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[2017] Tokyo's Must-Visit Events in October & November

Update: 26 October 2017

Starting from beer festivals and food fairs by Tokyo's most well-established restaurants to colorful yosakoi dances and an enigmatic lantern festival that dates back to the Edo period, Tokyo has quite a lot of amazing and unique events to offer in October. Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and enjoy energetic dances and culinary pleasures!

Odaiba Oktoberfest 2017

Odaiba Oktoberfest 2017

< September 29 (Fri) to October 9 (Mon, national holiday) >

The Odaiba Oktoberfest celebrates its 15th birthday this year, taking place around the same time as the original Oktoberfest in Munich, the world's largest beer festival. This is Japan's most authentic take on the German tradition - at least in regards to actually taking place at the end of September to hail October. Odaiba's Oktoberfest features a colorful variety of rare beer and even barrels from German breweries. What goes best with German beer? German sausage, of course, of which the Odaiba Oktoberfest has a great selection of.

There's even a German band playing and providing the proper musical background to the beer festivities. If you feel like it, why not rent a Dirndl, Bavaria's famous traditional dress?


Entry: free
Hours: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.;
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Sat, Sun, holidays)

  • Symbol Promenade Park Central Square
    シンボルプロムナード公園 セントラル広場
    • Address 1 Chome-1-20 Aomi, Koto, Tokyo 135-0064

Sumida Glass Fair in Autumn

Sumida Glass Fair in Autumn

< October 7 (Sat) to October 8 (Sun) >

Edo Glass, a local glass manufacturer that is located in Sumida, Koto, and Edogawa, launched the first exhibition of their traditional crafts back in 1992. Since then, the Glass Fair has been held every year in April and October. Wander along the many stalls that showcase their fine products, offering a massive variety of glass crafts, from tinted glass tableware to earrings and piercings and much more.

One of the traditional Japanese glass arts is called Edo Kiriko, an authentic way of cutting patterns into filigree glass that originated in Edo, as the name suggests. At the fair, it is possible to find beautiful Edo Kiriko works for surprisingly low cost. Another highlight is the demonstrations of Edo Kiriko carving as well as the glass bead making, to try some traditional craftsmanship for yourself. Either experience can be enjoyed for 1,000 yen, and it should be noted that bead making requires a prior reservation.

Entry: free
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Canceled only in case of heavy rain.

  • Oyokogawa Shinsui Park
    大横川親水公園
    • Address 3 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo-to 130-0001

Tsukiji Autumn Festival 2017

Tsukiji Autumn Festival 2017

< October 7 (Sat) - October 8 (Sun) >

Tsukiji isn't just famous for hosting the fish market until recently, but also as a city of many tastes and flavors! Numerous popular stores of Tsukiji's Outer Market will set up booths, tickling your taste buds with delicious food and offering their wares. On top of that, various workshops are scheduled to take place as well, such as bonito cutting, knife sharpening, lessons on how to judge a fish, or how to make a great Japanese omelet. For every foodie and gourmand out there, is event must not be missed!

Entry: free
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday)

  • Shijobashi Park
    市場橋公園
    • Address 4-15-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to 104-0045

The 18th Tokyo Yosakoi

The 18th Tokyo Yosakoi

< October 8th (Sun) >

The very first Yosakoi Festival was born in Kochi prefecture to help with economic reconstruction and development in the area. Making use of a small instrument called naruko and vivid, colorful costumes, yosakoi is an energetic, rhythmic dance performed in a group and so brilliant and exciting to watch, it has conquered Japan by storm.

Tokyo Yosakoi is held at nine different venues throughout Toshima-ku, such as Ikebukuro's West Gate Station Plaza, which is the main venue, Nishiguchi Park, or in front of the stations of Sugamo and Mejiro. Over 100 different teams participate in this massive event, from Kyushu in the south to Hokkaido in the north, dazzling the audience with masterful performances.

Entry: Free
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Ikebukuro West Gate Station Plaza
    池袋西口駅前特設会場など池袋駅周辺
    • Address 1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo-to 171-0021

Zōshigaya Kishimojindo Oeshiki

Zōshigaya Kishimojindo Oeshiki

< October 16 (Mon) to October 18 (Wed) >

The festival called Oeshiki is celebrated to commemorate the death of Nichiren, the founder of the Buddhist Nichiren sect. While this event is held at various temples all over Japan, the Zōshigaya Kishimojindo celebrates from the 16th to the 18th of October every year, ever since the Edo period. It's a popular and traditional event especially among the locals of the area.

One of its highlights is the parade of ten-thousand lanterns, starting at Ikebukuro with around 25 local groups who are then joined by various groups from all kinds of places during the parade. Thus, the procession gets longer and longer until it finally arrives at Zōshigaya Kishimojin Temple. These lanterns are called manto, three to four meter high floats that are decorated with numerous white flowers made from washi, or Japanese paper. In addition to the parade, the temple grounds are crowded with many booths and stalls, making for a wonderful atmosphere.

