Festivals and Events around Nagoya
(Aichi Pref. Gifu Pref. Mie Pref.)


January February March April May June July August September October November December

The schedule of the event or festival can be changed.
Please ask the organizer for details before making your tour arrangements
.

Festivals and Events in Nagoya * Festivals and Events in Japan

Month Date Name of the festival comment.........etc. place
Jan.
Jan.
Jan.
Jan.

1
Kaminoma Naked Worshipping
Kaminoma Hadaka Mairi
. Kaminoma area,
Mihama-cho
Aichi Pref.
1
Geetaa Fstival
(Geetaa Matsuri)

Daybreak in the morning of Jan. 1, men who live in the Kami-shima Island stick and lift a 2m (6.6ft) across white ring with bamboos.
Kamishima Island
Toba C.
Mie Pref
.
2
Presentation of "Sekiden"
Ancient Japanese Sword forging
Method
presentation of old style
Japanese sword forging method

Demonstration by masters of skill (the grinders, the sheath maker, the grip decorator, and the shiroganeshi). They are in white clothes (shiro-shozoku)
Seki Tan'ya Densho-kan
Seki City
Gifu Pref.
2 Fue-bayashi - Fuki, Taketoyo-cho,
Chita-gun, Aichi Pref.
3

Tenteko Festival
(Tenteko Matsuri)

recommended
strange, simple and funny festival
for rich harvest
Hachimansha (shrine)
at Niike-cho

Nishio C.
Aichi Pref.
3 Place Festival
(Goten Matsuri/Tako Matsuri)
- Himaka-jima, Minami-chita-cho, Chita-gun
3 and 4

Shinojima Daimyo-gyoretsu


the main event could be seen around
1:00p.m. at the beach


Shinkei-jinja (shrine)
Hachioji-sha (shrine)
Shinojima
Minami-chita-cho
Aichi Pref.
4th Hosha/Otameshi - Toyooka, Minamichita-cho,Chita-gun,
Aichi Pref.
3rd Sat
& Sun
Brush Festival
(fude Matsuri)
Kitano-Tenjinsha (shrine) Kitano-cho, Konan C
Aichi Pref..
15
annual


Santera-mairi
(visit three temples to worship)
People visit tree temples.
Lots of candles are displayed along the Seto River. Fantastic event.
Furukawa-cho
Gifu Pref
.
4th Sunday
(changable)


Sagicho Festival
(Sagicho Matsuri)
wishing a large catch of fish
and good health

Morozaki,
Minami-Chita cho
Chita-gun,
Aichi Pref.
Jan or
Feb.
Jan. or Feb. Jan. or Feb. Jan. or Feb. Jan. or Feb.
Jan. or Feb.
Saturday nearest and before
Jan. 7th of the lunar calendar


Feb. 9, 2008

Takisan-ji Ogre Festival
(Takisan-ji Oni Matsuri)
..- Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref
.
Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb. Feb.
Feb. 3 Setsubun
Setsubun-e
Sechibun-e

Jimokuji Kannon

Jimokuji-cho, Amagun
3

photo courtesy of Gifu C.

Gyokushoin Setsubun Tsurikomi-Matsuri

12:00-18:00: Bean throwing (Mame-maki)
19:00-20:00: Tsurikomi Matsuri
People carry "Akaoni" on a portable shrine and
"Okame" on a Goshoguruma.
After they parade around the town, Akaoni and Okame are
carried to the main temple and have a ritual.
access
Get off at JR Gifu Station.
Take Chuo-Minamiguchi exit or Kano-guchi exit.
Walk 5 min.

Gyokusho-in
058-271-0483
3 Kano-Tenjin-cho,
Gifu C.

Gifu Pref.
2nd Sunday

Fire Festival in Toba
(Toba no hi -matsuri)

recommended
inqiries
Hazu-cho kanko-kyokai
TEL: 0563-63-0126
Toba, Hazu-gun,
Aichi pref.
- - - -
Feb.10 and 11
annual


Toyohashi Demon Festival
(Oni Matsuri)

recommended
inquiries
Akumi-Kambe Shinmeisha
0532-52-5257
Akumi-cho, Toyohashi C.
Aichi Pref.
11th
Gempuku Cerebration
Obisha
Hakusan Jinja (shrine) Jono, Hakkai-mura, Amagun?
Feb. 14
annual


God of Rice Field Festival
(Tano-kami Matsuri)

Festival of Mori Minashihachiman Jinja

inquiries
Gero Onsen Kanko Kyokai
TEL: 0576-24-1000
Gero
Gifu Pref
.
Sunday, before and the nearest to 25th

Unrefined Sake Festival
in Obu
(Doburoku Matsuri)
recommended

Doburoku-festival held in the nearest place
and also famous.
It has 500 years history in Nagakusa Tenjin-sha Shrine in Obu..

