Tokyo events for Monday, October 28 to Sunday, November 3, 2019
The infamous Shibuya Halloween street party may be a little sedate this year after the ward put a ban on public drinking for October 31. But you can still get your Halloween party fix at Womb, one of Japan’s biggest clubs. On Sunday, there are Culture Day festivals, like the Iruma Air Show and the horseback archery event at Meiji Jingu Shrine. Plus lively affairs like the Dream Yosacoy Festival and the Aoyama Festival are on this week too!
Perfect Liars Club Tokyo
Perfect Liars Club is the smash-hit US comedy story interrogation show taking Tokyo by storm. Four people tell a story, and three are completely true. But one person is telling you a lie. Listen, laugh, interrogate, vote. Can you spot the liar?
This&That Café Vol. 43 “Here&There”
Our favorite art and music event is back in business! For over 8 years, #TnTCafe took place at SuperDeluxe, so when they shut their doors earlier this year, This&That went Here&There looking for a new home—and we’re happy they did!
Iruma Air Show
On November 3rd (Culture Day in Japan), the Iruma Air Base opens its gates to the public and puts on an air show that’s sure to delight. Spectators, watch for the Blue Impulse aerobatic demonstration team.
Meiji Jingu Shrine Yabusame
Another one for Culture Day is this festival showcasing yabusame—the traditional Japanese martial art of horseback archery. See it in all its impressiveness against a Meiji Shrine backdrop.
Museum of Modern Art – Free Admission Day
The MOMAT is free this Sunday. The museum houses mainly Japanese works of the 20th century including a number deemed ‘Important Cultural Properties’ or masterpieces.
Japan Harvest Festival
Learn and experience Japan’s unique agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and food industries at this festival. There are exhibitions, workshops, talks and more covering things like fermentation, Japan’s agricultural heritage, hands-on flower arrangement, and more.
Hakone Daimyo March
One for history lovers, attend this feudal Japan–themed parade featuring samurai, warriors, dancers, marching bands and even the daimyo himself.
Dream Yosacoy Festival
A dance-off like you’ve never seen before, this weekend is host to the Dream Yosacoy Festival in Odaiba—comprised of 7,000 dancers, 100 teams and 500,000 spectators.
The dystopian amusement arcade Anata no Warehouse near Tokyo will close its doors forever on November 17, 2019.
A traditional festival-parade combo taking place along Aoyama Dori. Participation will extend from various national groups and regions from throughout Japan. The festival also includes markets, concerts and a fashion swap party.
Smart Illumination Yokohama 2019
See nightly illumination installations along Yokohama’s waterfront. The use of energy-saving technologies (like LED lighting) is a nod to the way of the future—hence “smart illumination”.
Suginami Festa 2019
A large family-oriented community festival with food and craft stalls, stage shows for kids and various games to try out.
Deutschland Festival 2019
A festival at Aoyama Park highlighting the best of German food, drink, crafts and entertainment.
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!
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 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 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.
Kichijoji Halloween Parade
A series of three Halloween parades for kids and families that’s more adorable than spooky.
Cyper Japan X Halloween Party at Womb
While most Halloween festivities took place on Oct 26 and 27, you can continue the celebrations at this cyber-themed DJ party on actual Halloween night.
There are certain times in the year that can make your visit to Tokyo less than idea.