Best Spots to Spend Halloween in Tokyo 2023
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 2023!!
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Shibuya Halloween is an unofficial event, yet draws a large crowds every year. Somehow, Shibuya and Halloween become intimate in past years and it’s now becoming some kind of a tourist attraction. Tons of people gather around 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
2. Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival
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: 28 and 29 October 2023
Website: http://ikebukurocosplay.jp/ (Japanese)
3. 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.
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Date: 15 September to 31 October 2023
4. Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland hosts an annual Halloween event “Puro Halloween” with various Halloween celebrations taking place at the park in day and night. You will be welcomed by adorable Sanrio characters dressed in the limited-edition Halloween costumes including Hello Kitty, My Melody, Kuromi, Pompompurin and Cinnamoroll. The park offers various contents with Halloween theme such as parade, show, greeting and photo spot for a limited time. There will be also special food menu at park’s restaurants and cafes as well as limited merchandise sold at the stores.
Date: 8 September to 31 October 2023
5. 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!
6. Roppongi Hills Halloween
Roppongi Hills Halloween is a kid-friendly Halloween event held at Roppongi Hills, featuring various Halloween related contents for 2 days. In 2023, the popular Halloween parade will be held for the first time in 4 years. Families with children under 12 year-old can join the parade with Halloween costumes and stroll down the street with a brass band. At the end of the parade, there are little treats waiting for children!
Date: 28, 29 October 2023 (the Halloween parade will be on 29th October)
7. Spoil Yourself with Starbucks Japan Halloween Treats
Starbucks Japan releases seasonal limited edition beverage and merchandise through the year including in Halloween season. In 2023, they are releasing the Halloween beverage “Booooo Frappuccino” for a limited time, featuring an unique and spooky look with a flavour of pumpkin. The 2023 Halloween merchandise collection includes a range of drinkware such as mug, tumbler and stainless bottle with the cute Halloween themed designs with cats and ghost motif. The beverage and merchandise are only sold in Japan this time of the year, so don’t miss a chance to treat yourself with Starbucks Japan Halloween collection!
Release date: 11 October 2023
8. 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.
9. 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!
There are more ways to enjoy Halloween in Japan!
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