10 Best Events in Japan in October 2023

List of Seasonal Events in Japan in October

October Events in Japan

October, the season in the middle of autumn, is one of the best months to visit Japan for its pleasant climate including comfortably warm days and cool evening nights and a variety of seasonal events. Red and yellow autumn leaves peak in some popular tourist areas such as Hokkaido and the Japan Alps.

You can usually stay in Japan under splendid fall weather in October while the previous month is known as one of the rainy seasons. Each area offers a lot of outdoor attractions with maple leaves tinged with red and ginkgoes turning gold. The autumn season also gives you the chance to taste good seasonal things: For example, sweet chestnuts, potatoes, pumpkins, mushrooms, persimmons, etc. More international events like Halloween have been more familiar to the Japanese recently.

There are a large number of things to do and places to visit in Japan in October. For those who plan to go to Japan for sightseeing and business, here is the list of the best events held around the country in October. This event list will also help residents who wonder what to do this weekend.

Don’t miss the chance to join a wonderful limited event in Japan! Here is our list of the best events in Japan in October 2023.

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1. Early Autumn Leaves

The early autumn leaves in Japan are one of the most beautiful sceneries many locals and tourists visit Japan to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of nature. There are some places in Japan where you can experience early autumn leaves and celebrate the autumn festival in October. Here are some of our pics.

Genre: Jozankei (Onsen Town)
Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido
Dates: Early to mid-October
Website: https://jozankei.jp/

Genre: Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival
Location: Lake Kawaguchi
Dates: October 28 to November 23, 2023
Website: https://fujisan.ne.jp/pages/433/

Genre: Kochia Carnival
Location: Hitachi Seaside Park
Dates: Mid to Late October
Website: https://hitachikaihin.jp/en/

For more information about this event, check out the following articles!

▶5 Best Autumn Leaves Spots in Hokkaido

▶Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival 2023

▶Kochia Carnival at Hitachi Seaside Park Autumn

2. Disney Halloween


The perfect event for family and friends with cool weather. Disney Halloween 2023 in Tokyo is a carnival event full of magical surprises and fun shows where Disney characters will wear unique Halloween costumes with colorful parades, fun outdoor attractions, and fun activities.

Genre: Halloween Event
Location: Tokyo Disney Resort
Dates: September 15 to October 31, 2023

Website Tokyo Disneyland: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/halloween2023/tdl/
Website Tokyo Disney Sea: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/halloween2023/tds/

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▶Disney Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort

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3. Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2023

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2023
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Popular Halloween events are held in Universal Studio Japan (USJ) to celebrate autumn with various events related to Halloween such as the “HAHAHA! HALLOWEEN PARTY” featuring popular characters and Halloween horror night with street zombies. It is a fun and thrilling event for the whole family and friends.

Genre: Halloween Event
Location: Universal Studio Japan (Osaka)
Dates: September 7 to November 5, 2023
Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us

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▶Universal Studios Japan Halloween

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4. Huis Ten Bosch Haunted Halloween

Huis Ten Bosch Haunted Halloween
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Huis Ten Bosch Haunted Halloween is a special event celebrating autumn and Halloween. A Halloween-themed featuring haunted houses to give a terrifying, fun, and scariest experience. A unique Halloween entertainment for family and friends.

Genre: Halloween Event
Location: K21 Palace Huis Ten Bosch
Dates: October 8 to November 5, 2023
Website: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/autumn/haunted/

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5. Autumn Buffets and Afternoon Tea

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Various buffets and afternoon tea are held in well-known hotels and restaurants in Japan with a theme depending on the season. For the autumn season, some hotels offer buffet desserts featuring Halloween-themed and afternoon tea featuring autumn fruits such as Shine Muscat.

Genre: Shine Muscat Afternoon Tea
Location: THE LOUNGE 39F Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo Otemachi
Dates: September 1 to November 30, 2023
Website: https://www.fourseasons.com/otemachi/dining/lounges/the-lounge/

Genre: Autumn Buffet Dessert
Location: Conrad Tokyo
Dates: September 2 to October 31, 2023
Website: https://conrad-tokyo.hiltonjapan.co.jp/plans/restaurants/sweetsbuffet/cerise-halloween

Genre: Afternoon Tea with Shine Muscat
Location: Yokohama Grand InterContinental Hotel
Dates: September 11 to November 30, 2023
Website: https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/yokohama/yokha/hoteldetail

For more information about these events, check out the following articles!

▶Best Autumn Dessert Buffets in Tokyo

▶Shine Muscat Sweets Afternoon Tea in Tokyo Autumn

6. Katsuhiro Otomo Complete Works: AKIRA Cel Exhibition

Katsuhiro Otomo Complete Works AKIRA Cel Exhibition
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The Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira Cel Exhibition is a special display from the popular anime “Akira”. Features over 650 works, drawings, and layouts of Katsuhiro Otomo to be held in Shinsaibashi Parco in Osaka.

Genre: Exhibition
Location: Parco Gallery Osaka
Dates: October 6 to 24, 2023
Website: https://art.parco.jp/eventhall/detail/?id=1294

7. Jujutsu Kaisen Cafe


The Jujutsu Kaisen Cafe is a special event that offers food and drinks to the theme of the popular Japanese anime and manga series “Jujutsu Kaisen”. You can also enjoy their collectible merchandise and other attractions related to the series. Held in BOX Cafe and space branches in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.

Genre: Cafe Event (Japanese Manga Series)
Location: Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka
Dates: August 10 to October 22, 2023
Website: https://kg.jujutsukaisen-cafe.jp/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶Jujutsu Kaisen Cafe in Japan


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The Asagiri Jam is a music festival held in Asagiri Arena at the foot of Mt. Fuji Fumotoppara. Here you can enjoy and experience an outdoor live performance while camping from various genres of music.

Genre: Camp Festival
Location: Asagiri Arena at the Foot of Mt.Fuji Fumotoppara
Dates: October 21 and 22, 2023
Website: https://asagirijam.jp/

9. Kurama no Hi Matsuri 2023

Kurama no Hi Matsuri 2023
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Kuruma no Hi Matsuri is an annual festival held in Kyoto, Kurama Yuki Shrine known for bonfires, parades, torches, and rituals. The highlights of the festival are when men/people bear huge torches and parade to make an offering to the spirits of nature.

Genre: Fire Festival
Location: Kyoto (Kurama Yuki Shrine)
Dates: October 22, 2023
Website: http://www.yukijinjya.jp/about/index.html

10. Autumn Takayama Festival

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Takayama Autumn Festival is a traditional harvest festival held in Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in Gifu Takayama. It is known for colorful large floats parades through the town and rituals celebrating autumn and harvest.

Genre: Festival
Location: Gifu Takayama (Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine)
Dates: October 9 and 10, 2023
Website: https://www.hida.jp/english/festivalsandevents/4000209.html

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