- Takadanobaba Yabusame – Mon, October 8th
- Tokyo Harvest in Toranomon – From Thu, October 11th to Sat, October 13th
- Kabuku bar-hopping festival (Shinjuku) – Sat, October 13th
- Kagurazaka’s Cat Parade – Sun, October 13th
Takadanobaba Yabusame – Mon, October 8th
Yabusame was born during the 6th century. It originally was Shinto ritual in which horseback riders shoot arrows at wooden targets. Nowadays the highly skilled riders still wear samurai costumes while riding horses and aiming for the center of the target. Thrilling!
The Takadanobaba Yabusame festival dates back to the 18th century, and is linked to the Ana Hachimangu shrine. First the archers will gather at the shrine for a ceremony and then will make a procession to Toyama Park where the yabusame itself will take place. The festival will is from 2pm to 3:30pm.
Place: Ana Hachimangu shrine and Toyama Park
Access: 5mn on foot from Waseda Station (Tozai Line)
Tokyo Harvest in Toranomon – From Thu, October 11th to Sat, October 13th
Autumn being the harvest season, this free festival is designed to introduce its visitors to products and culture from every region of Japan. There, you can buy and eat products from all over the country, but also learn how to make furikake (the fish powder Japanese people put on rice), amazake, tofu and lots of other dishes. Many other activities are also planned as well as several music shows.
Place: Toranomon Hills and Shintora Avenue
Website (Japanese Only): Tokyo Harvest in Toranomon
Access: 5mn on foot from Toranomon Station (Ginza Line)
Kabuku bar-hopping festival (Shinjuku) – Sat, October 13th
It’s a special bar hopping event located in the Arakicho and Sugidaimon areas, a previous geisha town. This neighborhood used to be the residence of an important samurai then a geisha town, and is nowadays one of the best places to eat and drink in Tokyo. The Kabuku festival makes the access to bars and restaurants easier by erasing the table charges and providing drinks and food through special 500 yen menus. Some members of the Tadaima Japan team will be there to give you information, and others will participate to report it live!
Place: Sugidaimon, Arakicho (Shinjuku)
Exhaustive information in English is available in our article: Everything you need to know about Shinjuku’s ‘Kabuku‘ bar-hopping festival
Access: 5mn on foot from Yotsuya-Sanchome Station (Marunouchi Line)
Kagurazaka’s Cat Parade – Sun, October 13th
The Kagurazaka’s Cat Parade (Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival) is a Halloween parade on the theme of cats. Anybody can join (providing you’re dressed as a cat, pay a 500-yen fee make your registration from 10am to 13:50pm). Paying make-up services and kimono rental services will be available. The parade itself will take place from 2pm to 3pm, but other events such as a cat dance, and street performances are also planned. The event will end at 5pm.
Website (Mostly in Japanese): Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival
Access: 2mn on foot from Kagurazaka Station (Tozai Line)