This is it, people. This is the weekend to come out and play. Halloween’s here so put on your goofiest or ghastliest, your sexiest or spookiest, and hit the streets.
To get the full ‘Halloween night in Tokyo’ experience, you’ll want to head to one of two places: Shibuya or Roppongi. Their streets will be filled to the brim with costumed revelers just mingling, drinking and people watching. And you don’t want to be the odd person out, make sure to show up dressed up—or you can just be a party pooper.
In addition to the street party option, there are other ways to celebrate. Day events include the Yokohama Halloween in Tama Plaza (12-5pm) and the Roppongi Hills Halloween. Both are great for kids and will feature parades (the former at 4pm and the later from 10:30am-1:30pm).
For otaku friendly Halloween events, head to Ikebukuro East for the Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Fest; to Nakano Station area for the MAG (Manga, Anime and Games) Festa; or to Mikasa Park for the Yokosuka Subcultural Festival.
Although we know who the star of the show is this weekend, there’s still plenty of other events going on.
Kanda Used Book Festival – What may be the biggest event of its kind in the world, this festival sees tons of used, rare and antique books for sale on the streets and in the numerous bookstores in the Kanda area.
Aoyama Festival – This fest comprises a street parade, markets, concerts and a fashion swap party.
Koenji Festival 2015 – Near Koenji Station, this community fest comes complete with food, music and entertainment for kids.
Festival Fukushima – For the second year, Ikebukuro is hosting a folk culture, music and bon dance event to celebrate and instill a positive image of Fukushima prefecture after 3/11.
Tokyo Ramen Show 2015 – Try Japan’s various styles of ramen from over 20 vendors in Komazawa Olympic Park.
Oedo Beer Festival – Choose from a selection of local and international craft beers to wet your whistle with.
There are certain times in the year that can make your visit to Tokyo less than idea.