FESTIVALS and FIREWORKS IN NAGOYA 2019

Japanese neighborhoods have a long tradition of holding festivals ('Matsuri') in the Summer months. These usually involve lots of food stalls and arcade games for kids, a parade of dancers or stage dancing, and the bigger festivals include a fireworks show. Below are some of the most popular festivals happening.

ATSUTA FESTIVAL - June 5th

The biggest of all the festivals held at Atsuta Shrine, this festival is a combination of Shrine rites, Fireworks, a parade of Mikoshi (portable shrines), and various martial displays.

A few minute walk from JINGUMAE Station

NAGOYA PORT FESTIVAL - July 15

The Nagoya Port Festival includes a fantastic one hour display of pyrotechnics over the bay from 7:30pm. There is also the regular fill of food stalls, games and many sea related functions.

A few minute walk from NAGOYA-KO Station

NAKAMURA KOEN FESTIVAL - July 26

Not as big as some of the more well known festivals, but that means there are less crowds, and this is a good thing. Besides the 30 min fireworks show from 8pm, there is also food stalls and game booths

A few minute walk from NAKAMURA-KOEN Station

WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT - July 28 to Aug 5

Cosplayers from all over the world gather as their favorite anime and cartoon characters for an for an orgy of freakiness. It's all in fun and many participants love to have their photos taken - but ask!

At Oasis 21 near SAKAE station, and OSU-KANNON station

OSU SUMMER FESTIVAL - Aug 3 & 4

The Osu Festival is a great celebration and fun times are to be had. There festival includes a parade, taiko drum performances, bon dancing and hand held firework shows at Osu Temple

A short walk from OSU-KANNON station, exit 3

NAGOYA CASTLE SUMMER FESTIVAL - Aug 4 to Aug 15

A menagerie of bon dancing, mikoshi parades, food stalls and game booths, the Nagoya Castle Summer Festival is a great time under the lights of the castle. Entry fee of ¥500.

A short walk from SHIYAKUSHO station

GENKI NO DERU MIHAMA FIREWORKS - Aug 24

A giant fireworks show shot over Mihama beach about an hour from Nagoya with over 18,000 of the newest types of fireworks set to music and light shows. Part of the full weekend 'Mihama Kaiyusai Marunatsu Festival'

A 30 min walk from NOMA station

 

UTSUMI BEACH - Aug 17

Being across the bay, it's a bit of a hike to Utsumi, but the fireworks show makes it well worth it, and the beach is great. The fireworks can also be seen from Minato station.

A short walk from UTSUMI Station


GAMAGORI FESTIVAL - July 27 and 28

Part of a weekend long festival, the massive Gamagori fireworks show held on the Sunday evening is billed as the largest on the Pacific side of Japan. Over 4000 fireworks are shot into the sky including special 'wheel' bursts that stretch across the sky.

An hour train ride south to GAMAGORI Station


NAGARAGAWA FESTIVAL - July 27

A spectacular fireworks show that is among the best in the Nagoya vicinity (it's about an hour ride to Gifu station). Over 40,000 fireworks shot iare nto the sky over the Nagaragawa river.

Special buses can be taken from JR GIFU station


FUJIOKA OIDEN SUMMER FESTIVAL - July 13

A lively festival that has all the regular festival features including a fireworks show of over 1000 bursting pyrotechnics.

From TOYOHASHI Station take the bus to Fujioka Shisho stop


ASUKE SUMMER FESTIVAL - Aug 13 and 14

There is a lantern festival along the Asukegawa river both nights, and fireworks in the town of Asuke on the 14th.

From Toyotashi Station take the Meitetsu bus to Korankei stop