Experience all the traditions of Japanese New Year under one roof at the New Year Theme Park event. A unique cultural period without the fanfare and fireworks of other countries, New Year in Japan is a quieter and more traditional affair. Aside from the hatsunode (the first shrine/temple visit of the year) it can be hard to join in with other traditions, but the Tokyo International Forum has you covered. There will be carnival stalls, a chance to try mochi-making and to try ozoni-soup—all staples of the new year celebration. There will be an area for children to try crafts, stage performances and a space to try seasonal kimono too.
There will also be some full-length performances of music, theater and dance including kabuki complete with full costumes, but these are ticketed and cost ¥4,000 to ¥6,000 per person.
A great chance to see some of Japan’s best fireworks outside of the summer festivals, this is a competitive display admired across the country. Held on the Sakuragawa riverside in the Gakuen-ohashi area, there’s plenty of seating with a good […]
For a full list of events, check out our Tokyo Cheapo Guide to Halloween. The “Omotesando/Harajuku Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade” is the “cute” alternative to the Kawasaki Halloween Parade targeted at kids. It takes place from 1pm – 2.30pm and […]
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From October 18th to 29th, Shinrin Park in Saitama Prefecture will hold a light-up and illumination event called “Halloween Night in the Forest”. Walk through the park at night enjoying the Halloween-themed artworks and installations, which include: a Sogetsu-style space […]