November 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your November in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including concerts, autumn foliage light-ups and art exhibits

Happo-en Autumn Lightup | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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November is the time to embrace all things autumnal in Tokyo – in addition to the seasonal foliage, you can look forward to Tori no Ichi markets, quirky food celebrations, plentiful sports events and early illumination shows.

Our November highlights

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横浜音祭り
(C)oono ryusuke
Music

Yokohama Otomatsuri

icon-location-pin Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Minato Mirai
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Inaugurated in 2013, this two-month long music featival returns to Yokohama for its third edition. Enjoy a variety of performances from Japanese classical music to international sounds – there will be a symphony by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra...

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Things to do, Festivals

Dream Yosakoi Odori

icon-location-pin Daiba Station, Odaiba
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Yosakoi Odori may not have the most alluring origin story– it was first devised in the 1950s as an effort to revive the post-war economy – yet festivals celebrating the dance demonstrate its extraordinary popularity in Japan. Expect around 100 teams of performers to combine traditional Japanese movements...

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#タワパ Chiba Porttower Music Party
Things to do

#Tawapa Chiba Port Tower Music Party

icon-location-pin Chiba Port Tower, Chiba
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With its location right next to Tokyo Bay, the stately Chiba Port Tower is not just a landmark of Chiba, the prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. It also has a 113m-high observation deck that affords a sweeping view of the Greater Tokyo area...

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Kineko International Children's Film Festival
Film

Kineko International Children's Film Festival

icon-location-pin Futako-Tamagawa Rise, Futako-Tamagawa
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The largest children’s film festival in the country has something for everybody. Aside from attending the screenings (which take place indoors and outdoors), both kids and adults can participate in a multitude of other activities including a hot-air balloon ride...

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Tokyo Ramen Show
Things to do, Food and drink events

Tokyo Ramen Show

icon-location-pin Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground, Komazawa-Daigaku
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We strongly recommend attending the 11th edition of this renowned noodlefest with an empty stomach, since the slurp specialists behind this ramen extravaganza are bringing the greatest noodle soup makers from all over Japan to Komazawa Olympic Park. Some of the ramen masters will be offering regional specialities and new soups created specifically for the occasion...

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Gyoza Fes
Things to do, Food and drink events

Gyoza Fes Tokyo

icon-location-pin Nakano Shiki no Mori Park, Nakano
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Gyoza lovers rejoice! Autumn in Nakano sees a festival dedicated to the delectable dumplings. You can expect more styles of gyoza than you imagined possible, from deep-fried and pan-fried to boiled and steamed gyoza. There will be gyoza filled with prawn and garlic, Japanese black pork...

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ドイツフェスティバル
Things to do

Deutschland Fest

icon-location-pin Metropolitan Aoyama Park, Nishi-Azabu
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Spend a day at the Deutschland Fest where there will be plenty of German food and beer to feast on. This annual event held by the German Embassy transports Berlin to Aoyama Park for four days, filling the area with stalls of food, crafts, beer and entertainment...

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Tokyo Midtown DESIGN TOUCH
Things to do

Tokyo Midtown Design Touch

icon-location-pin Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
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Inviting you to experience quality design with all five senses, this multi-part event has been an annual occurrence at Midtown since 2007, and now returns with one of its most plentiful programmes yet. The spacious garden will be occupied by creative team Spread’s ‘landscape design’, covering the the area with a 1km long colorful mesh fabric...

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Tokyo International Film Festival
Film

Tokyo International Film Festival

icon-location-pin Roppongi Hills, Roppongi
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Tokyo’s top cinematic extravaganza is back for its 32nd edition. The opening film this year is ‘Tora-san, Wish You Were Here’, the long-awaited 50th installment of the hugely successful film series ‘Otoko wa Tsurai yo’ (‘It’s Tough Being a Man’), which ran between 1969 and 1995 and revolves around a kind-hearted wandering soul who’s unlucky in love...

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横浜音祭り
(C)oono ryusuke
Music

Yokohama Otomatsuri

icon-location-pin Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Minato Mirai
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Inaugurated in 2013, this two-month long music featival returns to Yokohama for its third edition. Enjoy a variety of performances from Japanese classical music to international sounds – there will be a symphony by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra...

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HORI
Things to do

Design Festa vol. 50

icon-location-pin Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake
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Whether it’s visual art, fashion, handicrafts or avant-garde performance that gets your juices owing, you’ll nd it at this sprawling cultural jamboree, held at Tokyo Big Sight every spring and autumn. About 10,000 artists are expected to descend on the conference centre...

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Tokyo Comic Con
Things to do, Exhibitions

Tokyo Comic Con

icon-location-pin Makuhari Messe, Makuhari
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Tokyo’s premier comic book convention is back for its fourth year, and organisers are promising the best yet. Over three days, comic fans can geek out with creators and experts, and mingle with fellow cosplayers. Alongside the usual booths, stage events, prop exhibits and cosplay contests, there will be guest appearances by A-list movie stars...

