Halloween Cosplay Parades 2016 in Tokyo (Oct.29&30)

Halloween Day is coming!

Although it is not a traditional Japanese Festival, Halloween is quite welcomed in Japan. This may be related to how the cosplay culture here is well developed. One of the unique features of Halloween in Japan is that people get dressed up in comic and animation characteristics’ costumes.

As a visitor, you can either choose to participate in the Halloween parade or just be an audience of it (Don’t worry, being an audience will not be boring).

Here are 3 big parades or events in Tokyo that you shouldn’t miss.

 

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・Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade 2016

This year is the 14th anniversary for this event and every year more than 3,000 people participate in this event. As Tokyo Internatinal Film Festival is also going to be held on the same day as the Halloween event, the theme of Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade 2016 is “Movie Characters”. The participants will walk 1km in their costumes and it ill take around 25 minutes from the start to the end. Some candies will be distributed among the children after the parade.

Date

October 29
10:30am-1:30pm

Admission

Free
* People will be divided into several groups. Each group has around 200 people. For people who wish to join into the first parade group which starts at 10:30, you must be a MasterCard user and pay 500 yen using your MasterCard only.

Entry requirements

As long as you are dressed in costumes

Reception

October 29
10:00am-1:00pm
@Roppongi Hills Arena

Venue

Roppongi Hills Arena

Train

Roppongi Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, 0-minute walk from Exit 1C (directly connected to concourse)
Roppongi Station on Toei Oedo Line, 4-minute walk from Exit No. 3
Azabujuban Station on Toei Oedo Line, 5-minute walk from Exit No. 7
Azabujuban Station on Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, 8-minute walk from Exit No. 4
Nogizaka Station on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, 10-minute walk from Exit No. 5

Official Website (Japanese)

http://www.roppongihills.com/events/2016/10/001949.html

Google map

 

・Harajuku-Omotesando Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade 2016

The parade in Omotesando is different from most of the others as it is very “kawaii”(cute). Children of primary school age or younger will be the heroes or heroines of the event and of course dressed up parents are also welcomed. A “Trick or Treat” map will be distributed among the children participate in the parade and the shops that offer free candies and sweets will be marked on the map. This is a recommended event for people who would like to enjoy Halloween with kids.

Date

October 30
11:00am-17:00pm

Admission

1000 yen
* Available for purchase at the special booth “Kids Forest” prepared for this event, which is set at B2F in the main building of Omotesando Hills

Entry requirements

Only for children of primary school age or younger who are dressed in costumes

Venue

Harajuku Omotesando
* The parade starts from Jingumae Elementary School and goes along Omotesando Street

Train

Meiji-jingumae Station on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line or Fukutoshin Line
Harajuku Station on JR line

Official Website (Japanese)

http://omotesando.or.jp/halloween/

Google map

 

・Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2016

Usually people dressed in cosplay costumes are refused to enter into shops. However, during this event you can shop in your cosplay costumes. For cosplay beginners or anyone who is interested or curious about cosplay, free rental cosplay items will be available for rent at the event. The event will be live-streamed online by Niconico Live Broadcast.

Date

October 29 & 30
10:00am-18:00pm

Admission

500 yen
* Including the use of dressing room and luggage storage.
* sold at Hall A of Sunshine City World Import Mart building

Venue

Around the area of Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Train

Ikebukuro Station on JR or subway lines

Official Website (Japanese)

http://ikebukurocosplay.jp/

Google map

 

 

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