Tokyo events for Monday, November 14 to Sunday, November 20, 2022

It’s your last chance to see the chrysanthemum festivals, the perfect time to see the autumn leaves and even the start of some winter activities. There are also fireworks, traditional end-of-year festivals, and some artsy things to do.

Tori-no-Ichi Fair II

On Nov. 16, there will be the traditional Tori-no-Ichi fairs happening in Shinjuku, Asakusa, and Fuchu. Each have their own way of doing things, but if you want more space, head to Okunitama Shrine.

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Fujisawa Enoshima Fireworks Festival 2022

Sure, they’ll only last three minutes, but some fireworks are better than no fireworks. While usually happening over one day in October, this year will see a short firework display from 6 p.m. to 6:03 p.m. every day from November 14 to 18.

100th Gaigosai Festival

The Tokyo Foreign Studies University (Tokyo Gaigo Daigaku) in Fuchu have their Gaigosai festival each year from mid- to late November. The student organizers promise “a tour around the world without the need for a passport”. Although if you like to drink, they’ve also issued an ‘alcohol passport’ in the past — definitely sounds like more fun than a trip to immigration in Shinagawa.

Fuji-Kawaguchiko Fall Leaves Festival

An annual autumn festival held to celebrate the beautiful changing leaves of the area. The well-known Momiji-Tunnel is a highlight, with evening illuminations from sunset until 10pm.

Yushima Tenjin Chrysanthemum Festival

A long-running chrysanthemum festival, this event features some much-loved examples of the autumnal flower as well as some creative displays.

Brazil Festival 2022

Celebrating its 15th year, the Brazil (Brasil) Festival in Tokyo pulls in an impressive crowd. Once again it will be held in Yoyogi Park’s Events Square and will feature all things Brazilian — food, dancing, and vibrant performances.

Japan Fisherman’s Festival

Celebrating all things fish, this is the 8th Fisherman’s festival to be held in Tokyo and will have an array of stalls to choose from. Run by the Sakana and Japan Festival it was attended by over 140,000 people in 2019 and is filled with the best seafood from across the country.

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

The ginkgo trees of Hachioji were planted along the streets when the city expanded during the Showa period. The usual highlight of this festival is a tour of sekisho (old checking stations) complete with vintage pass permits.

Design Festa Vol. 56 – Fall Edition

Design Festa started out as a small gathering of artists hoping to create a space where anyone could express themselves, regardless of genre, profession, age, gender, or nationality. Now approaching its 56th installment, Design Festa usually sees more than 15,000 artists exhibiting over the course of two days.

Illuminations

Don’t forget to check out all the winter illuminations that will be happening this year — most have already started. The Midtown Ice Rink also opens on Nov. 17.

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