Festivals & Events
Nagasaki Kunchi 長崎くんち
A vibrant 400-year-old celebration of food, fun and Nagasaki's diverse cultural past and present
The Nagasaki Kunchi is the pride and joy of the people of Nagasaki . Running for three days starting on October 7, the area comes alive with a myriad of events and food stalls that center around Dejima Wharf. Junior high school students even get let out of school early to enjoy the celebrations.
- Festival food inspired by different cultures
- Show performances by various groups from Nagasaki
- Traditional Japanese dances and Chinese-influenced dragon dances
How to Get There
Suwa Shrine, the site of the festival is easily accessible by a network of public transport options.
From Nagasaki Station, take the JR Nagasaki Line to Suwa Station. The shrine area is just a short walk from there.
A celebration of diversity
Every year the different performances rotate around the city. The most famous is the Jaoidori or dragon dance. Heavily influenced by Chinese culture, the Nagasaki Kunchi is a perfect representation of the cultural diversity of Nagasaki .
Grab an unusual snack
You have to try hashimaki, a type of okonomiyaki that's been rolled around chopsticks and often topped with a fried egg; it's equal parts messy and delicious.
Another special season treat is mochi mochi potato. A mixture of Japanese and Western cultures, this long, soft French-fry styled mochi comes with various toppings, including double cheese, chili, and even chocolate.
Every year opposite Nagasaki Civic Hall, performances are hosted on four main stages: Suwa Shrine, Otabisho, Yasaka Shrine, and Kokaido. This is arguably the festival highlight as dancers represent Nagasaki's various city districts. Paid seating and standing areas are available, but be quick as they fill up fast.