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フィエスタ デ エスパーニャ
Things to do, Festivals

Fiesta de España

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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One of the last few national festivals in Yoyogi Park this year, this colourful celebration features dozens of food and drink stalls dealing in Spanish delicacies from paella to churros and tapas. There will also be booths selling knickknacks, groceries, wine and the like from Spain. Flamenco performances plus a host of entertainment will take over the main stage at various times of the day...

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ukiyoe cafe
Theatre

Ukiyo-e Cafe

icon-location-pin Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Yokohama
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Watch Ukiyo-e paintings come to life at this entertaining show where you'll see a mix of dance, comedy, mime and magic performances. You'll see famous artworks like 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa' in '3D' with choreographed music and projection mapping, as well as performances by the members of Siro-A, a dance group who was featured on 'America's Got Talent' Season 10...

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いけばな×百段階段
Art

Ikebana x Hyakudan Kaidan

icon-location-pin Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, Meguro
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A gorgeous, well-preserved heritage wooden structure, the Hyakudan Kaidan pavilion at Meguro's Hotel Gajoen Tokyo welcomes autumn with an exhibition of artistically arranged seasonal flowers...

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Tokyo Opera City
Photo: Tokyo Opera City
Music, Classical and opera

Tokyo Opera City – Lunchtime Concerts

icon-location-pin Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Hatsudai
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Head over to Tokyo Opera City's concert hall and enjoy their monthly lunchtime performance entirely free of charge. This 45-minute recital, which is part of the ‘Visual Organ Concert’ series, usually consists of four pieces...

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Open Space 2019
Art, Digital and interactive

Open Space 2019

icon-location-pin NTT InterCommunication Center, Hatsudai
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The Intercommunication Center has been hosting these annual, almost year-long media art exhibitions since 2006, and they are so on point that they sometimes end up eclipsing the cultural facility’s other concurrent exhibitions. The latest Open Space show, titled 'Alternative Views', takes a look at how our ideas and perceptions of the world are influenced by the alternative world views propagating through media and technology...

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Jean-Michel Basquiat
Yusaku Maezawa Collection, Chiba. Artwork © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made in Japan

icon-location-pin Mori Arts Center Gallery, Roppongi
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The chance of seeing a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in a museum is rare. It’s even rarer to see a comprehensive exhibition of his works under one roof – but you can do so at the Mori Art Gallery Center from September 21 through November 17. Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) has become a much-romanticised figure in contemporary art, a legend that is synonymous with New York in the 1980s...

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Christian Boltanski Animitas
Art

Christian Boltanski: Animitas II

icon-location-pin Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Omotesando
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Leading French contemporary artist Christian Bolanski has worked extensively with Japanese themes in the past, expressing his artistic styles through sculpture, writing, film and photography...

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STAR WARSTM Identities: The Exhibition
Museums, Film and TV

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

icon-location-pin Warehouse Terrada, Tennozu
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After touring Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia and being viewed by over 2 million people, the X3 Productions and Lucasfilm collab exhibition is finally descending on Tokyo. This special 'Star Wars' exhibit will showcase 200 original props, costumes and artworks from the film franchise, plus tons of interactive pieces designed in consultation with neuropsychologists and psychologists...

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マンモス展
Things to do

Mammoth Exhibition

icon-location-pin Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation, Aomi
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Humankind’s fascination with the mammoth is not a recent one. Our enthusiasm for the now-extinct woolly giants is on full display at the science and technology museum Miraikan in Odaiba. Along with some of the best preserved frozen specimens of the mammoth...

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館蔵ミニチュア展 小さなものの大きな魅力
Museums

Exhibition of Miniature Objects

icon-location-pin Tobacco & Salt Museum, Oshiage
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Get an up-close look at retro miniatures from the pre-war period. Roughly 1,500 miniature objects made by craftsmen from the Meiji era will be on show. The exhibition will be centered around the Minoru Nakata Collection, which consists of about 800 custom-made miniatures...

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におい展 main
Things to do

Exhibition of Smells

icon-location-pin Orbi Yokohama, Minato Mirai
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While most exhibitions are visual, this one invites you to use your nose. Everything from the sweetest scents to the most pungent odors will be featured in this unconventional showcase.  The exhibition has previously attracted close to 190,000 visitors with its lineup of items such as surströmming (fermented herring) and stinky tofu, which are considered among the world’s smelliest foods...

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NIGHT SYNC YOKOHAMA
Things to do

Night Sync Yokohama

icon-location-pin Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai
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A light exhibition directed by Seiichi Saito of Rhizomatiks, an expert of media art and expression through technology. This sparkling display can be seen at Shinko Central Plaza, which is just beside the city’s iconic ferris wheel, Cosmo Clock 21...

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Sankeien | Time Out Tokyo
Things to do

Where to admire the autumn leaves in Tokyo

Every year, hordes of Tokyoites make the exodus out of town to classic autumn leaf watching spots like Kamakura, Nikko and Hakone. However, for those with no time to travel, there are plenty of gardens, parks and museums right here in the city to get your koyo fill from mid-to-late November. Here are our top picks of nightly light-ups, historic retreats and lesser-known viewing locations, all in or close to Tokyo. And for particularly energetic foliage-watchers, we recommend these scenic bike routes and these highlight hikes.

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