Tokyo in October : Best Things to Do 2019

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 2019, there are numbers of anticipating events coming up including Rugby World Cup 2019, 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 🙂

1. Rugby World Cup 2019

Rugby World Cup Limited © 2007 – 2019.

Rugby World Cup 2019 will be held in Japan from late September to early November, and 12 Japanese cities including Tokyo are hosting this world’s biggest sports event of 2019. There will be 8 Rugby matches at Tokyo Stadium (Map: in total including quarterfinals. Numbers of related events are held in the city during the season, and in case you can’t the tickets of Rugby matches, there are several spots where you can watch the matches in great atmosphere.

See the link below to check more details about Rugby World Cup 2019!

2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan: Get Ready for RWC 2019!

2. Hokkaido Food Festival

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 this year!

Hokkaido Food Festival in Yoyogi Park Tokyo 2019

3. Tamagawa Fireworks Festival

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: 5 October 2019/ 18:00~19:00
(postponed in case of stormy weather)

4. Halloween

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 Spots to Spend Halloween in Tokyo 2019

Best Halloween Food and Desserts:

5. Autumn Dessert Buffets

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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!

Best Autumn Dessert Buffets in Tokyo 2019

6. 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!

Kochia Carnival at Hitachi Seaside Park 2019 Autumn

7. 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!

Showa Memorial Park : Best Flower Park in Tokyo

8. Rugby Burger

© ANA InterContinental Tokyo

One of the most popular places to eat Wagyu steaks and burgers in Tokyo, The Steakhouse is celebrating the Rugby World Cup 2019 with the most delicious way! Limited-edition rugby burgers will be served during the world cup with Wagyu Beef patty and 8 different flavours inspired by participating countries including Japan Burger with teriyaki sauce, England Burger with roast beef and gravy and New Zealand Burger with lamb slices and kiwi salsa! Support your favorite team by eating their very own burgers!

Location: 3F ANA InterContinental Tokyo 3F
Hours: Lunch 11:30~14:30/Dinner 17:00~21:30
Online Reservation:

More info:

The Steakhouse: the Best Charcoal Grill Wagyu Steak in Tokyo!

9. Sailor Moon Cafe 2019

The limited time Sailor Moon Cafes will be opening across Japan, taking place at 6 cities in Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Saitama this autumn/winter. The cafe features the concept of “Girls Night Out”, offering a limited food and drink menu with adorable Sailor Moon characters theme. Also there will be a cafe store selling limited merchandise only available there. Make sure to make an online reservation in advance to get special gift!

Hours: 10:20~20:40

More info:

10. Kappabashi Tool Festival 2019

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: 8 to 14 October 2019
Hours: 10:00-17:00

11. Kyushu Festival

Let’s get to know about the Japan’s southwesternmost region, Kyushu through the delicious food and regional crafts! Kyushu Festival (九州観光・物産フェア) features about 60 vendors offering delicious signature dishes, drinks and craft products from each prefecture of Kyushu as well as special performances on the stage. The Kyushu Beer Festival will be held at the same period on the park.

Access: Short walk from Harajuku Station or Yoyogi Koen Station
Date: 11 to 14 October 2019
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (till 18:00 on the last day)

12. Tokyo Ramen Show

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 2019!

Tokyo Ramen Show 2019

13. STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

The special exhibition of STAR WARS has been held in Tokyo from August and will run till 13 January next year. STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition displays over 200 of rare pieces of original artworks which are actually used for STAR WARS movies. The exhibition also features the special content which guests can create their own Star Wars chracters by answering questions from 50 millions combinations. Don’t miss a chance to explore the world of STAR WARS  and find your own STAR WARS identity through this special exhibition in Tokyo!

More info:

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

14. Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries

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Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries is a puzzle-solving & city exploration game that is 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.
Look for your next destination by solving puzzles!

Wanna play the game?? Then check out more details about Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries:

15. Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo Motor Show (東京モーターショー) is one of the most celebrated motor events in the world, which is held every two years at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba area, Tokyo. The Tokyo Motor Show 2019 will be kicking off from 24 October and held for 12 days. The event showcases numbers of the latest vehicle models with the cutting edge technology and designs by domestic and international car brands. The show also offers hands-on experiences for visitors to try the newest motor experience.

Check out the link below for the info and the report from the last Tokyo Motor Show:

Tokyo Motor Show 2019

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 🙂

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