Autumn in Tokyo is wonderful for a lot of reasons. The temperatures are mild, the sky is clear and blue, and colorful fall foliage make every city stroll a special memory. And while you enjoy Tokyo’s fall scenery, why not spice up your day with some art and fun events?
This year brings us unique highlights such as exhibitions of famous manga and a horror experience inside an aquarium at night, providing a proper spook for Halloween!
Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition –the Enchanted Museum–
<First half: October 26 (Friday) to November 30 (Friday), 2018>
<Second half: December 1 (Saturday), 2018 to January 3 (Thursday), 2019>
<Location: Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F)>
Cardcaptor Sakura is a massively popular manga that first ran from 1996 to 2000 in the manga magazine Nakayosi. The anime wasn’t only broadcast in Japan but also around Asia and in the West, gaining a large fandom all around the world. This exhibition lets you dive head-first into the world of Cardcaptor Sakura, beautifully evoked with various exhibits, including valuable original drawings.
The exhibition tickets include clear cards with original illustrations by CLAMP – a must-have for every fan! The exhibition is split into two parts with the exhibits also changing, so going twice isn’t just extra fun but highly recommended! The first half takes place from October 26 to November 30, while the second half is held from December 1, 2018, to January 3, 2019.
Admission: 1,900 yen (regular, college students; tax included)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission at 7:00 p.m.)
Closed: open throughout the exhibition
Yayoi Kusama Museum: I Want You to Look at My Prospects for the Future -Plants and I-
<October 4 (Thursday), 2018 to February 28 (Thursday), 2019>
The Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in October 2017, entirely dedicated to the works and related materials of the iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
The upcoming exhibition “I Want You to Look at My Prospects for the Future: Plants and I” explores the theme of plants as an important motif for many of Kusama’s works and self-portraits. She was born into a traditional family that operated a seedling business, growing up surrounded by plants from her earliest days. Perhaps because of this background, the plant motif has been such an important one, being one of admiration and fear at the same time, also the cause for rather terrifying hallucinations. For her, it seems that plants have become a motif of projection and a mirror of her own identity, so to speak. This exhibition introduces this fascinating world and how Kusama has overcome obsession through this self-imagery in her works.
Fee: 1,000 yen (regular), 600 yen (elementary, junior high, and high school students)
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (open on public holidays)
Specified time ticket reservation (for slots of 90 minutes):
Tickets for the month after next are released on the museum website on the first day of every month at 10:00 a.m. (Japan Time)
Official Website: www.yayoikusamamuseum.jp
*Tickets are not available on the door; they are only available via the museum’s website.
Yayoi Kusama Museum草間彌生美術館
- Address 〒162-0851 東京都新宿区弁天町 107 / 107, Bentencho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-0851, Japan
Horror at Sunshine Aquarium: Shichinin Misaki
<September 27 (Thursday) to November 4 (Sunday), 2018>
After more than 50,000 people enjoyed the spooks of the Horror Aquarium in both 2016 and 2017, Sunshine Aquarium transforms into an eerie venue for the third time in a row! Using the characteristic visual scenery and the sounds of an aquarium, the spot will transform into the playground of the ghosts called shichinin misaki (“seven-people misaki”), an old, ghastly apparition said to appear near shores and riverbanks. Whenever the group of ghosts kills a person, one of them is released into eternal peace while the unlucky victim takes their place, which is why this ghost always is a group of seven. In Sunshine Aquarium’s version, the Shichinin Misaki are all women and each of them is desperate to be released – hence, they’re looking for a victim, right at the aquarium...
Producer and writer of this chilling event is horror-house producer Hirofumi Gomi, transforming the tranquil atmosphere of the aquarium in a truly terrifying setting. He makes skillful use of all the sights and sounds of the place, twisting the familiar into unknown horrors once the aquarium is closed for regular business.
That means that Shichinin Misaki will be open after 6:00 p.m., awaiting your visit in all its blood-chilling glory. To celebrate the event, aquarium’s Kanaloa Café will serve a creative selection of horror-themed drinks and dishes, while Shop Aqua Pocket sells themed goods. It’s a one-of-a-kind horror experience that will put you in a proper Halloween mood!
1) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Adults: 2,200 yen
- Students (college, high school): 1,800 yen
- Pair: 3,500 yen
- Children (junior high and elementary school): 1,200 yen
- Toddlers (4 years and up): 700 yen
2) 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Adults: 1,900 yen
- Students (college, high school): 1,500 yen
- Pair: 3,000 yen
- Children (junior high and elementary school): 1,000 yen
- Toddlers (4 years and up): 600 yen
Closed: open every day
World Import Mart Building/Rooftop, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8630
Ikebukuro Station （JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line）
10 minutes on foot
- Phone Number 03-3989-3466
- Address World Import Mart Building/Rooftop, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8630
Fujiko Fujio Ⓐ The Exhibition -Ⓐ's Weird and Amazing Collection-
<October 19 (Friday), 2018 to January 6 (Sunday), 2019>
Fujiko Fujio Ⓐ is an icon regarding the world of Japanese manga – at the age of 84, he is still active and known not only for works such as Ninja Hattori-kun, The Monster, and Pro Golfer Saru but also Mataro ga Kuru!! or The Laughing Salesman, directed to a more adult audience. His characteristic is being able to skillfully depict the psychology behind lost and indecisive characters. Sometimes, his works feature remarkable black humor and for those works, he uses the pen name of “Black Fujiko.” This exhibition introduces you to his strangely fascinating world in the “Strange Collection” and once the sun has set, brace yourself for a lot of unique experiences, such as fantastic images appearing at the venue to the entrance. Everything can be photographed, so be sure to bring a camera to capture this enigmatic exhibition!
