Festivals & Events
Nippon Domannaka Festival (Domatsuri) にっぽんど真ん中祭り
Thousands of dancers at one of Japan's most dynamic and vivid festivals
Every year at the end of August, thousands of performers from around Japan and the world gather in Nagoya for an extravaganza of culture, music and dance known as Domatsuri. Inspired by the local culture of the dancers, the performances draw crowds from across the country.
- Souodori, an invitation for spectators to join in the fun
- The final contest and the Domatsuri Award
Nippon Domannaka Matsuri, Domatsuri for short, began in 1999
Dancers must use naruko, or clappers, as part of their performance
Folk tune melodies from their home area must be incorporated into each team's music
How to Get There
The festival is celebrated in multiple venues across the city, but the main stage is at Hisaya Odori Koen Park. The venue is a one-minute walk from Yabacho Station on the Meijo Subway Line, or three minutes from Sakae Station on either the Higashiyama or Meijo subway lines.
Elaborate dances and local culture
Domatsuri is the largest dance festival in the Chubu region, and is one of the highlights of Nagoya's summer. With performers numbering in the thousands, hundreds of teams come together to put on a dance display that will be watched by millions of viewers.
Putting on some song and dance
Original music, bright costumes and elaborate dance routines that incorporate and encapsulate aspects of their local culture are the hallmarks of each performance.
While the festival takes place in more than 20 venues around Nagoya, the main stage is at Hisaya Odori Koen. Paid seating is available, but you can sit and watch the event from the park for free.