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Updated: September 2, 2021
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Yes! October is a very pleasant time of year to visit Tokyo. October features food shows, temple festivals, cultural arts events, film festivals, book festivals, and, of course, Halloween. It is a great month for experiencing many different faces of Tokyo. But best of all, perhaps, is the autumn foliage. Vibrant hues of gold and crimson can be enjoyed in October in the mountainous areas of western Tokyo.
The average temperature is around 18ºC (64°F) during the day, and 14ºC (57°F) at night. It is also good to be prepared for the occasional rainy day, and to be on the alert for typhoons. But the weather in October is generally not humid and the temperature is perfect for sightseeing and other outdoor activities. Carry a light jacket as it may get chilly at night. The mountainous areas of west Tokyo are a lot cooler than the central parts of the capital, so extra layers of clothing can help you enjoy Tokyo to the full.
Shibuya Scramble Crossing is the go-to place to check out passers-by in their Halloween costumes. In Ikebukuro, you can visit the Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival, attended by tens of thousands of people dressed in their favorite manga and anime-inspired outfits, and more. At Sanrio Puroland's pumpkin-filled event, enjoy Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters in Halloween attire, as well as special Halloween-themed food and merchandise.
Held at Komazawa Olympic Park from late October to early November, the Tokyo Ramen Show is one of Japan's largest outdoor events dedicated to ramen. Visitors can try many unique styles of ramen from all over Japan. The show has been running annually since 2009 and promotes interest in Japan's regions.
The best place in Tokyo for viewing autumn foliage in October is the Mt. Mitake area, which is less than a 2-hour train ride from central Tokyo. Visitors can enjoy the leaves' gold and crimson hues against a crystal-blue backdrop of the Tamagawa River. Take in the sight of the fall foliage reflected on Lake Okutama, or explore one of the many nearby walking paths.
The performing arts festival Tokyo Festival —to be held between September and November—will host the Tokyo Festival Farm. This is a new framework that helps foster young talent in the sphere of performing arts through integrating research, development, and educational programs.
Shinjuku Gyoen hosts the annual Mori no Takigi Noh event in mid-October. This event features traditional performances of Noh drama and kyogen (Japanese comedy) in a spectacular garden setting. Flaming torches light the stage. The garden is kept open late for this event, allowing you a rare nighttime glimpse of Shinjuku Gyoen.
Tokyo Yosakoi is held in October as the second half of the Fukuro Matsuri, Ikebukuro's annual festival. During the event, over 100 teams gather from across Japan to show off their yosakoi dance routines, which are accompanied by energetic chanting.
The Kanda Used Book Festival, the biggest marketplace for antiquarian books in Japan, takes place annually in Jinbocho. Shelf after shelf of books lines Yasukuni-dori, the main street. A special sale of rare and valuable books also takes place.
Tokyo International Film Festival is a big attraction for all film fans. Festival events include open-air screenings, screenings accompanied by commentary, and appearances by actors. Seminars, symposiums, and workshops related to the film industry are also held.