Tokyo Events This Week: Art, Film and Halloween

Adriana Paradiso

Tokyo events for Monday, October 21 to Sunday, October 27, 2019

This week in Tokyo packs a lot of fun events, kicking off the Tokyo International Film Festival, along with some major art exhibitions. There’s also Diwali celebrations, the traditional Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Matsuri and the Koenji community festival. Not to mention food festivals, the Tokyo Motor Show and the beginnings of Halloween happenings in the city.

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Autumn Rose Festival

Flower lovers have one more week to check out the blooms at the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens—renowned for their extensive rose collection. Spend a morning strolling around the 20th-century Western-style garden and have your camera ready for the exquisite sights.

 Autumn Rose Festival

Dates:Early
~
Late Oct, 2020
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥150
Over 65s:
On the door: ¥70

Niku Fes Tachikawa

Niku is the Japanese word for “meat”—and a lot of it is what you can expect at this festival. Meat dishes from Japan and abroad will be served up in every form imaginable: kebabs, hot dogs, steak, roast pork, xiaolongbao, and much more.



 Niku Fes Tachikawa

Nikufes Tachikawa
Dates:Mid
~
Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

63rd CWAJ Print Show

This popular print show show has grown into a highly respected annual art exhibition and sale of contemporary Japanese prints.

 63rd CWAJ Print Show

College Women's Association of Japan
Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

Back to Square One

A contemporary art exhibit focusing on the paralellogram. The exhibit is part of a yearly challenge set by UltraSuperNew Gallery for “artists to ponder an incredibly vague, yet oddly specific subject”.

 Back to Square One

Back to Square One - UltraSuperNew Gallery
Dates:25th Oct–31st Oct, 2019
Entry:Free

Design Touch 2019

Tokyo Midtown is once again holding Design Touch. The main feature is the interactive art installation in the Grass Square, but there’s plenty of art, goods, flower exhibitions and more in the vicinity—and it’s all free.

 Design Touch 2020

Tokyo Design Touch Roppongi
Dates:Mid Oct
~
Early Nov, 2020
Entry:Free

Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition

A competitive fireworks event lasting 2.5 hours highlighting the newest designs and creations in the world of pyrotechnics.

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 Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition

Tsuchiura Fireworks
Dates:24th Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

National Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day

Check out the extensive permanent collection at the Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park for free. Works include paintings from the late Medieval period through to the 20th century and modern French sculpture.

 National Museum of Western Art - Free Admission Day

Dates:23rd Nov, 2019
Entry:Free

Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Matsuri

For a touch of tradition, watch 3,000 dancers and performers at the Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Matsuri. Follow up the entertainment with chowing down at one of the 60 food stalls.

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 Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Matsuri

Yosakoi Dancers Tokyo
Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

Diwali in Yokohama

Celebrate the festival of lights in Yamashita Park’s festival square area in Yokohama. Lots of tasty food (curries and breads) and entertainment (bollywood-style dancing, yoga) are scheduled—along with lots and lots of candles.

 Diwali in Yokohama

Diwali in Yokohama
Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

Koenji Festival 2019

This community affair focuses around food, music, characters, activities for the kids, and even live wrestling matches! Check out some pics from previous years.

 Koenji Festival 2020

Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

Kanda Used Book Festival

One of the biggest event of its kind, word nerds will go gaga for the stacks upon stacks of used/antique/rare books along Yasukuni Dori in the Jimbocho district of Kanda. Makes for unique souvenirs too!

 Kanda Used Book Festival

Dates:Late Oct
~
Early Nov, 2020
Entry:Free

Tokyo Motor Show

The Tokyo Motor Show is where you can go to see the newest, coolest, sleekest, and even cutest cars around. The full-day price might not be so cheapo (¥1,800 in advance or ¥2,000 at the door) but if you go after 4 pm, the price drops to ¥1,000!



 Tokyo Motor Show

Dates:Late Oct
~
Early Nov, 2021
Entry:
Adults:
Advance sales: ¥1,800
On the door: ¥2,000

Tokyo Ramen Show 2019

On the hunt for a hearty bowl of ramen? Look no further than the Tokyo Ramen Show held in Komazawa Olympic Park. Bowls ring in at ¥880.

 Tokyo Ramen Show 2020

Nakiryu Tantanmen ramen
Dates:Late Oct
~
Early Nov, 2020
Entry:Free

Tokyo International Film Festival

The 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival will screen more than 200 films over 10 days, including some upcoming releases from Japan and beyond. This year they will open with the premier of Welcome Back, Tora-san by famed director Yoji Yamada.

 Tokyo International Film Festival

Dates:Late Oct
~
Early Nov, 2020

Tokyo Halloween events

tokyo halloween
Photo by Adrienne Mah

Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade

Taking place along the swanky streets of Omotesando is this popular kids’ parade. Children under 12 can participate, and will be able to trick-or-treat at participating stores in the area.

 Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade

Omotesando Halloween
Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

Roppongi Hills Halloween

Another one for the little ones, this event at Roppongi Hills hosts a parade for tots, as well as a costume workshop. Goes from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

 Roppongi Hills Halloween

tokyo halloween
Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

For a Japanese take on Halloween, you can join (or just watch) the Ikebukuro Cosplay Festival. It takes place on the east side of the station at Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park. There will be stage events, mainly a cosplay runway, and a beginner-friendly area with props for photo ops. It’s ¥2,000 to join per day.

 Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

Tokyo Halloweeen anime manga cosplay
Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

Looking for something a little more “grown up”—check out our list of the best Halloween parties in Tokyo for you late-night freaks.

Coming up: Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2019

The famous Kawasaki Halloween parade is back and, unlike the above-mentioned parades, is geared towards adults—so expect a good dose of scary and sexy. It’s free to watch or ¥1,000 to join the parade with registration.

 Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2020

Dates:Late Oct, 2020
Entry:Free

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