Tokyo events for Monday, November 21 to Sunday, November 27, 2022

Are we allowed to start celebrating Christmas yet? The Christmas markets opening this week say Yes! Or you could always be a Grinch till we hit December.

Either way, the chillier weather is influencing a lot of other types of events (hotpot, anyone?). Grab an extra layer and venture out to a Spanish festival or autumn illuminations. Alternatively, stay under shelter and watch the game, laugh it up, or geek out. Just don’t forget that Wednesday, November 23 is a holiday in Japan.

P.S: Check out the many vintage markets that happen every week in Tokyo.

Autumn Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Gardens is known as one of the best spots for autumn foliage viewing. This annual illumination event highlights the red leaves of the season and a pretty cool night out.

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 10 p.m. There will be food stalls, performances and local specialties to try, with crowds expected for weekends.

Shibuya Street Dance Week

Newer to the Yoyogi Park event scene, this yearly dance festival is already wildly popular. There will be dance performances, battles and even workshops. And it doesn’t matter your skill level, everyone and anyone is invited to participate.

FIFA World Cup Public Viewing

Wondering where you can watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in Tokyo? Some of those kick-off times are a killer, but you’ll be surprised to learn that many places will still be showing the games. Check out our event listing for the Japan VS Germany game on Nov. 23 below, but also don’t miss the match on Nov. 27 (Japan VS Costa Rica).

Clothing Swap – Homage x Ekolokal – Vol. 02

The textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world. One way to tackle these environmental issues is by extending the life of our clothes through participating in swapping events. Save the world and save some money.

Evans Musoka Presents RAW COMEDY

Tokyo-based Kenyan comedy Evans Musoka has built up quite the name for himself — so much so that Tokyo Comedy Bar is giving him his own monthly residency. Every last Saturday it will be Evans and his favorite comedian doing their thing. It will be late, hilarious, and RAW.

Tokyo Comic Con 2022

For the first time in three years, Comic Con will be an in-person experience, so it makes sense then that this year’s theme is “Connect”. So far for 2022, Karen Gillan from Guardians of the Galaxy fame will be on the bill, as well as Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Joseph Quinn and Jamie Campbell Bower from Stranger Things, Hayden Christensen, and Andy Serkis.

Fiesta de España 2022

This Spanish festival will feature more than 35 food and drink booths as well as lectures, entertainment, and flamenco. Talks in the past have included seminars on sherry (jerez) and a lecture on the art of Picasso and Goya. Other amusements include music and Spanish arts and crafts.

Bungu Joshi Haku Stationery Festival

For all things stationery, head to the biggest festival in Japan: the Bungu Joshi Haku. Held over four days in the Tokyo Ryutsu Center, it will host over 120 companies with over 50,000 items to peruse.

Nabe Festival

Nabe is a popular winter dish in Japan. Nabe literally means “pot,” but it’s used as a generic term for soups or light stews cooked in an iron or clay pot. At this three-day event in Hibiya Park, vendors from all over the country will be serving up local iterations of the dish.

Christmas markets

Yokohama Red Brick Christmas Market
Red Brick Warehouse | Photo by iStock.com/kanzilyou

Many Christmas markets are opening around one month before Christmas (from Nov. 25). Check out our full list on which ones to catch as well as our comprehensive rundown of Tokyo’s winter illuminations.

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