Top 10 Things to Do in Japan in September

Best things to do and places to visit in Japan in September

The golden cosmos field on the foot of Mt Fuji

Who said September is a boring month?? It’s actually a great time to enjoy two very different seasons: summer & autumn! You can still hit beaches and enjoy the hot weather while feeling the coming of new season. Numbers of fun events are held through the country as well as early autumn leaves.

After reading this article, you may consider visiting Japan in September 🙂 Here are 10 best things to do in September in Japan!

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1. Kinchakuda Higanbana Field

Burning red Higanbana flower field near Tokyo

The symbol of early autumn, Higanbana flower (red spider lily)’s biggest field in Japan is located in Saitama Prefecture, which is only 1 hour away from Tokyo. 5 millions burning hot flowers spark from mid September.

Date: mid-end September

more info: Kinchakuda Higanbana Fields: Enjoy Fiery Red Flowers near Tokyo!

▶️Check out 10 Beautiful Spots to See Spider Lilies (Higanbana) near Tokyo, too!

2. Tsukimi

Tsukimi, which means “moon viewing” is Japanese festival celebrating the autumn moon. The celebration of the full moon typically takes place in late September or early October.

Tsukimi traditions include displaying decorations made from Japanese pampas grass and eating rice dumplings called “Tsukimi Dango” in order to celebrate the beauty of the moon. Seasonal produce are also displayed as offerings to the moon.

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3. First Autumn leaves

While the mainland of Japan waits to see the warm autumn colours for another 2 months, Hokkaido is welcoming their first autumn leaves in September and it’s absolutely stunning.

Date: mid September~

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4. SUMO Tokyo Basho

Sumo Match at Ryogoku Kokugikan

The grand Sumo tournaments are held 6 times every year in Japan: three times in Tokyo (January, May and September) and once in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July) and Fukuoka (November), and each tournament lasts for 15 days. The September grand tournament is held in Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo in mid-late September annually. It’s definitely one of the most spectacular things to experience in Japan!!

▼ Tickets available HERE!!▼

5. Autumn Dessert Buffets

All-you-can-eat dessert buffet has been a huge food trend in Japan for the past years and it’s held at numbers of venues with different themes or seasonal ingredients through the year. One of the most anticipated season for dessert buffets is autumn/Halloween season. You find various high-quality dessert buffets with cute and photo-worthy Halloween theme or autumn ingredients such as pumpkin, sweet potato, chestnut and pear. Check out the link below to find out the best dessert buffets in Tokyo for this autumn/Halloween!

Date: September to October

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6. Tokyo Game Show

One of the biggest video game events in the world, the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is held annually in Tokyo with the latest stuff to impress all game& high-tech lovers around the world. The first two days is for press and business, and the last two days is open for public.

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7. Ultra Japan

The biggest EDM festival, ULTRA JAPAN is held in Tokyo in September annually. Don’t miss the party with world’s greatest DJs!! The event has featured the world’s greatest DJs and artists in past including TIESTO, ALESSO, HARDWELL, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Deadmau5 and more.

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8. Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

One of the most traditional festivals in Japan, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri from Kishiwada City, Osaka is known as the most energetic and manly festival in the country.

Date: mid September

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9. Yamanakako Hanano Miyako Kouen

The cosmos flower field next to Mt Fuji

Cosmos flowers a.k.a the Cherry Blossom of Autumn are fully blooming next to Mt.Fuji through September, and the flower park is admission free!

Date: early September to mid October

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10. Halloween at Universal Studios Japan

The Halloween event of Universal Studios Japan is huge, and arguably the best Halloween celebration in the country. It’s definitely the fun place to be during this time of the year! The event features special horror attractions, shows, merchandise and food which are enjoyable for kids to adults. And luckily it’s kicking off from mid September till early Nov.

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