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Tokyo events for Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair II
Taking place in Asakusa, this traditional Edo-period festival celebrates luck in health and business. Take some good luck home with you by buying a ‘kumade’—a rake decorated with gold and silver sold by lively vendors around the shrine.
Amnesty International’s Pub Quiz
Have a beer, show off your knowledge know-how and do good at this charity pub quiz event at Shibuya Hobgoblin.
Tokyo Modular Festival
Now in its sixth year, the Tokyo Modular Festival is an event where modular synth artists, sound designers, engineers, graphic artists and music lovers join forces. The music will be accompanied by visual designs.
Hachioji Ginkgo Festival
Celebrating the Showa period, this festival takes place along the ginkgo-tree-lined streets of Hachioji (planted during that time), and features a tour of old inspection stations (sekisho). There is also a vintage car parade with classic cars from the Showa period.
Kurimoto Furusato Sweet Potato Festival
Join the residents of Kurimoto in pulling out and roasting sweet potatos, a favorite autumn snack in Japan.
Fiesta de España 2018
This two-day event will give you a chance to sample Spanish food, wine, art and entertainment at Yoyogi Park’s event square. The festival celebrates over 400 years of exchange between Japan and Spain.
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 parade of samurai starting at Kameoka Shrine and proceeding to Zushi Station.
The American Craft Beer Experience 2018
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. Admission is free and the glasses of beer at either ¥300 or ¥500 are great value.
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 spots to see some autumn leaves in Tokyo, check out our full fall guide.
Autumn Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens
The famously beautiful Edo-period gardens of Rikugien will be illuminated until December 9th from sunset to 9pm daily. The gardens are known as one of the best spots for autumn foliage viewing, so it’s a perfect for an evening stroll.
A famous park, a former black market and a whole heap of museums—get to know Ueno: