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Top Tokyo October 2017 Events – Festivals, Food & Foliage

Cooler weather spikes the appetites and the desire to discover in all of us so enjoy some of these top Tokyo October 2017 events.  October 7-9th is a long weekend due to the national holiday of Sports Day. Many Tokyo museums and attractions usually closed on Monday will be open but closed on Tuesday. Also this month children aged 7-5-3 will celebrate coming of age so you can enjoy “kids kimono” spotting or celebrate with your own child’s 7-5-3 (more info here). Remember to visit our true and tested 10 Must Do Family Activities – Japan Autumn and Tokyo One Day Itineraries with Kids. Venture out and explore!

Top Tokyo October 2017 Events – Festivals, Food & Foliage

September 28 – October 1st

Tokyo October 2017 Events1. 29th Hokkaido Fair (Yoyogi Park) – If you love Hokkaido fresh crab, sea urchin, ramen, ice cream and fruits you will want to visit the Hokkaido Fair this weekend. Over 100 booths are set up and ready to serve you! Kids will love all the flavors and parents can also enjoy Hokkaido brews.

29th Hokkaido Fair Details28th Hokkaido Fair, Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities - October 1 & 2, 2016
Event Time and Dates: Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, October 1: 10:00 -19:00

Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website:  www.hokkai-syokudo.co.jp
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hokkai.syokudo
Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

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Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities2. Czech Festival 2017 (Marunouchi, Tokyo) – There are very few Eastern European festivals in Tokyo, so I am very excited to take the kids to the 2nd Czech Festival and learn about Czech food and products.  There will be Czech beer and wine, food, anime goods from the Czech Republic, cosmetics and more.  You can also enjoy Czech music, Moravian folk songs, and folk dance. Come, learn and experience the charm and culture of Central Europe – the Czech Republic.

Event Time and Dates: Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, October 1: 10:30-19:30
Address: JP Tower KITTE Building B1,  2-7-2, Marunochi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Tokyo Station and Marunouchi Station
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/233395073851414/

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Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities3. Tera De Marché Handmade Crafts and Food (Ueno, Tokyo) – This market which takes place about four times a year is fun to visit for 1-2 hours. There are over 50 stalls selling handmade crafts and food. Many of the booths also have hands-on activities and crafts for kids. Combine some shopping at Tera De Marche with a side trip to Ameyokocho, the Shitamachi Museum or the Ueno Park museums.

Tera De Marché Handmade Crafts and Food
Event Time and Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 30 – October 1st, 2017; 10:30 – 17:00
Address: Sounin Temple, 4-1-12 Higashi Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Inaricho Station on the Ginza line or 10 mins walk from Ueno Station
Website: http://terademarche.jimdo.com

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Tokyo October 2017 Events4. Philippine Festival 2017 (Hibiya Park)Philippine Festival 2017 (Hibiya Park) – This is supposedly the biggest Philippine Festival in Japan with over 50 booths selling food & drink and promoting tourism. According to a Philippine friend, this is the place to be this weekend! The highlight of the event is the cultural dance contest where teams of 15-25 dancers compete. Enjoy this sunny weekend with great food and friends.

Philippine Festival 2017 Details
Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2017; 9:00 – 17:00
Address: 1 Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 2 min walk from Hibiya Station on the Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Chiyoda Lines
Website: http://philippinefestival.jp/

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Tokyo October 2017 Events5. Roppongi Art Night 2017 (Roppongi ) Great for a date night or families with older children. Walk around Roppongi this Saturday or Sunday night (September 30 – October 1, 2017) and enjoy art installations and performances for free. This year’s theme is “Mirai no Matsuri” (festival of the future) and will be featuring a wide range of works of art and bringing together people from all walks of life for a special night. This year`s main program artist is photographer and filmmaker Mika Ninagawa, showcasing her beautiful and seductive works. Events and exhibits begin from 17:30 each day and run Friday and Saturday until next 06:00. The best locations are typically Roppongi Hills and Midtown green. Roppongi Art Night began in 2009 and every year gets more exciting. Get your creative DNA energized for free. All the details here. www.roppongiartnight.com

October 7 – October 8

Tokyo October 2017 Events6. Tokyo Art Book Fair  (Tennis Isles) – This is the 9th TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR, an art-centered book and publication festival welcoming a diverse congregation of over 350 different exhibitors featuring publishers, booksellers, galleries, artists, and more. There will be a wide variety of book-signings, lectures, and other exhibitions and events.

