October 2019 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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行ける工場夜景展
Art, Photography

Night Factory Views Exhibition

icon-location-pin Todays Gallery Studio, Asakusabashi
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Industrial lights can be a beautiful sight. The concentration of factories, when seen at night with all its lights on, provides a visual example of humanity’s ability to introduce mesmerising order into an otherwise empty landscape. But why just look at these beautiful night views when you can also learn how to photograph these captivating factory lights...

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Sunshine Aquarium
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Things to do

Sunshine Aquarium/Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory Instagram Promotion

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In association with Sunshine Aquarium and Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory 

Two of Ikebukuro’s most popular attractions are holding a special promotion for foreign visitors. All you have to do is visit Sunshine Aquarium or Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory and post a photo of your visit on Instagram with these hashtags: #sunshineaq2019 for the former, or #skycircus2019 for latter. For every post you make, you’re sure to receive an exclusive ticket holder at Sunshine Aquarium, or a hand towel at Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory...

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東京ノーヴイ・レパートリーシアター連続演劇公演
Theatre

Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre Performance

icon-location-pin Umewaka Noh School Hall, Higashi-Nakano
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Leonid Anisimov, a Russian director known for combining Eastern and Western aesthetics in his stage performances, seeks to continue his unique style in a series of plays at the Umewaka Noh School Hall in Nakano. In these performances, Tokyo Novyi Repertory Theatre, where Anisimov is the artistic director...

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江戸まちたいとう芸楽祭
Things to do

Edo Performing Arts Festival in Taito

icon-location-pin Asakusa Public Hall, Asakusa
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Enjoy the spirit of the Edo period in this festival that features rakugo (traditional storytelling), ghost stories and Japanese dance as well as film and theatre events.  The rakugo performance is free of charge and English subtitles will be provided, so foreign audience members will understand what is being said...

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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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Craft Chocolate Festival
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Craft Chocolate Festival

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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Similar to the farm-to-table concept, artisanal chocolate producers follow a bean-to-bar philosophy. This means sourcing directly from farmers, being knowledgeable about ingredients and supply chains, and respecting the natural flavour of the ingredients. What this means for consumers is that we get rich, nuanced, flavourful and sustainably sourced chocolate – and Craft Chocolate Festival is here to celebrate that...

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Aoyama Sake Fleavol10
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Aoyama Sake Flea

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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Sake fans, clear your schedule for the second weekend of October, when the 11th Aoyama Sake Flea takes over the courtyard at the Farmer’s Market @ UNU. The event will host 22 breweries from all over the country to showcase their sake and provide insights on how to enjoy Japan's best-known traditional drink. Purchase a tasting package and start sipping...

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Rainbow Sushi
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Rainbow Sushi

icon-location-pin Kappabashi Coffee & Bar, Asakusa
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Time Out in association with 80percent simple Inc. International sushi chef Jiro Onoda is hosting a series of classes focused on making rainbow sushi. Don’t worry, you don’t need any cooking experience to join. The classes are open to anyone interested to learn how to make sushi using traditional Edo-style techniques...

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NIGHT SYNC YOKOHAMA
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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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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...

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