From traditional festivals that have a history of over 300 years, to colorful Christmas celebrations, November and December in Tokyo offer a lot of unique and lively events to fight the cold! Let's take a look at the best of them!
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- 2019 Meiji Shrine Outer Garden Ginkgo Festival (Nov 15 - Dec 1, 2019)
- Sanrio Puroland × NAKED "MAGICAL SNOW II" (Nov 8 - Dec 25, 2019)
- MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2019 (Nov 26 - Dec 25, 2019)
- Shinamizu Christmas 2019 (Nov 27 - Dec 25, 2019)
- Roppongi Christmas Market 2019 (Nov 30 - Dec 25)
- Setagaya Boro-ichi (Flea Market) (Dec 15 & 16; Jan 15 & 16)
- Senso-ji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair (Dec 17 - 19, 2019)
- The Breathtaking Chichibu Night Festival (December 2-3, 2019)
- Tokyo Christmas Market 2019 (December 6-25, 2019)
2019 Meiji Shrine Outer Garden Ginkgo Festival (Nov 15 - Dec 1, 2019)
The 300-meter long canopy road leading through the Meiji Shrine Outer Garden will be dyed in magnificent gold as the over 150 ginkgo trees lining the street turn color. Because of this amazing spectacle, the Outer Garden is one of Tokyo's most popular autumn leaf viewing spots.
To celebrate the changing seasons, the Ginkgo Festival is being held, an event that features around 50 different stalls and booths offering both delicious dishes and various crafts and arts. The Meiji Shrine Outer Garden Ginkgo Festival is a must-visit event for both locals and tourists alike!
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
May be canceled in case of bad weather
Sanrio Puroland × NAKED "MAGICAL SNOW II" (Nov 8 - Dec 25, 2019)
The popular attraction "Kiki & Lara-Twinkling Tour" that adventures the world of Kiki & Lara's hometown "Yume Nebula" has been transformed into a magical world of stars and MAGICAL SNOW. This year has even more productions than 2018, plus an immersive experience will be implemented during the Christmas period.
Admission: Weekdays: Adult 3300 yen, Child 2500 yen; Holidays: Adult 3900 yen, Child 2800 yen.
Time: 10:00-17:00 * Depending on the day
Closed: November 19-21, November 26-28
MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2019 (Nov 26 - Dec 25, 2019)
In addition to the 4 meter high “Santa Tree” decorated with some 1800 small Santa Claus ornaments, Starlight Garden 2019 kicks off in late November!
In an area around Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, around 220,000 LED lights sparkle and glow, making for a particularly gorgeous holiday mood. Christmas events are also held at various locations around Tokyo Midtown, including the celebrated golden illuminations and the light path “Starlight Road.”
Time: 5pm - 11pm *Santa Tree in the building is open 11am - midnight
Shinamizu Christmas 2019 (Nov 27 - Dec 25, 2019)
The Christmas version of Shinagawa Aquarium's seal and sea lion shows, together with underwater shows featuring Santa Divers. This year features an Electric Eel Illumination Tree which lights up whenever the electric eels generate electricity, and the “Ikimono Feeding Experience” event where you can feed the aquatic animals.
Admission: Adults (high school students and above) 1350 yen; Elementary and junior high school students 600 yen
Time: 10:00-17:00 (Admission until 16:30)
Roppongi Christmas Market 2019 (Nov 30 - Dec 25)
The Roppongi Christmas Market is an event that seeks to emulate the one that is said to be the world's largest: the Stuttgart Christmas Market. Apart from atmospheric Christmas shopping, do enjoy some delicious mulled wine and a sausage while strolling along the many stalls and booths. On December 24th and 25th, Christmas concerts will take place at the Roppongi Hills Arena, sure to evoke the appropriate Christmas spirit for the holidays.
<Hours:|b@> 11am - 9pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm)
Setagaya Boro-ichi (Flea Market) (Dec 15 & 16; Jan 15 & 16)
The Setagaya Boro-Ichi Flea Market has a very long history, dating back over 430 years to the Warring States period. One samurai lord, Ujimasa Hojo, held Setagaya's first flea market event called "rakuichi" in 1578 to give the local residents an opportunity of trading freely. Its successor is the Boro-Ichi Market, which is held twice a year on two days in December and January. With the Setagaya Daikanyashiki in its center, a historic mansion from the Edo period, the flea market features over 700 individual shops selling everything that the heart desires, from second-hand clothes and antiquities to jewelry and interior.
Hours: 9:00am - 8:00pm
- Address 1 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0017 Japan
Senso-ji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair (Dec 17 - 19, 2019)
The Hagoita-Ichi Festival is one of Tokyo's most beloved end of the year events. Hagoita are small wooden paddles, decorated with a variety of different adornments and ornaments. In ancient times, they have been used as ritual instruments for getting rid of demons and evil spirits but became most popular as rackets for an old Japanese badminton-like game called hanetsuki in the Muromachi period.
Held in the precincts of Asakusa's Senso-ji Temple, over 50 different stalls offer their own unique hagoita creations, some masterfully lacquered with kabuki-esque imagery, others decorated with different jewelry and fabric. The prices vary wildly, ranging from a few hundred up to thousands of yen. Pick your favorite hagoita to take home one of Japan's most unique handmade souvenirs!
Hours: 9am - 9pm
The Breathtaking Chichibu Night Festival (December 2-3, 2019)
Called yomatsuri in Japanese, the Chichibu Night Festival is a beautiful spectacle held by the Chichibu Shrine in the same-named city, just outside of Tokyo. Dating back around 300 years, it is a winter favorite not only among locals. The highlight of the celebrations takes place on the evening of the December 3, when a gorgeous parade of illuminated floats makes its way from the Chichibu Shrine to a sacred palanquin. Shortly after, the cold winter night is lit up in a thousand vivid colors when one of Japan's only winter fireworks is taking place right above the cozy, lively atmosphere of the Chichibu Night Festival. Japan's winter is by no means a gloomy one!
Hours: 12pm - 8pm on December 2,
9am - dawn on December 3
Tokyo Christmas Market 2019 (December 6-25, 2019)
Bringing Europe's atmospheric Christmas markets to the Japanese capital in all their glory is the Tokyo Christmas Market in Hibiya Park. Over 30 stalls and booths sell various Christmas ornaments and wood crafts from the German city of Seiffen, known for its traditional toys and Christmas decorations. Visitors will also get to enjoy typical Christmas treats such as mulled wine and the German stollen, a kind of Christmas fruitcake. Another major highlight of this event is the 14-meter high "Christmas Pyramid" which is directly imported from Seiffen as well. Next to a German orchestra providing the appropriate music for the occasion, candle-making and snowdome building workshops invite to actively participate. This is a must for every Christmas market fan!
Hours: 11am - 10pm
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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