Papa-Mama-Kodomo Festival

Photo Courtesy of TV Aichi.
Photo Courtesy of TV Aichi.

A Golden Week event featuring a range of stage performances and acts where you can come together with your family and enjoy something right in the middle of the city at Oasis 21. Free entry.

When: Saturday, May 3 to Tuesday, May 6 (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Oasis 21 Ginga no Hiroba (オアシス21銀河の広場)

Access: Sakae Subway Station, South Exit/Entrance (地下鉄栄駅南出入口).


Nagoya Vegan Gourmet Festival

Photo Courtesy of Nagoya Vegan Gourmet Festival
Photo Courtesy of Nagoya Vegan Gourmet Festival

You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the delicacies at this one day feast, but health nuts will rejoice. Over 80 vendors will be serving up veggie burgers, oven fresh pizza, smoothies, vegan desserts, and much much more amidst the serene surroundings of Tsuruma Park. Finally, a food festival where you can try all kinds of dishes, and not feel guilty afterwards! Even meat lovers will find something delicious, while vegans and those with food allergies can feast without fear. The festival also boasts free outdoor yoga, beauty lectures, vendors with health and natural beauty products, and the Nagoya Vegan Gourmet Festival map which gives information about veggie restaurants in and around Nagoya.

When: Monday, May 5 (holiday), 10:00 – 17:00

Where: Tsuruma Park (鶴舞公園)

Access: Tsurumai Station Exit #4 (鶴舞駅4番出口) on the Tsurumai Subway Line (地下鉄鶴舞線).

Cost: Entry is free, most food is 300 ~ 500 yen/dish, drinks 100 ~ 300 yen.


5th Exterior & Garden Fair Nagoya 2014



If you enjoy home decorating/design and have a bit of a green thumb, you may be interested in going to this annual fair. About 17,000 people are expected to attend over two days! With dozens of companies showcasing their goods and services, along with industry professionals holding a range of seminars (in Japanese only), there’s bound to be something for everyone. Learn more about flowers, herbs and gardening in general. There will also be gourmet food and workshops as well as a kids area, so you can make a day of it with your family.

When: Friday, May 16 (10:00 – 18:00) and Saturday May 17 (10:00 – 16:00)

Where: Port Messe Nagoya Exhibition Hall 3 (ポートメッセなごや3号館)

Access: A 5 minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線).

Cost: Free admission!


Okehazama Battlefield Festival

Photo Courtesy of Toyoake City.
Photo Courtesy of Toyoake City.

The Battle of Okehazama in the late spring of 1560 was the battle that transformed local minor-league warlord Nobunaga Oda to a major league contender. Outnumbered approximately 10 to 1, his 3,000 soldiers launched a surprise attack on the invading forces of Shizuoka-based warlord Yoshimoto Imagawa, and killing him. Many soldiers fell from both armies during this battle, including Imagawa. The festival is held every year to comfort their spirits, and a large number of local residents and history buffs gather on the same day that the battle occurred back in 1560. However, the battlefield straddles both Midori Ward and neighbouring Toyoake City and as a result both places hold events.

In Midori Ward

When: Sunday, May 18 (09:00 – 20:00)

Where: Okehazama Battlefield Park 桶狭間古戦場公園, Midori Ku, Nagoya Events during the day include naruko-style dancing & live music, taiko drum performances, stamp rally, and a battlefield tour (10:00 & 12:30). At nearby Oike lake (18:30 – 20:00) 3,500 candles will be lit around the lake to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle.

Access: From Arimatsu Station (有松駅) on the Meitetsu Line (名鉄線), take the City Bus (市バス) from Arimatsu Shōgakkō mae (有松小学校前) to Makuyama (幕山).

In Toyoake

The highlight of the festival is the samurai parade (14:30 – 15:00) and the battle re-enactment (15:20 – 15:50). During the day there will be a flea market (09:00 – 16:00) and various stage performances (09:00 – 15:00). It is highly recommended to also visit the nearby Arimatsu Shibori Matsuri (see below).

When: Sunday, June 8 (09:00 – 16:00)

Where: Kotokuin-unjo Hall 高徳院雲上ホール (Toyoake City, Aichi) Around the historical Okehazama battleground.

Access: A 2 minute walk from Meitetsu Chukyo-keibajo-mae Station 中京競馬場前. From Meitetsu Nagoya Station it is 12 stops on a Higashi Okazaki bound local train; takes 30 minutes, costs 400 Yen.


Nagoya International Music Festival

Nagoya International Music Festival

This festival started in April and is running through till July. We first introduced the festival in our February issue. In May, there will be two performances as per the below schedule. There will also be one performance in June, and two in July to finish off the event. Don’t miss out on these world class performances at the Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater.

1) The Nagoya International Music Festival Special Concert on Saturday, May 10 at 15:00, from 3,000 Yen
2) Maxim Vengerov – Polish Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday, May 28 at 18:45, from 6,000 Yen
3) Slovene National Theatre Maribor perform “Carmen” on Friday, June 27 at 18:30, from 7,000 Yen
4) Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on Saturday, July 5 at 14:00, from 6,000 Yen
5) Orchestre national de Lyon on Friday, July 11 at 18:45, from 6,000 Yen

Where: The Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater

Access: Approximately a 2 minute walk East from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama or Meijo Line, Exit 4.

Tickets: Purchase online or through convenience stores through Ticket Pia and Lawson.


Tsuruma Park Flower Festival

Photo Courtesy of Nagoya City
Photo Courtesy of Nagoya City

A beautiful floral festival to celebrate the beauty of Spring after a long and cold winter. It’s on until mid-June in one of the city’s most popular and convenient park locations – Tsuruma Park. You’ll see a huge range of colourful and vibrant varieties. There will be concerts, sketching competitions, tea ceremonies, walks, and more at this annual festival, where the entire staff do their best every year to make it a fun and memorable event for all.

When: Until Sunday, June 15

Where: Tsuruma Park (鶴舞公園)

Access: Tsurumai Station Exit #4 (鶴舞駅4番出口) on the Tsurumai Subway Line (地下鉄鶴舞線).

Cost: Free admission. Charges apply for certain foods, goods and services.


Russian Athlete Circus

Photo Courtesy of Little World Museum of Man & Russian Athlete Circus.
Photo Courtesy of Little World Museum of Man & Russian Athlete Circus.

Ten hand-picked performers from Russia come to Japan for this exciting circus act! Pole and trampoline performances, demonstrating thrilling speed and precision to impress the audience. These performers are true athletes and will leave you wanting more. See these top class athletes outdo each other on the bungee straps, trampoline, the square bars, basketball juggling, aerial acrobats, and in the clown shows!

When: Until Sunday, June 22. Weekdays: 11:30, 14:00. Weekends: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00. Each session runs for about 40 minutes. Closed on Tuesdays (in the event it falls on a national holiday, closed the following day instead).

Where: The Little World Museum of Man, Outdoor Hall (野外民族博物館リトルワールド野外ホール)

Access: Take the Meitetsu Main Line (名鉄名古屋本線) from Nagoya Station (名古屋駅) to Inuyama Station (犬山駅). Then take the “Gifu Bus Community” bus (岐阜バスコミュニティー) to The Little World Museum of Man.

Cost: You don’t need to pay extra to see the show; it is included in the admission price for the museum. See for opening times and admission prices.


Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances


Subscription Concerts

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 (地下鉄栄駅)

The 413th Subscription Concert

Martyn BRABBINS, Chief Conductor
Yuto HAYASHI, Tuba
“The First of Mahler”
J. Pickard Sixteen Sunrises [Commissioned Work, World Premiere]
G. Mahler Blumine
R. Vaughan Williams Bass Tuba Concerto in F minor
G. Mahler Symphony No.1 in D major “Titan”

When: Friday, May 30 (18:45) & Saturday, May 31 (16:00)
Tickets: 1,000 Yen to 7,200 Yen. For audience up to the age of 24, only same day tickets are available.

The 414th Subscription Concert

Thierry FISCHER, Honorary Guest Conductor
Colin CURRIE, Percussion
“The First of Nielsen”
G. Bizet L’Arlesienne Suite No.1
S. Holt Percussion Concerto “A Table of Noises” [Japan Premiere]
C.Nielsen Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.7, FS16

When: Friday, June 20 (18:45) & Saturday, June 21 (16:00)
Tickets: 1,000 Yen to 6,200 Yen. For audience up to the age of 24, only same day tickets are available.

Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Salon Concerts

Where: Nagoya City Music Plaza 1F “Music Salon” (名古屋市音楽プラザ)
Access: A 6 minute walk from Kanayama Station (金山駅) or an 8 minute walk from Higashibetsuin Station (東別院駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

Guest: Yuto HAYASHI (Tuba)
When: Saturday, May 15 at 18:30
Cost: Free

Guest: Syun KITO (Violin)
When: Saturday, June 28 at 18:30
Cost: Free


Nagoya Hawaii Festival 2014
ナゴヤ ハワイ フェスティバル

Photo Courtesy of TV Aichi.
Photo Courtesy of TV Aichi.

Whether or not you’ve been to Hawaii, this festival is one to be enjoyed by all. Being one of the closest paradise locations to Japan, it’s no wonder that Hawaii is one of the most popular travel destinations for the residents of Japan. Not only does Hawaii possess a great climate and beautiful scenery, it is home to a captivating culture and the “Aloha Spirit”.

See artists and dancers occupy the stage with performances and check out a line-up of Hawaiin shops and workshops at the show. There’ll be about twenty stalls at the market where you can buy clothing, jewelery and other crafts including items which aren’t normally found in Japan. Planned workshops include quilt-making, ukulele, lomilomi massage, and more. At the food booths, eat all your Hawaiian favourites; See, hear, and experience Hawaii. That’s what the Nagoya HAWAII Festival is all about! With the 2013 festival attracting around 80,000 people, it’s sure to be a blast.

When: Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1 (9:30 – 20:00). From 10:00 on Friday.

Where: Hula & Music @ Oasis 21. Food (5/31 – 6/1) @ Nagoya TV Tower.

Access: Sakae Subway Station, South Exit/Entrance (地下鉄栄駅南出入口).

Cost: Free admission. Charges apply for foods, goods, and services at the show.


Hungary Festival


When: Sunday, June 8 (13:30 – 16:30)

Where: Nagoya International Center Hall (Kokusai Center Subway Station, exit 2)

Admission: Adults 1,500 Yen, under 16′s free.


13:30 – 14:00 – Clarinet performance (with piano)
14:00 – 15:00 – Lecture: Children’s Literature of Hungary and picture book reading.
15:15 – 16:30 – Hungarian Mixer Party

On Exhibit: See works by the Hungarian Embroidery Circle and an art display of work by Hungarian children.


Brazilian Day Nagoya 2014

Photo Courtesy of TV Aichi.
Photo Courtesy of TV Aichi.

A fun cross-cultural event for everyone! Join in the fun and get to experience Brazilian music, sports, food and more. An exciting festa that promotes Brazilian and Japanese exchange in the community with something for everyone.

When: Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 (scheduled for 11:00 – 19:00)

Where: Hisayaodori Park (久屋大通公園)

Access: Close to Sakae Subway Station, Exit #10 (地下鉄栄駅10番出口)

Cost: Free admission. Charges apply for food etc.


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


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