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November 2020 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

By Time Out Tokyo Editors

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

Omohara Illumination; Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Photo: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

1. Omohara Illumination

Things to do Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, Harajuku

The rooftop garden at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando assumes a Christmasy character from mid-November, when 16,000 lightbulbs start giving off a warm, orange-tinged light. Wear your warm jacket, grab a bento and try a wintertime picnic under the pretty LEDs.


2. Marunouchi Illumination

Things to do Marunouchi Naka-dori, Marunouchi

The 1.2-km long Marunouchi Naka-dori, always one of the most popular Tokyo illumination spots, will be lit up with countless champagne-coloured, extra-low energy LED bulbs this year too, making for a display that's as environmentally friendly as it is stylish. Just strolling down the glittering street, which is lined with fancy boutiques and cafés, makes for a nice post-dinner date option...

Yomiuri Land Jewellumination
Photo: ©Yomiuri Land

3. Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Attractions Theme parks Yomiuri Land, Tama area

Yomiuri Land's annual winter illumination show tends to bedazzle even the most ardent illumination-fiend. As the name might give away, jewels are the focus here: literally millions of colourful LEDs are set up throughout the vast area, which is split into 12 areas, while visitors can also expect to be treated to a 25-metre tall dazzling mountain and lit-up roller coasters. If you're looking for the most OTT illumination experience in Tokyo, this should be it...

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Photo: Sankeien Hoshoukai Foundation

4. Where to admire the autumn leaves in Tokyo

Things to do

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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