Nagakusa Tenjin-sha
(Nagakusa-cho)
Obu C.

Aichi Pref.
Feb. or Mar. Feb. or Mar. Feb. or Mar. Feb. or Mar. Feb. or Mar.
Feb. or Mar Jan. 13th of the lunar calendar

Feb 19, 2008
Tuesday


Konomiya Naked Festival
(Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri)
Recommended
It is said that Konomiya naked festival is one of the three weird festivals in Japan. Konomiya.
Inazawa C.

Aichi Pref.
Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar. Mar.
Mar. 1st Sunday
presentation of
Ancient Japanese Sword forging Method

Demonstration by masters of skill (the grinders, the sheath maker, the grip decorator, and the shiroganeshi). They are in white clothes (shiro-shozoku)
Seki Tan'yo Densho-kan
Seki City
Gifu Pref
.
2nd Sunday
勝幡のおこわ祭
Shobata Jinja (shrine) Shobata, Saori-cho,
Ama-gun
Sunday just before March 15th

Rich Harvest Festival

(
Ooagata jinnja hounen-sai)


This festival is a kind of pair with Tagata Shrine
Rich Harvest Festival


Female version
Ooagata Shrine
Inuyama City

Aichi Pref.
March 15
(annual)


Rich Harvest Festival
(Tagata jinja hounen-sai)
Recommended

An interesting festival to celebrate the expected harvest
This is a kind of pair festival with
Ooagata Shrine Rich harvest Festival


Male version

Funny and interesting festival
Tagata-cho,
Komaki C.

Aichi Pref.
Saturday and Sunday
before or after
March 20

Handa Floats Festival
Okkawa Area

recommended

epic festival Handa C. in Chita Peninshula
Aichi Pref.
Apr. Apr. Apr. Apr. Apr.
Apr





















Apr

























Apr
1-3

桃花祭
Masumida jinja (shrine) Ichinomiya C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Saturday Lion Dance - Kofu, Mihama-cho, Chita-gun, Aichi Pref.
1st Sat. and Sun 大谷祭り Hachiman Jinja (shrine) Otani, Tokoname C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sat and Sun 松尾神社祭 Matsuo Jinja (shrine) Sakai, Tokoname C.
1st Sun 糸からくり人形 - Kami-Noma, Mihama-cho, Chita-gun, Aichi Pref.
1st Sun からくり人形 - Utsumi, Minamichita-cho, Chita-gun, Aichi Pref.
1st Sun 大名行列 - Utsumi, Minami-chita-cho, Chita-gun
- - - -
- - - -
- - - -
- - - -
1st Sunday
Presentation of
Ancient Japanese Sword forging Method
Demonstration by masters of skill (the grinders, the sheath maker, the grip decorator, and the shiroganeshi). They are in white clothes (shiro-shozoku) Seki Tan'ya densho-kan
Seki City
Gifu Pref
.
1st Sat. and Sun

Inuyama Spring Festival
(Haritsuna Shrine Reitaisai )

Recommended
enjoy karakuri-ningyo/mechanical puppets
and beautiful floats
Inuyama C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sat.
Procession of Tokugawa Ieyasu (Shogun) troops
Procession starts from Iga Hachimangu (shrine) and arrive at the Oto River (river side)
The origin is a procession of samurai which was held at Ryujo Jinja (shrine) in the late Ido period

One of the three great festvals in Okazaki.
Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sat. and Sun.
If the first Saturday falls on April 1st, it'll be held on the 2nd Sat and Sun
.


Kakeuma Festival

(Hirachi Shinmeisha /shrine)

recommended
Horse festivals like Kakeuma or Omanto were started in Owari,
Nishi-Mikawa and Tono regions after the battle of Okehazama
Handa C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sat. and the following Sun.
Gifu Festival photo courtesy of Gifu C.

Dosan Festival Photo courtesy of Gifu C

Gifu Festival and
Dosan Festival

Gifu Festival (Gifu Matsuri)
at Inaba Jinja (shrine)

Inaba Jinja is the most popular shrine in Gifu.
All the floats are line up in Inaba Jinja
on the festival eve.
Inaba Jinja/ TEL: 058-262-5151

****
Dosan Festival (Dosan matsuri)
in the center of Gifu City
(Wakamiya-cho, Kogane-koen, Yanagase, Kanda-cho)
Parade of portable shrines
Events concerned with Saito Dosan
access
Get off at JR Gifu Sta. or Meitetsu Gifu Sta.
Walk 5 or 10 min.
inquiries
Gifu-shi Shoko-Kanko-bu
TEL: 058-265-4141

Gifu C.
Gifu Pref
.
Sat. and Sun nearest to April.7th and 8th

Unagoji Festival

Ushikubo Hachimansha (shrine)

funny festival.
Participants time and lie down to the song.

During the Warring State Period, this festival was a Spring festival to show a feeling of gratitude
toward their lord.


inquiries
Toyokawa-shi Shoko-ka
TEL: 0538-89-2140

Toyokawa C.
Aichi Pref
.
2nd Sat.

Tejikara Fire Festival
(Tejikara no Hi-matsuri)

recommended
access
Get off at Tejikara sta. on the Meitetsu Kagamihara Line. a 5-min. walk to the South..
Tejikara Shrine
Kuramae. Gifu C.
Gifu Pref
.
2nd saturday and Sunday
Wind Festival
(Kaze Matsuri)
Hotari Shrine
Festival for the god of wind.
Tezutsu fireworks, Ozutsu fireworks.
"Tatemono-Hanabi" firework is famous.

access
Get off at Kozakai (小坂井) station on the JR Iida-sen (Iida line). A 3-min. walk.
inquiries
Kozakai-cho office

0533-78-2112
Hotari Jinja (shrine)
Hoi-gun,
Kozakai-cho,
Aichi Pref.
2nd saturday and Sunday
photo courtesy of Toyoake C.

Susano Shirine Festival
(Susano Jinja)
<Nagao-chiku>
Six festival floats are pulled by local people.
Karakuri-ningyo (mechanical puppets) performance.
Sambaso performance.

map
Nagao-chiku,
Taketoyo C.
Aichi pref.
14 and 15
annual


Takayama Spring Festival
(Haru no Takayama Matsuri)
recommended
One of the three most beautiful
festivals in Japan

14 9:30-16:00 Yatai Hikisoroe
11:00- Offering of karakuri
13:00-16:00 Gojunko
15:00- Offering of karakuri
18:30- Night Festival
15 9:30-16:00 Yatai Hikisoroe
10:00- Offering of karakuri
12:30-16:00 Gojunko
14:00- Offering of karakuri

Hie Jinja (shrine)
Takayama C.
Gifu Pre
f.
2nd Saturday
Kamioka Matsuri

One of the three big festivals in the Hida region.

Kamioka, Hida C.
Gifu Pref
.
The following Sunday of the second Saturday.

Hinkoko Festival
People perform a story of Susano-no-mikoto who got rid of a huge snak.. Ohyada, Mino C.
Gifu Pref.
19 and 20
annual

Hida Furukawa Festival
(Hida Furukawa Matsuri)

recommended

 
Furukawa area is famous with Okoshidaiko (lit. Rousing Drum)

Young men who wear loincloth make the round Furukawa area with floats while playing the big drums. Other young men who have smaller drums dush to
them. This is very exciting festival.


inquiries
Hida-shi Shoko-Kanko-ka
TEL: 0577-73-7463

Furukawa-cho. Hida-shi
Gifu Pref
.
Sunday after 19th Iwato Festival
(Iwato Matsuri)

The 3 floats are designated Ichinomiya City's
Tangible Cultural Folk Asset.
Shinto ritual is held on 19th in each year.
Get off at Iwato Sta. on the Meitetsu Line. Walk 15 min.

inquiries
Ichinomiya-shi Kanko-kyokai
0586-28-9131
Iwato Jinja
Umayose, Imaise-cho
Ichinomiya C.
Aichi Pref.
24 蓮花寺の二十五菩薩練り供養 Renge-ji (temple) Hachisuka, Miwa-cho,
Amagun, Aichi Pref.
4th Saturday
photo:courtesy of Hida Kankokyokai

Hida Kamioka Festival
(Hida Kamioka Matsuri)
One of the three great festivals in Hida Area
 proceeding with apprximatery 1,000 people.

inquiries
Hida-shi Kamioka-Shinko-Jimusho
TEL: 0578-2-2253

Funazu District
Kamioka-cho,
Hida C.
Gifu Pref
.
20-29 Ueki Matsuri Konomiya Jinja (shrine) Inazawa C.
Aichi Pref.
May May May May May
May May 3rd & 4th

Kamezaki Shiohi Matsuri
Kamezaki Shiohi Matsuri is a festival of Kamisaki Jinja (shrine)
and was designated as Japan's Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset in March 2006.
Kamezaki, Handa
Aichi Pref
.
May 4th & 5th
Tado Taisha
Ageuma Shinj
i
-. Tado-cho
Mie Pref.
5th

Ceremony of Changing Huge Shimenawa of Myoto-iwa
in Futamigaura

.-
Futamigaura, Ise,
Mie pref.
5th
photo:Shinshiro Kanko-Kyokai

Nagashino Nobori Matsuri
(Nagashino Flag Festival)
- Shinshiro C.