Dates & Time:
Preview/ Opening Reception: October 5th (Thu) 15:00-21:00 Admission: 1,000 yen
October 6th (Fri) 12:00-20:00 Admission: Free
October 7th (Sat) 12:00-20:00 Admission: Free
October 8th (Sun) 11:00-19:00 Admission: Free
Location: Warehouse TERRADA 2-6-10 Higashishinagawa Shinagawa-ku Tokyo
Website: http://tokyoartbookfair.com/en/

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Tokyo October 2017 Events7.  Shimokitazawa Curry Festival 2017 Spicy CruisingThis is the 6th year of the popular Shimokitazawa Curry Festival. This year there will be over 140 vendors of curry, stamp rally (stamp collection event), and entertainment during this 10-day event.

Date & Time: Friday, Oct 6th – Saturday, Oct 14th  11: 00 – 20: 00
Address: Shimokitazawa Station 2-23 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031
Website: https://curryfes.pw/

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8. Nishimachi International School Food Fair 2017 (Moto Azabu, Tokyo) – One of my favorite Tokyo international community events of the year is the Nishimachi International Food Fair. This year’s Nishimachi Food Fair will take place on Saturday, October 7th. The Fair is open to the public for free. You can enjoy various beers, food from over 15 countries, and great homemade desserts. You will not go home hungry! You and the kids will also be entertained by the kids festival games (located on the main building’s roof playground), arts & crafts and live performances. Kids and adults of all ages will have a great time, and all the funds go to support the students.

Nishimachi International School Food Fair Details
Date and Time: October 7, 2017 (Sat) 10:00 – 15:00 (rain or shine)
Address: Nishimachi International School, 2-14-7 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.nishimachi.ac.jp
Access: 12 min walk from Azabu Juban station on the Oedo and Namboku Lines, or 13 min walk from Hiroo Station on the Hibiya Line

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9. Enjoy a Grand Tea Ceremony at Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Koganai) – I highly recommend visiting the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum to see actual homes and businesses from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s preserved in a beautiful park. Families can enjoy learning about the Japanese tea ceremony in English at the Farmhouse of the Tsunashima Family. Up to 20 attendees per ceremony. A great value for 7oo JPY. Events featuring traditional crafts will also be held.

Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, October 7 & 8th, 2016; 9:30-16:00
Tickets: 700 JPY
Event website in English: http://www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony2017.jp/eng/edo_tokyo_tatemono_en/index.html
Address: 3-7-1 Sakura-cho Koganei-shi, Tokyo (inside Koganei Park)
Access: From the North Exit of Musashi-Koganei Station (JR Chuo Line), take the Seibu bus at platform No. 2 or 3 near the north exit of Musashi-Koganei Station. Get off at Koganei-koen Nishi-guchi and walk for 5 minutes. From Hana-Koganei Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line), take the Seibu bus for Musashi-Koganei Station, get off at Koganei-koen Nishi-guchi, and walk for 5 minutes.

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10. Ebisu Bunkasai 2017The three day Ebisu Culture festival`s theme this year is “Children’s big success”. Enjoy the hula shows, special film screening, activities for kids, food and fun. While you`re out visit our Tokyo One Day Itinerary in Ebisu with Kids.

Ebisu Bunkasai 2017 Details
Date & Time: Saturday – Monday, October 7 – 9th; 13:00 – 18:00
Place: Yebisu Garden Place, 4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Open to the public. Free
Access: 5 min walk from Ebisu Station east exit Yamanote;  or Hibiya line exit 1
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ebisubunkasai/

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11. World Festival Yokohama – This is the 23rd annual world festival in Yokohama. Enjoy food from around the world, ethnic music, dance performances and crafts. While in the area I recommend you visit some of our families favorites in Yokohama – CupNoodle Museum, Overseas Migration Museum, Zoorasia, Kodomo no Kuni or the Anpanman Museum.

World Festival Yokohama 2017 Details
Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8th;
Address: 1-1-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Cost: Open to the public. Free
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website: http://www.yokohama-cci.or.jp/event/worldfesta/

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12. 24th Train Festival – 24th 鉄道フェスティバル (Hibiya)This is a great event to take your train loving kids. Ride a mini SL train, join family crafts and activities, and watch fun live shows.

Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, Oct 7 & 8 10:00-16:30
Address: 1 Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 2 min walk from Hibiya Station on the Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Chiyoda Lines
Website: http://www.mlit.go.jp/tetudo/tetudo_tk1_000004.html (Japanese language)

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13. 13th Annual Daikanyama 2017 Sarugaku Festival (Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – Enjoy your Sunday or Monday Sports Day at this lively local festival. This festival is very international sporting food booths with wine and cheese, and western desserts; workshops on table manners and how to make butter; as well as, a stamp rally and fun crafts for the kids.  If that does not make you smile the medieval dressed musical band or dancing monkey may.

Daikanyama 2017 Sarugaku Festival 
Event Time and Dates: Sunday, October 8th (10:00 -18:00) – Monday, October 9th (10:00 – 18:00)
Address: Daikanyama Hillside Terrance complex, 29-18 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku , Tokyosarugakumatsuri_top_06
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 3 min walk from Daikanyama Station on the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line
Event Website:  http://sarugakumatsuri.com
Stroller and wheelchair friendly.

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Tokyo October 2017 Events14. The Setagaya Bread Festival 2017 – 140 stores will participate in this popular event. Bakeries from all over the country will sell their breads, food and drink at Setagaya Park. Sales of the limited Mitsukushi three-color bread will take place as well! There will be live performances, bread university/classes, stamp rally and sales of limited goods. Picnic and play at the popular Setagaya Play Park or spend the day there with our Tokyo One Day Itinerary: Setagaya Park Area with Kids.

Date & Time: Sunday & Monday, October 8 & 9, 2017 11: 00 – 17: 00 (Setagaya Park till 16:00)

Address: IID Setagaya Monozukuri School, Setagaya Park, Ikemori Elementary School 2nd Gymnasium, Mitsukyu Shinkansen Shopping Federation Member Store, Tsuya Kaya and Kan.
Cost: Free entrance. Pay for food and drink.
Website: http://setagaya-panmatsuri.com/
Access: Tokyu Denentoshi Line Ikejiri Ohashi Station 10-minute walk
Tokyu Den-en-Miyaki Line, Setagaya Line Sangenjaya Station 13 minutes on foot

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October 14 – October 15

15. Fireworks Narita and Akabana – The Narita Fireworks is a community-based fireworks festival that both local volunteers and fireworks craftsmen create together. In 2010, they co-won the Good Design Award with fireworks merchant Marumayama, and the event has been popular ever since!

Location: New Town Sports Plaza
Date & Time: October 14, 2017 from 19:00~
Phone: 0180-99-3838 (Japanese language)
Website: http://narita-hanabi.com/2017/

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Tokyo October 2017 Events16. Diwali Festival Yokoyama – More than 200,000 people attend Diwali in Yokohama, a festival of light which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Learn and experience Indian culture, songs, dance, and gourmet.

Event Time and Dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 14 – 15th (10:00 – 19:00), 2017
Address: Yamashita Park Festival Plaza (Yamashita-cho, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Website: http://diwaliyokohama.org/
Access: 10 minutes from JR Kannai Station or JR Ishikawacho Station, or 3 minutes from Minatomirai Line Nihonbashi Station or Honcho / Chinatown Station.

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17. The 8th Japanese-Indonesian Friendship Festival 2017 (Yoyogi Park) – Visit the 8th annual festival for delicious Indonesian food, drink and live entertainment.

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday October 14 & 15; Saturday 10:00 – 19:30; Sunday 13:00 – 20:00.
Location: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza, Zelkova Trees
Website: http://indonesia-festival.com/

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18. Kawagoe Festival (Kawagoe, Saitama) – One of my favorite places outside of Tokyo! If you have not taken a day trip to Kawagoe the October 14th weekend is a great weekend to go!  My personal Kawagoe Festivalfavorite time to attend and see the floats all lit up is between 18:00 -20:00. I recommend heading up to Kawagoe on the train early in the afternoon and enjoying an early dinner, shopping and enjoying the festival.  The two-tiered floats are amazing to view each having a unique story. Here is some background information on the floats.  Kawagoe Festival’s biggest highlight is then several floats intersect each other at a crossing and competed with each other jostling to the Hayashi performance (a traditional Japanese orchestra comprised of flutes, drums, bells and dancing). When two or more floats meet and compete, it is called ‘Hikkawase’ and is an incredibly high energy event to see 1st hand.

