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October Events in Japan: Five Fun Spectacles to See!

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Costumed revels at the Kawasaki Halloween Parade, one of many October events in Japan.

October in Japan is an explosion of fun waiting to happen! Prepare for a month packed with exciting October events that will paint your days with vibrant colors, thrilling festivals, and captivating art experiences. Japan is about to become your playground of adventure and fun times!

Bake Neko Festival (mid-October)

Bake Neko, also known as the ‘Monster Cat,’ is a cherished character in Japanese stories. People believe the ghostly spirit of a cat has lived a long time, gaining magical powers like talking and transforming into a captivating human-like figure. This intriguing legend inspires the Bake Neko Festival, where you can explore enchanting tales and fantastic artwork.

People wearing stylized cat costumes at the Bakeneko Festival in Tokyo.
This awesome parade has a lot of cat costumes! Image via Tokyo Cheapo

The festival happens in mid-October in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, which is famous for a cat character in the book I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki. Cats are loved in Japan yearly, so it’s a great place for cat enthusiasts. People at the festival wear all kinds of cat costumes, from cute and cuddly to realistic and a bit spooky. If you want to join in, just wear your best cat outfit, bring 500 yen (about $3), and participate in the cat parade!

Pokemon Jumpin’ Halloween Party (September 11-November 5)

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka wants you to have a memorable time when the Pokemon world and Halloween fun come together at the Pokemon Jumpin Halloween Party. This exciting event happens from September 11 to November 5, perfect for people of all ages.

DJ Gengar (purple ghost Pokemon) at the Pokemon Jumpin Halloween Party, one of many October events at Universal Studios Japan.
Get ready to pump up the volume with these Pokemon! Image via SoraNews24

During this festive time, you can enjoy daily Pokemon parades with famous characters like Pikachu. There are also Pokemon-themed rides that make old favorites feel new again. You can meet your favorite Pokemon up close and remember the fantastic nighttime show with stunning fireworks.

This year, there’s a fantastic concert hosted by DJ Pikachu and DJ Gengar, where you can dance to Pokemon beats. Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is easy to get to, and it’s a place where you can have a magical time with Pokemon and Halloween fun. Don’t miss out on the party!

Kobe Port Fireworks Festival (October 16-20)

From October 16 to 20, Kobe, Japan, hosts the Kobe Port Fireworks Festival, known for its stunning fireworks against the backdrop of Kobe’s beautiful harbor. It’s a popular event that people of all ages enjoy.

The Kobe Port Fireworks Festival at night.
This is a firework festival you can still enjoy in the fall! Image via

During the festival, you can see dazzling fireworks every night, lighting up the sky with different colors and patterns. As the sun goes down, people gather by the harbor to watch the impressive fire and light show. If you want a unique view, you can take a boat ride in the harbor to get close to the fireworks.

Food stalls also have tasty Japanese street food, live music, and entertainment. Whether you love fireworks, want a fun family outing, or are a traveler looking to experience Japanese culture, the Kobe Port Fireworks Festival is an event you won’t forget. So remember to enjoy the beautiful fireworks by the waterfront in Kobe this October!

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Shingen-ko Festival and Samurai Parade (October 27-29)

Get ready for an exciting adventure into Japan’s samurai legacy from October 27 to 29 at the Shingen-ko Festival and Samurai Parade in Yamanashi Prefecture! This event is not just a celebration; it’s a thrilling journey through time that pays homage to Takeda Shingen, a legendary samurai leader.

Picture this: the heart of the festival is the magnificent Samurai Parade. Here, people dress up in real samurai armor and costumes, transforming themselves into the spitting image of Takeda Shingen and his loyal warriors. It’s like stepping right into a historical movie scene!

A man dressed as the legendary samurai Shingen Takeda on horseback at the Shingen-ko Festival.
This parade is full of people in authentic samurai armor! Image via Wikimedia

But that’s not all – the festival also brings history to life with gripping reenactments of famous battles. Explore stalls with traditional Japanese arts and crafts. Watch artisans demonstrate ancient skills. Satisfy your taste buds with mouthwatering Japanese cuisine and local delights.

The fun doesn’t stop there. You’ll also be treated to cultural performances like traditional music and dance. Don’t miss the Shingen-ko Festival and Samurai Parade. It’s a short train or bus ride from Tokyo. It promises history, culture, and tons of fun!

teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live-GC (October 9-November 5)

“Get ready for a captivating art adventure from October 9 to November 5, 2023, in the serene Mifuneyama Rakuen Takeo Hot Springs of Kyushu. It’s where you’ll find teamLab’s “A Forest Where Gods Live-GC” exhibition and the last chance to see this fantastic show. It promises an enchanting journey where art, technology, and nature combine to create something extraordinary.

An ethereal art installation at teamLab-A Forest Where Gods Live in Kyushu. This is one of many October events in Japan.
This is an enchanting exhibit at hot springs in Kyushu. Image via Klook

Here, teamLab’s exhibition combines digital art with the calm beauty of nature. As you explore the forest, you’ll discover interactive art installations that react to you and the changing seasons. Whether it’s the bright colors of autumn leaves or the soft blossoms of spring, every visit gives you a one-of-a-kind experience as the art blends with the surroundings.

Some of the art even responds to your touch, making you a part of the artwork. Mifuneyama Rakuen has a rich history and spiritual meaning, making this exhibition even more special as it connects you with nature and the divine. Plus, it’s easy to get to from Kyushu’s big cities. Don’t miss out on this incredible mix of art and nature from October 9 to November 5, 2023. It’s going to be an experience you’ll always remember!

Why are there so many fun October events?

There are so many fun October events because they blend the nation’s rich culture, creativity, and natural splendor! From the lively Pokemon Jumpin Halloween Party at Universal Studios Japan to the awe-inspiring Kobe Port Fireworks Festival and the immersive artistry of teamLab’s exhibition in Mifuneyama Rakuen, there’s an adventure for everyone to savor. 

Two women in yukata walking around in Asakusa in the fall.
Which of these October events would you like to see? Image via Shutterstock

Whether you’re drawn to ancient traditions, contemporary celebrations, or the captivating union of art and nature, October in Japan offers unforgettable experiences and memories waiting to be made. So, don’t miss this extraordinary month of festivities and cultural exploration. Which of these fun October events would you like to check out? Are there any we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below!

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