Aichi Pref.
6th

Horse Festival
(Umesakamori Ritual)
Konomiya Shrine
This festival has history of 370 years.
Pray for rich harvest.
Horses run through the approach to the shrine.

Inazawa City
Aichi Pref.
2nd Sun and
Sat. one day
before


Shiinmei-gu Grand Festival
(Shinmei-gu Reitaisai)
One of the three big festivals in Okazaki City. Okazaki City
Aichi Pref.
Late May

The National Chindon Festival

"Chindon" is a onomatopoeia. "Chin" is the sound of bell and "don" is the sound of drum. Chindon is also short for Chindon-ya, traditional street performers who promote local shops, restaurant, pachinko parlors, etc. Held in Hagiwara-Shotengai area.

Ichinomiya C.
Aichi Pref.
- . . .
Jun. Jun. Jun. Jun. Jun.
Jun. 1st Sat. and Sun

Okehazama Historic Battlefield Festival
(Okehazama Kosenjo Matsuri)
You can participate the parade wearing handmade armors
and helmets
.
Toyoake C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sunday
Presentation of
Ancient Japanese Sword forging Method
Demonstration by masters of skill (the grinders, the sheath maker, the grip decorator, and the shiroganeshi). They are in white clothes (shiro-shozoku) Seki Tan'ya Densho-kan
Seki City
Gifu Pref.
1st Sat and Sun Nishi-Biwajima matsuri 5 festival floats have history.
Firework display
You can take any local train on the Meitetsu Inuyama line for the West (except for Sakou) Get off at Higashi-biwajima.(the 2nd sta. from Nagoya)
Kiyosu-cho
Aichi Pref.
1st Satursday
Ise Lobster Festival
(Ise-ebi Matsuri)
. Hamajima-cho, Shima-C.
Mie Pref
.
Last Sunday Rice Planting Festival
10:00 -

Ladies who wear sash and hat with flowers pray for
rich harvest and offer dancing. at the main shrine.
Then they plant riceseedings in the rice field on the back of te shrine.
Inzawa City
Aichi Pref.
- . . .
Jul. Jul. Jul. Jul. Jul.
Jul. 1st Sunday.

Hirahara Waterfall Opening Ceremony
(Hirahara-no Takibiraki)

Buddhist cold water ablutions Nishio C. Aichi Pref.
July 10th

Ceremony of Ejecting harmful
insects from rice fields
(Owari no Mushiokuri)
Night Festival Inazawa C.
Aichi Pref.
2nd Fri. Sat. & Sun.

Nishio Festival
Held Fri. Sat. and Sun.
We can see the traditional festival which has been carried for 400 years on Saturday.
They are hold in the evening after 18:00.
Nishio C.
Aichi Pref.
June 10th of the lunar calendar

Hama Festival
(Hama Matsuri)

A festival of prayer for large catch of fish
and safety of fishing


Tokoname C.
Aichi Pref.
3rd Saturday and Sundayof July
photo courtesy of Taketoyo C.

Ja-no-kuchi Festival
(Janokuchi Matsuri)
Festival floats and firework display
Popular with Janokuchi firework.

Get off at Taketoyo sta. on the Meitetsu Kowa line.

map
Oashi-chiku,
Taketoyo-cho
Aichi Pref.
3rd Fri.,Sat., and Sun.
Toyohashi Gion Festival
(Toyohashi Gion Matsuri)

Festival of Yoshida Shrine.
Yoshida shrine is the birthplace of tezutsu fireworks.

inquiries
Tezutsu Hanabi Hosan-kai
0532-52-2553 

Yoshida Shrine
Toyohashi C.
Aichi Pref.
3rd Sat.

Gion Festival
and
Horoku-nagashi
Daytime: Gion Festival
Ship-shaped festival float parade on the street

Nighttime: Horoku-nagashi
7:00p.m. -

People float 365 horokus on the sea.
Himaka-jima Island
Minamichita-cho
Aichi Pref.
Fri., Sat. and Sun. near July 20th
Toyokawa Susano Shrine
Summer Festival
Tezutsu fireworks, Ozutsu fireworks, mechanical puppet performance, Tsunabi fireworks are offered to the shrine.
Tsunabi fireworks is designated as a Aichi Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Asset.

access
Get off at Toyokawa sta. on the JR Iida Line. A 5-min. walk.
or
Get off at Toyokawa-Inari sta. on the Meitetsu Toyokawa Line.
A 5-min. walk

inquiries
Susano Shrine
0533-86-2920
.
Toyokawa
Toyokawa C.
Aichi pref.
3rd Sunday
Tenno Festival
(Tenno Matsuri)
-
Tokoname C.
Aichi Pref.
- - - -
- - - -
4th Sat. and Sun. of July

