If you're in Nagoya in July/August, be sure to see if your stay coincides with some of the events of this truly unique visual feast, when cosplayers (costume players) and anime (Japanese animation) fans from around …
Nagoya's big sha-bang takes place mid-October in Hisaya-ōdōri-kōen. Celebrating Nagoya's 'three heroes', the lively procession includes costumes, karakuri ningyō (marionette) floats, folk dancing and decorated cars.
Held annually since 1635, the highlight of this colourful festival is a parade of 13 floats strewn with lanterns.
One of six annual sumo championship tournaments, Nagoya Basho is held over two weeks in July at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. Arrive early in the afternoon to watch the lower-ranked wrestlers up close.
Held around 'Ocean Day' (third Monday in July) is this street festival in Nagoya Port, with a parade, dancing, fireworks and a water-logging contest dating back to the Edo period.
The largest and most auspicious celebration held at Atsuta-jingū, with parades, martial arts displays and fireworks.