Nijo Castle Summer Light-Up by NAKED 2024

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site in Kyoto

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle

Japan’s summer bursts with vibrant festivals, sizzling street food, and cool escapes to mountains or beaches. It’s a time for colorful matsuri, dancing under lanterns, and indulging in refreshing treats like kakigori and somen noodles.  Japan’s summer promises a blend of tradition, nature, and delicious eats to enjoy. And one of the best places to soak on Japanese tradition is Kyoto, the old capital of the country.

While Kyoto boasts a wealth of historical treasures, including ancient temples and shrines, there’s one gem often overlooked in guidebooks: Nijo Castle. Built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence for Japan’s first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Nijo Castle stands out from the city’s temples and shrines with its unique allure and picturesque garden. Particularly enchanting in spring, it’s renowned as one of Kyoto’s top spots for cherry blossom viewing, boasting 300 wild and cultivated Japanese cherry trees representing 50 varieties.

NAKED Inc. is well-known for its interactive digital art exhibition that has been involved in a variety of events that cross various fields centered on digital art. In recent years they have been doing temporary events in collaboration with iconic buildings in Japan, as a projection mapping of the Tokyo Station Building and the Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo or at the Heian Shrine and Nijo Castle in Kyoto.

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle
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Following their successful event in Spring 2024 with NAKED FLOWERS 2024 Cherry Blossoms at Nijo Castle, the creative company Naked is back with the Naked Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This time, they’re pulling out all the stops, offering visitors an exclusive preview of the main palace of Nijo Castle, which will open to the public for the first time in 18 years come September 2024. Through captivating projection displays on the castle’s inner moat, attendees will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history and enchanting allure of this historic landmark.

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site will be held from July 26th (Friday) to August 25th (Sunday), 2024, feature fireworks and animal projection papping. Japanese famous Kakigori (shaved ice) will be also available to buy at food stalls inside the castle!

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle
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In the projection mapping show Yoimiya-ezu, the animals in the wall painted created by the Kano school, Japan’s largest painting school, will be projected alongside fireworks, bringing them to life in vibrant colors.This dynamic display will adorn the approximately 75-meter stone wall with stunning imagery, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event.

Visitors will be also able to enjoy traditional summer festival delights with food stalls and bon odori dancing.

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle
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If you are visiting the NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site this Summer don’t forget to explore the designated areas for soaking up the summer festival vibes. In the courtyard, decked out with festival towers, attendees can immerse themselves in lively bon odori dancing sessions, fostering a sense of community enjoyment. Also, be sure to check out the Digital Fair, where modern technology meets traditional fun, featuring digital lottery draws and other innovative attractions.

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle
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Catch the Summer Wars movie collaboration!

In the digital fair area, there’s a special content to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the movie Summer Wars. When visitors step into the photo spot, their face will be scanned, and they will experience their own custom digital mask, merging seamlessly with characters from the film.

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle
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In addition, there will be traditional festival games like superball scooping and yo-yo fishing, as well as food stalls offering treats like shaved ice. Immerse yourself in the charm of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and savor the summer vibes to the fullest.

NAKED Summer Festival 2024 at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site

Venue: Nijo Castle


Access: By bus

Date:  July 26 –  August 25, 2024

Hours: 18:00 ~ 22:00 (last admission 21:00)


Monday to Thursday:

  • Early Bird: 1,400 yen for adults / 600 yen for  elementary school students
  • Regular: 1,800 yen for adults / 1,000 yen for  elementary school students

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays:

  • Early Bird: 1,800 yen for adults / 1,00 yen for  elementary school students
  • Regular: 2,200 yen for adults / 1,400 yen for  elementary school students

*Preschoolers are free.

*Holders of disability certificates (physical disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, war injury certificate, Mirairo ID, etc.) and one caregiver are eligible for a 50% discount on admission fees.

*Early bird tickets are available for purchase from June 12 (Wednesday) 10:00 to July 25 (Thursday) 23:59 at various play guides and nationwide convenience stores. ※ Same-day tickets will be available from July 26 (Friday) onwards at various play guides and nationwide convenience stores, as well as at the Nijo Castle ticket office from 18:30 onwards.

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*May be cancelled in case of inclement weather. In case of cancellation, etc., it will be announced on the official website and official X (formerly Twitter).

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