Highlights and access methods of Nagoya Festival (Aichi Prefecture)

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The Nagoya Festival is part of a festival held every autumn in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. The Hometown Heroes Parade is a parade celebrating the heroes of Nagoya City's history, specifically Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. These great warlords are reenacted by people dressed in period costumes, and their march through the streets of Nagoya is a sight to behold. This parade is one of the highlights of the Nagoya Festival, an important event that honors the history and culture of Nagoya City.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Nagoya Festival in Aichi Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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Highlights of Nagoya Festival

Nagoya Festival is a major tourist event in Aichi Prefecture, attracting visitors from all over the world with its historical atmosphere and lively performances.

Nagoya Festival began in 1955 (Showa 30) and is known as the largest festival in Nagoya's autumn season. The main event of the festival is the "Local Hero Parade," a parade featuring the three heroes of the Warring States Period (Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu). Participants in gorgeous costumes play the roles of warlords of the Warring States period, their families, and even civilians of the time, and the sight of approximately 600 people marching in the procession is a sight to behold.

The procession is also highlighted by the appearance of "dashi-zoroe" floats and "kagura-zoroe," both designated as cultural properties by Nagoya City.

During the festival, Nagoya Castle, Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden, Nagoya City Science Museum, Nagoya City Art Museum, and other facilities are open to the public free of charge. In addition to tourists, many local citizens enjoy the Nagoya Festival period.

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Address and access method of Nagoya Festival

The address of the Sakae intersection, one of the places where the local heroic procession passes at the Nagoya Festival, is "3-5 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi". You can use the Nagoya Municipal Subway to get to each venue of the Nagoya Festival.

Attractions near Nagoya Festival

In addition to Nagoya Festival, there are several other noteworthy attractions in the surrounding area that visitors might want to explore:

Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle is a vital cultural property known as a masterpiece of Japanese castle architecture. The castle, distinguished by its double turret, is also renowned for its cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. Numerous exhibits within the premises allow you to delve into Nagoya's history.

Nagoya City Science Museum
This museum is home to one of the world's largest planetariums. There are plenty of exhibitions that make learning about the principles of science and technology fun, catering to children and adults alike. The museum's futuristic building design is a landmark in Nagoya.

This downtown area of Nagoya is perfect for shopping and dining. You can find a multitude of branded stores, department stores, and restaurants offering local cuisine. The area is illuminated at night, providing an energetic ambiance that visitors can enjoy.

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
This expansive park integrates a zoo and botanical garden, where you can observe flowers of each season and animals from around the world. The park is especially stunning during the spring cherry blossom season and autumn foliage season, making it a recommended spot for families. Interaction experiences with animals are also available.

Other information about Nagoya Festival

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )