October was a busy month, and November in Tokyo doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. We are now fully into autumn and it’s beginning to feel like it. Despite the chilly weather, we can expect to see one of Mother Nature’s finest spectacles; the turning of the leaves from a gorgeous green to rusty orange to fiery reds and now is the perfect time to go outside and explore the city, taking full advantage of all the events on show. With the night’s drawing in, towards the end of the month be prepared for city illuminations to pop-up across the city, making the long nights more beautiful and bearable.
At the beginning of the month, there is the final of the Rugby World Cup taking place in Yokohama, where will see England battle it out against South Africa and watch winners take home the William Webb Ellis Cup. There are plenty of events taking place around Tokyo ranging from food, film, and fashion, to traditional cultural festivals and celebrations. November looks to be one of the busiest yet. Luckily for you, we have made a list of all the foodie events taking place this November in Tokyo, so you don’t miss out on a thing.
Here are the top events in Tokyo in November!
As you can imagine, this November festival is dedicated to the beloved gyozas. You can expect them in every style, shape, form, and flavor from deep-fried to pan-fried, from boiled to steamed, the variations are endless and if you love gyoza this is one you can’t afford to miss! One meal ticket is ¥600 and expects mouth-watering combinations such as prawn and garlic, Omi wagyu beef, Japanese black pork, and vegetarian options available.
Dates: October 31st – November 4th, 2019
Thursday 4pm – 9pm
Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday, Sunday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 8pm
Price: Free admission
Location: Nakano Shiki no Mori Park, Nakano
This festival is first and foremost a dance festival, but you can expect to see an array of crazy hair, cool beats, edgy fashion, and exceptional dance moves. There are around 100 teams of performers that combine traditional Japanese-style moves with contemporary music. This three-day festival is the biggest of its kind in Tokyo featuring over 6,000 participants that carry naruko (wooden clappers) to keep the dancers and their traditional yosakoi moves in rhythm while dancing in the streets. Last year had a colossal turnout of over 950,000 spectators, so be prepared to be in close quarters with almost a million people and you might want to head there early to secure a good spot. There are other activities and attractions such as food and merchandise booths that feature local specialties of disaster-stricken areas in Japan.
Dates: November 1 – 3, 2019
Friday 1st 5pm – 9pm,
Saturday 2nd 11am – 9pm
Sunday 3rd 10am – 9pm
Location: Daiba Station, Odaiba
The Meiji Shrine Autumn Festival is an annual festival that celebrates the birthday of Emperor Meiji with three days of cultural demonstrations of a range of Japanese performance and martial arts. These include the Bugaku dance, traditional music, Kyogen comedy, and Noh theatre. The impressive Yabusame horseback archery always draws a crowd along with the Sumo ring entering ceremony. Be sure to check the website for the dates and times of each performance. There will be stalls serving traditional Japanese festival foods such as takoyaki and yakisoba to whet your appetite while you watch the cultural activities take place.
Date: November 1 – 3, 2019
Time: From 2pm
Location: Meiji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku
Japan Harvest Festival 2019 will celebrate everything from agriculture and forestry to food and fisheries. It’s a festival that celebrates the variety of Japan’s produce and gives people a chance to meet some local farmers and will feature a series of workshops.Some workshops include an apple pie making experience using apples from Odate City and gnocchi gratin making experience using colorful Tokachi potatoes. They are also partnering up with social initiatives and charities such as Agriculture Girls Project and The Treasure of the Sea.
Date: November 2 – 3, 2019
Time: 11am – 4pm
Price: Free, workshop tickets can be purchased in advance.
Location: Marunouchi Nakadori, Chiyoda
Kineko International Children’s Film Festival is the largest children’s film festival in the country. The screenings take place both outdoors and indoors (weather permitting) and both children and adults can participate in a plethora of other activities including a hot-air balloon ride. There will be an international selection and some will have “live cinema” performances by some of the country’s top voice-over actors. You can expect popular theatre foods to be on offer such as popcorn and hot dogs to keep your stomach entertained as well as your eyes.
Dates: November 1 – 5, 2019
Time: 9am – 9pm (Check website for viewing times)
Price: ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children (Advance Tickets)
Location: Futako-Tamagawa Rise, Futako-Tamagawa
Held every 12 days in November, Tori-no-Ichi is a multi-colored long-running fair that dates all the way back to the Edo era. Tori (rooster) is known in the Chinese calendar as being auspicious. It’s all about wishing health, prosperity and good fortune in business endeavors. There are a few other shines that also celebrate these auspicious days, but Tori-no-Ichi is the most well-known and is held at the Otori Shine, which is technically in Asakusa but it’s closer to Iriya Station. If you get peckish you can always wonder down to Nakamise Street that’s full of street-food stalls.
Dates: November 8th and November 20th
Time: All day
Location: Otori Shrine, Asakusa
Another foodie favorite, Deutschland Fest offers up everything German. It’s held annually by the German Embassy and has everything from food stalls selling frankfurters to craft beer and traditional entertainment. Be sure not to miss the beer jug lift championship to see who can hold a beer jug up for the longest.
Dates: November 1 – 4, 2019
Friday 3pm – 9pm
Saturday, Sunday 11am – 9pm
Monday 11am – 8pm
Location: Metropolitan Aoyama Park, Nishi-Azabu
This event is to be held at Hibiya Park and has the aim of educating children to understand that their food doesn’t just come from the supermarket. The farmers will be sharing their knowledge of agriculture and there will be a variety of animals there for the children to interact with.
Dates: November 9 – 10, 2019
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda
The 11th of November is Cheese Day in Japan and what better way to celebrate the beloved dairy product than with a two-day cheese tasting festival? It takes place at EBiS303 in Ebisu. It’ll feature a cheese recipe contest, talk shows, cheese, and wine pairing and lots of cheese from around the world.
Dates: November 10 – 11, 2019
Location: EBiS 303, Ebisu
Back for its 5th year in Tokyo, the Fisherman’s festival celebrates all things fish! There will be 86 stalls to browse, and it’s run by the Sakana and Japan Festival. It is filled to the brim with some of the best, fresh seafood from across the country and will feature Japanese specialties like deep-sea tempura, grilled squid and freshwater eel, but there will also be some international options available too, like paella. Don’t miss it, as it’s going to be shrimply irresistible!
Dates: November 14 – 17, 2019
Thursday, Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Location: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda
Iga is within the Mie Prefecture and it is one of the centers that practice the art of ninjitsu, the traditional Japanese art of stealth, camouflage, and sabotage and is now practiced as a martial art. The Iga-Ueno Ninja Festival will be full of dancing, singing, magic shows, shuriken star throwing competitions. This is more of a family-friendly festival, so don’t expect any deadly demonstrations of the martial art. There will be a bar event on the evenings of the 18th and 19th and a Ninja parade on the 23rd.
Curious to try ninja-themed food and practice your blowgun skills? Check out our ninja dining experience in Tokyo!
Dates: November 15 – 24, 2019
Time: 10am – 6pm
Location: Ueno Park, Ueno
Tokyo Veggie Food Festa is an event organized by the NPO Veggie Culture Network. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan in Japan, you’ll know how hard it is to keep this lifestyle, so here’s a festival for you. It’s a festival that focuses on health, beauty and “eco-life,” educating people on the environment, animals and the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. You can expect plenty of meat-free food and organic vegetables and also cosmetics, clothing, and accessories by brands that are not tested on animals.
Dates: November 16 – 17, 2019
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Yoyogi Park, Yoyogi
Fiesta de España is one of the last national festivals held in Yoyogi Park this year and is the largest Spanish festival in Japan. It promises to be a colorful celebration of all things Spanish with dozens of food and drink stalls serving Spanish delicacies such as paella, tapas, and churros. The main stage will host a variety of entertainment throughout the days including Flamenco performances.
Dates: November 23 – 24, 2019
Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm
Location: Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
Celebrating all things Philippines, this festival is supported by the Philippines Embassy and promises to be Japan’s biggest Philippines event of the year. There will be domestic entertainers, as well as some being flown in from the Philippines! Due to the large Filipino population in the Kanto area, this is sure to be a popular event, and one not to miss. Traditional Filipino foods such as chicken adobo, kara kare (oxtail soup) and Lechon (roast suckling pig) along with other popular, tasty dishes.
Dates: November 30th – 1st December, 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Yoyogi Park, Yoyogi