Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
Nagasaki Kunchi Festival

Nagasaki Kunchi Festival 長崎くんち
7 – 9 October 2020

‘Nagasaki Kunchi’ Festival is a vibrant, energetic festival, celebrating the local deity worshipped at Suwa Shrine, with a history stretching back some 370 years (since 1634!) and have been designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan.

The festival's highlights are the show performances by groups are called ‘Odori-cho (town in charge for show performance)’ representing 59 towns in Nagasaki city. Each ‘Odori-cho’ participates only once every seven years, so if you wish to view all show performances of this festival, you need to visit Nagasaki city on 7th – 9th  October 7 years in row!!!

The show performances include not only Japanese folk dances but also vivid evidence of the longstanding intercultural exchange that Nagasaki is famous for and are held at four main venues, Chuo Koen (Central Park), Suwa shrine, ‘Otabisho’ and Yasaka shrine with paid seating and/or standing areas in the morning (7:00- ) on 7th, 8th & 9th and in the early evening (16:00 - ) on 7th.

Tickets are required to view the show performances at the four main venues and they are always quickly sold out very in advance, so it is virtually impossible to purchase them for visitors from abroad unfortunately.

However it is possible to follow ‘Niwasaki mawari’ which means the floats and dancers walk through the city's districts and pay visits to supporting shops and households during the festival days.
Route map and schedule of ‘Niwasaki mawari’ will be available at the tourist information desks and hotels in the city.

Date: 7th - 9th October 2020

The show performance place & schedule:

7 October -
Suwa shrine 7:00am~9:30am / 16:00~18:30
Chuo Koen (Central Park) 8:10am~10:40am / 17:10~19:40
Otabisho 9:10am~12:40am
8 October -
Yasaka shrine 7:00am~9:30am
Chuo Koen (Central Park) 8:00am~10:30am
9 October -
Otabisho 7:00am~09:30am
Suwa shrine 8:20am~10:50am

Tickets: Required at the main venues above and they are on sale from the 1st August. The prices of tickets are 3,500, 5,500 and 6,000 yen.
‘On the day sale’ ticket for standing room (1,500 yen) at Suwa shrine will be on sale around 6:00am on 7 & 9 October.

Nearest Station:
Suwa shrine  - SuwaJinja-mae (39 stop of Nagasaki Street Car)
Chuo Koen (Central Park) – Nigiwaibashi (37 stop of Nagasaki Street Car)
Otabisho – Ohato (29 stop of Nagasaki Street Car)
Yasaka shrine – Shokakuji-shita (35 stop of Nagasaki Street Car)

Nagasaki Kunchi Official Website *Japanese only

Kyushu Guide: Nagasaki