Aichi Events In January 2020

Happy New Year 2020 to everyone!
The events in January goes from Japanese New Year customs and traditions, to winter illuminations and mystic festivals. Check out the events dates here!

1.Tenteko Matsuri 天下の奇祭~てんてこ祭 (Nishio City)

Tenteko Matsuri

A festival held on the 3rd of January every year to pray for an abundant harvest, A procession of men dressed in red costumes with a daikon carved to resemble a phallus hung from their waists, walk through the neighborhood, thrusting their pelvises to the rhythmical accompaniment of taiko drums. 

  • WHEN: January 3rd (Frid.)
  • HOURS: From 13:00
  • WHERE: Niike Hachiman-sha Shrine (熱池八幡社) in Nishio City (西尾市), Niike-chō Jinden 103 (熱池町神田103) and surrounds MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE:  From Nishio Sta. (西尾駅) on the Meitetsu Nishio Line (名鉄西尾線), take the Meitetsu Tōbu Kōtsū Bus (名鉄東部交通バス) bound for Isshiki (一色) to Niike (熱池) Bus Stop, from which the venue is a 5-minute walk. Or a 12-minute walk southwest from Fukuchi Sta. (福地駅).
  • PRICE: Free admission

2. Festival Ninja 2020 忍者フェスティバル2020 (Chubu Centrair International Airport)

Festival Ninja 2020

Check out the amazing acrobatic shows of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hattori Hanzo’s Ninja Squad®.  Learn the skills of legendary ninjas and find out the activities related to ninja world on Chubu Centrair International Airport.

  • WHEN: January 4th to 5th
  • WHERE: Chubu Centrair International Airport Terminal 1, 4th floor Event Plaza MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the Meitetsu train Mu Sky and you will arrive within 30 minutes.
  • HOURS: 10:00 – 16:00
  • PRICE: Free admission


3. “NAGOYA MEETS NEW HISTORY” Nagoya Castle Night Visit by 1 → 10 (Nagoya City)

Nagoya Castle Night Visit

Under the concept of NAGOYA MEETS NEW HISTORY, please enjoy the gorgeous light effects and local food productions and culture, including the projection mapping of a huge historical picture scroll that represents Nagoya’s past, present and future.

  • WHEN: December 14 (Sat) to January 13th(Mon.)
  • HOURS: 18: 00 – 20: 30 (closed at 21:00)
  • WHERE: Nagoya Castle MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station, take the Sakuradori Subway Line to Hisayaodori Station (5 minutes) and change to the Meijo Subway Line to Shiyakusho Station (2 minutes). From the nearest exit, it is a three minute walk to the castle’s east gate.
  • PRICE: 1,200 yen


4. Laguna Ten Bosch Winter Illumination ラグーナテンボスイルミネーション (Gamagori City)

Laguna Ten Bosch Winter Illumination

Check out The Laguna Ten Bosch theme park winter illumination. You will enjoy the spectacular water mapping show, a great light up with flower art and more.

  • WHEN: November 2nd (Sat.) 2019 to March 31st (Tu.) 2020
  • HOURS: 10:0 – 8:30
  • WHERE: Laguna Ten Bosch (Gamagori City) MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya station take the JR Tokaido Main Line to Gamagori Station. Then take the free shuttle bus (15 min.) to Laguna Ten Bosch.
  • PRICE: From 1,300 yen
WEBSITE (Japanese)

5. Kirameki Meijimura きらめき明治村 (Inuyama City)

Kirameki Meijimura

Kirameki Meijimura is a sparkling lights experience in an open-air Meiji Mura Architecture museum.

  • WHEN: November 2 (Sat.) to January 13th (Mon.)
  • HOURS: 16: 00 – 19: 30
  • WHERE: Museum Meijimura (博物館明治村), Inuyama City (犬山市) MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the Meitetsu Train Line to Inuyama Sta. (犬山駅). Take the East Exit (東口) and transfer to the Gifu Bus (岐阜バス) bound for Meiji-Mura (明治村). Get off at the final stop; You can take also the Meitetsu bus to Meiji-Mura (Departure times 8:40, 9:40 weekdays; 8:45, 9:40, 10:40 on weekends and national holidays).
  • PRICE: Adults 1,700 yen, child from 1,000 yen to 600 yen. Admission after 16:00: Adults 1,000 yen, child 500 yen.
WEBSITE (Japanese)

6. Shirotori Garden New Year’s Tea Ceremony 白鳥庭園 新春茶会 (Nagoya City)


Shirotori Garden is a Japanese garden with many tea rooms where you can relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. *Free admission if you come dressed in kimono.

  • WHEN: December 00st 2018 to January 00st 2019
  • HOURS: 10:00 – 15:30
  • WHERE: Shirotori Garden MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: Take subway Meijo line to Jingu Nishi station. From the exit number 4 you will arrive within 10 minutes walk.
  • PRICE: Garden entrance 300 yen + Tea ceremony 600 yen 

7. Kota Giant Kite Festival こうた凧揚げまつり (Gamagori City)

Kota Kite Festival

Many kites from all over the country gather in this festival.

  • WHEN: January 12th
  • HOURS: 9:00 – 13:30
  • WHERE: Hishiike pond area in Kota Town MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the JR Tokaido Main Line and get off at Koda Station. Transfer to a shuttle bus and you will arrive within 10 minutes.
  • PRICE: Free admission


8. Kawabun Cultural Night 河文カルチャーナイト (Nagoya City)

Kawabun Culture Night

Held in the oldest Nagoya’s Japanese restaurant, Kawabun Culture Night is a special event aimed at anyone, whether Japanese or foreigner, who has the curiosity to know how is the traditional world of geishas.

  • WHEN: December 19th 2019 to February 21th 2020
  • HOURS: 21:30 – 23:00
  • WHERE: Kawabun Ryotei MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Sakura Doori subway line or Meijo subway line and get off at Marunouchi station. 7 minutes walk from exit number 4. Or take the Higashiyama subway line (the yellow line) to the Hisaya Odori station. 8 minutes walk from exit number 1.
  • PRICE: 5,000 yen with one drink and a sweet


9. Kitano Tenjinsha Brush Festival 北野天神社筆まつり (Konan City)

Fude Matsuri

There is a procession with a giant brush that is carried to Kitano Tenjin Shrine, a shrine that is dedicated to a god of learning. 

  • WHEN: January 18th (Sat.) to 19th (Sun.)
  • WHERE: Kitano Tenjinja (北野天神社) MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the Meitetsu Inuyama Line to Konan Station (江南駅). You will arrive within 2 minutes.
  • PRICE: Free admission

10. Momotaro Setsubun Festival in Momotaro Shrine 桃太郎の節分祭・桃太郎神社 (Inuyama City)

Momotaro Jinja Festival

Enjoy the Setsubun Festival at Momotaro Shrine, the children’s guardian god.

  • WHEN: January 26th (Sun.)
  • HOURS: From 10:00
  • WHERE: Momotaro Shrine (Inuyama City) MAP
  • HOW TO GET THERE: From Nagoya Station take the Meitetsu train to Inuyama Yuen station (犬山遊園). You will arrive within 30 minutes by walk.
  • PRICE: Free admission