Festivals & Events
The Nagasaki Kunchi is the pride and joy of the people of Nagasaki. Running for three days starting on October 7th, the area comes alive with a myriad of events and food stalls that center around Dejima warf. Junior high school students even get let out of school early to enjoy the celebrations.
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, from there the shrine area is just a short walk.
Every year the different performances rotate around the many fractions of the city. The most famous of which is Jaoidori, or dragon dance. Heavily influenced by Chinese culture, Nagasaki Kunchi is a perfect representation of the cultural diversity that Nagasaki has to offer
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 and 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.