Tsushima Tennou Festival
(Tsushima Tennou Matsuri )
recommended
one of the three most
famous river festival
s
Tsushima C.
Aichi Pref.
Sat. and Sun. of
mid-to-late July


Sea Bream Festival

(
Tai /bream Matsuri )
recommended

Have you ever seen a fight of red bream
and black bream on the beach
?
Minami-Chita Cho
Aichi Pref.
4th Sun. of July
The Yoshida River Jumping
Contest in costumes
(Seiryu Yoshida-gawa Henso Jump Contest)



People in costume jump into the Yoshida River
from 12m high.
The depth of water is 4m.
They compete their jumping form and costume.

Gujo-Hachiman C.
Gifu Pref.
last Fri. Sat. and Sun. of July
Toyota Oiden Festival
(Toyota Oiden Matsuri)
disco-beat dance, traditional folk dance,
fireworks display
Toyota C.
Aichi Pref.
Last Saturday and the following day..
photo:Kariya Kanko-kyokai

Kariya Mando Festival
(Kariya Lantern Festival)

recommended


Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Aichi Prefecture

started in 1778.


Kariya C.
Aichi Pref.
Last Saturday of July.
Lantern Festival
(Toro Matsuri)

Huge lantern laminated with paper
and-or cloth are displayed on the sea.
Japanese drumming performance, concert, etc.
access
Get off at Kii-Nagashima sta. on the JR Kisei-honsen line.
Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug.

Aug.
Aug.
Aug.
Aug.

1st Sat.
Sugo Matsuri

Festival of Sugo Jinja (shrine)
One of the three great festvals in Okazaki.
Special firework display held on the two boats could be seen (tezutsu hanabi. kingyo hanabi)
Kosei-cho,
Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sun. up


Ishiage Matsuri
recommended

One of the three strange festivals
in Owari area
.

Let's go up the hill with stones !
Inuyama C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sun. Sasa-odori
Sasa-odori has been passed down since the Kamakura Period in the neighboring area of Mito-cho.
Three young men, who wear costumes of Yanyo God, play the drums
and dance.

Hikiuma Shrine and Hachiman Shrine

Mito-cho, Aichi Pref.
1st Sat. and Sun
Ishidori Matsuri
(getting stone festival)

recommended
The loudest festival in Japan !
Sat.: Eve
Sun.: main festival
Kuwana C.
Mie Pref
.
1st Sat and Sun
Okazaki Summer Festival
Fireworks display held on Saturday is very popular.
Central part of Okazaki City
Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref.
middle of July to the beginning of September

Gujo Bon Dance
(Gujo Odori)
recommended

People dance all-night on August 13 to 16.
It is called Tetsuya-odori.
Anybody can be a dancer of bon-dance.

Gujo-Hachiman Kanko Kyokai
TEL: 0575-67-0002

Gujo Hachiman-cho
Gifu Pre
f.
15
up
Yonezu River Festival
recommended
People float lanterns on the surface of the river to send back their ancestors spirit to the Other Side.

You can also enjoy fireworks display.
Yonezu
Nishio C.
Aichi Pref.
15
photo:Shinshiro kanko-kyokai
Hiondori Festival
This festival is designated as Aichi Prefecture's
Intangible Folk Cultural Asset and has been held annually
since over 400 years ago.
Shingen-zuka,
Shingenhara, Takehiro,
shinshiro C.
Aichi Pref.
21
Pickles Festival
(Konomono Matsuri)
Kayazu Shrine
Jimokuji-cho,
Ama-gun, Aichi Pref.
3rd
Sat. and Sun.

Festival to pray for rain
Amagoi Matsuri

The main event is a "Kabuki Gyoretsu"
Local young men are made up as a oiran, samurai, young girl, etc. in the procession.

Otowa-cho, Aichi Pref.
3rd Sun
Takaiwa Benzaiten Festival

Festival of Takiwa Benzaiten Shrine.
Firework display (tezutsu and kingyo type fireworks)
Sugau-cho,
Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref.
Sat. and Sun.
middle of Aug.

photo: Kariya kanko-kyokai
Kariya Wansaka Festival
Dance competition
Flea market
Bon dance
Firework display
Kariya C.
Aichi Pref.
4th Friday and Saturday

Toyokawa Tezutsu Festival
Fireworks Display Event
You can see all the kind of fireworks in this area. Tezutsu fireworks, Ozutsu fireworks, etc.
The climax is tsuzutsu fireworks display with 2 hours several hundred shoots.

