Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

by Kenzia - TripleLights travel specialist

Visiting Tokyo this October and want to know the interesting events and festivals you can go to and experience?

 

Look no further! Find out the events and festivals in Tokyo in October and never have a boring Tokyo trip!

 

Through this article, find out the October events and festivals in Tokyo, where to enjoy Halloween festivities in Tokyo, and more recommendation. Read on!

Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

October events and festivals

October hosts lots of events and festivals in Tokyo. Here are some events in October you can go to:

Mukōjima-Hyakkaen Garden Moon Viewing

Don’t get it wrong, it’s not only an event to view the moon. Here, you can have a picnic in the cool clear Autumn air and enjoy cultural performances. You can also participate in the tea ceremony (2000 yen) and lantern painting. This garden is even more beautiful at night with washi (Japanese paper) lanterns with poems to the moon scattered throughout the garden.

Date

Early Oct 2018

Location

Mukōjima-Hyakkaen Garden (map)

 

Fireworks Festival

Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

Not only during summer, October also hosts several fireworks festivals. So, if you missed the incredible fireworks in summer, you can still enjoy them during your October visit. Here are some places where you can enjoy the fireworks and food from stalls around the venue:

Event

Date

Location

Narita Fireworks Festival

Mid Oct 2018

New Town Sports Square 

Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Festival 2018

Late Oct 2018

Katase-Enoshima (map)

Chofu City Fireworks Festival

Late Oct 2018

Chofu Fireworks Festival Location (map)

 

Oeshiki Festival at Ikegami Honmonji Temple

A Buddhist festival to commemorate the death of Nichiren, a revered Buddhist teacher about 730 years ago. The highlight of this festival is mando (10,000 light) ceremony where 3000 people carry cherry-blossoms decorated lanterns along the route from Ikegami Station to the temple. The mando ceremony occurs on the 12th, and keep in mind that it can be very crowded.  to Ikegami Honmonji. It can be very crowded – so turn up early for a good view.

Date

11th Oct–13th Oct, 2018   6:00pm – 11:00pm

Location

Ikegami Honmonji Temple (map)

 

Tokyo Ramen Show 2018

Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivalsTaste the different styles of ramen in Japan from 36 different vendors (divided into 2 part, 18 at once) at this Ramen Show that usually runs for 11 days. If you love ramen, this is the place to go!

Date

Late Oct–Early Nov 2018 (specific date to be determined)

Location

Komazawa Olympic Park (map)

  

Oedo Beer Festival 2018 (Autumn)

If you are a beer fan and would like to taste the many the wide range of different kinds of local beer Japan has, and also American, Belgian, and also German, visit this festival!

Date

Late Oct 2018 (specific date to be determined)

Location

Shinagawa Intercity Hall (map)

 

Japan Robot Week 2018

As you know, Japan is advanced with its technology. This is a chance for you to get to know the robots in Japan, especially the “service robots”, such as nursing robots, life support robots, and disaster response robots. There are also exhibitions by universities and laboratories, intended to stimulate the business and technology exchange regarding service robots. Entry is free, but you need to register in advance.

Date

Mid–Late Oct, 2018

Location

La Cittadella (map)

 

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2018

Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

One of the cultural experiences in Japan you need to experience. I definitely recommend participating in this event that showcases one of Japan’s cultural asset- the tea ceremony. There are ceremonies conducted in English, so don’t worry! Anyone can participate with a fee of 300 yen (free for primary school children and under).

Date

Late Oct 2018 (specific date to be determined)

Location

Hamarikyu Gardens (map)

 

Halloween Festivals

We cannot forget Halloween, one of the most exciting festivals where people dress up, and Tokyo doesn’t take dressing up as a joke (you know the cosplays!)

  • Kawasaki Halloween & Pride Parade 2018

This is the most famous Halloween Parade in Japan. People wear all kinds of costumes, the crazy ones, the gruesome ones, the scary ones and more. This is definitely a sight to see. You can watch the parade for free, or even take part in the parade with a cost of ¥1000.

Date

Late Oct 2018

Location

Tokyo Big Sight (map)

 

  • Bake Neko (Supernatural Cat) Festival

This is one of the unordinary Halloween parades, where you must be dressed as a cat to participate. The event usually runs from 10 am to 5 pm, but the main parade takes place at 2 pm to 3 pm, followed by a dance performance called “Anya Odori”. You can just enjoy the parade or even dress up as a cat and participate! 

Date

Mid Oct 2018 (specific date to be determined)

Location

Main Street of Kagurazaka (map)

 

  • Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

This event for the imported festival is done with a more Japanese approach. Thousands of people dress up as manga and anime character other than the scary costumes you usually see during Halloween. Cosplayers fill the main streets, parks and even in stores. It’s free to watch, but if you want to take part, you have to pay ¥1000.

Date

Late Oct 2018 (specific date to be determined)

Location

Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park (map)

 

  • Roppongi Hills Halloween

Different from other Halloween events, this event is intended for kids to enjoy, with parade and costume workshops for them.

