Best Spots to Spend Halloween in Tokyo 2021
Best Halloween Events in Tokyo!!
Have you chosen your Halloween outfit for this year already?? If you are travelling in Tokyo during Halloween period, make sure to join a party, event or parade!! That would be the most fun choice.
Halloween has become a huge thing in Japan in the last decade, and everyone wants to party real hard. Some Halloween street parades take places in several locations in Tokyo, usually on/around 31 October, and some areas expect over 10,000 participants dressed in their Halloween costumes!! Let’s check out some of hottest Halloween events in Tokyo in 2021!!
Shibuya Halloween is an unofficial event, yet invites the largest crowds. Somehow, Shibuya and Halloween become intimate in past years and it’s now becoming some kind of a tourist attraction. Tons of people gather at Shibuya scramble crossing in unique Halloween costumes and make a big street party till morning. (Accordingly, there were about 1 million people there a couple of years ago!!) If you wish to see chaotic Japanese Halloween, this could be an interesting attraction.
Date (unofficial): end of October
Note: In order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, Shibuya Ward asked people to stay away from Shibuya for Halloween celebration in 2020. In stead, the ward hosted an online event “Virtual Shibuya Halloween Festival” featuring special events, immersive contents and live performances of artists such as Kyari Pamyu Pamyu and BiSH. (Official Website: https://virtualhalloween.cluster.mu/)
2. Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2021
How can Otaku (geek) culture be related to Halloween? You will find out at this most unique Japanese Halloween event. Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival (池袋ハロウィンコスプレフェス) started in 2014 and now it’s a perfect opportunity for over 10,000 cosplayers to dress in their favourite anime, game and manga characters openly.
Date: 30 and 31 October 2021
Website: http://ikebukurocosplay.jp/ (Japanese)
3. Kawasaki Halloween <<Cancelled>>
One of biggest and most energetic Halloween events annually held in Japan, Kawasaki Halloween is hels annually (it’s not technically in Tokyo, but worth mentioning!). The event’s program includes a Halloween parade, live music performances, a costume contest and a dance music event at night. A kids parade is also held one day before the main parade.
Note: In 2021 summer, Kawasaki Halloween has announced the end of the event after 24 years.
4. Disney Halloween
Tokyo Disney Resort holds themed events for every occasion of the year and Halloween is not an exception. This must be a fun place to be if you dress in your favourite Disney character costume and feel like being a real character. There are also a Halloween themed parade and a show during this period.
Note: Disney Halloween will be held with new safety measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19
Date: 15 September 2021~
5. Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland hosts an annual Halloween event “Puro Halloween” with various Halloween celebrations taking place at the park in day and night. In 2021, the event will be held with the cheerful and happy Pumpkin theme. Popular Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll will be dressed in special pumpkin theme costumes and various contents such as show, greeting, photo spot, food menu and merchandise will be also available with the Halloween theme during the period.
Date: 10 September to 31 October 2021
-SPOOKY PUMPKIN STREAMING
Sanrio Puroland also hosts 3-day Halloween music festival SPOOKY PUMPKIN STREAMING featuring live streaming music performance by various artists including famous DJs and special collaboration with adorable Sanrio characters.
6. Halloween Dessert Buffets
Halloween is actually a great time to enjoy sweets as many cafe/confectionery stores release limited sweets with Halloween motif as well as themed dessert buffets held at several hotels in Tokyo. Indulge yourself with fine quality and photo-worthy Halloween desserts this autumn!
7. Sumida Aquarium
One of the most popular aquariums in Tokyo, Sumida Aquarium will transfer its jellyfish exhibit into the Halloween version. The Kaleidoscope Tunnel with approx 5,000 mirrors decorating the wall and ceiling of the 50m long slope will display the Jellyfish and Halloween exhibition. With the sound, light and visual effect, it creates a mystical atmosphere with jellyfish floating in fish tanks just like ghosts.
Date: 1 to 31 October 2021
8. TOKYO TOWER HALLOWEEN
During the Halloween season, Tokyo Tower is decorated with Halloween art, collaborating the beautiful night view of Tokyo city. Free rental of Halloween costumes is available and guests can take photos at the special photo shooting sets during the term. It’s more suitable for people who do not be involved in chaotic street parades, yet still wanna celebrate the Halloween.
9. ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN
Roppongi Hills hosts a fun and spooky, kids-friendly Halloween event “Roppongi Hills Happy Halloween” through October with a classic parade and limited menu from restaurants. The parade usually takes place on the last Sunday of October around noon.
10. Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
The special Halloween event is held at the popular aquarium in Tokyo, Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa. The event features the latest high-tech digital art collaborating with adorable sea creatures including the special dolphin show which is held 7 times a day. The whole aquarium will be decorated with the colourful and instagram-worthy Halloween theme.
11. Kawaii Monster Cafe <<Permanently Closed>>
【Important Notice: Kawaii Monster Cafe is permanently closed】
Harajuku’s famous Kawaii Monster Cafe hosts a special event with DJs, dances, drag queens and the Monster Girls gathering all together with special Halloween theme. This event is highly popular and the tickets tend to sell out quickly, so check the availability and book your tickets in advance! Join this Tokyo’s most colourful Halloween party with your own Kawaii mask!
Which Halloween events do you want to join most?? If you are a hardcore party lover, you should definitely participate to the Shibuya’s street parade with crazy outfit!! 😉 Or if you wanna spend the Halloween quietly, I’d recommend you to avoid going near Shibuya area, cos the traffic will be crazy on that day!
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