The Nagoya Festival is the city’s largest festival of the year. The main attraction is its parade, but there are also events at Oasis 21, Hisaya-odori Park, and other spots around the City. The parade includes the procession of Nagoya’s three famous local feudal lords, Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa, along with 650 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers. The parade is winds its way through two different routes over two days and features dashi (festival floats), kagura floats (city cultural assets), a children’s “mikoshi” parade, sister city parade, and a flower car parade.
The Sunday parade is the bigger of the two. Be sure to secure a roadside spot early to get a prime view of the planned samurai battle re-enactments. In case of rain the parades will be cancelled. There are also special events throughout the two days at Oasis 21 in Sakae and Hisayaodori Park in Yaba-cho.
Saturday, October 15
The head of the parade departs Nagoya Station at approx 13:40, going via Sasashima – Spiral Tower, Fushimi, and Sakae – Mitsukoshi, before arriving at Yaba-cho. The back of the parade arrives at Yaba-cho at approx 16:30.
Sunday, October 16
The head of the parade departs Shiyakusho (City Hall) at approx 11:00, going via Sakura-dori Otsu and Sakae – Mitsukoshi, before arriving at Yaba-cho. The back of the parade arrives at Yaba-cho at approx 15:15.
Free Entry to Tourist Attractions! (On Sun Oct 16th)
Get free entry all Sunday to most of Nagoya’s main tourist attractions including Nagoya Castle, Tokugawa-en, Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Higashiyama Sky Tower, the Orchid Gardens, Shirotori Garden, Nagoya City Art Museum (permanent collection only), the Shumoku Museum, Togokusan Fruits Park, and the Futaba Museum.
More Info (In Japanese) HERE