10 Events and Things to Do in Tokyo in October 2023

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Autumn is a great time to go visit Tokyo because the weather welcomes a pleasant cool instead of sweltering heat. This month offers many things to do outside to enjoy the weather. There are so many things going on, so this article will help give you some ideas that can help you pick what you want to do for your travels.

1. Tamagawa Firework Festival

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The Tamagawa Firework Festival is a dazzling display of pyrotechnic artistry that lights up the night sky along the Tamagawa River. With food stalls offering a variety of Japanese street food and snacks, visitors can spoil themselves while enjoying the show, making it a perfect event for couples or families.

Dates: Oct. 21, 2023 – 6pm~

Official Website: https://www.tamagawa-hanabi.com/

2. Tokyo Tower Climb

The company TELL is dedicated to providing better support and counseling services throughout Japan. This years focus is on World Suicide Prevention Day – Creating Hope Through Action and World Mental Health Day. Last year, sadly, there was an increase in people who lost their own battles. To commemorate them, you can join anytime from September to October, and take 21,881 steps or you can also wait until the 14th of October to be a part of the official event.

Date: Oct. 14, 2023

Official Website: https://telljp.com/tokyo-tower-climb-step-up-challenge-2023/

3. Ikebukuro Egg Festival

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Eggs are so versatile that it is a staple item that everyone has to have in their fridge. At this festival, there will be eggs from all over the country that you can try out with different toppings, seasonings, and more. The festival is free, but if you want the all-you-can-eat experience, the fee for participation is 1,000 yen.

Dates: Oct. 20 – 22, 2023

Official Website: https://tamafes.com/ 

4. Back From The Grave Halloween Ball

For all the rock lovers out there, this event is calling your name. This event will have over 50 bands that will be playing for this two day festival. There will also be bands from different countries that are coming to this event as well. To name a few bands: The Rip Offs, Psychotic Turnbuckles, Human Toys, and more.

Dates: Oct. 20 – 22, 2023

Location: Shinjuku Loft

5. Tokyo Yamathon

If you are feeling active, try out this event. What is so special about this event is that it is a fundraiser for the NPO Yokohama Children’s Hospice Project. In this event you have to try to walk, run, jog, or use whatever means to get through all of the 30 JR Stations within 12 hours if you do the full marathon. If you do half of the marathon, it will be from Tokyo TOKIA to Mejiro Station. The full marathon is about 42 km, whereas the half is 21 km.

Date: Oct 21. 2023

6. Nyan Fes

If your love for cats is out of this world, this event is for you. This event is definitely marked on my calendar. Literally, everything is just about cats. Do we have to say anymore? There will be roughly around 260 booths to check out. If you want to buy your ticket in advance, it will be 600 yen. They will also sell tickets there for 500 yen, but the sales will not start until 1:00 PM. 

Date: Oct. 29, 2023

Official Website: https://nyanfes.com/

7. Kappabashi Dōgu Matsuri

Kappabashi Dōgu (Tools) Matsuri, is a festival that will allow the shops to showcase their items. It will have a wide range of items that will showcase from the less professional items to the more high end items. Stop by for a chance to get a steal on some kitchenware.

Dates: Early Oct

8. Tokyo Romance Flea Market

If you are looking for antiques, look no further. The flea market is held in central Tokyo at Shibuya Garden Tower. There will be about 100 booths that will have antiques and vintage items not only from Japan but also from China, Europe, America, and more. You can find hand-made items, art, foods, plants, and more.

Dates: Oct. 8, 2023

Official Website: https://tokyo-romantic.com/ 

9. Hanazono Shrine Antique Market

This is another antique market that is held almost every Sunday if the weather permits. Make sure to follow them on X, formally known as Twitter, so you are updated. If you want to get away from the bigger crowds, this could be a solution to your problem. They typically have 25 to 30 stalls lined up.

10. Oeshiki Festival At Ikegami Honmonji Temple

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During the Kamakura period, there was a highly respected Buddhist teacher, Nichiren. This event is highly celebrated throughout Japan, but the main festival is at the Ikegami Honmonji Temple. The people who are participating will carry sacred lanterns while walking 2 km from Ikegami Station to the temple, this part of the festival will happen on the 12th of October.

Dates: Oct. 11 – 13, 2023

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