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Tokyo October 2018 Events – Festivals, Food & Foliage

Cooler weather spikes the appetites and the desire to discover in all of us so enjoy some of these Tokyo October 2018 events.  October 6-8th 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. Remember to visit our Tokyo One Day Itineraries with Kids. Venture out and explore!

Tokyo October 2018 Events – Festivals, Food & Foliage

1. Visit Rajul Shah’s “Spirit Me Away” exhibit at the Best Living Japan Studio in Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo.. Rajul, a Tokyo based artist, is exhibiting over 15 of her recent paintings which fabulously capture memories of her global travels. Her paintings merge her multi-cultural upbringing, zest for life, and passion of  Japanese simplicity. To support women’s education 10% of all paintings will also be contributed to the Asian University for Women (AUW). Please come visit the Best Living Japan studio to view the “Spirit Me Away” now until October 12, 2018. More Details –>

2. 30th 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 next 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.

30th Hokkaido Fair Details28th Hokkaido Fair, Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities - October 1 & 2, 2016
Event Time and Dates: Friday, October 5th – Monday, October 8: 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:  http://www.hokkai-syokudo.jp/yoyogi/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hokkai.syokudo
Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

3. Ebisu Bunkasai 2018 – Enjoy the three day Ebisu Culture festival`s dance and musical performances, 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 2018 Details
Date & Time: Saturday – Monday, October 6 – 8th; 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://gardenplace.jp/special/1810bunkasai/

4. Tokyo Yosakoi (Ikebukuro, Tokyo)  Yosakoi is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan in 1954, as a modern rendition of Awa Odori, a traditional summer dance. Yosakoi-style dancing has spread throughout much of Japan. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. This Saturday and Sunday you can see a huge competition of over 100 dance teams challenging to be crowded the best Yosakoi dance troupe. It is a huge festival with bright colors, loud music, and incredible energy. Any age person will have a great time!

Tokyo Yosakoi Details
Event date and time: Saturday, October 6th  – Sunday, October 7th; 11:00 – 20:00
Where: Ikebukuro station area
Website: http://www.yosakoitokyo.gr.jp (in Japanese only)
Access: 1 min walk from Ikebukuro Station on the JR Yamanote, Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Tobu Tojo Lines.

5. 25th 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: Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018 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)

6. 15th Annual Daikanyama 2018 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.

Daikanyama 2018 Sarugaku Festival 
Event Time and Dates: Sunday, October 7th (10:00 -17:00) – Monday, October 8th (10:00 – 17:00)
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.

7. Shimokitazawa Curry Festival 2018 Curry Land – This is the 7th year of the popular Shimokitazawa Curry Festival. This year there will be  150 vendors of curry, stamp rally (stamp collection event), and entertainment during this 10-day event.

Date & Time: Friday, Oct 5th – Saturday, Oct 14th  11: 00 – 20: 00
Address: Shimokitazawa Station 2-23 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031
Website: https://curryfes.pw/

8. World Festival Yokohama – This is the 24th 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 2018 Details
Date & Time: Saturday, October 6th 10:00 – 19:00 & Sunday, October 7th 10:00 – 17:00
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/

9. The Setagaya Bread Festival 2018 – 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 7 & 8, 2018 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

10. Nishimachi International School Food Fair 2018 (Moto Azabu, Tokyo) – One of our 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 13th rain or shine. The Fair is free and open to the public. 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: Saturday, October 13, 2018  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

11. 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 13 & 14, 2018; 10:30-15:30
Tickets: 700 JPY
Event website in English: http://tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony.jp/en/about.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.

12. 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 13, 2018 from 18:30~
Phone: 0180-99-3838 (Japanese language)
Website: http://narita-hanabi.com/2018/

13. Diwali Festival Yokohama – 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 13 – 14th, 2018 (10:00 – 19:00)
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.

14. 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 14, 2018  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/

15. The 9th Japanese-Indonesian Friendship Festival 2018 (Yoyogi Park) – Visit the 9th annual festival for delicious Indonesian food, drink and live entertainment.

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday October 20 & 21; 11:00 – 19:00
Location: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza, Zelkova Trees
Website: http://indonesia-festival.com/

16. Kawagoe Festival (Kawagoe, Saitama) – One of my favorite places outside of Tokyo! If you have not taken a day trip to Kawagoe the October 20th 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 20th & 21st(10:00 -22:00), 2018
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

17. Hibiya Gardening Show 2018 (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 2018 Details
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 28, 2018 (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.

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

18. Roppongi Halloween Parade  (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo) – A great event where over 3,000 people of all ages dress up and march. The route is a short 1K through Roppongi Hills and Roppongi Keyaki-zaka.  Children also will get a snack after the parade.
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Place: Roppongi Keyaki-zaka, Roppongi Hills
Who can participate: Anyone, but please register at the Roppongi Hills Arena the day of the parade

19. Koenji Fes 2018 – 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 27 & 28
Website: http://koenjifes.jp/
Access: Koenji Station in on the JR Chuo and Sobu Lines.



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