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Tokyo Events in January 2019: Can't-Miss Events, Expos and More!

Tokyo Events in January 2019: Can't-Miss Events, Expos and More!

Date published: 28 December 2018
Last updated: 16 January 2019

Overcome the cold Tokyo winter with these fun events! A giant amusement park in Tokyo’s suburbs transformed into a fantastic world that lights up the night sky, the limited cafe of Pikachu and Eevee celebrating the release of the latest and most popular Pokémon game of the series, the world`s largest custom car event at the start of the new year at The Tokyo Auto Salon where more than 300,000 people gather, Japan's largest beer exhibition where you can enjoy craft brews and the appeal of Japanese national sport sumo. The holiday season is full unique events! Why not spend your winter in Japan in a modern world where good old traditions still exist? Don`t forget to go ice skating with your friends and family!

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks 2018

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks 2018
Photo credit: Takeshi Kinbu

When: Every Saturday in December 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 7:10pm

Odaiba’s winter fireworks are set to be launched facing the "Statue of Liberty" coastline. It is a fireworks show with the feeling of summer, but with the crisp clear air of winter the night sky is sure to be more beautiful. Dynamic flowers bloom in the winter night sky, with Christmas lights that are set up to the themes and colors of Odaiba. Don`t miss the performance on Saturday, December 22, as the fireworks will be set to music. With so much to do in Odaiba, why not enjoy a meal or enjoy some sightseeing while enjoying the fireworks?

Admission: Free
Location: Odaiba Ocean Park

Let's Go! Pikachu & Eevee cafe

Let's Go! Pikachu & Eevee cafe

When: November 9 (Fri), 2018 - January 7 (Mon), 2019
Time: 10:00am - 10:00pm (Food L.O. 9:00pm / DRINK L.O. 9:30pm)

A collaboration cafe commemorating the release of "Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!" the latest release in the Pokémon series. Here you will find many popular menu items with motifs that including Pikachu and Eve are sure to be popular among Pokémon fans.
There is also a general goods store where you can purchase cafe original limited items only available at that location.

Entrance: Free (food and beverages are separate)
Where: Ikebukuro Parco

  • PARCO - Ikebukuro
    • Address 1-28-2, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8557
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    • Nearest Station 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)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5391-8000

Yomiuri Land Jewel Illumination (R) - The Shining Lightopia

Yomiuri Land Jewel Illumination (R) - The Shining Lightopia

When: October 11 (Thu), 2018 to February 17 (Sun), 2019
Time: 4pm – 8:30pm (4–9pm from December 15 – 25)

An annual event, during winter the Yomiuri Land area is transformed into a winter wonderland. This year, all areas have been completely renewed. More than 500,000 ornaments have been added since last year to create a beautiful sparkle from over 6 million ornaments in total.

The highlight of this year is the mountain of light, a 25-meter high "Jewelry Mountain". This attraction allows guests to slide down the slopes spreading from the middle of the mountain by sled. In addition, you can enjoy seeing the popular fountain shows and "White Jewel" ice skating rink as well. There are so many attractions at the event for you to experience. Enjoy this beautiful large-scale illumination, unique to amusement parks.

Admission: Night fee (entrance after 4pm) 18 to 64 years old 1,400 yen / junior high and high school student and seniors (65 years old and over) 600 yen / elementary school students 300 yen / younger than elementary school students receive free entry
Night-time pass 18 ~ 64 years old 2,400 yen / 3 years old ~ High school students and Seniors (65 years old and over) 1,600 yen
Venue: Yomiuri Land

  • Yomiuri Land
    • Address 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi-shi, Tokyo, 206-8725



When: January 11 (Fri) – January 13 (Sun), 2019
Hours: General public, January 12 (Sat): 9am – 7pm, January 13 (Sun): 9pm – 6pm

The Tokyo Auto Salon, holding its 37th annual event, is the world's largest custom car event where more than 300,000 people visit. More than 800 tuned and dressed-up vehicles will be displayed at the Makuhari Messe venue, as well as related parts and goods that will be exhibited and sold. In fact, in recent years, many manufacturers have announced new cars and new products during the auto show, further enhancing the popularity of the exhibition. In addition, there are tons of exciting activities such as test ride sessions as well as popular artists' live performances, so this event can be enjoyed not just by hardcore car fans, but by regular people and families as well!

