Tokyo in November : Best Things to Do 2020
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 2020, so let’s check it out to plan a perfect trip in Tokyo!
Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in November 2020 are closed or cancelled due to coronavirus. Please check official websites before visiting.
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:
2. Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival <<Cancelled>>
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.
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. (from late November to mid December)
【IMPORTANT NOTICE】 The evening light-up at Rikugien Garden for 2020 autumn has been cancelled in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
4. Winter Illuminations
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!
5. 2020 November Grand Sumo Tournament
The November Sumo Tournament is held in Fukuoka usually, but due to the influence of COVID-19, it will be held in Tokyo in 2020 instead. If you are a resident of Japan and book Sumo tournament tour through travel agencies, you can currently get a huge discount with GoTo Travel campaign! Moreover, there is even bigger discount for Tokyo citizens by applying Motto Tokyo campaign!!
6. Dessert Buffets
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!
7. Disney Christmas
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 special program including attractions, shows and parades as well as limited-edition food and drinks, and merchandise collection available only this time of the year 🙂
Note: the special program for 2020 Christmas will not be held due to COVID-19
Date: early November to late December
8. Afternoon Tea Boost at THE STEAKHOUSE
The fine American style steak restaurant, THE STEAKHOUSE will be serving delightful and unique afternoon tea box for a limited time from 1 November to late December 2020 (Fri, Sat, Sun and Holiday). The Afternoon Tea Boost consists of 5 delicious savory bites and 11 colourful dessert, and comes in one of two boxes which were designed specially for this menu. It also includes free-flow tea, coffee and the restaurant’s original non-alcohol cocktails. Please note that you’ll need to make a reservation for this menu by the day before at the latest. (Reservation)
9. Gotochi Nabe Festival @Hibiya Park
Gotochi Nabe Festival @Hibiya Park (ご当地鍋フェスティバル＠日比谷公園) is a popular free food event specialised in Gotochi Nabe (regional hot pot dishes) with a variety of flavours and ingredients from numbers of regions. The event takes place in Hibiya Park, Tokyo for 3 days and there will be around 70 vendors serving delicious Gotochi Nabe and regional specialties from all over Japan. Warm up with hot and tasty hot pot dish in Tokyo in late autumn!
Access: Short walk from Hibiya Station
Date: 27-29 November 2020
Hours: 10:00～20:00 (~17:00 on the last day)
10. MARVEL CAFE
The MARVEL themed cafe is opening in Harajuku/Omotesando area in Tokyo from 30 October to 29 November 2020. The cafe features limited menu with food and drinks presenting the worlds of popular MARVEL movies including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and more. The exclusive photo spots with character statues and a range of limited merchandise will be also available.
11. Winnie the Pooh HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS
The limited-time character cafe collaborated with Winnie the Pooh, HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS is opening inside Odakyu Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo from mid October until end of January next year. Don’t miss super cute and photo-worthy food and drinks with motif of Winnie the Pooh and his adorable friends as well as limited merchandise sold at the cafe store!
12. Mejiro Garden Autumn Garden Light-Up
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 (late November to early December), and the illuminated autumn foliage can be enjoyed at night.
13. Spain Festival
Japan’s biggest Spanish event, Fiesta de España 2020 will be held at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo for 3 days from 21 to 23 November 2020. The event features around 25 booths selling Spanish food, drinks and crafts such as paella, ajillo, pincho, cava and beer. There will be also some entertainment including live performance of flamenco.
Date: 21, 22, 23 November 2020
14. Tokyo Ramen Show <<Cancelled>>
The biggest outdoor Ramen event in Japan, Tokyo Ramen Show (東京ラーメンショー) is held in every 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!
15. Namaste India <<Cancelled>>
The biggest Indian event in Japan, Namaste India (ナマステ・インディア) will be back this autumn, celebrating the bond between Japan and India. It will be held in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo for 2 days (28 and 29 November 2020). There will be a large number of Indian food and drink stalls, craft market, musical performances and many other Indian related displays for 2 days.
Date: 28 and 29 November 2020
16. BANKSY Exhibition <<Postponed>>
The world’s most famous street artist, BANKSY’s own exhibition is held at Terrada Wharehouse G1 Building in Tokyo from late August to early December.
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Thanks for reading! Not only autumn leaves, but there are many more exciting events held in November 2020! If you are planning to visit Japan around November, please check out the listed articles below, too!