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Halloween 2019

Join the massive Halloween matsuri festivities in Tokyo

Halloween in Tokyo 2020 - Best Time
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Ted Barrera

Even though Halloween is a new holiday in Japan, it has become massive in Tokyo. The Japanese mostly embrace the idea of costume parades while other aspects of Halloween such as trick-or-treating or scary attractions remain less popular. In Tokyo, Halloween is more oriented on teenagers and young adults. The most common way to celebrate is to dress-up in a scary or cute costume and let loose in a club. There are also huge street parties on Halloween night and the weekend before the holiday in such areas as Shibuya and Roppongi. If you don't have a costume, you can always find something suitable in Don Quijote or Daiso.

Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival (October 26–27, 2019)

The Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival is one of the most significant Halloween events in Japan that is held in the last weekend of October. Since 2014 the festival takes place outside of Ikebukuro station (the Sunshine City). The festival attracts about 20,000 participants and over 100,000 spectators in two days. Ikebukuro east exit area has become the centre of new subculture with various activities for anime and manga fans. Live entertainment is provided from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2020
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2020
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland (September 10–October 31, 2019)

“Disney Halloween” at Tokyo Disneyland was the first-ever Halloween celebration in Japan and it's still incredibly popular. Festivities and a special program are offered from early September through late October. Check out the “ghost version" of Disneyland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in new costumes. “Spooky ‘Boo!’ Parade” is the main highlight of the festival, featuring over 100 floats. The park’s main characters during these days are ghosts and goblins haunting the park after dark. World Bazaar will also be transformed with Halloween decoration and music.

Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland 2020
Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland
Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland 2020
Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland

Shibuya Halloween (October 26–31, 2019)

Shibuya is undoubtedly the epicentre of the Halloween activities in Tokyo. During several days this central area gets filled with crowds of young people in costumes. The authorities even had to issue a ban on public drinking in Shibuya during late October since the street parties have been turning rather wild in the previous years. Halloween in Shibuya has become an enormous phenomenon since 2014. It happens during the weekend before Halloween and on October 31st. The street party reaches its peak between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Many people stay partying all night.

Shibuya Halloween 2020
Shibuya Halloween
Shibuya Halloween 2020
Shibuya Halloween
Shibuya Halloween 2020
Shibuya Halloween
Shibuya Halloween 2020
Shibuya Halloween

Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade (October 26, 2019)

Roppongi Hills is another famous Halloween destination in Tokyo. Located in the Roppongi district of Minato the hip area gets occupied by scary characters: zombies, zombie brides, monsters and vampires. Every year the parade focuses on a different theme. There are also special menus at the Hill’s cafes and restaurants.

Roppongi Halloween 2020
Roppongi Halloween

Kawasaki Halloween Parade (October 27, 2019)

Kawasaki Halloween Parade is the most unusual and most photographed Halloween parade in all of Japan. It usually takes place from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of October outside of JR Kawasaki Station and the nearby La Citadella shopping center. Two thousands of participants gather in the most creative costumes and parade along the 1.5-km (0.9-mi) course. The parade is viewed by over 120,000 spectators. You can get a ticket for prime spectator seating. Following the parade, there is an award ceremony for best costume and an afterparty.

Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2020
Kawasaki Halloween Parade
Kawasaki Halloween 2020
Kawasaki Halloween