5 Fun Things to Do in Tokyo this October!

Tokyo Entertainment Food 2019.09.11
As things start to cool down in Tokyo, a fresh October wind brings lots of new things to the city! Food festivals, art of all kinds, outdoor events, and cats! Read on to find out all the fun opportunities that await you in the big city this October. (Click on an event name to find all the details, dates/locations/access, on our event calendar.)
Outdoor Activities

① Food Fests

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    The Shimokitazawa Curry Festival takes advantage of Japan's 100+ years of curry, putting together a modern a "high-level" curry festival. Every year 150 different Tokyo establishments gather to bring curry to the masses, spending a full 13 days selling curry of all kinds, alongside curry-themed activities and fun. (Keep an eye out for festival mascot "Curry Man," who roams the festival clad in a metallic gold outfit and kingly hat.)

② A Forest Festival in the Park

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    The Mitaka Forest Festival takes place in Inokashira Park, the same place as the illustrious Mitaka Ghibli Museum. In fact, the event was first organized to commemorate the museum's opening! If you can manage to snag Ghibli tickets for the 20th of October, you can even enjoy the festival and the museum together and have a whole day out in Mitaka. Even if the museum tickets sell out, though, the festival is a fun destination. There's music on stage, along with tables and stalls from local businesses selling food and souvenirs.
Indoor Activities

③ Unique Performances

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    Festival / Tokyo is a performing arts festival going on throughout October, centered in the busy neighborhood of Ikebukuro. All kinds of shows, performed by both local and international artists, are set to take place in a series of different venues. Explore Ikebukuro through the lens of contemporary theater, dance, music, film, and more.

④ Fine Art & Manga Exhibitions

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    Yayoi Kusama's Spirits of Aggregation will take over her Shinjuku museum this October. Focused on her art all about repetition of motifs, two-dimensional paintings and collages will be displayed side-by-side with her popular installations and sculptures. If you love the look of Dots Obsession, Kusama's famous red and white polka-dot soft sculptures, this is the perfect chance to see the art in person.
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    The Nakayoshi Exhibition celebrates this shoujo manga magazine's 65th birthday, and some of the most popular series it brought to the public. If you grew up reading or watching Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, or even Tokyo Mew Mew (AKA Mew Mew Power), you'll definitely want to give this event a look. Get a glimpse of the magazine's history through original illustrations from some of its biggest manga, and bring home some limited edition merch as well!

⑤ A Cat-Themed Marketplace

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    Nyan Fes 10 takes its name from the Japanese word for "meow", which is appropriate for a market dedicated entirely to cat-themed goods! If you think you love cats as much as the people of Japan, you can check by dipping into this marketplace, packed with more than 450 different sellers. You'll find some amazing cat items, and perhaps some new neko-loving Tokyo friends.

Found something good to do during your time in Tokyo this October? There's always something new in this huge city. For more fun ideas, be sure to check out our event calendar, which we update with new things to do on the regular!


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