Best Spots to Spend Halloween in Tokyo 2020
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 2020!!
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!!) If you wish to see chaotic Japanese Halloween, this could be an interesting attraction.
Date (unofficial): Most likely to be on 31 October 2020
In order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, Shibuya Ward is asking people to stay away from Shibuya for Halloween celebration this year. In stead, the ward is hosting an online event “Virtual Shibuya Halloween Festival” featuring special events, immersive contents and live performances of artists such as Kyari Pamyu Pamyu and BiSH. Check more info about the event from the official website.
Official Website: https://virtualhalloween.cluster.mu/
2. Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2020
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: 31 October and 1 November 2020
Website: http://ikebukurocosplay.jp/ (Japanese)
3. Kawasaki Halloween 2020
One of biggest and most energetic Halloween events annually held in Japan, Kawasaki Halloween is back this year (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 will be held one day before the main parade.
In 2020, Kawasaki Halloween will be held online and anybody in the world could participate in the event by posting a costume video on SNS and hashtagging #oneworldhalloween.
Date: 1 to 31 October 2020
4. Disney Halloween 2020 at Tokyo Disney Resorts <<CANCELLED>>
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 will be also a Halloween themed parade and a show during this period.
Disney Halloween won’t be held for 2020 in order to prevent further spread of coronavirus.
Date: 11th September to 1st November 2020
5. Kawaii Monster Cafe <<Permanently Closed>>
【Important Notice: Kawaii Monster Cafe is permanently closed】Harajuku’s famous Kawaii Monster Cafe is hosting a special event “Harajuku Happy Halloween Dinner 2020 -Mask Parade-” with DJs, dances, drag queens and the Monster Girls gathering all together on 31 October 2020. 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!Map: https://bit.ly/3jAAe1WDate: 31 October 2020
6. PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY 2020
Sanrio Puroland hosts an annual Halloween event “Puro Halloween Party” with the masquerade theme and various types of Halloween parties will be held at the park during day and at night. The entire park will be decorated with cute and scary Halloween theme and there will be a number of special photo spots. The limited decoration, attractions, events, food and drink menu and merchandise will be available during the period.
In 2020, Puro Halloween Party offers online contents to enjoy from home besides the events at the park including a video chat with Sanrio characters in special Halloween costumes.
Date: 11 September to 31 October 2020
7. SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2020 STREAMING
Sanrio Puroland also hosts 3-day Halloween music festival SPOOKY PUMPKIN 2020 STREAMING featuring live streaming music performance by various artists including famous DJs and special collaboration with adorable Sanrio characters.
Date: 30, 31 October and 1 November 2020
8. 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!
9. TOKYO TOWER HALLOWEEN (N/A)
Tokyo Tower will be 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.
Date: TBA (4 to 31 October 2019)
10. ROPPONGI HILLS HAPPY HALLOWEEN (N/A)
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.
Date: TBA (1 to 31 October 2019)
11. AQUA POP HALLOWEEN (N/A)
The special Halloween event, AQUA POP HALLOWEEN Directed by NAKED 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.
Which Halloween events in 2020 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!
Here are more special events in this autumn, you may be interested!
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