First 2024 Walkathon Planning Meeting

The first official 2024 Walkathon planning meeting will be held on Thursday, January 25, from 7 p.m. at Coat of Arms Bar and Restaurant. We look forward to seeing anyone interested in joining in this effort to support the community.

ACCJ Members:
 Please register from Member Data Center
Non-ACCJ members: Please email chubu(at) with your name and organization name.

About the Walkathon:

The Chubu Walkathon, officially known as the Chubu Walkathon and International Charity Festival, is a significant charitable event held annually in Nagoya, Japan. It was initiated in 1991 by members of the then-active American Business Community Nagoya (ABCN), which later merged with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) to form its Chūbu region chapter. This event brings together the international community with Japanese friends and companies to support local orphanages and charities.

The Chubu Walkathon is not just about walking; it offers a family-friendly day in the park with various activities. Attendees can enjoy excellent food, live music, stage shows, a children’s activity zone, and a raffle with attractive prizes. The event is known for its multicultural atmosphere, featuring music, entertainment, international food, and activities suitable for both kids and adults. This vibrant community event plays a vital role in promoting international understanding and cooperation, and it has grown in popularity over the years, attracting both foreign and Japanese participants.

The festival typically takes place on a Sunday in May at Meijo Park in Nagoya. It operates rain or shine, and all proceeds from the event are directed to charity. The festival is characterized by its commitment to raising funds for local NPOs and charitable organizations, focusing on supporting those in need in the Chubu region. Past fundraising efforts have been substantial, with thousands of attendees raising millions of yen for various causes, including support for orphanages and local charities.

The Walkathon also supports students from children’s homes through the Chubu Children’s Fund (CCF), which provides scholarship money to help these students continue their education beyond high school. The funds raised are typically used for specific projects, and charitable organizations with a need can submit project plans and budgets for consideration by the organizing committee.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online, with different entry levels, including options that come with raffle entries. There are also individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities, and various volunteer roles are available for those wishing to contribute their time and skills to the event.

For more detailed information about the Chubu Walkathon and how to get involved, you can visit

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