10 Best Events in Japan in September 2023

List of Seasonal Events in Japan in September 2023

September in Japan marks the start of the autumn season which is still quite warm and gradually decreases until autumn with milder temperature drops and more tolerable humidity levels. And with most Japanese returning to work and school many places have fewer people and visitors. By taking advantage of the cooler weather visiting Japan in September is one of the best times.

You can enjoy many events this month even though the big events of the previous month have just ended and there are no major events this month. However, the Silver Week is held in September in Japan. From summer to autumn there are various events still related to summer such as festivals, fireworks, and traditional annual events to celebrate the beginning of autumn.

Many exciting events are expected to take place this month from traditional celebrations to modern technology events like the Tokyo Game Show one of the most awaited events that introduce new innovations in the video game industry.

In this article, you can read about the major exciting events in Japan this September 2023 that contain details such as places, dates, and other related information about the events which will help you decide where to go to events that you may be interested in. And if you want to travel to Japan, September is the perfect time to visit with fewer tourists compared to the peak season you can enjoy exploring Japan more. Here is our list of events and festivals held in Japan in September 2023.

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1. Sumo Grand Tournament in Tokyo

Sumo Grand Tournament September
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Sumo (相撲) was originated in Japan; it’s a Japanese style of wrestling and considered Japan’s National Sport. Japan is the only country where it is practiced professionally. Even now, the Sumo sport has ritual elements included such as the use of salt purification from Shinto.

This September, a Grand Sumo Tournament will be held in Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo from September 10 to 24, 2023.

Genre: Tournament
Location: Ryogoku Kokugikan
Dates: September 10 to 24, 2023
Website: https://www.sumo.or.jp/En/

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2. Early Autumn Leaves

In Japan, the early arrival of autumn leaves is extraordinary and many await. And one of the most famous places in Japan to have colorful autumn leaves early is the Hokkaido region which is known for its cold climate and earlier arrival of winter that causes the trees to change color early. And here are some places in Hokkaido that have early autumn leaves in the month of September.

Genre: Hokkaido Early Autumn Leaves
Location: Mt.Asahi or Asahidake (Hokkaido)
Dates: Mid to Late September
Website: https://www.asahidake-vc-2291.jp/foreign/

Genre: Hokkaido Early Autumn Leaves
Location: Blue Pond Biei Town (Hokkaido)
Dates: Late September to early October
Website: https://www.biei-hokkaido.jp/en/



Ultra Japan is an electronic dance music festival that represents well-known DJs from different countries and is an event that is held in other places in the world. This September 16 and 17, it will be held in Odaiba Tokyo.

Genre: Music Festival
Location: Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park
Dates: September 16 and 17, 2023
Website: https://ultrajapan.com/ja

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

4. Tokyo Game Show 2023

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The Tokyo Game Show is an event or exhibition for the video games industry. It is one of the most awaited event that aims to show the newest games, technology, and innovations in the field of video games.

Genre: Event/Exhibition
Location: Makuhari Messe (This is Chiba not Tokyo)
Dates: September 21 to 24, 2023
Website: https://tgs.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2023/en/

5. Halloween at Universal Studios Japan

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Halloween at Universal Studios Japan is a fun and thrilling experience that visitors look forward to every year. The visitors can travel to haunted houses full of scares. And this 2023 the Halloween event titled HAHAHA Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Night will be held from September.

Genre: HAHAHA Halloween Party
Location: Universal Studio Japan (OSAKA)
Dates: September 7 to November 5, 2023
Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/events/halloween-2023/hahaha-halloween-party-2023

Genre: Halloween Horror Night
Location: Universal Studio Japan (OSAKA)
Dates: September 8 to November 5, 2023
Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/events/halloween-2023/halloween-horror-night-2023

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

6. Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

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Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is one of the largest and most famous danjiri festivals held in Kishiwada Osaka. This festival has large floats called “danjiri” paraded by men through the streets of the city of Kishiwada. Celebrating the tradition and culture of the unity and dedication of local neighborhoods.

Genre: Festival
Location: Kishiwada Osaka
Dates: Mid-September
Website: https://www.city.kishiwada.osaka.jp/site/danjiri/

7. Oktober Fest

Oktober Fest is the largest beer festival in the world, celebrated every month from September to October. Here you can enjoy various local and international beers and different types of food. This September 15 to 24, 2023 the Oktober Fest will be held in Shiba Park.

Genre: Beer Festival
Location: Shiba Park (Tokyo)
Dates: September 15 to 24, 2023
Website: https://www.oktober-fest.jp/

8. Capsule Festival Mt.Fuji Yamanakako Fireworks Music Festival

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The Capsule Festival at Mt. Fuji Yamanakako Fireworks Music Festival is a colorful, fun, and exciting festival featuring Japan’s fireworks culture since the Edo period will almost 10,000 powerful fireworks displays. And aside from that the festival offers musical performances, food and other activities such as sauna and camping.

Genre: Fireworks Festival
Location: Yamanakako Exchange Plaza Kirara (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Dates: September 22 to 24, 2023
Website: https://2023.capsulejapan.com/

9. Forest Movie Festival

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The Forest Movie Festival started in 2014 and is held as Japan’s first outdoor movie festival while changing the outlook and location every year. This year world of view is “Overlapping” held in Velga Hokuto Yamanashi Prefecture from the 23rd to the 24th of September.

Genre: Festival
Location: Velga Hokuto (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Dates: September 23 to 24, 2023
Website: https://forest-movie-festival.jp/

10. Fuji Motosuko Rainbow Flower Fes


The Fuji Motosuko Rainbow Flower Festival is an amazing event of nature and the beauty of flowers. It will be held at Fuji Motosuko Resort where you can enjoy pleasant weather and flowers. During this season the place becomes a colorful paradise of flowers that show different colors and shapes and there are more than 15 types of flower colors here.

Genre: Flower Festival
Location: Fujimotosuko Resort (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Dates: September 1 to October 15, 2023
Website: https://www.fujimotosuko-resort.jp/flower/rainbowflower/

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