Tokyo events for Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13, 2019
This week in Tokyo features local, community festivals (like the Yanaka Matsuri or Edogawa Citizens Festival) and food festivals (like Taste of Tokyo and the Setagaya Bread Festival). One of the more dazzling events is the Oeshiki Festival with 10,000 lanterns parading towards Honmonji Temple. You can also start your Halloween celebrations early by joining a supernatural cat parade.
Oedo Beer Festival 2019
Craft beer festival with free entry (unlike most other beer festivals in Tokyo). There will be a selection of international and domestic beer with glasses starting at ¥500 a pop.
Kappabashi Kitchenware Festival
A festival of Tokyo’s Kitchen Town. In additional to selling all sorts of kitchen-related wares, there will be a sweets festival, parades, a stamp rally and more.
This is a Buddhist festival featuring 10,000 sacred lanterns carried from Ikegami Station to Honmonji Temple to commemorate the death of Nichiren—a revered Buddhist teacher who lived many centuries ago. Hundreds of thousands of people attend the festival each year.
CANCELED – Taste of Tokyo
A massive food festival in Odaiba to satiate all your Japanese cuisine cravings. There will also be craft beer and sake, plus market wares like handmade items, flowers and produce.
Nerd Nite #37: Cosmic Coupling
Nerd Nite is “the Discovery Channel with beer”, a monthly event series that mixes presentations, performances, trivia, demos, music, and of course drinking. The month’s talking points range from stardust, liver health and writing about sex.
CANCELED – The Railway Festival
Fun at Hibiya Park for kids (and adults) of all ages. Learn about Japan’s rail fleet, see exhibits by major train companies, enjoy musical performances, and keep an eye peeled for Thomas and friends.
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.
CANCELED – Yanaka Matsuri
A low-key community festival in the old district of Yanaka with music and dance, games, a bazaar and more.
Bake Neko (Supernatural Cat) Festival
The Bake Neko Festival, featuring a parade of varied versions of supernatural felines, marks the beginning of Tokyo Halloween season in our books. Want to participate? All you need to do is show up in a (otherworldly) cat costume and join the pack.
CANCELED – Edogawa Citizens Festival
A good event for families, the Edogawa Citizens Festival will host an array of entertainment options including characters, traditional folk dances, taiko drumming, musical performances, gymnastics,and a parade.
CANCELED – Narita Fireworks Festival
A fall fireworks festival in Chiba (Tokyo’s neighboring prefecture). See the cool night sky light up with 12,000 displays!
Jiyugaoka Megami Matsuri
This Goddess Festival attracts nearly 500,000 visitors a year. See top Japanese musicians, sip wine, and shop for bargains at the local stalls.
CANCELED ON SUNDAY – The Setagaya Bread Festival
What’s more deserving of its own festival than bread! Carb all you can at Setagaya Park, where in addition to the market, there is a bread university and live performances all weekend.
Autumn Rose Festival
Flower lovers will want to check out early 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.