Tokyo in November : Best Things to Do 2019

What to Do in Tokyo in November

Tokyo in November offers a numbers of exciting events and attractions including autumn foliage, one of the most celebrated seasonal attractions in Japan along with cherry blossoms, and also the country’s top attraction during winter, winter illuminations will be kicking off at numbers of spots in Tokyo. Besides, there are many more special events and thing to do that are only available this time of year!

In this article, I have listed the hottest travel information in Tokyo in November 2019, so let’s check it out to plan a perfect trip in Tokyo!


1. Autumn Leaves

November is one of the best season to visit Tokyo as the whole city is tinted in warm colours by autumn leaves. It’s in fact the second most popular seasonal attraction in the country after cherry blossoms in spring. The autumn foliage season in Tokyo is usually from November to early December, and colourful leaves such as maples and ginkgo display beautiful scenery at numbers of locations in Tokyo.

Here is the list of top 10 autumn foliage viewing spots in Tokyo:

10 Best Autumn Leaves Spots in Tokyo 2019

2. Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival

One of the most popular autumn festivals in Tokyo, Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival “Icho Matsuri” (神宮外苑いちょう祭り) will be held from mid to late November. The festival features the 2 lane avenue lined by approx 150 Ginkgo trees which display gorgeous yellow leaves. There will be also numbers of food vendors which you can eat delicious regional dishes around Japan. The venue is situated between Omotesando and Aoyama area, which is very accessible from popular tourist areas such as Harajuku and Shibuya.

Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival 2019

3. Rikugien Garden

Rikugien (六義園), the scenic Japanese style landscape garden is one of the top visited sites for autumn leaves viewing in the city. The spacious traditional Japanese garden was originally founded in 1700, and consists of teahouses, hills, ponds, bridges and the rich nature which turns into warm colours in autumn. During the peak season of autumn leaves, the garden is open till 21:00 with the evening light-up.

More info:

Rikugien Garden: Tokyo’s Best Japanese Garden with Autumn Leaves

4. Winter Illumination

Winter illuminations are arguably the top city attraction during winter, and some of the most popular illumination events such as Shibuya Blue Cave, Roppongi Hills Christmas and Yebisu Garden Place attract over a million people every season.

Winter illumination events kick off at several locations in November, and you can actually enjoy with less crowds as events get busier towards Christmas season. (and it’s less cold, too!) Enjoy the long and romantic early winter night in Tokyo with colourful illumination lights 🙂

Check out the attached article below introducing the best winter illumination event held in Tokyo in winter!

Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2019–2020

5. Autumn Dessert Buffet

If you love sweets, you should definitely visit one of all-you-can-eat dessert buffets in Tokyo. Numbers of hotels in Tokyo host seasonal dessert buffets through the year with seasonal themes or ingredients. The desserts are made by high-skilled pastry teams of each hotels, and they are not only tasty but also very creative and photo-worthy. From September to November, a variety of autumn dessert buffets can be enjoyed at numbers of venues in Tokyo. From Halloween theme to autumn fruits, pick your favourite and indulge yourself with the finest quality desserts as much as you like!

More info:

Best Autumn Dessert Buffets in Tokyo 2019

6. Tokyo Ramen Show

The biggest outdoor Ramen event in Japan, Tokyo Ramen Show (東京ラーメンショー) will be back this autumn with delicious bowls of Ramen selected from around Japan. The 12-day event takes place at Komazawa Olympic Park from late October to early November and is divided into 2 rounds offering 18 booths of different Ramen shops for 6 days each (36 shops in total)! If you are a Ramen lover, don’t miss a chance to taste the delicious regional Ramen in the heart of Tokyo!

Tokyo Ramen Show 2019

7. Tokyo Motor Show

A must-visit event for motor fans, Tokyo Motor Show (東京モーターショー) is one of the biggest motor events in the whole world, which takes place at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, Tokyo for 12 days. The event showcases the latest vehicle products and designs by both domestic and international motor brands as well as offering visitors chances to experience the latest motor products including test-rides and VR experience.

Tokyo Motor Show 2019

8. STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

The special exhibition of STAR WARS has been held in Tokyo since summer and will run till mid January 2020! The exhibition showcases a large collection of rare and original items which have been used for the STAR WARS movie franchise. Also there is a special content which allows visitors ro create their own STAR WARS characters with 50 million different possibilities. The special merchandise is also available at the shop in the exhibition.

STAR WARS exhibition in Tokyo ‘STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition’

9. Disney Christmas

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Tokyo Disney Resort (Disneyland and DisneySea) hosts a variety of seasonal events through the year, and the annual Christmas event “Disney Christmas” is the perfect one for the grand finale of the year. The entire park will be decorated with festive Christmas decoration, and there will be a number of special themed events including attraction, shows, parades, food and drinks, and merchandise collection available only this time of the year 🙂

Date: 8 November to 25 December 2019

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10. TOKYO COMIC CON 2019

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The world’s leading pop culture event, COMIC CON will be held in Tokyo (Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall) for 3 days from 22–24 November 2019! TOKYO COMIC CON 2019 is a sister event to the Silicon Valley Comic Con founded by the legendary creator, Stan Lee, and will be celebrating both Japanese and American pop culture. Visitors can enjoy a large range of elements; comics, animation, games, and movies, as well as meeting special guests from Hollywood. So far, the confirmed guests to COMIC CON TOKYO 2019 includes Sebastian Stan from Avengers series, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter series, Orlando Bloom from The Lord or the Rings and Zachary Levi Pugh from Shazam!. Wow.. how exciting!!

Map: http://bit.ly/2OR1DTx

Access: 5 mins walk from Kaihim Makuhari Station

Date: 22–24 November 2019

Website: https://tokyocomiccon.jp/en/

11. Gotochi Nabe Festival @Hibiya Park

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The 6th Gotochi Nabe Festival @Hibiya Park (第6回 ご当地鍋フェスティバル@日比谷公園) will be held for 3 days from 22–24 November 2019. It’s a popular free food event specialised in Gotochi Nabe (regional hot pot dishes) with a variety of flavours and ingredients from numbers of regions. There will be around 70 vendors serving delicious Gotochi Nabe and regional specialties from all over the country. Warm up with hot and tasty hot pot dish in Tokyo in late autumn!

Map: http://bit.ly/31uxH0L

Access: Short walk from Hibiya Station

Date: 22–24 November 2019

Hours: 10:00~20:00 (~17:00 on the last day)

12. Shibuya PARCO Opening

Shibuya PARCO is one of the most iconic shopping buildings in Shibuya, offering trendy and inexpensive fashion items. It’s been closed since 2016 summer for renovation, and will finally reopen on 22 November 2019 with the brand-new building! Shibuya PARCO will be at the B1F to 8F of the massive complex building which also consists of office, theatre, etc, and there will be over 180 shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment facilities including a brand new Pokemon Center.

Related article:

Pokemon Center SHIBUYA to Open in 2019 Autumn!


Thanks for reading! Not only autumn leaves, but there are many more exciting events held in November 2019! If you are planning to visit Japan around November, please check out the listed articles below, too!

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan in November

One Day Trips from Tokyo in Autumn: Best Autumn Leaves Spots near Tokyo 2019

5 Best Spots to Enjoy Autumn Ginkgo Trees in Tokyo!

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