Entry: Free
Hours: Starts at 7:00 p.m. (18th, Wed)

  • Zōshigaya Kishimojindo
    雑司ヶ谷鬼子母神堂
    • Address 3-15-20 Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo-to 171-0032

The 45th Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Festival

The 45th Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Festival

< October 22 (Sun) >

Nihonbashi, the starting point of the Five Highways to Edo, traditional Japanese dances from various regions of Japan can be enjoyed, conveying the country's vivid and rich culture, unlike any other festival. The origin of this beautiful festival lies in 1972 when it all started out as a commemoration parade for the completion of a national highway when a drum and fife band, as well as historic parades, marched the streets.

Nowadays, the parade showcases a large variety of traditional performance arts, among them the "kiyari, matoifuri" tradition of Edo's firefighters, which is an impressive spectacle of old working songs in combination with the procession of an old firefighter standard. Other highlights include the Sendai Sparrow Dance and traditional drum performances from Ryukyu Kingdom, today's Okinawa. In addition to the many performances, local specialties from all over Japan can be admired, savored, and purchased at various stalls around the area.

A special highlight of this year will be Tochigi's Records of the Three Kingdoms Doll Festival Cars, parading through the streets in all their splendor.

Entry: Free
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Canceled only in case of heavy rain.

  • Chuo-dori (from 3 Kyobashi to 3 Nihonbashi-Muromachi)
    中央通り(京橋3丁目~日本橋室町3丁目)
    • Address from 3 Kyobashi to 3 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to

30th Tokyo International Film Festival

30th Tokyo International Film Festival
(C)2017 TIFF

< October 25 (Wed) - November 3 (Fri) >

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will host an exciting lineup of special events to celebrate its 30th anniversary edition, including Godzilla Cinema Concerts with a live symphony orchestra, festive all-night events, free open-air screenings that highlight masterpieces screened at past TIFFs, to celebrate the 30th edition of TIFF, and classic film screenings.

The red carpet will be rolled out in Roppongi again on the first day of the festival, welcoming stars and filmmakers from across the globe, and the festivities continue each day at Roppongi Hills Arena.

Hours: Depends on the screening/event; please see the official website for details.

The 34th All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition: Craft Crossings in Tokyo

The 34th All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition: Craft Crossings in Tokyo

The All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition is a fun and quirky event that both exhibits and sells all sorts of traditional Japanese crafts. Held every year throughout varying regions of Japan, the 34th exhibition will take place in Tokyo for the first time!
Get an authentic glimpse of Japan’s past and experience what life in Edo was like, beautifully brought to life with various day-to-day goods and crafts. Those aren’t just exhibited, however - the 34th All-Japan Daily Commodity Crafts Exhibition also offers various experiences and workshops. Discover a side of Japan that you’ve never seen before by artisanal techniques, beauty, and mastery, handed down numerous generations and taking a new but familiar shape in modern Japan.

Date & Hours:
November 3 (Fri) to 6 (Mon)
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(the exhibition in Tokyo International Forum is open from November 4 (Sat)

Venue & Theme:
・Craft Market: Exhibitions, experiences and sales of traditional crafts
Tokyo International Forum, Hall B7 and B5
※closes at 5:00 p.m. on November 6.

・Craft Walk: Traditional crafts of the late Edo period and lifestyle
Tokyo Building TOKIA, Galleria 1F
※closes at 9:00 p.m. on November 3

・Craft Lab: Experience the techniques of traditional crafts
JP Tower KITTE, Atrium 1F

・Craft Museum: Masterpieces of traditional crafts from across the nation on display
Marunouchi Building, MARUCUBE 1F

Check the official website for the latest news and more information about the event:
http://dento-tokyo.jp/english/index.html

  • Tokyo Building TOKIA
    東京ビル TOKIA
    • Address 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 100-0005
  • JP Tower KITTE
    • Address Marunouchi 2-7-2, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-7090
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
    • Phone Number 03-3216-2811
  • Marunouchi Building
    • Address 2-4-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-6390
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5218-5100

Tokyo Suki Fes 2017

Tokyo Suki Fes 2017

< November 10 (Fri) – November 19 (Sun), 2017 >

Tokyo Suki Fes is an urban outdoor festival that takes place in Ueno Park and the nearby Yanaka neighborhood. Making use of Ueno Park’s everyday scenery, such as the fountain or the pond, dynamic works are being created, closely connected to the history and culture of the area. In Yanaka, look forward to old houses being turned into modern art exhibitions, in a collaboration between French and Japanese art students. Exploring the various works and installations among the beautiful, nostalgic scenery of the neighborhood is a unique “Only in Tokyo” experience that we recommend to art lovers and urban adventurers alike! On top of that, make sure to take part in the various workshops that are held during the event, such as tea experiences.

Venue: Ueno Park (around Shinobazu Pond, fountain square, and more), Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Yanaka area, and more

  • Ueno Park
    • Address Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3828-5644
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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