Hey! Get off base and check out these events in Japan!
Stripes Japan | .
published: October 21, 2017
Editor's note: There's a lot of stuff happening off base, so read below and then head off for some fun! (This was updated October 21)
HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA “THIRTY-SIX VIEWS OF MOUNT FUJI” (Tokyo): Through Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon.: all 46 works of “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji on display at Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 700 yen adults, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers at Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093; www.antique-market.jp/english.
FT - FESTIVAL/TOKYO: Through Nov. 19; Japan’s leading performing arts festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Theater, 1,500 yen for advance ticket; www.festival-tokyo.jp.
TOKYO DAI CHA KAI (GRAND TEA CEREMONY PARTY) 2017 (Tokyo): Oct. 21-22, 9:30 a.m.-4:10 p.m.; A great chance to enjoy Japanese tea ceremony in which you are able to experience Japanese culture of Edo Period (1603-1868) and current Tokyo at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, 700 yen for an open-air tea service in English at an open-air garden at Hama-rikyu Gardens on Oct. 21-22, 700 yen plus 300 yen for entry admission, seven-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or Yurikamone (monorail); www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony2017.jp/.
AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL AT KEISEI ROSE GARDEN (Chiba prefecture): Through Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 10,000 roses in 1,600 varieties in bloom, along with attractions such as rose garden tour, flower arrangement by the artists, live concerts and more; Keisei Rose Garden; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen seniors, 200 yen middle and elementary school students, free children, accompanied by guardians; 15-minute walk from Yachiyo Midorigaoka Station on Toyo Rapid Railway; 047-459-0106.
AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN KYU-FURUKAWA TEIEN GARDEN (Tokyo): Through Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; this 30,780-square-meter garden has a Western-style garden on the slope, with blooming roses, and a Japanese garden on the lowland; 30-minute concerts noon & 3 p.m. Oct. 14 & 21; Kyu-Gurukawa Teien Garden, 1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, 12-minute walk from JR Komagome Station, Yamanote Line; 150 yen for garden entrance; 03-3910-0394; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.
AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN IKUTA RYOKUCHI GARDEN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (9 a.m. -4 p.m. on weekends and holidays); 4,000 trees and shrubs, and 440 varieties of rose grow in this garden, and flower bloom year-round; free; 15-minute walk from Shukugawara Station on JR Nambu-Line; 044-978-5270.
KAGURAZAKA MACHITOBI FESTA 2017 (Tokyo): Through Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 70 varieties of events on stage of a hill and an alley, including experiencing an entertainment session in a private room with geisha girls, drawing paintings whatever you want on a street, Japanese traditional entertainment of Noh and rakugo as well as modern art scheduled at Kagurazaka areas; Iidabashi Station on Yurakucho, Nanpuku and Tozai Lines; 03-6426-1728; http://machitobi.net/.
HIROSAKI CASTLE AUTUMN CHRYSANTHEMUM AND MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Through Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy beautiful chrysanthemum in bloom and maple leaf turning in red at Botanical Garden in Hirosaki Park; one-minute walk from a bus stop of Shiyakusho-mae Koen-mae after taking a bus at No. 6; 300 yen adults, 100 yen children; 0172-35-3131; www.hirosaki.co.jp/en/.
SHIKISHIMA PARK AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Through Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 600 varieties of roses and 7,000 roses at Shikishima Park Rose Garden, free; 20-minute bus ride from JR Maebashi Station on Ryomo Line; 027-232-2891.
SHINYOKO STREET DANCE FES 2017 (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 21-22; street dance contest starts at noon on Oct. 21, new school and freestyle dance battle start at 9 a.m. (preliminary), 1 p.m. (finals) on Oct. 22; Nissan Stadium; five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 045-476-0747.
HIBIYA PARK GARDENING SHOW 2016 (Tokyo): Through Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; gardening contest, seminars on care of flowers and gardening, concerts and special discount sales; two-minute walk from Kasumigaseki Station on Marunouchi and Chiyoda lines; 03-3232-3097.
KASAMA INARI JINJA CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL (IBARAKI prefecture): Through Nov. 26; Kasama Inari’s Chrysanthemum Festival which begun in 1890 and is Japan’s oldest; Kasama Inari Museum and Kasama Inari special Chrysanthemum decorated dolls exhibition, 800 yen for adult, 400 yen for children; a 70-minute ride from Ueno Station on Joban Line to Tomobe, then take a 10-minute ride to Kasama Station on Mito Line; 0296-73-0001; www.kasama.or.jp/english/index.html.
HOKUSAI AND JAPONISME (Tokyo): Through Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fridays, close on Mondays; featuring 90 ukiyo-e art by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) from museums and private collections in Japan and worldwide, examining the development of modern western art through the lens of Hokusai and Japonisme. The exhibition will compare around 200 western artworks including Monet, Degas, Xezanne and Gauguin with Hokusai on display;; The National Museum of Western Art; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2017hokusai.html.
KYOTO JIDAI MATSURI FESTIVAL: Oct. 22; History of Kyoto begins on Oct. 22, 794, when the Emperor Kammu chose this place as the site of Heian-Kyo, the new capital. Heian Shrine was established in 1895 to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary of Kyoto and to commemorate the Emperor Kammu. The shrine’s annual festival, Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Ages) is one of the three biggest festivals in Kyoto. The highlight of the festival is a procession of 2,000 people dressed in the various styles of the different historical epochs. Procession starts at the Imperial Palace at noon, heading for Heian Shrine; 075-752-0227.
