The people of Nagasaki are very fond of festivals and the many festivals held throughout the year are lively events with active local-community involvement. Festivals in Nagasaki showcase the unique fingerprint of energy, spirit, history and culture, and therefore attract large numbers of tourists. Explore the list of traditional Japanese festivals, one-of-a-kind festivals that demonstrate the influence of Nagasaki's colorful history as the sole trade port in Japan, food festivals where you can try the delicacies of the season, and flower festivals to enjoy the best four seasons of Japan.
|Event Name||Dates held||Outline|
|Festivitas Natalis (Christmas Festival) in Kita Arima||First Saturday of December||About 400 years ago in Kita Arima for the first time in Japan, a secondary education school called “Seminario of Arima” was instituted by the Jesuit missionaries. The ...|
|Shindenan Autumn Public Viewing||About 20 days in spring and autumn each year||A garden with a history going as far back as the Edo Period, Shindenan is a beautiful traditional Japanese garden with an attached tea room that is only open to the pu...|
|Huis Ten Bosch - Kingdom of Light||Early November to Early May||Illuminated installations made from over 13 million lightbulbs, the world's largest such display, with added entertainment. Huis Ten Bosch welcomes you to the Kingd...|
|New Year's Eve along Temple Street in Nagasaki City||New Year's Eve & New Year's Day||Joya no Kane is the traditional Japanese Buddhist practice of ringing temple bells beginning on the eve of New Year's Day. Bells are rung 108 times through to the earl...|
|"Church Week in Kamigoto" Church Concerts||Usually in second week of December||Two hundred and fifty years of persecution could not douse the flames of devotion as shown by the twenty-nine churches that now stand on the islands that comprise Shin...|