Tokyo in September : Best Things to Do 2019

What to Do in Tokyo in September

September in Tokyo is one of the best time of the year to travel as you can enjoy the taste of 2 different seasons: summer and autumn! After the boiling hot summer, the temperature is dropping down slowly towards autumn so you can travel around more comfortably with cool breeze. There are still numbers of special summer events continuing through September such as summer dessert buffets and fireworks festival as well as upcoming autumn events such as Halloween and seasonal flowers. Moreover, the one of the most exciting global sports events, Rugby World Cup will be kicking off in Tokyo in September! 

Let’s check out the hottest travel information and the best things to do in Tokyo in September 2019!


1. Rugby World Cup 2019

Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC 2019) will be held from mid September to early November, and there are 12 host cities in Japan including Tokyo where numbers of exciting rugby matches are held. The opening match (Japan vs Russia) will be held at Tokyo Stadium (Map: http://bit.ly/32SG5IR) on 20 September and there will be 8 matches in total in the venue including quarterfinals.

Check out the link below for more information about Rugby World Cup 2019!

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

2. SUMO Tokyo Basho

Another exciting sports event will be available in Tokyo in September. The ground tournaments of Sumo are held 6 times a year at 4 different cities in Japan including three times in Tokyo: January, May and September. The tournament  will be held from 8 to 22 September  at Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium. 

Click the link below to get exclusive tickets to see the dynamic Sumo battles live!

3. Dessert Buffets

© ANA InterContinental Tokyo

All-you-can-eat dessert buffet is a great attraction for foodies in Tokyo. Various kinds of dessert buffets are available through the year in Tokyo with different themes and ingredients such as strawberry and Matcha, which are usually hosted by high-end hotels such as ANA InterContinental Tokyo  and Hilton Tokyo. This summer, various photo-worthy and delicious dessert buffets using colourful and refreshing fruits have fascinated us and some of them are still available through September.

See the below link to check Tokyo’s hottest summer dessert buffets in 2019!

Best Dessert Buffet in Tokyo in 2019 Summer

Brand-new autumn/Halloween themed dessert buffets will be starting at numbers of venues from September, too! You can enjoy the taste of autumn through various desserts with newly harvested ingredients! 

See the below link to check Tokyo’s upcoming autumn dessert buffets in 2019!

Best Autumn Dessert Buffets in Tokyo 2019

4. Disney Halloween

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea hosts several seasonal events through the year such as Christmas and Easter. Disney Halloween is one of the most anticipated events at both parks which starts in early September. Visitors can experience the spooky and festive Halloween celebration with adorable Disney characters with special themed shows, decorations, limited food and merchandise collection.  

More info: 

Disney Halloween 2019 at Tokyo Disney Resort

5. Chofu City Fireworks Festival

In case you have missed fireworks festivals in Tokyo this summer, you can catch up with this late-date fireworks event in September.  Chofu Autumn Fireworks (映画のまち調布“秋”花火) will be held on 7 September 2019 in Chofu City, the western suburbs of Tokyo, and featuring over 10,000 spectacular fireworks. 

Map: http://bit.ly/2L4F5fz
Date: 7 September 2019 
Hours: 18:00~
(the event may be cancelled subject to weather conditions)
Website: https://hanabi.csa.gr.jp/about/chofuhanabi (Japanese)

6. Tokyo Wagyu Show 2019

Japan’s biggest outdoor Wagyu Beef event is held annually in Tokyo in autumn. Tokyo Wagyu Show 2019 will be featuring around 25 food vendors from around Japan, offering delicious Wagyu Beef and regional dishes at affordable price!

More info: 

Tokyo Wagyu Show 2019

7. Ultra Japan

The biggest EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival in Japan, Ultra Japan is held annually in Tokyo in September, featuring a number of world’s greatest DJs and artists performing live music. The confirmed acts for Ultra Japan 2019 (14 and 15  September) are AFROJACK, DJ SNAKE, GALANTIS, pendulum and Steve Aoki, and more names will be announced in near future! Don’t miss a chance to join the greatest EDM party in the heart of Tokyo!

More info: 

ULTRA JAPAN 2019: Japan’s Biggest EDM Festival

8. Tokyo Game Show

The most anticipated video game event, Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is held in Tokyo every September. The event features the newest video games and the latest technology experiences from numbers of global game-related companies, and offers visitors chances to actually try them out. The first two days of this 4-day event will be for press and business, and the last two days will be open for public. (Date: 12 to 15 September 2019)

More info: 

Tokyo Game Show 2019: the World’s Largest Video Game Event

9. Art Aquarium

One of the most popular indoor events in Tokyo during summer, Art Aquarium is open till 23 September 2019. The event features the impressive installation art collaborating with over 10,000 goldfish, which are displayed in tanks and ponds in various shapes and sizes with colourful light effects. At 7 pm, it turns  to “Night Aquarium” and guests can enjoy alcohol beverages while the venue features live performances of live DJs. 

More info: 

10. Kichijoji Autumn Festival

Kichijoji Autumn Festival (吉祥寺秋まつり) is a traditional Japanese style festival held in Tokyo’s one of cool and chic neighbourhoods, Kichijoji. Around 10 majestic Mikochi (portable shrines) are carried through the streets of Kichijoji, and there will be special events and numbers of food stalls with a great festive atmosphere for 2 days.

Map: http://bit.ly/2Momzyb
Date: 14 and 15 September 2019
Website: http://www.kichijouji.jp/event/akimaturi/ (Japanese)

11. Cosmos Festival at Showa Memorial Park

The largest park in Tokyo, Showa Memorial Park (国営昭和記念公園) displays various kinds of colourful seasnal flowers and plants through the year including cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. From mid September to late October, it’s the best season for cosmos and the Cosmos Festival is held at the park during the season, featuring about 30 kinds of cosmos flowers blooming colourfully. See the link below for more information about Showa Memorial Park!

Showa Memorial Park : Best Flower Park in Tokyo

12. Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival

Higanbana or Manjushage (Red Spider Lily) is one of the most beloved iconic autumn flowers in Japan. The Kinchakuda Manjushage Festival is held annually from mid to late September, offering the spectacular scenery of the Instagram-worthy fiery red flower fields. The venue of the event, Kinchakuda is located in Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture, which can be accessed within 1 hour from Tokyo. 

More info: 

13. Namaste India 2019 

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 September). 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.

Map: http://bit.ly/2Ynmxgw
Date: 28 and 29 September 2019
Website: http://www.indofestival.com/

14. STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

The world tour of the Star Wars exhibition has finally arrived in Tokyo in August 2019 after being held at 7 countries and attracting over 2 million visitors. STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition is showcases over 200 artworks which have been actually used for the Star Wars movie production including original props, costumes , models, etc. One of the highlights of the exhibition is that visitors can create their own Star Wars character by answering question from 50 million combinations. There are also a museum shop offering limited Star Wars merchandise.

More info:

STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition


Thanks for reading! Which event in September are you looking forward to most?? For more travel information about travelling in Japan in autumn, please check out these articles below, too!

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan in September

Autumn in Japan : 10 Best Things to Do in 2019

6 Must-Visit Flower Festivals around Tokyo in Autumn!

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