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International Culture Comes Alive at the Kunchi Festival


Nagasaki’s biggest annual event showcases its cross-cultural ties


Ever wonder what it would look like if Japan threw a party and invited China, the Netherlands, and Portugal? Look no further than Nagasaki's Kunchi Festival!

Colorful costumes and dances from various cultures can be seen in this annual celebration held every autumn since 1634. Feel the power of the Dragon Dance, featuring a large dragon puppet controlled by a team of dancers who breathe life into it with their lively performance. This parade is a feast for the eyes and ears!




Seating is available for a fee, or you can catch a glimpse of the proceedings at Nagasaki city center for free. The procession is visible from Chuo Park, Suwa Shrine, Yasaka Shrine, and Otabisho.

The Kunchi Festival is held annually over a three-day period from October 7th to 9th, during which time you can also enjoy performances at the Nagasaki Station plaza and other locations throughout the city. It's the perfect time to enjoy the cultural melting pot that is Nagasaki.




Contribution to Sustainability

Nagasaki’s Kunchi Festival, which was listed as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property in Japan, is a tradition with more 380 years of history. See a unique mix of cultural traditions handed down over generations.


Nagasaki Kunchi






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