Take the next step with
"Traditional Performing Arts"
It all starts with that first small step.
The Yattokame Cultural Festival has journeyed with many travelers through time and culture.
In what is now its 11th year, this town festival will take further steps to continue
its journey towards the next horizon.

From the "Yattokame Cultural Festival'' to the "Yattokame Cultural Festival DOORS.''

Kyogen and Noh theater were cultivated by the Owari Tokugawa family during the Edo period,
with small stories that live on in the heart of the town, and adorable Japanese sweets crafted with skill.
By digging deep into "Nagoya's Traditional Performing Arts", and cherishing the colorful treasures we have found,
we will prepare various doors that will serve as entrances to Nagoya's culture.

The front is wide and the depth is deep.
A festival of Nagoya's culture that makes everyone want to open one door after another.

If you open a door, you will be able to meet a part of Nagoya that you didn't know before.
If you want to know more, please contact us.
Inquiries: info@yattokame.jp
Urban Performances
A variety of performing arts decorate everyday street corners. A small story told in Nagoya. A wide variety of Nagoya's traditional performing arts presented from the streets of the present age and stage performances of gems presented from the theater. We will provide you with a space where you can fully experience "Nagoya's Traditional Performing Arts'' in a familiar city.
Educational Programs
Using the city as a textbook and the places we have connections to as schools, we offer a course called "Nagoya Studies", where you will encounter once-in-a-lifetime stories through seeing, listening, and experiencing. The small stories that lie hidden in the streets are gateways to the world. Past and future, economy and culture, city and world. Enjoy the unique culture that developed in between.
Nagoya Walking Tours
Go around town with a guide who loves Nagoya.
30 courses full of playfulness, from historical considerations to road observations. We will take you on a small journey where a new world opens up in your town.
Nagoya Wagashi
"Nagoya is a paradise for Japanese sweets!" Lately, such opinions are voiced more and more frequently. The "Yattokame Cultural Festival DOORS" journey through Japanese sweets begins again this year. With the theme of "Going back to the origins of Japanese sweets and simple Japanese sweets from Nagoya,'' writer Minori Kai searches for various "simple'' aspects of Japanese sweets. With a pamphlet (to be issued in mid-October) in hand, why not take a trip inspired by Nagoya's noteworthy Japanese sweets?

Urban Performances

The whole day at the Yattokame Festival in Endoji Shopping Street

The Endoji Shopping Street is the oldest in Nagoya and still retains a downtown atmosphere. You will enjoy this quaint town performance all day long. There will be Kabuki and Kyogen plays that have transcended time and have been handed down to the present day, as well as organized workshops, DJ booths, ethnic instruments that you don't usually see, and more. There are many ways to enjoy this event. Make it your own, here at the Endoji Shopping Street.

When Sun, 5 November from 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
Where Inside the Endoji Shopping Arcade

Urban Performances

Main Stage (In front of “Bouldering House KNOT”)

Street Kabuki "The Eight Views of Nagoya Tokiwazu" (Part 1)

When from 1:00 p.m.
Performers Kudō School of Nihon Buyō, Tokiwazu Tsunaho, Mase Reisho, Princess Samurai Of Japan, others
Street Kabuki
Script and Direction|Kazumasa Nishikawa (Head of Nishikawa School of Nihon Buyō)
Tokiwazu is a type of Japanese music that is also called "Singing Kabuki." There was a time when the art of storytelling, passed down from Biwa-playing minstrels to Gidayu balad dramas, was hugely popular in Nagoya at the end of the Edo period and during the Meiji period. Popular Tokiwazu plays such as "Mitsumenkomori'' or "Utsubozaru,'' have been arranged into Nagoya-style street Kabuki.
Tokugawa Ieyasu Endoji Shogunate Tour

When from 2:30 p.m.
Performers Ieyasu Tokugawa, Natsu (Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-Tai)
Tsuji Kyogen "Kobuuri (Kelp Seller)"

When from 3:00 p.m.
Performers Lead actor (Kobuuri): Nobuaki Nomura, Supporting actor (Nanigashi): Matasaburo Nomura
Nagoya Sanzaburo Troupe Parade

Of course, the usual pre-performance parade by the Nagoya Sanzaburo troupe will also be held! Starting from the Kabuki Cafe "Nagoya-za" adjacent to the main stage, celebrating the Endoji shopping district. Will there be a performance unique to the Yattokame Cultural Festival DOORS?

