October 2018 events in Tokyo

Plan your October in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including concerts, food festivals and art exhibits

YOKOHAMA JAZZ PROMENADE 2018
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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October is one of the nicest months in Tokyo – it's still warm enough to have fun outside, and there's a boatload of great events going on all around the city. A number of autumn matsuri take place in October, in addition to Tokyo classics from Jinbocho's Book Town week to the Kappabashi Kitchen Tools Festival. October is also the season for moon-viewing, a wide range of food events and, of course, Halloween.

Our October highlights

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Akihabara Flea Market
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Akihabara Flea Market

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Attention geeks: each weekend the space under the railway tracks near Akihabara Station’s Electric Town exit transforms into an otaku paradise, with about 40 booths selling manga and anime merchandise ranging from cosplay outfits to collectible toys, figurines and all manner of weird and wonderful items at reasonable prices. Even when it’s a wet and rainy day, you can still shop to your nerdy heart’s content, thanks to the covered location.

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Oi Racecourse - Tokyo City Flea Market

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With its 250 to 300 vendors, this is by far Tokyo’s biggest flea market and it takes place nearly every weekend in the parking lot of Oi Racecourse, also known as Tokyo City Keiba. With an extensive selection of goods, it’s not difficult to spend half a day here – and given the tempting prices, you definitely won’t leave empty-handed. Expect to find daily necessities, rare collector’s items, clothing, accessories, handmade goods, home decor, toys and even a small selection of antiques. And since shopping can be quite tiring, hungry bargain hunters can restore their energy levels by munching on light meals and snacks from food trucks onsite.

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