) Yen for general entry, 300 (240) Yen for Senior HS and College students, Junior HS students and below gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more per person.


Dome Yakimono World 2013


yakimonoThe largest ceramics and porcelain exhibition in Japan with over 400 booths representing all the major pottery & ceramics centers in Japan, including Seto, Tokoname, Mino and many more! You’ll find tableware of all sorts. From cutlery to plates, bowls and glassware, it’s all here. Every year the event attracts approximately 100,000 visitors. There’s even a delivery counter so you can arrange for delivery and not worry about carrying all your heavy purchases home!

When: Friday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 20 (10:00 – 18:00 *last entry 17:30) Where: Nagoya Dome Access: A 5 minute walk from the Nagoya Dome Maeyada Station on the Meijo Subway Line Admission: 1,000 Yen (800 Yen in advance) for Junior HS students and above. Elementary students and below gain free entry. Advance tickets are available from Circle K and SunKus stores.


Illumination: Chapter 1 ”Rainbow”

イルミネーション 第1章「虹」
Photo courtesy of Ran no Yakata
       Photo courtesy of Ran no Yakata

This year’s theme is the rainbow. Approximately 250 types of orchids from around the world in the atrium and pond of the grounds beautifully coloured with about 170,000 decorative lights! As well as enjoying the florid surrounds where the rainbow illuminates the winter evening, take this opportunity to take some memorable photographs at this picturesque location. The courtyard’s pond will also be lit up and will further add a magical touch to the atmosphere.

When: Saturday, November 9 to Wednesday, December 25 (illuminated between 16:00 and 20:00). Between December 19 and 25, open till 21:00. Closed on Wednesdays (in the event of a public holiday, closed the following day). Also open on December 25. Where: Ran no Yakata (ランの館), Nagoya Naka-ku, Osu 4 chome Access: Approximately a 3 minute walk from Subway Yabacho Station exit 4 or about a 5 minute walk from Subway Kamimaezu station. Cost: 700 Yen for adults (500 Yen for entry after 17:00). Children (elementary school students and below gain free entry).


Life in Okumikawa – Hanamatsuri & Rituals

Photo: The Sakaki Ogre at the Hanamatsuri in Tsugu (Aichi)
       Photo: The Sakaki Ogre at the Hanamatsuri in Tsugu (Aichi)

In the Okumikawa district of Aichi, there’s a ritual folk dance known as the “Dance of the Ogre” to ask for an abundant harvest and to celebrate “Hanamatsuri”. This exhibition brings together the everyday items of mountain people along with Hanamatsuri and its associated rituals to help us reflect and appreciate the importance of mountain village culture and customs as well as the forest.

When: Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 15. 9:30 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30). Closed on Mondays (in the event of a public holiday, closed the next day, and closed on the 4th Tuesday of every month). Where: Nagoya City Museum Access: A short walk from the Sakurayama Station on the Sakuradori Subway Line Cost: General: 600 (500) Yen, Senior H.S. and University Students : 400 (300) Yen, Elementary & Junior H.S. Students: Free. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.


Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances

The 408th Subscription Concert


Conductor: Kazuhiro KOIZUMI “Air & Earth – from freezing winter flourish spring flowers” L. v. Beethoven Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36 A. Glazunov The Seasons, Op.67

When: Friday, December 13 (18:45) & Saturday, December 14 (16:00) Where: Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall 愛知県芸術劇場コンサートホール Access: Connected at the basement level to Oasis 21 and Sakae Subway Station. Tickets: 1,000 Yen to 6,000 Yen. For audience up to the age of 24,only same day tickets are available.

Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Salon Concert

Shun KITO (Violin) will be performing at this free Salon Concert.

When: Monday, December 23 at 18:30. Where: Nagoya City Music Plaza 1F “Music Salon” Access: A 6 minute walk from Kanayama stn or an 8 minute walk from Higashibetsuin Station. Cost: Free


MICA Free Medical Check Ups



Free health & dental consultations will be offered for foreign nationals by the Medical Information Center Aichi (MICA). Interpreters will be available to offer assistance in English and Portuguese. The checks are completely free of charge and you don’t even need an insurance card – simply turn up and have your confidential health check. These are held on a regular basis and are run by MICA a not for profit who aim to provide free medical consultation and general information about medical institutions for foreign residents of the Aichi prefecture in Japan.

When: Sunday, November 17 (14:00 – 16:30 – reception closes at 16:00) Where: Bisai Lifelong Learning Center (尾西生涯学習センター) More information: Call MICA at 052-588-7040.


Special Re-Entry Permits



Make sure you’re not caught out when temporarily leaving Japan. Although this type of permit was introduced in July 2012, we’d like to remind people of the importance of filling out the below form correctly. Accidentally failing to check the box as shown below can cause serious problems upon your return to Japan and can cause a lot of unnecessary grief.

Foreign nationals in possession of a valid passport and resident card (*1) who will be re-entering Japan within 1 year of their departure to continue their activities in Japan (*2) will, in principle, not be required to apply for a re-entry permit. (This is called a special re-entry permit.) When you leave Japan, be sure to present your residence card and tick the column indicating your intention of departure by the Special Re-entry Permit System on an ED card for Special Re-entry Permit (pictured below on the left).

Foreign nationals who have departed from Japan on a special re-entry permit will not be able to extend that permit while abroad. Please note that such foreign nationals will lose their resident status if they fail to re-enter Japan within 1 year of their departure (*2).

(*1) If a person has a passport containing a statement to the effect that the residence card shall be delivered later, or has an alien registration certificate that is deemed to be a residence card, such person for whom a status of residence of “Diplomat” or “Official” has been determined, and staff working at the office in Japan of the East Asia Relations Commission or the Permanent General Mission of Palestine for whom a status of residence of “Designated Activities” has been determined and family members thereof are also eligible for the Special Re-entry Permit. (*2) If your period of stay expires within 1 year after your departure,  please ensure that you re-enter Japan before the expiration of your period of stay.

The special re-entry permit system does not apply to those falling under any of the following.

  • Those whose resident status is in the process of revocation
  • Those whose confirmation of departure is suspended
  • Those who have received a written detention order
  • Those who are in the process of a refugee application and staying with the resident status of “Designated Activities”
  • Those who are specified by Japan’s Ministry of Justice to be a threat to Japan’s national interests or public order, or for other good reasons to be in need of a re-entry permit for the sake of fair control of entries and departures.

For more information on this system and more about the changes which took place in July 2012, please refer to the Immigration Bureau of Japan website at The above info was compiled using information on the page at


Art de Zoo

Photo courtesy of The World Children’s Art Museum in Okazaki
Photo courtesy of The World Children’s Art Museum in Okazaki

Children love animals. They are a product of nature and are an important part of the treasure trove of organic form. With each and every creature being different and unique, they offer us infinitely expanding worlds. In this exhibition, children get to touch, play and build with these sculptured forms as tools. Giving children the opportunity to play, touch the different textures, see the colours and experience the smells, helps to foster their skills and imagination. Art de Zoo hopes that children will enjoy themselves as they develop, by playing with these lovely wood-crafted creatures.

When: Until Sunday, December 15 (9:00 – 17:00, last entry 16:30). Closed on Mondays except November 4. Also closed on November 5. Where: The World Children’s Art Museum in Okazaki Access: Approximately five minutes by taxi from Miai Station, Meitetsu Nagoya Line. If you’re going by car (approximately 50 minutes from Nagoya), there is a map available at Cost: 300 (240) Yen for adults. 100 (80) Yen for Elementary and Junior HS students. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.

Please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations, and prices are subject to change without notice.


(NIC Events Information)

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