access
Get off at Suwacho sta. on the Meitetsu Toyokawa Line.
Suwa cho,
Toyokawa C.
Aichi Pref.
4th (or last) Sat. and Sun. of August.
Tokoname-yaki Matsuri
(Tokoname Ceramics Fair)
Sale of ceramics.
events
Fireworks
Tokoname C
Aichi Pref
...
26 and 27
annual
Big Lantern Festival
(Oo chochin matsuri)
.
Suwa Jinja (shrine)

The original festival started in 1564.

inquiries
Suwa jinja TEL: 0563-73-4276
Isshiki-cho
Aichi Pref.
Sunday after the bon
up

Festival to Pray for Rain in Noda
(Noda Amagoi Matsuri)
intangible folk cultural property
designated by the Kariya
city government
Kariya C.
Aichi Pref.
Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept.
Sept 5th (annual)

Ceremony of Changing Huge Shimenawa of Myoto-iwa
in Futamigaura

-
Futamigaura, Ise,
Mie pref.
2nd Sat Honoo no saiten
(Festival of flame)
Tezutsu-hanabi (handy sylindar type fireworks)
at Toyohashi-kyujo
You need tickets

Toyohashi C.
Toyohashi C.
Aichi Pref.
2nd Sunday

Aomine Matsuri
(Aomine Festival)

up
Festival to hold a memorial service for fish.
You will see lots of fishing boats with beautiful flags called "Tairyo-bata", a symbol of a large catch of fish.
Tokoname C..
Aichi Pref.
2nd Sat. and Sun.
Setomono Matsuri
(Seto Ceramics Fair)
Sale of ceramics.
events
parade of Miss Setomono
.
Seto C..
Aichi Pref.
middle of Sept
Tahara Matsuri
(Tahara Festival)

Festival of Hachiman-sha shrine (Sat) portable shrine
Shimmei-sha and Tomoe-jinja shrine (Sun)
portable shrine, firework display
inquiries: 0531-22-1111

Tahara C.
Tahara C.
Aichi Pref.
Sunday before and nearest to Sept. 23
photo:Chiryu City Office

Akiba Festival
(Akiba Matsuri)
Festival of Akiba shrine in Chiryu Shrine
inquiries: 0566-83-1111
Chiryu C.
Aichi Pref.
23,24,25
Okazaki Tenmangu Festival

Festival of Okazaki Tenmangu (shrine)
One of the three great festvals in Okazaki.
Naka-machi, Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref.
4th Sat. and Sun
(Owari) Yokosuka Festival
(Owari Yokosuka Matsuri)

Festival of Atago Shrine (Atago Jinja)
Four festival floats are drawn in the town

map
Owari-Yokosuka
Tokai C.
Aichi Pref.
Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct
Oct 1st and 2nd
Yahagi Jinja Festival


Festival of Yahagi shrine.
Two festival floats are drawn in the town
Yahagi-cho,
Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref
.
August 17 of the lunar calendar
Kagura-bune
6:00p.m. -

You can enjoy kagura music and
beautiful lanterns
Nishihata area
Utsumi
Minamichita-cho
Aichi pref.
-
Ota Matsuri
(Ota Festival)
. Tokai C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sat. and the following Sunday.

Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri
(Gifu Nobunaga Festival9
@ Center of Gifu City

Inquiries
Gifu-shi Shoko-kanko-Seisaku-ka
058-265-4141
Gifu C.

Gifu Pref.
1st Sunday
Asakura Hashigo-jishi Matsuri

11:00-11:30, 13:00-16:00,
19:00-21:30
Players show us acrobatic lion dance.
Musan Shrine
Chita C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sunday and the day before
Tsushima Akimatsuri
(Tsushima Autumn Festival)
Many beautiful floats and local traditional entertainments could be seen Tsushima C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sunday and the day before Omanto Designated Takahama City's Intangible
Folk Cultural Property

access
Get off at Takahama Sta. on
the Meitetsu Mikawa Line.
Take shuttle bus.
@Kasuga Jinja and
Hachiken-sha (shrine)
Takahama C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sunday

Kamitakane Keigo Festival
Get off at Zengo Sta. on the Meitetsu line. Take Meitetsu Bus bound for Akaike. Get off at Kamitakane bus stop. Walk 10 min.
inquiries
0562-92-8317
Sumiyoshi-sha (shrine)
Kamitakane, Kutsukake-cho,
Toyoake C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Saturday and Sunday

Hada Festival
(Hada Matsuri)

One of the three big festivals in Toyohashi.
Festival of Hada-Hachimangu.
800 shoots of tezutsu fireworks are offered to the shrine.
Fireworks display is held at Hada Hachimangu (shrine) and Shimin-byoin-ato.
access
Get off at JR Toyohashi Sta. or Meitetsu Toyohashi Sta.
Take Nishiguchi exit(Shinkansen-guchi exit) Go straight and turn to right at the first traffic signal. Then turn to left at the first traffic signal. 8-min. walk.

