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:
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.
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. (from 20 November to 12 December 2019)
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!
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 dessert buffets can be enjoyed at numbers of venues in Tokyo. From autumn fruits to Christmas theme, pick your favourite and indulge yourself with the finest quality desserts as much as you like!
Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries is a puzzle-solving & city exploration game that is currently held in Tokyo from 15 October 2019 to 16 February 2020. This limited time game was created by the collaboration between Tokyo Metro and SCRAP (a gaming event company). It can be played while walking through the streets of Tokyo using a 24-hour ticket and puzzle-solving kit to solve puzzles that have been hidden within Tokyo and Tokyo Metro stations as they attempt to reach the goal. It’s one of the most exciting ways to explore the metropolitan city, Tokyo!
Wanna play the game?? Then check out more details about Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries:
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!
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.
Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 is opening in 6 cities in Japan this autumn including Tokyo and Osaka! The Tokyo branch is located inside the iconic fashion building, Shibuya 109, and will be available till 17 November 2019. The cafe offers limited food and drink menu collaborated with cute Sailor Moon character. The limited design merchandise will also be available at the cafe store exclusively for the cafe visitors. Make an online reservation in advance to get special gift!
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.
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 🙂
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!!
13. STAR WARS Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019 -Precious for you-
The most anticipated movie of the year, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will finally be out next month across the world, and Marunouchi (near Tokyo Station) will be celebrating the released of the upcoming STAR WARS movie and Christmas at the same time. STAR WARS Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019 -Precious for you- is a special event held in Marunouchi area from 7 November, featuring Christmas decorations, participatory events, temporary cafe, gallery, pop-up shops, etc.. all in the STAR WARS theme!
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!
Mejiro Garden (目白庭園) is a small and peaceful traditional Japanese landscape garden located in Mejiro, Tokyo. It’s very closed to Ikebukuro Station, one of the busiest districts in Tokyo. The garden consists of pond, historical Japanese buildings and monuments, and beautiful nature displaying seasonal scenery. The garden hosts a special light-up event during the peak season of autumn leaves (from 23 November to 1 December 2019), and the illuminated autumn foliage can be enjoyed at night.
The Disney animation movie, Frozen 2 will finally be released on 22 November 2019, and Japan will be celebrating it with limited-time character cafe inspired by the world of Frozen 2. The Frozen 2 Cafe will open at 7 venues (6 cities) in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Kyoto). There will be 2 cafes available in Tokyo in Harajuku and Tamagawa venues. Enjoy the limited food and drinks inspired by the world of Frozen 2 and merchandise products only sold at the cafe store.
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 and official Nintendo store, Nintendo TOKYO.
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!