HARUNOBU FROM THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON (Chiba prefecture): Through Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., closed Oct. 1; featuring ukiyo-e of Harunobu Suzuki from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Chiba City Museum of Art; 1,200 yen adults, 700 yen students, kids free; 043-221-2311; www. Ccma-net.jp.
KANDA SECONDHAND BOOK FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Oct. 27-Nov. 5; at bookstores on Jinbocho Omote-dori streets, well-known secondhand bookstore district; one-minute walk from Jimbocho Station on Tozai-Line or five-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station on Sobu-Line; 03-3291-5353.
TAKAHATA FUDOSON CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Oct. 28-Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1,500 chrysanthemums are in bloom; five-minute walk from Takahata Fudoson Station on Keio-Line, 30-minute ride from Shinjuku Station; free; 042-591-0032.
KIBA NO KAKUNORI (Tokyo): Oct. 29; Kakunori consists of acrobatic stunts performed on top of ladders or rolling logs, and chikaramochi refers to men tossing rice bales (weighing 64 kilograms) at each other or balancing the bales above their heads with one hand; Kiba Koen Park (4-1 Kiba, Koto Ward): 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for Kakunori; five-minute walk from Metro Kiba Station on Tozai Line; 03-3647-9819.
COSMOS GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through Oct. 29; one million cosmos flowers in bloom and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29, visitors can pick the flowers at Kurihama Flower World, 1 Shinmei-cho, 15-minute walk from Kurihama Station, Keikyu and JR Yokosuka Lines; free; 046-833-8282.
TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Through Oct. 29; Jingu Stadium, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station; 1,300-1,500 yen infield bleachers, 800 yen outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.
HARVEGETABLE HALLOWEEN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Oct. 31; featuring Halloween parades, street performances and more at Nagai Seaside Park – Soleil no Oka; free; 046-857-2500; http://www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/common/pdf/pam_eng.pdf.
YOMIURILAND HALLOWEEN 2017 (Tokyo): Through Oct. 31; parade, attractions and more and Yomiuriland Amusement Park; wear Halloween costume to get free entry, discount for one-day pass; 044-966-1111; www.yomiuriland.com/english.
DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): Through Oct. 31; 45-minute parade with more than 95 Disney-costumed characters on six floats twice daily at Disneyland and 25-minute performances by 120 Disney-costumed characters on five barges three times daily at DisneySea; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
2017 LE TOUR DE FRANCE SAITAMA CRITERIUM (Saitama prefecture): Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 2017 Tour de France winner, Christopher Froome, of Team Sky, Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors, and Seven teams of 28 riders from abroad, seven teams of 28 riders from Japan more to to participate in 3.0km street-course race located in Saitama Shintoshin Areas; free; Saitama Shintoshin Station; 048-829-1736; http://saitama-criterium.jp/2017/eng/.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN – HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHT (Osaka): 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. through Nov. 5; join in the daily Halloween costume parade, go trick-or-treating and experience Halloween Horror Night – “Street Zombie,” “Deadman’s Forest,’ “Cult of Chucky,” “The Maze 3,” “The Exorcist,” “Trauma 3” — and more at Universal City Station on JR Yumesaki-Line; 06-6465-3000; www.usj.co.jp/e.
YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2017 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; art exhibition with the theme of island, constellations and Galapagos at Yokohama Museum of Art and Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 Yokohama Port Opening Memoriel Hall and others; 1,800 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 045-61-2278; www.yokohamatriennale.jp/english/2017.
THE ART OF EDO RIMPA (Tokyo): Through Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; features art works of Hoitsu Sakai (1761-1828), inspired Edo-Rimpa artist followed by Korin Ogata, who created Kyoto styled art of Edo on display; Idemitsu Museum of Arts; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen students, free children; five-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station on Yamanote Line or three-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line; 03-5777-8600; http://idemitsu-museum.or.jp/en/.
KAWASAKI JAZZ 2017 – JAZZ OVERCOMES DIFFERENCES: Kawasaki, Nov. 10-19, Shinyuri 21 Hall, Kawasaki Sports & Culture Sogo Hall, Takatsu Citizen Hall, Muse Kawasaki Symphonic Hall and others, 044-223-7201; www.kawasakijazz.jp.
FELICE BEATO PHOTOGRAPHS (Chiba prefecture): Through Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring photos taken by Felice Beato (1834-1903) who lived in Japan from the late Edo into the Meiji period and from his base in Yokohama, depicted landscapes and scenes of the people’s daily life and customs on display at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 college students, 600 yen children; 050-5541-8600; http://kawamura-museum.dic.co.jp/en/exhibition/next.html.
MARC CHAGALL – THE THIRD DIMENSION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fri.; featuring 170 art works by Marc Chagall, displaying his sculptures along with related sketches, paintings and ceramics, guiding visitors around the 3-D world of Chagall at Tokyo Station Gallery; 1,300 yen adults, 1,100 yen senior high school and college students, free aged 15 & younger; 03-3212-2485; www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery.