The 68th Nagoya Port Fireworks Festival

Photo courtesy of the Port of Nagoya
Photos courtesy of the Port of Nagoya

Nagoya Port’s annual summer festival as well as the fireworks display consisting of about 3,000 fireworks attracted around 350,000 people last year! Activities planned for this year include a log riding contest, a marching band, jazz concert, a Japanese drum and performing arts festival, floats and more!

When: Fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 21 (19:30 – 20:20)

Where: Nagoya Port (名古屋港) Around the Garden Pier area.

Access: Go to Nagoya Port Station (名古屋港駅) on the Meikō Subway (地下鉄名港線). Recommended viewing spots are wharf 2and 3 in front of “Port Building” (ポートビル) or on the south greens of the Port of Nagoya Aquarium (名古屋港水族館). You’ll be able to enjoy the fireworks from an ideal distance at either of these locations.



Kariya Mando Matsuri

Photo courtesy of Kariya City
Photo courtesy of Kariya City

A lively, colorful festival featuring 5m high “samurai” lanterns, called mando (literally “ten thousand lanterns”). One mando, weighing approximately 60kg, is carried by one man alone! The men move and dance in rhythm to the accompanying flute and drum music. This is a very unique festival with vibrant and intense colors that you really shouldn’t miss! As shown in the photograph, the designs and styles of the floats are different to the typical floats seen at Japanese festivals and parades. Why not join in the exotic atmosphere as you enjoy the mysterious sights and sounds of this parade.

When: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27

Access: A 5 minute walk from Kariya-shi Station (刈谷市駅) on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line (名鉄三河線).


Toyota Oiden Matsuri

Photo courtesy of Toyota City Tourism Association
Photo courtesy of Toyota City Tourism Association

As well as a fireworks display (over 13,000 fireworks), there are various stage events, street parades, and festival stalls.

When: The Oiden Final (おいでんファイナル) on Saturday, July 26 (17:00 – 20:30). Grand fireworks on Sunday, July 27 (19:10 – 21:00)

Where: On the streets around the east side of Meitetsu Toyota-Shi Station, and at Shirahama Park (白浜公園) on the banks of the Yahagi River (矢作川), Toyota City

Access: A 10 minute walk to Shirahama Park from Toyotashi Station (豊田市駅) on the Meitetsu Toyota Line (名鉄豊田線); accessible from the Tsurumai Subway Line (地下鉄鶴舞線).


The 26th Komaki Heisei Summer Festival

Photo courtesy of Komaki City
Photo courtesy of Komaki City

An unusual illuminated float festival in the Tokai region. The Komaki Heisei Summer Festival began with reference to a festival held in Komaki’s friendship city – Yakumo Town in Hokkaido. This year, the festival is being held for the 26th time. You’ll see approximately twenty illuminated floats along with dancing and taiko drum performances. At the finale, a collaborative performance consisting of traditional Japanese hand-held fireworks, American fireworks, and Japanese taiko drums is planned. A fun and exciting festival for everyone to enjoy.

When: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 (17:30 – 21:30)

Where: From Komakishi Shimin Kaikan (小牧市市民会館) to Komaki Station East Melody Park (小牧駅東メロディーパーク)

Access: From Heiandori Station (平安通駅) on the Kamiiida Subway Line (地下鉄上飯田線), transfer to an Inuyama (犬山) OR Komaki (小牧) bound train and get off at Komaki Station (小牧駅). Approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the station.


Kakuozan Summer Matsuri

Photo courtesy of Kakuozan Shotengai Shinkokumiai
Photo courtesy of Kakuozan Shotengai Shinkokumiai

Features stage performances, games, an art market, and international stalls.

When: Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 (14:00 – 21:00)

Where: In front of Nittaiji Temple (日泰寺)

Access: A 1 minute walk up the hill from Kakuozan Station (覚王山駅) Exit 1 (1番出口) on the Higashiyama Subway Line (地下鉄東山線).


Ichinomiya Star Festival



One of Japan’s big 3 tanabata festivals – Sendai and Hiratsuka host the other two. Ichinomiya’s main line location (JR Tokaido and Meitetsu) make it easily accessible from across the region.

When: Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27

Where: Around JR Owariichinomiya Station (JR尾張一宮駅) and Meitetsu Ichinomiya Station (名鉄一宮駅)

Access: Using JR, go to Owariichinomiya Station (尾張一宮駅) on the JR Tōkaidō Main Line (JR東海道本線). Using Meitetsu, go to Meitetsu Ichinomiya Station (名鉄一宮駅) on the Meitetsu Main Line (名鉄本線).


Gamagori Fireworks Festival

Photo courtesy of City of Gamagori
Photo courtesy of City of Gamagori

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the city! An amazing festival that lights up the night sky of Gamagōri on a beautiful summer night. Want a great way to spend the night with your friends and/or family? Why not go out to this beautiful seaside location to witness a typical Japanese fireworks display, and find out what all the fuss is about. The main feature of this festival is the Shōsanjakudama fireworks with a whopping diameter of 650m and is the largest fireworks on the Pacific coast of Japan.

The Gamagōri coastal city of Aichi, is an impressive location which is quite different to the usual scenery of Nagoya. It offers a beautiful harbor type scenery and also has a very beautiful shopping mall and fresh foods and fish markets as well. Why not make a day of it and try somewhere different this year, and while you’re at it, see the biggest firecracker on the coast!

When: Main fireworks display on Sunday, July 20 (19:30 – 21:00).

Where: Gamagōri Pier, Harbor, and sea-front, Gamagori City Aichi

Access: A 3-minute walk from JR or Meitetsu Gamagōri stations (JR/名鉄 蒲郡駅)


Come, See and Discover!
Appreciation of Art, Materials and Techniques

きて・みて・はっけん -絵画の楽しみ 素材と技法-
Vincent van GOGH 《End of the Day(after Millet)》1889~90
Vincent van GOGH 《End of the Day(after Millet)》1889~90

Learn to appreciate art from a different perspective. A variety of works from a collection of about 60 pieces where artists have used their skill and technique to show their devotion to perfection. In addition, brushes and other apparatus used in the creation of these works will be on display to raise your awareness of the finer details of the artist’s technique. You’ll soon be paying attention to the way the brush interacts with the substrate, the subtle marks it leaves behind, and possibly even some things which you never noticed before!

When: Saturday, July 19 to Tuesday (national holiday), September 23 (10:00 – 17:00). Last entry 16:30. Closed on Mondays (except 7/21, 9/15). Also closed on Tue. 7/22 and Tue. 9/16.

Where: Menard Art Museum (メナード美術館)

Access: A 15 minute walk from Komaki Station (小牧駅) on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線). Komaki Station is connected to the Kamiiida Subway Line (地下鉄上飯田線).

Cost: Adults 800 (700) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 600 (500) Yen; Junior HS and Elementary School Students 300 (250) Yen. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more. Holders of a Physically Disabled Persons’ Handbook, and one accompanying person gain free entry.


Let’s Take a Bird’s-eye View of Retrospective Japan!

Famous places along Yoro Dentetsu Line (Showa 3年)

From the Taisho era to the Showa era, together with booming railway travel, Kyoto-born artist Hatsusaburō YOSHIDA (1884-1955) and others depicted beautiful aerial scenery in their works which also featured in many tourism flyers which were issued all over the country. With these works, the museum will bring to you the charm of retro-modern Japan from the Taisho and Showa eras.

When: Saturday, July 26 to Monday, September 15 (9:30 – 17:00). Last entry 16:30. Closed on Mondays (except 9/15) and on every fourth Tuesday (8/26).

Where: Nagoya City Museum (名古屋市博物館)

Access: A 5 minute walk from Sakurayama Station (桜山駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Sakuradōri Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線)

Cost: Adults 600 (400) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 400 (200) Yen; Junior HS and below gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.


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 415th Subscription Concert

Michał DWORZYNSKI, Conductor
Michie KOYAMA, Piano
“The First of Russia and Poland”
S. Prokofiev Symphony No.1 in D major, Op.25 “Classical Symphony”
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
W. Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra

When: Friday, July 25 (18:45) & Saturday, July 26 (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 Day 2014   名フィルの日2014

A chamber music ensemble by the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.
When: Sunday, August 3 (13:00)
Where: MS & AD Shirakawa Hall (三井住友海上しらかわホール)
Access: A short walk from Fushimi Station (伏見駅) on the Higashiyama or Tsurumai Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/鶴舞線).
Tickets: General admission 1,500 Yen; Senior HS and College Students 1,000 Yen; Junior HS and Elementary School Students 500 Yen.
Contact: Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666

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: Akiko IKEMURA (Violin)
When: Friday, August 22 at 18:30
Cost: Free


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


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