When from 4:20 p.m.
Performers Nagoya Yamasaburo group.
Street Kabuki "The Eight Views of Nagoya Tokiwazu" (Part 2/Grand Finale)

When from 4:30 p.m.
Performers Kudō School of Nihon Buyō, Tokiwazu Tsunaho, Mase Reisho, Princess Samurai Of Japan, others

Urban Performances

In front of “NAGONOYA”

CLUB Yattokame feat. Shibafu Chill

Based on the concept of "bringing the color of chill music to your off days," "Lawn Chill", which is held irregularly at Hisaya-odori Park, collaborates with CLUB Yattokame! A DJ with a connection to Nagoya has selected the songs and will liven up the Yattokame Cultural Festival DOORS!

Urban Performances

Ito Family Residence

Kimono Dressing Experience

Experience wearing a Kimono at a traditional house designated as a cultural property by the prefecture. Enjoy walking around the Endoji shopping district in a Kimono!

When ① from 11:00 a.m. ② from 11:30 a.m. ③ from 0:00 p.m. ④ from 0:30 p.m.
Performers Kimono Gokko Yunta, Ethnic Costume Culture Promotion Association
Price ¥1,500
Max People 5 people per session
Application deadline Fri, 20 October
*Tickets are available at Teket (Japanese only)
*Advanced booking is required

Urban Performances


Tea Ceremony Experience Workshop for Children

We will be holding a workshop where you can easily experience a tea ceremony at "Wasui Koan", which just opened in the Endoji shopping district in April 2023. The tea room, which was created with the aim of being a place where anyone can easily learn tea ceremony, will be open to children. Why not enjoy it together with your family?

When ① from 2:00 p.m. ② from 2:30 p.m. ③ from 3:00 p.m. ④ from 3:30 p.m. ⑤ from 4:00 p.m.
Price ¥500 (Free for college students and younger)
Max People 10 people per session
*Advanced booking is required

Urban Performances

In front of "Kimono Kogei Wojimaya"

Kabuki Makeup Experience

Experience Japanese-style face painting (doesn't have to be your face!) such as Kumadori (Kabuki make-up) and Hanafuda (Japanese playing cards)!

When from 1:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m.
Price free (First come first served on the day) *No advance reservation required
*No advanced booking is required
Shamisen lute and Tabla drum performance

Collaboration of Shamisen lute and Tabla (Indian drum). Adding a stylish bass sound to the nostalgic and easy-to-listen to Shamisen folk song for Japanese people, it is a new music that anyone can enjoy. Light Shamisen play, a pleasant singing voice accompanied by percussion beats that lend a sense of stability. The talk will also surely draw you in.

When ① from 2:00 p.m. ② from 3:00 p.m.
Performers PAKIDESAT
In addition, there will be a musical instrument experience workshop by the Ranman Project and a performance by the mahoroba rolling gakudan!
*The location of the event and some performers are subject to change.

Urban Performances

"Nagoya City University Festival" Collaboration

In a landmark collaboration with the "City University Festival" at Nagoya Municipal University's Takiko Campus, the dream has become a reality. The Tsuji Kyogen and street Kabuki performances, which have been the highlights of the Yattokame Cultural Festival, will grace the student-packed campus. Don't miss the captivating Japanese music performances brought to you by vibrant young students celebrating their youth.