Location: Roppongi Hills Observatory "Tokyo City View"
Admission: 1,800 yen (regular)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Closed: to be determined
Where's Wally? in Tokyo Skytree (R) – Find Wally at Tokyo’s Iconic Landmark Tower!
<September 3 (Monday) to October 31 (Wednesday)>
This is the very first collaboration between the famous Where’s Wally?, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Tokyo Skytree. This fun event takes place at the 450-meter high Tembo Galleria inside Skytree, featuring an exhibition with various original stories of Where’s Wally?, original art, and plenty of other exhibits. Of course, the event also boasts its own Where’s Wally? story – hop into the world of the iconic character with a dedicated smartphone app that can be launched at the 350-meter Tembo Deck Floor 350. Use it to find Wally walking around the streets of Tokyo by making full use of Skytree’s panoramic view! For the event, the tower will also be lit up in Wally’s iconic red-and-white shirt and blue pants. If you show up to Tokyo Skytree dressed like Wally, you’ll also get a discount on the admission fee!
Admission: free (an entrance fee is required for the Skytree observation decks)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (last admission at 9:00 p.m.)
Closed: open every day
Edo Cat Cafe
<June 15 (Friday) to December 2 (Sunday), 2018>
An atmospheric traditional house has suddenly appeared right in front of Tokyo’s Ryogoku Station. It’s a place inhabited by cats who are inviting you in for fun snapshots and a cup of tea! The Edo Cat Café is exactly what it sounds like – a quirky cat café that takes you to Old Edo!
The space authentically reproduces the traditional streetscape of an older Tokyo. The cats wander about leisurely, free to be engaged and interacted with. The entire venue is one massive photo spot, with plenty of unique details and sights. Of course, the feline friends are the main stars of the show, even represented in ukiyo-e pictures adorning the café.
All inhabitants of the Edo Cat Café are shelter cats, that means that theoretically, you can give them a new home if you pass the interview and screening process. Part of the event’s revenues are donated to various activities that try to solve the issue of so many cats being in shelters, so you don’t only get the opportunity to cuddle with adorable kitties, you’re also doing a good deed!
Time system of 60-minute slots:
1,500 yen (regular); 1,200 yen (junior high and high school students)
Extension of 20 minutes:
500 yen (regular, junior high and high school students)
*No admission of children of elementary student age and younger.
*There are no designated times.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission at 7:00 p.m.)
Closed: open every day
Edo Cat Cafe江戸ねこ茶屋
- Address 〒130-0015 東京都墨田区横網1-3 / 1-3, Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0015, Japan
Pokémon Center Fall Scenery Parade: Vee and Halloween
<October 6 (Saturday) to October 31 (Wednesday), 2018>
Pokémon Center, the official shop of the famous Pokémon franchise, boasts its very own Halloween event this year as well! Enjoy various fun games, join the Pokémon Halloween party and especially look forward to the special event “Mofu-Mofu-Kai” (“Fluffy Get-Together”) featuring Eevee. Two of the adorable Eeevees, accompanied by their own bodyguards, are here to heal body and soul with an overdose of fluffiness! Of course, there’ll be plenty of special goods all about your favorite Pokémon on sale, so this is a must-see Halloween event for fans!
Pokemon Center Mega Tokyoポケモンセンターメガトウキョー
Sunshine City Specialty Store Street Alpa 2F, 3-1-2, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-6002
Higashi-Ikebukuro Station （Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line）
3 minutes on foot
- Phone Number 03-5927-9290
- Address Sunshine City Specialty Store Street Alpa 2F, 3-1-2, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-6002
ポケモンセンタートウキョーDXPokémon Center Tokyo DX
- Address 〒103-0027 東京都中央区⽇本橋2丁⽬11番2号 ⽇本橋髙島屋S.C.東館5階 / Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building 5F, 2-11-2 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ポケモンセンタースカイツリータウンPokemon Center Skytree Town
- Address 〒131-0045 東京都墨⽥区押上1-1-2 東京スカイツリータウン・ソラマチ イーストヤー ド4 階 / Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi East yard 4F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pokémon Center Tokyo Bayポケモンセンタートウキョーベイ
- Address 〒273-8530 千葉県船橋市浜町2-1-1 三井ショッピングパーク ららぽーとTOKYO-BAY ⻄館2 階 / Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Tokyo-Bay West Wing 2F, 2-1-1 Hama-cho, Funabashi-shi, Chiba 273-8530, Japan
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Mon – Thu), 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Fri, Sat, Sun, national holidays)
Pokémon Center Yokohamaポケモンセンターヨコハマ
- Address 〒220-0012 神奈川県横浜市⻄区みなとみらい2-2-1 ランドマークプラザ4F / Landmark Plaza 4F, 2-2-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 220-0012, Japan
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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