inquiries
Hada Hachiman-gu (shrine)
0532-31-7968.
Hada Jinja
Toyohashi,
Aichi pref.
1st Sat and sun Iga Hachiman-gu festival Festival of Iga-Hachiman-gu (shrine)
on Sat....offering od dances
on Sun.....procession woth portable shrine
Iga-cho, Okazaki C.
Aichi Pref.
1st Sat Omato Inquiries
Takahama-shiyakusho
Bunka-sports group
0566-52-3366
Hachiman-sha (shrine)
4-chome Hachiman-cho,
Takahama C.
Aichi Pref.
2nd Sunday and
the day
before

Seki
Metal Edged tool Festival
(Hamono Matsuri)
Presentation of an old style Japanese sword forging method

Demonstration by masters of skill (the grinders, the sheath maker, the grip decorator, and the shiroganeshi). They are in white clothes (shiro-shozoku)

Metal edged tools discount sale
Seki Tan'ya Densho-kan
Seki City
Gifu Pref.
2nd Sat and Sun
Korankei Aki-matsuri
(Korankei Autumn Festival)
exciting festival in a small town Toyota C.
Aichi Pref
.
2nd Sun
Yahashira Jinja Festival
festival of Yahashira jinja (shrine)
offering of fireworks (tezutsu and uchiage)
Hora-machi, Okazaki C. Aichi Pref.
2nd Sun Omato Inquiries
Takahama-shiyakusho
Bunka-sports group
0566-52-3366
Shinmei-sha (shrine)
2-chome Yoshikawa-cho,
Takahama C.
Aichi Pref.
2nd Sun.
Photo courtesy of Y. Suzuki

Owaki no Hashigo-Jishi
(Lion dance on a scaffold Festival)
Lion dance on a Scaffold
20 min.walk from Zengo St. or Toyoake St. on the Meitetsu line.
Toyoake C.
Aichi Pref.
2nd Sun.
Daimyo Procession
Daimyo Procession by 100 people.

Get off at Meiden-Akasaka Sta. on the Meitetsu Nagoya-Honsen line.
Walk 10 min.
inquiries
Otowa-cho sangyo-ka: 0533-88-8005
Akasaka
Otowa-cho,
Aichi Pref.
9 and 10

Takayama Autumn Festival
(Aki no Takayama Matsuri)

recommended

Sakurayama hachimangu (shrine)
One of the most beautiful festivals.

inquiries
Takayama-shi kanko-ka TEL: 0577-35-3145

9 9:00-16:00 Yatai Hikisoroe
13:00-15:00 Yatai Hikimawashi
13:00- Gojinko
12:00- Offering of karakuri
15:00- Offering of karakuri
18:00- Night Festival
10 8:30- Gojinko
9:00-16:00 Yatai Hikisoroe
11:00- Offering of karakuri
13:30- Gojinko
13:00- Offering of karakuri

Takayama C.
Gifu Pref
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photo courtesy of Atsumiya

Shinojima Ombe-Bream Offering Festival

This is a Shinto ritual which has more than 1000 years of history in offering Ombe-bream to Ise Shrine(external link).

Shinojima
Aichi Pref.
14 - 15
Shirakawa Hachiman Doburoku Festival

Free doburoku (unrefined rice wine) is served.
Folk entertainment is performed

inquiries
Shirakawa-mura Sangyo-ka
TEL: 05769-6-1311
Shirakawa-mura
Gifu Pref
.
15th
Doburoku Festival

at Kumano Jinja (shrine)
Doburoku means unrefined sake.
Six families produce doburoku in rotation.
free service of doburoku
Kuranami-cho, Okazaki C. Aichi Pref.
3rd Sunday

Ohitsuwari
Muro Shinmei-sha (shrine)
15:00-
Since the end of the Edo period. Men in yakudoshi struggle for getting sekihan (red rice)
Muro Shinmei-sha
Muro-machi,
Nishio C.
Aichi Pref.
3rd Sunday Tengu Festival
(Tengu Matsuri)
Takakura Shrine
Hiraguchi-cho, Nishio C.
Aichi Pref.
3rd or 4th
Sunday


Miya Festival
(Miya Matsuri Kaichu Togyo)
Miya-cho, Hoshikoshi Beach
10:30 - 11:30 (not for sure)

After the signal gun, four floats (6m high, 4 ton each) are pulled into the shallows of the sea one by one, and head to the Otabisho shrine.
Men with loincloths across the sea approximately 300m shouting at"Washoi, Washoi".

