Event calendar

Schedule of Events in Aichi Prefecture

Annual date In 2005 Name Place What happens
1st   Mikawa Banzai New Year’s celebration in Anjo Anjo City The Banzai celebrations that began in the Muromachi Period are dances performed on festive occasions. The celebrations will be held at all of the shrines in Anjo City.
2nd-4th   Flower Festival Toyonemura Designated as an Intangible Cultural Asset, a classical dance performance offered as a tribute to Shinto gods is performed at this festival.
3rd   Horaiji Dengaku Horai City Ritual music and dancing are performed in front of the main hall of Horaiji Temple.


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10th-11th   Oni (demon) Festival Toyohashi City This unique festival is held at Akumikanbe Shinmeisha Shrine and has been designated as an Important National Intangible Cultural Asset. Incorporating myths into ritual music and dance, the festival is part of the ritual of praying for an abundant crop harvest.
11th   Damine Dengaku Shitara Town Three performances of ritual dancing and music are held in the inner sanctuary and the compound of the Damine Temple in the afternoon, evening, and morning. These powerfully simple pantomimes of rice planting and harvesting accompanied with dance and music are faithful representations of medieval performing arts and are very famous in Japan.
Sat. closest to Feb. 7, which is New Year’s day in the old Lunar Calendar 12th Oni Festival at Takisanji Temple Okazaki City This “fire” festival is held to pray for the safety of the people and an abundant harvest. It features blazing torches burning so brightly they look as if they will set the main hall on fire and the performance of a boisterous demon dance.
Second Sun. 13th Toba Fire Festival Hazu Town The festival is held at Toba Shinmeisha Shrine and is said to have started 1,200 years ago. A massive pile of bamboo and dried grasses five meters high is set aflame, and men take out a sacred tree from the pile and offer it to the shrine as a prayer for a good harvest that year.
End of Feb. to beginning of Mar.   Sori-ike Plum Blossom Festival Chita City With around 1,800 plum trees around the Sori Pond in beautiful bloom, the area is an ideal locale for the plum blossom festival.


Annual date In 2005 Name Place What happens
Beginning to middle of Apr.   Cherry Blossom Festival Throughout the prefecture During the daytime pleasant events like tea parties and sketching parties are held in many places, and at night the cherry trees are lit up providing a beautiful nighttime scene of the cherry blossoms.
3rd   Peach Blossom Festival Ichinomiya City This festival commemorates the day of the enshrinement of Ame-no-ho-akari-no-mikoto as the deity of the Masumida Shrine. It features a procession of warriors in a full array of armor, young samurai, Shinto priests, and a sacred palanquin, accompanied by colorfully decorated horses.
First Sun. 3rd Inuyama Festival Inuyama City First staged in 1635 in the Edo Period, the Inuyama festival features a parade of 13 traditional floats designated as important cultural properties, all carrying elaborately-made mechanical puppets that perform with music.
Second Sat. and Sun. 9th-10th Tokoname Festival Tokoname City Six gorgeously decorated floats parade through the streets, and at night a beautiful picture scroll is unrolled and illuminated by bright lanterns.


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4th-5th   Toyokawa Inari Great Spring Festival (Harvest Prayer Festival) Toyokawa City This festival offers a variety of entertainments for experiencing the ambience of the Edo Period, including the rousing procession of a sacred shrine carried by throngs of people and a parade of beautifully costumed children.
5th   Nagashino Kassen Nobori Festival Horai City Thousands of banners emblazoned with the family crests of soldiers who fought and died in the Battle of Nagashino are offered to soothe their souls. The festival is a grand affair and includes demonstration firings of old matchlock muskets, stirring drum performances, outdoor tea parties, and exhibitions of local products.


Annual date In 2005 Name Place What happens
June 1st-September 30   Cormorant fishing on the Kiso River Inuyama City This is said to be the oldest cormorant fishing in Japan. With Inuyama Castle as a backdrop, passengers can ride one of the four cormorant fishing boats that glide down the Kiso River.
1st-30th   Katahara Hot Springs Hydrangea Festival Gamagori City When the rainy season comes, around 50,000 hydrangea plants bloom in Katahara Hot Springs in a broad sweep from Hodaiji Temple to the river bank. Visitors especially enjoy the brilliantly lit up flowers at night.
5th   Atsuta Festival Nagoya City This is the biggest event among the 70 or so held at the Atsuta Jingu Shrine throughout the year. The Atsuta Festival features the kento makiwara, which are large bundles of straw to which votive lanterns are attached, a fireworks display in Atsuta Park, various kinds of martial and performing arts exhibitions, and other festivities that turn the entire district surrounding the shrine into a sea of brilliant colors.
First Sat. and Sun. 4th-5th Owari-Nishibiwajima Festival Nishibiwajima-cho During the festival, five floats, their wooden axles straining with the load, are pulled along the Old Mino Road. The festival attracts around 200,000 people from inside and outside the prefecture every year. On Saturday night there is a spectacular fireworks show.