Admission: Public day advance sale is 2,000 yen (adult only); 2,500 yen the day of (adult), 1,800 yen for middle and high school students
Where: Makuhari Messe



When: January 25 (Fri) –January 27 (Sun), 2019
Hours: January 25 (Fri) 4pm-10pm; January 26: 11am-9pm; January 27: 11am-7pm

A huge event for beer lovers where both beer craftsmen’s "Beer Jury" and a "Beer Festival" are held. A thorough blind taste screening of beer is held on Thursday (though not open to the public), and from Friday it turns into the beer festival. You can enjoy 300 different craft beer for as little as 300 yen a cup. The results of the examination are announced during the festival on Friday. The winning brewery will be honored and awarded on stage. Be sure to attend to know what’ll be trending in the craft beer world in the New Year!

Admission: 500 yen (beer sold separately)
Where: Yokohama Osanbashi Hall

  • Osanbashi
    • Address 1-1-4, Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 231-0002
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    • Nearest Station Nihon-Odori Station (Minatomirai Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 045-211-2304

The Tokyo Furusato Festival

The Tokyo Furusato Festival

When: January 11 (Fri) –January 20 (Sun), 2019
Hours: 10am – 9pm (closes at 6pm on the 20th)

Festivals and regional cuisine are huge parts of Japan, but they often appear only in certain times of the year. The Tokyo Furusato Festival gives you the chance to take a select taste of Japan’s local dishes while you can enjoy the sights and sounds from all over Japan! At the "Festival Hiroba", you can experience prestigious presentations such as "Aomori Nebuta Festival", one of Japan’s most massive festivals that is known for its floats commending bravery, as well as the "Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival" where colorful floats are freely roaming around while changing their appearance. In the food area, you can select from a wide selection of sweets like fresh melon ice cream from Hokkaido and other traditional dishes from throughout the country.

Price: 1,700 yen the day of (advance tickets 1,500 yen), Advance admission ticket with special seating 2,200 yen
* Weekends and holidays, Specified daily
Where: Tokyo Dome

The Tokyo Oh! Grand Sumo Exhibition

The Tokyo Oh! Grand Sumo Exhibition

When: From December 21 (Fri), 2018 to December 24 (Mon), 2018; and January 2 (Wed) – January 6 (Sun), 2019
Hours: 11: 00-18: 00

The largest exhibition ever to be held will take place in Tokyo, where you can experience sumo wrestling, the national sport of Japan. There will be more than 150 exhibits including ones from former yokozuna Chiyonofuji and former ozeki Kisenosato, you can see active sumo wrestler appear in their decorative garments. In addition, there will be a corner where you can enjoy the latest virtual reality experience with Hakuho, immersing yourself fully inside the world of sumo wrestling. You can further your experience of sumo wrestling with such things as a full-scale ring. Even those who will experience Sumo culture for the first time will be able to enjoy this event. During the event, a special talk show where sumo-loving celebrities, masters, and active wrestlers will be held from time to time.

Admission: Adult (junior high school student and above): 1,500 yen, Children (3 years and older - elementary school students): 700 yen
Where: Ikebukuro Sunshine City

Futako-Tamagawa Rise Skate Garden 2018

Futako-Tamagawa Rise Skate Garden 2018

When: December 15 (Sat), 2018 - February 24 (Sun), 2019
Hours: Weekdays: 1-8pm, Weekends and holidays: 11am – 8pm

Enjoy ice skating with the authentic ice of the Futako-Tamagawa Rise winter fest! This year there are loads of activities such as skate classroom taught by former top pro skater Takahiko Kozuka held on Saturday as well as his skating classroom and "Curling Night" held on Friday nights in January. Equipment is also available, so children and entire families can enjoy these activities safely.

Admission: Adults 1,500 yen (tax included) / high school students and younger 1,000 yen (tax included) *Rental footwear included
Where: Futako Tamagawa Rise

  • Futako Tamagawa Rise
    • Address 1-14-1, Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 158-0094
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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