Halloween Events in the Tokyo Area
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Halloween in Japan is slightly different to overseas and has become established as an event in which people enjoy a variety of “costume play”. The attraction of this is that it can be enjoyed both by people participating in the “costume play” and those watching it.
In the Tokyo area, in particular, events are held every year in October in various areas. On this occasion, I would like to introduce you to various recommended Halloween events in the Tokyo area.
Kawasaki Halloween 2019
This has been held every year since 1997, and this year is the 23rd such event. In this year’s “Halloween Parade”, the group of artists “Tokyo Gegegay”, who are active around the world, shall appear and all six lanes of Shinkawa-dori that make up the course, which is a total length of 1.7km, shall be closed, allowing a large number of participants decked out in a wide variety of highly individualistic costumes to gather from all around the country, and dance and walk along the route. The “Kawaharo Runway”, a 50m runway that can be enjoyed by children and families shall be held for the first time. This is an event that can be enjoyed by the family.
Date/time of event: October 27, 2019 (Sunday)
Location held: Various commercial facilities and shopping streets in the Kawasaki station area
Closest station: Kawasaki stations
Charge: Free (1,000 yen when registering for the “costume play” parade)
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2019
This is a Halloween event in which more than 20,000 “Costume play” fans participate every year. A variety of events aimed at participants are prepared every year, such as “Ikeharo tea party”, “Costume play arm wrestling”, and “niconico cospllection” interactive events. Many famous “Costume players” participate. This event is recommended for “Costume players”, “Costume play fans”, and those who like animation and manga comics.
Date/time of event: October 26, 2019 (Saturday) and October 27, 2019 (Sunday) 10:00-18:00 (stage event 11:00-17:00)
Location held: Ikebukuro East exit area
Closest station: Ikebukuro station
Charge: Free (2,000 yen when registering for the “costume play” or as a photographer)
SHIBUYA HALLOWEEN PROJECT 2019 for Adults
This is a Halloween event for those who want to enjoy Halloween with their friends while drinking alcohol. This includes a “Halloween food grand prix” and “Dress-up contest”. In the “Halloween food grand prix”, food & drink tickets are sold at 2 for 500 yen, meaning that you can effectively eat authentic Halloween sweets for 250 yen per item. In the “Dress-up contest”, 10 groups that pass the qualifying tournament on the day battle it out in the final. Each group performs on the stage. This is an event aimed at adults.
Date/time of event: October 26, 2019 (Saturday) 18:00-21:30
Location held: Shibuya Hikarie 9F, Hikarie Hall, Hall A
Closest station: Shibuya station
Charge: Free (Food and drink are charged separatel)
Entrance is limited to people over the age of 20 (you will need to show your ID at the door)
Harajuku Omotesando Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2019
This Halloween event held the first dress-up parade in Japan and this year will be the 37th year. Every year, more than 1000 children and their guardians dress up and participate in a parade only the 1km of Harajuku Omotesando. Stores around the area provide special Halloween menus, and an “O-kashi rally” is held, in which sweets are given out to children. This is an event that can be enjoyed by both parents and children.
Date/time of event: October 27, 2019 (Sunday) 13:00-14:30 (scheduled) *Canceled in case of rain
Location held: Harajuku Omotesando/Omotesando Hills Space-O
Closest station: Harajuku station/Omotesando station Meji-Jingumae station
Charge: Free (1,000 yen if you participate in the parade)
Noge Halloween 2019
This is a Halloween event in which you eat, drink, and enjoy the town of Noge to the full. You can walk around and enjoy famous bars and shops with local specialties, and collect stamps from the areas you go. There are stores where you will receive discounts or presents if you dress up before going there. The Halloween parade is held on the final day. This is an event recommended for people who enjoy drinking alcohol.
Date/time of event: October 11, 2019 (Friday) to October 26, 2019 (Saturday)
(Halloween parade is on October 26th)
Location held: Bars/restaurants around the Noge area of Yokohama City
Closest station: Sakuragicho station
(Currently, the content from 2018 is published)