Miya-cho
Gamagouri
Aichi Pref.
3rd Sun and the eve. Koromo Festival Saturday: Floats are pulled all over the town.
Sunday: 8 floats gather at the shrine and pulled in beautiful confetti.

Get off at Toyota-shi Sta. on the Meitetsu Toyota Line.
Walk 15 min.

inquiries
Toyotashi Kanko-kyokai: 0565-34-6642
Koromo Shrine
Toyota C.
Aichi Pref.
3rd Saturday and Sunday
annual
Toyohashi Festival
(Toyohashi Matsuri).

Like carnival
Approximatery 70 groups (4,000 people)
participate the carnival.
On Sunday, "shimin so odori (dance by citizens from all over the city)"(10,000 people)
is held.

inquiries
Toyohashi kanko-kyokai
TEL: 0532-51-2430
.Toyohashi C.
Aichi Pref.
4th Sunday Amazake Festival
(Sweet sake Festival)

Pray for rich harvest to their local gods with offering of
sweet sake and kowa-meshi (kind of rice).
After the ceremony, naked men, who were born in a year with
the same Chinese zodiac as the current year, scatter them
to the visitors.

Get off at Owari-Ichinomiya Sta. on the JR Line or
get off at Shin-Ichinomiya Sta. on the Meitetsu Line.
Take bus bound for Kokonoka-Ichiba, and get off at Mitsui-shita stop.
Walk 10 min.

inquiries
Ichinomiya-shi Kanko-kyokai
0586-28-9131
Hachiman-sha
Shigeyoshi, Tan'yo-cho, Ichinomiya C.
Aichi Pref.

4th Sunday Omato Inquiries
Takahama-shiyakusho
Bunka-sports group
0566-52-3366
Shinmei-gu (shrine)
7-chome, Shinmei-cho,
Takahama C.
Aichi Pref.
4th Sunday
Cotton God Festival
(Menso-sai)
14:00-
Shinto festival to pick cotton.
Tenjiku jinja, Tenjiku-cho,
Nishio C.
Aichi Pref.
Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov.
Nov. 1st Saturday and Sunday
Ueji Hachimangu festival

Festival of Ueji Hachimangu (shrine)
offering of fireworks (tezutsu hanabi), Ouko-daiko (drumming)
Ueji-cho, Okazaki C. Aichi Pref.
1st Sunday
Presentation of
Ancient Japanese Sword forging Method

Demonstration by masters of skill (the grinders, the sheath maker, the grip decorator, and the shiroganeshi). They are in white clothes (shiro-shozoku)
Seki Tan'ya Densho-kan
Seki City
Gifu Pref.
22 and 23

Toyokawa -Inari Autumn Festival
(Toyokawa-Inari Shuuki Taisai).

This festival is know as
"chochin matsuri (lantern festival
) "

inquiries
Toyokawa-shi Kanko-kyokai
TEL: 0533-89-2140
Toyokawa C.
Aichi Pref
.
23rd (annual)

Hinkoko Festival

People perform a story of Susano-no-mikoto who got rid of a huge snak..
Ohyada, Mino C.
Gifu Pref.
23rd (annual)
Tado Yabusame Festival
Tado Shrine (Tado Taisha)
Yabusame festival started more than 1,000 years ago.
Horse riders in old samurai hunting wear shoot arrows
Tado-cho,
Mie Pref.
Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec.
Dec. 2nd Saturday and Sunday

photo courtesy of Gifu C.

Katsuragake Jinja
Misogi Matsuri

(Katsuragake Shrine Purification Festival
)
Naked men and boys purify themselves in the cold river water Gifu C.
Gifu Pref.
2nd Sunday
Fukugon-ji (temple)
Akiba-san Hiwatari Shinji

( Fukugon-ji Fire Festival)
Mountain priests wearing "tengu" mask
walk on the fire and worship "no fire, safty of families, etc."
Komaki C
Aichi Pref
.
3rd Sunday

Ceremony of Changing Huge Shimenawa of Myoto-iwa
in Futamigaura

Change to the new shimenawa and prepare for the New Year's Day. Futamigaura, Ise,
Mie pref.
3rd Sunday

Chosho-ji Donki

Chosho-ji (temple)
Procession of priests, white foxes, tengu , etc.
Foxes have wood sticks called "Donki".They want to paint red "Bengara" to children with Donki sticks..
13:30-14:00:Shinto ritual for fire-safety
14:00-14:30: procession
15:00-17:00: Donki
inquiries
Mito-cho Keizai-ka
TEL: 0533-76-4707
Mito-cho
Aichi Pref
.
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8:00p.m.-
Kaminoma Hadaka-mairi .-
Kaminoma
Mihama-cho,
Aichi Pref
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