Tokyo in October : Best Things to Do 2020
What to do in Tokyo in October
Going to Tokyo in October?? Don’t miss special events and seasonal attractions only available in this time of year! In October 2020, there are numbers of anticipating events coming up including Halloween and food festivals. In this article, we are sharing the list of the best things to do and special events you shouldn’t miss in Tokyo in October, so let’s check them out 🙂
Halloween has become one of the biggest events in Japan in the past decade, and numbers of Halloween related events and parties are held at many locations during the season which guests can participate with unique costumes. Also many shops, restaurants, cafes and amusement parks features special Halloween decorations and themed items only available this time of year.
Tokyo’s most infamous Halloween celebration has been held in Shibuya area, but the district banned public drinking for Halloween 2019 since the celebration went out of control in the past years. However, you can still enjoy Halloween in Shibuya area by joining parties at clubs and bars, and marching down on the street.
Best Places to Spend Halloween in Tokyo:
Best Halloween Food and Desserts:
2. Hokkaido Food Festival <<Cancelled>>
In autumn, numbers of food events are held in Japan since autumn is known as the season of appetites. One of the biggest food events in Tokyo through the year is Hokkaido Food Festival which is held annually at Yoyogi Park. The northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido is known as the land of gourmet and there are numbers of delicious signature dishes with flavours of local ingredients including seafood, meat and vegetables. The festival features food stalls offering various delicious Hokkaido dishes at affordable price as well as special Hokkaido themed events and performances that visitors can enjoy along with food.
Check out the more details about Hokkaido Food Festival!
3. Tamagawa Fireworks Festival <<Cancelled>>
Fireworks may be the icon of summer in Japan, yet you’ll still have a chance to see spectacular fireworks lighting up the sky in autumn. Tamagawa Fireworks Festival (たまがわ花火大会) is an annual fireworks event which has switched the event date from summer to autumn. It takes place by Tama River in Setagaya ward and features about 6,000 shots of dynamic and colourful fireworks.
Date: 3 October 2020/ 18:00~19:00
(postponed in case of stormy weather)
4. Autumn Dessert Buffets
Colourful and photo-worthy, high-quality dessert buffets are available at numbers of venues in Tokyo with autumn/Halloween themes. Sweet potato, pumpkin, chestnuts, pear, grapes, etc.. a variety of desserts made with seasonal ingredients can be enjoyed with all-you-can-eat style! Check out the link below for the best autumn dessert buffets in Tokyo this autumn/Halloween!
5. Kochia Carnival
One of the most popular flower events during autumn, The Kochia Carnival (コキアカーニバル) will be held for about a month from late September to mid October. The event features countless red Kochia (summer cypress ) covering the fields of Hitachi Seaside Park during autumn and offers the astonishing scenery! The park is situated in Ibaraki Prefecture and can be visited for a day-trip from Tokyo.
Check out the link below for more detail!
6. Cosmos Festival at Showa Memorial Park
Cosmos Festival is a popular flower event held at Showa Memorial Park (国営昭和記念公園), the largest park in Tokyo. Colourful and charming, about 30 kinds of cosmos flowers bloom and cover the vast fields at the park from mid September to late October every year. The park is located in Tachikawa City, the suburb of Tokyo which can be accessed within 40 mins from Shinjuku Station.
See the link below for more information about Showa Memorial Park!
7. Kappabashi Tool Festival 2020 <<Cancelled>>
Kappabashi Tool Festival (かっぱ橋道具まつり) is an annual event held at Kappabashi Shopping Street, known as the mecca of kitchenware. The street is filled with shops dealing with various kinds of kitchenware products for both professional and home use from fine Japanese knives to unique displays for restaurants. The festival will be held for 7 days featureing special events and celebrations on the street as well as the big sale of kitchenware products.
Access: 5 mins walk from Asakusa Station (Tsukuba Express)
Date: TBA (8 to 14 October 2019)
8. Sanja Matsuri
Sanja Matsuri (三社祭) is one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo, which is held annually in Asakusa Shrine for 3 days in May. The festival features about 100 portable shrines carried through the neighbourhood of Asakusa with energetic atmosphere. Nearly 2 million people visit there to see the festival every year.
In 2020, the festival was postponed due to the prevention of spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and scheduled to be held in 17-18 October without the big procession and most events.
9. Tokyo Ramen Show <<Cancelled>>
Tokyo Ramen Show (東京ラーメンショー) is another great food event that is held annually in Tokyo in autumn. The event takes place in Komazawa Park, featuring Ramen noodles, the most popular Japanese dish among international tourists today. The event is divided in 2 parts (24–29 Oct and 30 Oct-4 Nov 2019) and on each period, there will be 18 vendors (36 in total) of selected Ramen shops from all over the country serving their signature bowls of Ramen. If you are a Ramen lover, don’t miss an opportunity to taste various delicious regional Ramens while being in the heart of Tokyo 🙂
See more details about the Tokyo Ramen Show!
10. PIXAR FEST
The Disney and Pixar themed cafe, PIXAR FEST opened at 3 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) for a limited time. The cafe offers pop and colourful food and drinks collaborated with popular characters from PIXAR and Disney movie such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and Cars. The Tokyo Cafe is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando in Harajuku area.
11. Winnie the Pooh HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS
One of the most beloved Disney characters of all time, Winnie the Pooh is collaborating with OH MY CAFE and opening its own themed cafe “HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS” for a limited time from mid October. The cafe offers extremely cute and photo-worthy food and drinks with motif of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. The limited merchandise is also sold at the cafe store exclusively.
12. Tokyo Skytree Demon Slayer Special Light-up
Tokyo Skytree is celebrating a new released of Damon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba movie with a special light-up with fiery red color, only for 3 days from 16 to 18 October 2020. The special site where visitors can take photos with Demon Slayer characters is also open on its observation deck for a limited time (from 12 October to 22 December 2020).
13. BANKSY Exhibition <<Postponed>>
The world’s most famous street artist, BANKSY’s own exhibition is held at Terrada Warehouse G1 Building in Tokyo.
Thanks for reading! Seems like there are many exciting events coming up in this October! Which one do you want to join the most?? For more information about travelling in Japan in autumn, here are some articles for you to check out 🙂