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Updated: October 5, 2021

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.

Is November a good time to visit Tokyo?

Yes! While the whole of autumn is a great time to visit Tokyo, the brilliant hues of the fall foliage are at their most vibrant in November. This is the best time of the year to see the beautiful rows of ginkgo trees at Meiji Jingu Gaien and the flowers of the Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. In addition to these natural highlights, November is a great month to take in cultural events, like the Tori-no-ichi Fair in Asakusa.

What is the weather like in Tokyo in November?

The average temperature is around 13ºC (55°F) during the day, and 4ºC (39°F) at night. Early November tends to be a bit warmer. Temperatures may fluctuate a bit during the day, and the evenings can get a bit chilly. It's a good idea to wear a lightweight jacket or sweater—especially in late November. November is relatively dry, with 96 mm (3.7 in) of rainfall on average.

Best events, festivals, and other things to do in November

Autumn leaves in Tokyo

In November the foliage reaches a peak of beauty, making this the best time to enjoy the autumn leaves in Tokyo. Visitors who want to appreciate this picturesque beauty can do so from many locations throughout the capital, including Meiji Jingu Gaien (Outer Garden), Hibiya Park, and Yoyogi Park. For an impressive evening light-up, visit Rikugien Gardens.

 

Mt. Takao Autumn Leaves Festival

Mt. Takao, a popular hiking location less than an hour from Shinjuku Station, hosts the Mt. Takao Autumn Leaves Festival every November. Different events are held on weekends and holidays throughout the month. Visitors can enjoy various performances and try dishes such as the famous Mt. Takao grated yam soba. Please note, it is not yet decided whether this event will take place in 2021.

For more information on how to enjoy autumn at Mt. Takao, please watch this introductory YouTube video.

 

Tori-no-ichi Fairs

Tori-no-ichi Fairs are held every November at shrines and temples on dates that the traditional lunar calendar designates as days of the rooster. People wish for health, good fortune, and prosperity. Merchants also sell beautiful kumade (ornamental rakes) decorated in gold and silver. In Tokyo, you can participate in the festivities by visiting areas such as Asakusa, Shinjuku, and Fuchu. The exciting atmosphere and wonderful items available for sale are imbued with the energy of old Tokyo.

 

Chrysanthemum Exhibition

From November 1 to 15, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden hosts an annual Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Chrysanthemums have been cultivated in Japan for centuries and have been displayed at Shinjuku Gyoen since the 1920s. This tradition is associated with the imperial family, and has been carried on to this day through this event. Brilliant displays are guaranteed.

Please note:
Visitors must not bring alcohol into the garden. The use of sports equipment and musical instruments in the garden is also prohibited. Please check the Shinjuku Gyoen (JPN) website for the most up-to-date information on the garden's opening hours.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Management Office

 

Kokubunji Festival

The Kokubunji Festival is Kokubunji City's largest annual event. With a focus on people, industry, and commerce, the festival offers a wide range of events. Visitors can experience parades, live traditional music, and other stage performances. Kokubunji residents also sell homemade goods and refreshments at booths, making the festival a great opportunity to meet some local people.

 

Dream Yosacoy Festival

The Dream Yosacoy Festival, a dance festival held in early November, is one of Tokyo's biggest annual events. Any group that wishes to perform may do so, regardless of nationality, age, or gender. Thousands of unique groups dance at multiple venues across Tokyo. The wonderful routines and exciting atmosphere make this a must-see event!

 

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

The Hachioji Ginkgo Festival is a perfect occasion to take in the splendor of Hachioji's beautiful ginkgo trees. Over 700 of them decorate the area around the Koshu Kaido road. Take in the crisp autumn air while you collect stamps at 12 local checkpoints or enjoy the local delicacies available at the festival's stalls. However you choose to enjoy the festival, you're guaranteed to have a great time.

©Hachioji Ginkgo Festival Festival Committee

©Hachioji Ginkgo Festival Festival Committee

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