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Nagoya-City Nippon Domannaka Festival

Date : 08/22/2019 - 08/25/2019

  • Nippon Domannaka Festival

A glorious Nagoya event, that gathers millions of spectators and thousands of participants, in a world-record holding event of dance and culture!

A simple and inclusive event that was born out of a humble idea, took the whole city in a fever, and became an annual contest eagerly anticipated by both its cheerful participants and their anxious spectators. The crowds completely taking the streets and avenues of central Nagoya are a thrilling and exhilarating vision. And when you feel hungry, indulge at the tasty Samurai Cuisine (Nagoya Meshi) that will be available in all corners of the event!

It All Started With a Small Group of Energetic, Spirited and Determined Students.

Nippon Domannaka Festival

Nippon Domannaka Festival, known as Domatsuri, is one of the largest dance festivals in Japan and unfolds annually in mid-summer Nagoya, at the very center of Japan, in late August. This festival started in 1999 when a group of students started to mimic the “Naruko Dance,” a modern variation of a traditional dancing style, characterized by the use of noisy wooden clappers once used to scare birds from the rice fields. Now, it has become a large-scale event welcoming about 1.8 million visitors during the 3 days of the festival.

“Zero Audience = All Participants” is the unique concept of this festival, meaning that everybody, participant or spectator, is welcome to join in the dancing. Groups of dancers, some with hundreds of members, take turns on the stage, following some few and simple rules, one of them requiring that all dancers hold “narukos” in their hands. The rest is pure fun and amazement, until the climax of the festival, called “So-Odori,” in which both participants and spectators dance joyfully together. In the 2010 edition, the “So-Odori” participation was so massive, it was registered in the Guinness World Records for most people dancing with “narukos” simultaneously, at the exact number of 9,481 dancers.

In the Angel Park located at the north side of the main stage, a food court with lots of shops offering local food opens for three days. Apart from Nagoya specialties, local gourmet from all over Japan can also be found.

Nippon Domannaka Festival Schedule

•August 22nd (Thursday), 2019
Campus Battle

•August 23rd (Friday), 2019
Festival Eve

•August 24th (Saturday), 2019
Main Festival Day 1
First Elimination Parade, U-40 Contest, Final Seed Showdown

•August 25th (Sunday), 2019
Main Festival Day 2
Junior Competition, Final Stage


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Date : From August 22nd (Thursday) to 25th (Sunday), 2019
Holding time : Numerous events and attractions at various times during the event (see details on the event's official web site).
Place : 1. Hisaya Odori Park Venue Main Stage
2. Hisaya Odori Park Hikari-no-Hiroba Light Square Venue
3. Gotochi Local Gourmet Park Venue
4. Hisaya Odori Park Venue 10th Domatsuri Junior Festival
5. Otsu-dori Avenue Parade Venue East Course
6. Otsu-dori Avenue Parade Venue West Course
7. Nadia Park Yaba Park Venue
8. Sakae Hiroba Square Venue
9. Nagoya Station Venue
10. Nagoya Station JR Towers Garden Venue
11. Osu Kannon Temple Venue
12. Nakagawa Ward Arakogawa Park Venue
13. Narumi Parade Venue
14. Doerya Dotoku Parade Venue
15. Mikawa-Anjo Festa Venue
16. Nagoya Station Nishi Ginza-dori Street Parade Venue
17. Bari Bari Hirabari Parade Venue
18. Tokai City Otagawa Station Venue
19. Kachigawa Parade Venue
20. Niconico Net Venue
Location : 〒460-0002
19 venues in Aichi Prefecture with Hisaya Odori Park (Sakae, downtown Nagoya) as a main venue
Parking : Available, paid (private and Nagoya-City operated parking facilities surrounding the venues)
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 052-241-4333 Nippon Domannaka Festival Cultural Foundation
*Weekdays 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.


  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    3 min. southwards walk from exits 14 or 15 of Sakae Station (subway Higashiyama and Meijo lines), or just crossing the street eastwards from Exit 6 of Yabacho Station (subway Meijo Line) (Hisaya Odori Park, Angel Square in Hisaya Odori Park).

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