Kawagoe Festival Details
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 14th (10:00 -22:00) – Sunday, October 15th (10:00 – 22:00), 2017
Address: Main Kawagoe sightseeing area, Kawagoe City, Saitama
Admission: free entrance
Access: Easy to reach from Tokyo; options include 30 mins from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo Line, or 50 mins from Shinjuku on the JR Saikyo Line
Event Website: www.kawagoematsuri.jp

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19. Bake Neko Festival (Kagurazaka) – The Cat parade in Kagurazaka is a unique Halloween parade where everyone is dressed as a cat. Anyone disguised as a cat can participate. Kagurazaka is the area from the Natsume Soseki novel “I am a Cat” which motivated the annual Cat Halloween Parade. They will have cat makeup artists from 9:30~. 1000 yen for adults 500 yen per child. Ticket purchase at the reception desk. There are a limited number of tickets so get there early if you want your face painted like a cat.

Date & Time: Sunday, October 15, 2017  10:00 – 17:00
Registration from 10:00~. Parade 14:00~15:00. Dance from 15:00~
Cost: Adults (JHS and older) 500 yen; kids free
Website: http://bakeneko.oops.jp/

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Autumn 2017 Yoyogi Park Events20. 2017 China Festival (Yoyogi Park) – Enjoy the festivities at the Yoyogi Park event space. Food, music, live performances and events. Venture out and explore Chinese culture at this annual event.

Date & Time: Sat & Sun, October 21 & 22 10:00 – 19:00

Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line

Website: https://www.chinafes.net/

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21. Tokyo Vegefood Festa (Yoyogi, Tokyo) – Tokyo Vegefood Festa is a food court style annual event with around 100 food stands and shops etc., providing various vegefood related foods and goods including environmentally friendly products. You will find a variety of stalls at Tokyo Vegefood Festa. As well as well-known macrobiotic cafes, we will have vendors offering organic vegetables, vegan food, raw food, and natural and fair trade variety goods, among other things. Have a chat with stall owners and find your favorite vegan food. In addition to all the stalls on offer, the event will feature workshops, stage talk shows, and other fun attractions. With something too for the kids, Tokyo Vegefood Festa in Yoyogi Park is the perfect place to take the family.

Tokyo Vegafood Festa Details
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 21 (10:00 -18:00) – Sunday, October 22 (10:00 – 17:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Event Website: http://tokyo-vegefest.com/
Stroller and wheelchair friendly.

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Tokyo October 2017 Events22. Hibiya Gardening Show 2017 (Hibiya, Tokyo) –  We love flowers and gardening, so this is one of our favorite events in the autumn. Approximately 180 gardeners present their artwork in this annual show. You can see beautiful displays of cosmos, roses and chrysanthemums.  We love wandering the gardens discovering new plants and creative displays. Hibiya Park was the first western garden in Japan, so it is also a great place to visit and wander. There is an old playground that still can amuse little ones for a short break.

Hibiya Gardening Show 2017 Details
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 21 – Sunday, October 29, 2017 (10:00 -16:00)
Address: Hibiya Park, 1-6 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free entrance
Access: 2-5 min walk from Kasumigaseki Station on the Marunouchi Line, or Hibiya Station on the Chiyoda Line
Website: www.hibiya-gardening-show.com
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair friendly.

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23. College Women’s Association of Japan Print Show: Contemporary Japanese Print Exhibition and Sale

The 61st CWAJ Print Show features 204 prints, all but a few produced after 2015, by 201 renowned artists including 29 first-time CWAJ Print Show exhibitors. Also included are 5 works by winners of our Young Printmaker Award for 2014 and 2017. The exhibition encompasses a wide range of styles, themes and techniques such as woodblock, intaglio, lithography and silkscreen. Prices range from 5,000JPY to 300,000JPY. Young talent is well represented in this comprehensive show along with masterpieces by doyens of the Japanese printmaking scene, including a rare new lithograph by Toko Shinoda. Proceeds from the CWAJ Print Show will go to CWAJ Scholarship and Fukushima Relief Projects.

61st CWAJ Print Show Details
Date: October 25–29, 2017
Time: 11:00 – 18:00 (17:00 on final day)
Place: HILLSIDE FORUM in Daikanyama
Cost: Open to the public. Free
Website: http://www.cwaj.org/

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24. Tokyo Motor Show 2017 (Ariake) – If you have a car lover in your family, a must visit the Tokyo Motor Show! The Tokyo Motor show is reported as the largest motor show in the World. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Motor.” The show is full of cars entering the market as well as 100% concept cars that may never get made but are so cool to stretch the Tokyo motor showimagination. Take your kids with a camera and drawing pad to invent their own car on the ride home! Same day tickets are 1,800 JPY for Adults; 600 JPY for Sr. high school students; elementary school and under FREE.

