What to do in Tokyo this week? (November 12th – November 18th)

This week, put luck on your side, eat paella and take the time to view flowers.

2018-11-14   Festivals & Events, Tokyo,


Asakusa Tori No Ichi (Tue, November 13th)

If you missed the first day on November 1st, here is another chance to go to the biggest ‘Tori No Ichi’ festival in Japan. There, you can buy ‘Toride’, traditional decorated racks that bring good luck. You can buy one for the security of your house, or for prosperity in business, etc. Even if you don’t buy anything, looking at all the variations of the toride is fun and the place becomes even prettier at night. Since it’s a festival, many kinds of street food will also be available. If ever you miss it this time, another session will take place on November 25th.

Place: Ootori Shrine (in Asakusa – not to be confused with the Otori shrine in Meguro!

Access: 10mn walk from Iriya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, JR Sagami Line)

Website (English):  Asakusa Tori No Ichi

Fiesta de España 2018 (Sat, November 17th, Sun, November 18th)

Source: The event’s official Facebook Page

Yoyogi Park is a place where many countries festivals take place, and this weekend it’s Spanish culture and food you can experience!  Of course there will be lots of  great Spanish wine and food –  paella included, but there will also be shows of traditional music and dances.

Place: Yoyogi Events Square (In front of NHK Hall)

Access: 10mn on foot from Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote Line)

Website (Japanese Only): Fiesta de España 2018

Yushima Tenmangu Chrysanthemum Festival (until Fri, November 23rd)

Source: http://checkinjp.com

If you want to enjoy the traditional November Chrysanthemum exhibitions but are not too fond of going to the Shinjuku Gyoen Chrysanthemum Festival, what about going to a shrine instead?  Located in Ueno, this shrine is more than 1500 years old and will exhibit different kinds of Chrysanthemums in various displays you can go and see for free.

Place: Yushima Tenjin Shrine

Access: 2mn on foot from Yushima Station (Chiyoda Line)

Website (English): Yushima Tenjin Shrine Festivals


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I’m French but I’ve been living in Tokyo for many years during which I had a lot of meaningful and thrilling experiences. I’m curious and I love learning new things. My hobbies are kick boxing, scuba diving, Japanese traditional painting, etc… As a writer, I’d like to share information about less touristic, more authentic places. I will also write about all the fun and cultural activities unique to Japan.