Date

Late Oct 2018 (specific date to be determined)

Location

Roppongi Hills Arena (map)

 

  • Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade

This is also another event for kids to celebrate Halloween, different from the scary ones. Kids under 12 can apply to be part of the parade and go trick or treating!

Date

Late Oct 2018 (specific date to be determined)

Location

Omotesando

 

Other events and festivals in October

Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

Event

Date

Location

Philippine Festival 2018

Late Sep–Early Oct 2018

Hibiya Park

Roppongi Art Night 2018

Late Sep–Early Oct 2018

The National Art Center Tokyo

28th Hokkaido Fair in Yoyogi

Late Sep–Early Oct 2018

Yoyogi Park Events Square

Red Spider Lily Festival

Mid Sep–Early Oct 2018

Kinchakuda

Hagi (Japanese bush clover) Festival

Mid Sep–Early Oct 2018

Mukōjima-Hyakkaen Garden

CEATEC 2018

16-19 October 2018

Makuhari Messe

The Railway Festival

Early Oct 2018

Hibiya Park

The Tokyo Art Book Fair

Early Oct 2018

Warehouse TERADA

Edogawa Citizens Festival

Early Oct 2018

Shinozaki Park

Fukuro Festival

Late Sep–Early Oct 2018

Ikebukuro

Yanaka Matsuri

Early Oct 2018

Hatsune no Mori

Tsukiji Autumn Festival 2018

Early Oct 2018

Tsukiji Market

Toyama Park Yabusame

Early Oct 2018

Anahachimangu shrine

Jiyugaoka Megami Matsuri

Early Oct 2018

Jiyugaoka Station

Kawagoe Festival

Mid Oct 2018

Kawagoe Station

Indonesia Japan Friendship Festival 2018

Mid Oct 2018

Yoyogi Park Events Square

Shitamachi Matsuri

Mid Oct 2018

Nezu Jinja Shrine

Mt. Takao Beer Mount

Mid Jun-Mid Oct 2018

Mount Takao

Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Matsuri

28th Oct 2018

Kyobashi, Nihonbashi

Tokyo Vegefood Festa 2018

Late Oct 2018

Yoyogi Park Events Square

Autumn Rose Festival

7th Oct–22nd Oct 2018   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

Cosmos Flower Festival at Showa Kinen Park

Mid Sep–Early Nov 2018

Showa Kinen Park

Tokyo International Film Festival

Late Oct–Early Nov 2018

EX Theater Roppongi

Design Touch 2018

Mid Oct–Early Nov 2018

Tokyo Midtown

Kanda Used Book Festival

Late Oct–Early Nov 2018

Jimbocho Station

 

*The average temperature is 21°C (70°F) at highest and 14°C (58°F) at lowest. So bring and wear outfits accordingly.

 

Make your Tokyo trip more interesting! How?

 Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

There are lots of events in October, and if you want to have a deeper understanding of the different festivals and make your trip more interesting, you can hire a private guide. They will be able to give you local insights of the meaning of the festivals and culture in Tokyo. You can ask your private guide for recommendations of off-the-beaten-path spots.

 

By hiring a private guide, you will also get a free itinerary made by your guide to meet your preferences and needs. You can customize them. There are still more advantages in hiring a private guide in Tokyo, including an enhancing your experience and make it more interesting.

 

Don’t know where to hire them?

The thing is that there are many places on the web offering private tours in Tokyo, or private guides. However, it’s difficult to determine whether it’s good and trustworthy website or not. That’s why I’m recommending you TripleLights website. The website offers many local tour guides and also private tour options in Tokyo, from which you can choose according to your needs and preferences.

 

Recommended tours in Tokyo

Things to do in Tokyo in October - Halloween, events and festivals

There are so many great private tours available from the website, but one of my recommendations is Seasonal Tour! Tea picking with a view of Mt.Fuji, closest tea field from Tokyo!, a tour held only 2 times a year: in Spring (April 29th to June 31st) and in Autumn (September 15th to October 15th). A rare opportunity for you to enjoy things like tea-processing factory, world heritage sites, Japanese tea-picking, and more.

 

Like mentioned above, there is a grand tea ceremony in October, but what if you can’t make it to that event? Don’t worry! You can still experience tea ceremony through Zen Buddhism Meditation & Tea Ceremony tour, and also Experience a Tea Ceremony & Japanese Garden.  

 

Wait, there's more:

Here is a list of more tours in Tokyo to take into consideration to make your trip more interesting, and also you can click here for tours in other areas of Japan.

 

If you don’t prefer looking through the private tour options but prefer to find the perfect guide for you, here is a list of great tour guides in Tokyo.

 

I hope this article helps provide useful information you can use for your trip to Tokyo in October, including the events and festivals in October, where to celebrate Halloween, and more recommendation. Wishing you a great time in Tokyo!

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08 Mar 2018

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