45th Tokyo Motor Show Event Details
Dates: Open to the public from Friday, October 27th – Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Times: Mon.-Sat., and Holiday 10:00~20:00; Sundays10:00~18:00
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo [http://www.bigsight.jp/english/] Website: http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/
Toilets: public toilets available
Child friendly: kid friendly and stroller friendly

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Kid-Friendly 2015 Tokyo Area Halloween Events Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade
*image from Roppongi Hills Assoc.

25. Roppongi Halloween Parade  (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo) – A great event where over 3,000 people of all ages dress up and march. This year the theme is famous movie characters, but anything goes. The route is a short 1K through Roppongi Hills and Roppongi Keyaki-zaka.  Children also will get a snack after the parade.
Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Time: 10:30 – 13:30 (however if you want to march in the parade you must register between 10:30 – 13:00)
Place: Roppongi Keyaki-zaka, Roppongi Hills
Who can participate: Anyone, but please register at the Roppongi Hills Arena the day of the parade
Website: http://www.roppongihills.com.e.nt.hp.transer.com/events/2017/10/003148.html

28. 10/28 – 10/29 Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Fes 2017

Tokyo October 2017 Events26. Koenji Fes 2017 – If you missed the massive Koenji Awa-Odori in August you have another opportunity to visit the area. The Koenji Fes will hold live music & performances, a stamp rally, wrestling, games for kids, and plenty of food and excitement.

Address: Koenjiminami 2, 3, 6 4-chomes, and Koenjikita 2 & 3-chomes, Suginami-ku, Tokyo (held in shopping streets north and south of JR Koenji Station)
Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29
Website: http://koenjifes.jp/
Access: Koenji Station in on the JR Chuo and Sobu Lines.

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27. Rakuten Halloween (Futakotamagawa) –Rakuten is holding their third Halloween event at the Futakotamagawa Rise complex after a successful run last year. There will be processions and contest on both days. Registration for the parade is open to the first 400 applicants. Children registered can trick or treat and receive candy from the stores inside the Rise complex. Your child can partake in the Halloween Stamp Rally as well. With every purchase over 1,000 yen, your child can get stamps that can be redeemed for candy. If you plan on staying in the area try our favorite Futakotamagawa lunch and shopping spots. Application open till October 2nd 10:00.

Date & Time:
 Saturday, October 28, 2017 (Sat) 15: 00-16: 00 Sunday , October 29, 2017 13: 00-14: 00
Place: Futakotamagawa Rise Shopping Center Area
Who can participate: Everyone, including pets.
Website: http://event.rakuten.co.jp/halloween/event/

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28. Aoyama Matsuri (Aoyama, Tokyo) 青山まつり –  The Aoyama Matsuri organized by the local merchants and organizations is incredibly well run and beautiful. The event lasts for two days (Saturday and Sunday), and the festival area is all along Aoyama Dori between Aoyama 1-chome area to Aoyama University (past Omotesando station on your way to Shibuya). Enjoy the parade on Saturday from 13:45 along Aoyama Dori on Saturday a.m. and also the many locations for food and beverages. The ginkgo trees in Aoyama are just changing colors so a great time to visit the neighborhood. Some of my favorite photos came from this festival last year.

Aoyama Matsuri Event Details
Event Dates: Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29, 2017
Times: 11:00 – 20:00 Saturday, 11:00 – 17:00 Sunday
Address: Aoyama Dori between Aoyama 1-chome and Aoyama University
Access: accessible from Aoyama, GaienMae and Omotesando Stations
Website: http://aoyama-matsuri.jp/ (Japanese only)
Toilets: public available in eating area
Child friendly: very kid friendly and stroller friendly

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29. The Earth Garden Craft Fair (Yoyogi Park) takes place four times a year. Great crafts, food and fun activities for kids.  The earthy folk of Tokyo converge on Yoyogi Park to enjoy discovering eco products, organic foods and music. There are over 200 booths that will be displaying products and services to this eco and crafty group. Very fun, and impossible to walk way empty-handed. There is also a very good music line-up and a hammock area to relax in-between your eating and shopping. Kids will defiantly enjoy 1-2 hours wandering the stalls with parents. Also, if you visit at night, the candle-lit stalls are very pretty to view. Also combing with a leisurely walk through Meiji Jingu Park would make a nice 2-3 hour outing.

Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair Event Details
Date & Time: Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 (10:00 -17:00)
Place: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza, Keyaki Namiki Road, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.earth-garden.jp/
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote line)

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