Best Things To Do In Tokyo October 2018 include: 3 beautiful Japanese Festivals with lively parades and portable golden Shrines, traditional Kimonos, the Dragon dance and deadly Japanese swords. Also “Disney Halloween” at Tokyo Disney.


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Tokyo City Events and Top Things To Do October 2018

3 Fantastic Japanese Festivals, Highly Recommended

Yasukuni Autumn Festival, Tokyo: October 17-20th 2018

The picturesque Yasukuni shrine complex will come to life with traditional Japanese arts: fire dance, drums and fans, Japanese swords performance  and archery. Everyone will be wearing their traditional Kimonos, and there will be plenty of Souvenirs stalls and delicious Japanese foods. The shrine is also within easy walking distance of the Must-see Kitanomaru Garden.

Getting there: Yasukuni Shrine is a short walk from Kudanshita Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and the Toei Shinjuku Line.

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Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea Special Events: Disney Halloween, September 8 – October 31, 2018

Disney Halloween, runs until October 31st. Disney’s Halloween Festival, which starts on September 8th, gathers momentum as the magical countdown to Halloween begins. All the kids’ favorite characters dress in spooky attire as Tokyo Disney intensifies its Halloween makeover. Children (and parents) are invited to bring their own Halloween costumes as ghost-like figures roam the theme park, playing trick or treat with visitors.

Families who answer the Trick or Treat on Halloween Street Quiz are in line to win “amazing prizes.” Neighboring Disney Sea will also be hosting its own Halloween event.

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More Tokyo City Events October 2018

10 Beautiful Places for Autumn In Japan

Autumn In Japan is a great time to set off on foot and hike through the Japanese Autumn Spots recommended here.

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Fall in Japan is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Tokyo and Kyoto. It is a time when golden leaves blanket the shrines, gardens and traditional streets.

The best way to admire these colorful scenes is by visiting the Japanese gardens and a few selected parks. If you stay until evening time you will be pleasantly surprised to find that some gardens light up the trees to create an unparalleled scene of color and autumnal glory.
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Oeshiki Festival at Hommonji Temple, Tokyo: October 11th – 13th

Over 300,000 worshippers arrive to the Buddhist ceremony in memory of High Priest Nichiren, so you can just imagine the energy and intensity of the place during the festival. 3,000 participants take part in the parade on the evening of the 12th, carrying lanterns and huge paper decorations to Honmonji Temple. The participants chant and pray to the traditional tunes of Japanese drums and flutes. The parade that starts at Ikegami Station and proceeds to Ikegami Honmon Temple is highly recommended.

Getting there: About 10 minutes walk from Ikegami Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line, or about 8 minutes walk from Nishimagome Station on the Toei Subway Asakusa Line.

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October Tokyo City Special Events

29th Tokyo International Film Festival: October 25 – November 3, 2018

Every year, cinema lovers of all ages have an opportunity to participate in Tokyo’s Film Festivals’ many colorful events.

The event includes open-air screenings, seminars, symposiums and public appearances by stars throughout the city. The Tokyo International Film Festival (T.I.F.F.) was approved by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPH), and has been held since 1985. It is recognized as one of the major film festivals of the world.

The Tokyo International Film Festival official website

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Best Things To Do In Tokyo October 2018

Nagasaki Kunchi Festival: October 7th-9th 2018

Not exactly in Tokyo, but one of Japan’s Largest Festivals and worth looking into. Having originated in 1634, the Nagasaki Festival is based at Suwa Shrine and other locations in the city. The festival sees fifty nine separate neighborhood performance groups putting on unique traditional performances in traditional garb. The freshness of the acts is guaranteed by the fact that each group can only perform once every seven years on a rotational basis. The dragon dance and parade float are among the highlights.

Hours: Morning ‘til night

Getting there: JR Nagasaki Station is just under two hours away from JR Hakata Station, Kyushu’s main bullet train hub, on Kamome Limited Express 47. Hakata can of course be reached in about 5.5 hours from Tokyo Station by Nozomi Shinkansen (Bullet Train). Alternately, direct flights operate from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
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