When Sun, 12 November
Where Takiko Campus, Nagoya City University
Tsuji Kyogen "Obagasake"
When from 3:00 p.m.
Performers Lead actor(Nephew ):Inoue Matsujiro, Supporting Actor (Aunt):Inoue Soudai
Nagoya City University Collaboration Stage
When from 3:30 p.m.
Performers Nagoya City University Japanese Music Club
Street Kabuki
When from 4:00 p.m.
Performers Kudō School of Nihon Buyō, Tokiwazu Tsunaho, Mase Reisho, others

Urban Performances

Traditional Japanese Dining with Geishas Parlor Games and Show

Meigiren Kumiai

Enjoy elegant traditional Geisha entertainment while relishing a delicious seasonal Kaiseki dinner, a sophisticated Japanese haute dining. You will be able to spend a delightful time watching Maiko and Geisha dance performances up close. You will also have the opportunity to chat and play a variety of traditional Japanese games with these amazing artists. This year Ozashiki Asobi will be performed in English especially for English speakers to fully enjoy this unique experience.

*The price includes the food charge, taxes, and service charges. Beverages can be paid for in cash on the day of the event.
*Doors open 30 minutes before the scheduled start. Be aware that no admissions are allowed until then.

Ozashiki Asobi in English
When Sun, 5 November from 6:00 p.m.
Where Kamome(4-85 Shirakabe, Higashi-ku)
Performers Meigiren Kumiai (Momotaro, Suzume, Kotomi)
Price ¥16,000
Max People 50
Bilingual MC Mami Ishiguro

Urban Performances

Ieyasu Medicinal Tea Party

This autumn Honsoukaku creates an original blend using the medicinal herb "Hachimi-gan,'' which is said to have been brewed and drunk by Ieyasu Tokugawa, a health enthusiast who is known for having herbal gardens built at Sunpu Castle and Nagoya Castle. While listening to stories about Chinese medicine and Ieyasu, enjoy a moment at Nagoya Castle in autumn with Ieyasu medicinal tea and baked sweets.

When Sat, 18 November
① from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. ② from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. ③ from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ④ from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. ⑤ from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Where Nagoya Castle Tea Room (Shoin no cha)
Price ¥2,500 *Separate admission fee for Nagoya Castle is required.
Max People 20 people per session
Host 9th head of Honsoukaku Akane Akiyama
*Reception and entry are only possible at the start time of each session.

Urban Performances

Noh Play “Tsuchigumo” Kyogen Play “Busshi”

This autumn Honsoukaku creates an original blend using the medicinal herb "Hachimi-gan,'' which is said to have been brewed and drunk by Ieyasu Tokugawa, a health enthusiast who is known for having herbal gardens built at Sunpu Castle and Nagoya Castle. While listening to stories about Chinese medicine and Ieyasu, enjoy a moment at Nagoya Castle in autumn with Ieyasu medicinal tea and baked sweets.

When Fri, 3 November from 2:00 p.m.
Where Nagoya Noh Theater
Price General ¥3,000 Students ¥1,500(All seats reserved)
Please do not bring preschool children.
Sponsored by Yattokame Cultural Festival DOORS
Nagoya Noh Theater Special Exhibition “Five Noh Masks - In Search of Emotional Wonder” Exhibition

This fall, the Nagoya Noh Theater will host an exhibition of Noh masks by Aichi-based Noh mask masters (Kikuya Ohba, Takayoshi Kawakami, Yasutaka Kurowarabi, Chiyoko Harada, and Shoun Yasuda). The masterpieces created by local Noh mask artists who have won awards at public exhibitions across the country are displayed in one place, painstakingly trying to express the "strangeness of emotion.'' Please come and see them up close. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sat, 7 October ー Wed, 15 November from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Nagoya Noh Theater exhibition space

Urban Performances

The Shachihoko's Pose Challenge

At the same time the Kabuki Theater event ""Nagoya Odori NEO"" is held.
On its red carpet, you can participate in an event called ""Kin no Shachihoko"" where you put on a Yukata and try the ""Shachihoko"" pose. You can keep the Yukata after the event! How to join it and more details here

