Where to Go If You’re Spending Halloween in Japan

There's more to Japanese Halloween than Shibuya and the amusement parks.

Only a few more sleeps until October 31st, and that means Halloween is coming soon! Halloween is one of the much-awaited events every year, including the Japanese. The Japanese have a unique way to enliven this celebration, which is certainly different from other countries.

Halloween is generally celebrated by people decorating the house with all the holiday trimmings such as carved pumpkins, witch’s broom, and other scary accoutrements. Children usually dress up in scary yet cute costumes and go from house to house asking for sweets or chocolates while saying "treat or trick." However, in Japan, Halloween celebration has become an event that is celebrated on a large scale by adults—becoming a goldmine for business people. This can be seen from the Halloween atmosphere that begins as early as the beginning of October.

As we know, Japanese Halloween is often identified with the sight of young people wearing costumes and gather along the streets of the scramble crossing Shibuya or various Halloween attractions or parades will be held in amusement parks, such as Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, Sanrio Puroland, and Universal Studios Japan.

However, there are still many other locations where you can enjoy the excitement of the Halloween atmosphere, such as
Kawasaki Halloween, Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade, Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival, and Futako-Tamagawa Halloween Party. Or, if you are staying in the Osaka area, you can go to Ebisubashi Bridge (Namba/Shinsaibashi), Sankaku Koen (Amemura) and Umekita-Hiroba (Grand Front, Umeda). And of course, many other locations besides those mentioned earlier.

But, wherever you choose to go, you will still be amazed by the costumes with detailed, almost authentic, high quality—so detailed, in fact, that it might be more appropriate to say cosplay. There are no specific provisions so people wear costumes that range anywhere from ghost or evil themes to their favorite anime characters or characters.

It is not uncommon for people to go to the area wearing costumes, so it is not strange that you can see some people getting off the train while wearing unique costumes. So, if you are interested in expressing yourself using your favorite costume, come to Japan during the Halloween season! Bring a costume, so you can join in on the fun.

In addition, many beverage or food products made from pumpkin and wrapped in Halloween style are sold on a limited basis. They also decorate their shops with orange trinkets in the shape of a pumpkin or the devil (but in a comical way), which will make it hard to resist buying them or at least taking photos to post on your Instagram feed.


 (4 October 2019)

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