< September 9th (Fri) to September 19th (Mon, public holiday) >
The world-famous Oktoberfest that is celebrated every year in Germany’s city of Munich is coming to Japan – to Hibiya Park, to be specific. As the name suggests, a large variety of different German beer can be savored at the Hibiya Oktoberfest; two highlights of 2016 are the Zoller-Hofer Donator, a “Doppelbock” stout, and the award-winning Japanese FHB Rauch, a smoked beer from Fujizakura Heights Brewery. The food menu naturally offers a big selection of everything that goes well with beer, from sausages, pretzels, and raw ham, to fried potatoes and even pizza. A band playing German folk music takes care of the right atmosphere for the genuine Oktoberfest feel!
< September 16th (Fri) to September 25th (Sun) >
With 168 individual breweries and over 1,500 different beer sorts, Belgium is a true Beer Kingdom. This rich variety of beer culture can be enjoyed along with traditional Belgian cuisine and live music at the 7th Belgian Beer Weekend Tokyo. This year, eleven different types of beer are represented by 113 individual sorts and brands, with 43 of these having their debut in Japan. As for food, the Flemish beef and beer stew called Carbonnade is an excellent choice, as well as French fries made from Belgium’s own bintje potatoes – both dishes going extraordinarily well with beer.
< September 24th (Sat) and September 25th (Sun) >
Giving an authentic glimpse into the many different faces of India, from daily life such as clothing and housing to the vast food culture, India’s charms can be felt and explored to the fullest at Japan’s largest India festival - around 200,000 visitors are expected in the two days in which the festival is held. The autumn festival has a long tradition as 2016 marks the 24th anniversary of Namaste India. Indian culture can be savored in many different ways: whether you get your hands on the many spices on display, dive into the world of Indian cuisine with classics such as Ayurveda, purchase your own colorful sari or experience Henna art first-hand, there’s much and more to discover. Dance and musical performances are being held back to back, showcasing India’s many performance arts.
< September 22nd (Thu, holiday) >
Experience the charm of Japan at ""Japan Night"" staged in Nihonbashi! Around the Nihonbashi intersection you can witness traditional Japanese performances such as ""Kiyari, Matoifuri, and Hashigonori,"" along with the ""Kanuma Autumn Matsuri"" from Tochigi, the ""Ushibuka Haiya Dance"" from Kumamoto, the ""Akita Sao Matsuri"" from Akita, and many other festivals and parades from various areas of Japan bringing the stage to life!
On the same day, near Mitsukoshimae-station on Edo Sakura-Dori Street there is the ""Nihonbashi Nigiwai Hiroba"" where you can purchase specialty products from all over Japan as souvenirs, happening from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Also from September 24th to the 25th, for two days the ""Tourism EXPO Japan"" event is happening at Tokyo Big Sight, the world's largest travel related festival event to promote the qualities of international and Japanese regions. Tickets at the gate are 1,300 yen.
Nihonbashi Station and around Mitsukoshimae Station
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.