When ①Sat, 21 October ②Fri, 22 October

Nagoya Wagashi

Going back to the origins of Japanese sweets and simple Japanese sweets from Nagoya

Holding Period Sat, 28 October ー Sun, 19 November
Participating shops Aoyagi Sohonke KITTE Nagoya, Ichida, Umeyamitsutaka, Osu Uiro Osu Main Store, Kakuozan Furoen, Kyogashi Kame Hiroyoshi, Kameya Yoshihiro Honten, Kawaguchiya, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikyo-en, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikuya, Onkashi-tsukasa Kikuya Shigetomi, Kiyome-mochi Sohonke, kouwa-dou, Arare-no-takumi Shiraki, Suzume-odori Sohonten, Daikokuya Honten, Okashidokoro Tsukuhaneya, Okashidokoro Fukutaya, Onkashi-tsukasa Furoen Masamitsu, Matsukawaya, Mannendo, Minochu, Onkashi-tsukasa Mochikan, Mochibun Sohonten & Honten, Ymamadamochi narumi and Ryoguchiya Korekiyo Higashiyama Shop (total 26)

• Recipes and prices vary according to shop.
• Collect stamps and win Yattokame Cultural Festival original goods! Here is what you need to do: Just collect the stamps you will receive when buying a wagashi from any of the shops shown on the The Nagoya Wagashi map. Send the stamps collected during the Yattokame Cultural festival by ordinary mail to the below address and you will receive a Yattokame Cultural Festival original good.

Japanese confectionery shop walk navigator: Minori Kai
Writer: More than 30 books on discovering and introducing “kawaii things” and “good things.” Her articles in books and magazines have covered confectionery, miscellaneous goods, travel app bookmarking, local toys, local bread, souvenirs, classic architecture, and other topics. She also presides over Loule, an enterprise that carries out planning and events for miscellaneous goods.

Learn about Nagoya Sweets on "Nagoya is not boring" blog post
Shouting out the love for Japanese sweets in the heart of Nagoya
Nagoya's Japanese sweets are delicious! Nagoya's Japanese sweets are soft! Nagoya has all kinds of Japanese sweets! Two people who can't stop talking about Nagoya's Japanese sweets are shouting out their love for Japanese sweets! We will hold an event in this spirit. And on this night, the Japanese sweets will be paired with "alcohol''. Let's experience how to enjoy Japanese sweets with alcohol. What kind of alcohol goes well with Japanese sweets? Let's find out!
Chikara Hata
Toshiyuki Otake
When Mon, 30 October from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where Sutasuta Hisaya (Kitsch et Bio 3F)
Price ¥4,000 (Includes Japanese sweets and Japanese alcohol sampling)
Max People 40
On Stage Chikara Hata (Japanese confectionery buyer for all Takashimaya stores), Toshiyuki Otake (freelance writer)
Cooperation Nagoya Fresh Confectionery Union Youth Association
Apply for ticket
You can also enjoy a talk about Anko sweet red bean paste and join a Japanese sweets making experience at a "Study in the City" session!
The very popular Japanese sweets making experience course is held every year as a part of the "Study in the City" program. Let's actually make some while receiving guidance from the young masters of Japanese confectionery shops. Also, this year's in-classroom lecture will be about Ogura Toast and Anko red bean paste. For more information, please see "Anko Talk and Japanese Sweets Making Experience" at "Study in the City".


ODORIBA is a temporary experimental area that aims to imagine the shape of culture in the future and create a space for a new generation. An attempt to create a "garden", which was once a base for creation, in the gaps of the city begins.

When Sat, 28 October from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where Dairei Industry Head Office Rooftop (2-16-36 Higashizakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya)
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Subsidies and Sponsorship
Subsidies: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Regional Creation Foundation
Sponsored by: Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Chubu Economic Federation, Chubu Association of Corporate Executives
Yatakame Cultural Festival Executive Committee
ALA Osu Building 201, 3-42-30 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0011
Within the NPO Dai Nagoya University Network
Tel: 052-262-2580 Fax: 052-262-6658