Tokyo events for Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17, 2019

A magical week where Tokyo celebrates just about anything—autumn leaves, Christmas lights, vegan food, fisherman, design and dance. So take your pick and a fun week is guaranteed!

Suggested Activity
Explore Tokyo's Most Famous Shopping Streets
Embark on a guided tour of Nakamise in Asakusa, Takeshita-dori in Harajuku and Ameyokocho in Ueno - the Big Three of Tokyo's shopping streets. Browse for bargain items and get to know the local lingo and specialities!
Mangaka at work
Photo by Felix Wilson

Jingugaien Itcho Festival

With colorful autumn leaves ablaze, you’ll want to head to Icho Namiki Avenue where the numerous and intensely yellow gingko trees are star. Plus, tons of food stalls will be set up for your grazing pleasure. For more favorite fall spots, check out our guide to autumn leaves in Tokyo.

Tokyo English Book Exchange #16

Meet up with fellow bibliophiles for Tokyo Cheapo’s 16th English Book Exchange. Come with at least one book to swap, then grab a drink and mingle. Who knows what printed treasure you might find!

Japan Fisherman’s Festival

Graze on some of the country’s best seafood from over 80 stalls at this outdoor event. Try some Japanese specialties like deep-sea tempura and some international options too.

Tokyo Modular Festival

Now in its seventh year, the Tokyo Modular Festival is an event where modular synth artists, sound designers, engineers, graphic artists and music lovers join forces.

Shibuya Street Dance Week

Love the art of dance? Then Shibuya Street Dance Week event is for you. There will be performances at the main stage at Yoyogi Park, plus dance battles and workshops. And it’s not just for spectators, everyone is welcome to participate, so bring your dancing shoes and your best moves.

Kurimoto Furusato Sweet Potato Festival

Join the residents of Kurimoto in harvesting and roasting sweet potatos, a favorite autumn snack in Japan.

Yabusame at Zushi Beach

One of the few rare chances throughout the year to see the Japanese martial arts of yabusame (horseback archery). Before the yabusame display, there is also a samurai parade starting at Kameoka Shrine and proceeding to Zushi Station.

The American Craft Beer Experience 2019

One for craft beer lovers. Along with some of the more famous imported brands, there will be varieties available that have not previously been available in Japan.

Design Festa Vol. 50 – Fall Edition

One of the largest art and design events in all of Asia. The summer edition of Design Festa is back with works from 10,000 international artists, designers, musicians, actors. See our video for a taste of what to expect at Design Festa.

Tokyo Vegefood Festa 2019

This event has been canceled for 2019.

If you’ve attempted to eat vegetarian/vegan in Tokyo before, you know how near impossible it is. But luckily there is the Vegefood Festival in Yoyogi Park serving an all-vegan menu, so you can chow down—worry and meat (byproduct) free!

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

Celebrating the Showa period, this festival takes place along the ginkgo tree–lined streets of Hachioji and features a tour of old inspection stations (sekisho). There is also a vintage car parade with classic cars from the Showa period.

Iga Ueno Ninja Festival in Ueno Park

A ninja-themed family festival with various performances, including singing, dancing, magic shows, and shuriken throwing-star competitions.

Midtown Christmas 2019

A classic Christmas-season staple in the city (yes, Tokyo’s already celebrating—and we love it). Come and see the mesmerizing twinkle of 290,000 digitally controlled LEDs.

Fuji-Kawaguchiko Fall Leaves Festival

This annual fall festival takes place at the famous Maple Corridor near Mt. Fuji. There will be food stalls, local specialties and performances.

Mt. Takao Autumn Leaves Festival

Visit nearby Mt. Takao for the perfect fall day trip. The tree leaves are autumnally clad, plus there will be traditional performances and market stalls throughout the month.

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