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Third Fri., Sat., Sun. 15th-17th Toyohashi Gion Festival Toyohashi City This Gion Festival boasts a history of over 400 years, and it is very well-known for its spectacular “pistol” fireworks display in which small and large cannon-like tube fireworks are held when they are set off. The fireworks displays are held at the precincts of the Yoshida Jinja Shrine as a religious rite on the eve of the festival and on the banks of the Toyo River on the evening before the festival’s last day. Every year there is also a costumed procession of the shogun Yoritomo and his retinue.
Fri., Sat., and Sun. closest to the 20th 22nd-24th Toyokawa Festival Toyokawa City Held at the Susano Shrine, this festival also features the “pistol” fireworks and elaborate fireworks displays that scorch the summer skies in the magnificent tradition of Mikawa area fireworks. Among these displays is the fuse-like burning of two hemp ropes that are stretched from the outer shrine to the shrine’s gate. The flames and smoke that flare off the burning rope are truly spectacular, and the display has been designated by the prefecture as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset.
On or near the 20th   Harbor Festival Nagoya City Held on the national holiday Marine Day on July 20, the festival features a wide variety of events that center around a maritime theme, including a parade and fireworks display at the Nagoya Port Garden Pier.
Fourth Sat., Sun. 23rd-24th Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival Tsushima City On Saturday after sunset, five straw boats brilliantly lit up with lanterns flow up the Tenno River to the accompaniment of flute music. There is also a fireworks display on the river. On the following Sunday morning, the five boats are redecorated with performing puppets placed on the top deck, and the boats flow down the river again. From the lead boat, a pike-bearer who has been purified by a Shinto rite jumps into the river with a cloth pike and then offers it to Tsushima Shrine.
Last Sun.   Ikada (Raft) Carnival Shinshiro City Surrounded by spectacular natural scenery, 130 handmade rafts race down the Toyo River in exciting contests enjoyed by both children and adults. Carnival festivities are held in Sakurabuchi Park along the Toyo River.


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3-day period from first Fri. 5th-7th Anjo Tanabata Festival Anjo City For over 3.5 kilometers, huge paper balls, elaborate moving figures, and billowing, seven-colored Tanabata pennants festoon the shopping district in Anjo City. Along the streets, various parades and events unfold before visitors.
Fourth Sat. and Sun.   Tokoname Ceramics Festival Tokoname City This is a huge bargain sale wholesale market held to promote Tokoname ceramic wares. In addition to the market, the festival features a number of events, including a stunning fireworks display held in the cool of the summer evening. The festival is held on the grounds of the Tokoname Boat Racing area.
End of month   Mikawa Seaside Park Festival Mito-cho A fishing tournament, photography contest, treasure hunt, gate ball tournament, and other events are held in this beautiful location.


Annual date In 2005 Name Place What happens
Second Sun. and previous day 10th-11th Setomono (ceramic ware) Festival Seto City Some 300 open stands selling their ceramic wares at bargain prices line the streets along the Seto River, which flows through the center of the city. Around 500,000 people come to the festival every year.


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10th   Historical procession of Oda Nobunaga Kiyosu Town This is the main event of the Kiyosu Castle Hometown Festival, which is held from October 1 to November 30. Around 650 people take part in the procession, with 170 participants costumed as samurai, including Oda Nobunaga when he won his first major military campaign.
Middle of month   Nagoya Festival Nagoya City This grand event brilliantly colors the Nagoya autumn. The main attraction is the huge parade that features a dazzling procession of the three local feudal heroes, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyosi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. The parade includes 5,600 people and stretches for 6 kilometers.
Third Sat., Sun. 15th-16th Toyohashi Festival Toyohashi City This is a huge festival participated in by many citizens of Nagoya. There are numerous events including a carnival parade, citizens’ dancing processions, and rousing dance contests. Over the two days of the festival, an estimated 660,000 people join the festivities.


Annual date In 2005 Name Place What happens
1st-30th   Mt. Horaiji Maple Leaf Festival Horai City During the entire month of November, a wide variety of events are held, including hiking meets, outdoor stage events, Japanese fencing and archery tournaments, exhibitions of local products, and so on.
1st-30th   Korankei Maple Leaf Festival Asuke City Many different kinds of events are held all over the Korankei area such as tea drinking parties, Japanese taiko (drum) contests, etc. In the evenings the maple trees are beautifully lit up.
22nd-23rd   Toyokawa Inari (God of Harvests) Autumn Festival Toyokawa City The festival is especially noted for the huge paper lanterns nearly 10 meters high and 5 meters in diameter and the countless smaller lanterns hanging in the shrine’s compound. As dusk falls, the lanterns seem to be lit all at once, making a very grand scene. Other attractions are the portable shrine procession and an outdoor market.