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Photo shows people strolling along Jingu-Gaien Dori streets covered with fallen leaves. You can see them to at the Jingu-Gaien Gingko Trees (Maidenhair) Festival 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Dec. 9. It features refreshment booths, local crafts and products and live street performances at Jingu-Gaien Fountain Park, which is one of Tokyo’s most popular fall attractions with more than 140 Gingko trees. The event is free.

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YASUKUNI SHRINE GINGKO TREES & TASTE SAKE: Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; illumination on gingko trees aftersunset and taste sake from 106 Japanese breweries; five-minute walk from the Metro Kudanshita Station and 10-minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station and Iidabashi Station; free admission, but 2,000 yen for five cupsof sake tasting; 03-3556-0391.  

ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING 2014/2015, NHK TROPHY (Osaka): Nov. 28-30; men’s and women’s singles, pairs and ice dancing teams from 10 countries compete at Namihaya Dome (Osaka Kadoma Sports Center); Kadoma Minami Station on Nagahori Tsurumi Ryokuchi Line; 2,000-4,000-7,000-10,000-12,000 yen; 03-5405-8686; www.nhk-trophy2014.jp.

OOTAKURO KOEN ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; park was a former residence of Motoo Ootaguro (1893-197), a music critic in Japan, and it’s a great pace to enjoy a garden and pond illuminated sunset-8 p.m.; 10-minute walk from JR Ogikubo Station on Chuo Line; 03-3398-5814.

TOKYO VEGEFOOD FESTA: Nov. 29 & 30, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; featuring environmentally friendly food made with fresh vegetables and fruits, rice, grain, seaweed, tofu and more at 100 booths of Yoyogi Koen Hiroba, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; 090-2513-6986.

KARUIZAWA WINTER FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Nov. 29-Dec. 25; opening ceremony at 4 p.m. Nov. 29, followed by fireworks at 5:20 p.m., featuring ice skating, ice hockey, curling, live concerts, food booths, illuminations and more at Yanozaki Koen, five-minute walk from JR Karuizawa Station or 20-minute ride from Usui Karuiizawa I.C. on Jyoshinetsu Express; 0267-45-8579.

ROPPONGI HILLS CHRISTMAS MARKET (Tokyo): Nov. 29-Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; featuring German-style Christmas market including ornaments, trees, Christmas goods and more at O-yane Plaza of Roppongi Hills, Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Oedo Line; 03-6406-6000.

YOKOHAMA REDBRICK WAREHOUSE CHRISTMAS MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Nov. 29-Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; featuring German-style Christmas market including ornaments, trees, Christmas goods and more at Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho and Kan-nai Stations; 045-227-2002.


BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 100 dealers in the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093.

6TH LACROSSE ALL JAPAN COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL (Tokyo): Nov. 30; men’s and women’s teams compete at Komazawa Olympic Park Gymnasium, 12-minute walk from Komazawa University Station on Tokyu Deien Toshi Line; 03-3249-2504; www.lacrosse.gr.jp/eng.

15TH TOKYO FILMEX INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Through Nov. 30; “Next to Her,” “Theeb,” “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” “The Prince,” “Crocodile/Bwaya,” “Shadow Days,” and “Dari Marusan” are among the films at the festival and the movies screen at Yurakucho Asahi Hall, Toho Cinemas Nichigeki Theater and Humantrust Cinema Yurakucho; 1,800 yen at door, 1,300 yen in advance; 03-3560-6393; http://filmex.net/2014/en.

MOUNT TSUKUBA MAPLE TREE FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through Nov. 30; hike, events including taiko (Japanese drums) performance, making and tasting rice cake, open-air tea ceremony and more at Mount Tsukuba Cable Car Summit Station; also see illuminated mountain view from cable car, every 20 minutes 5-8 p.m. weekends; 40-minute bus ride from Tsukuba Express Tsukuba Station; 1,050 yen adults, 530 yen children until 5 p.m., 1,000 yen adults, free children after 5 p.m.; 029-869-8333.

MOUNT TAKAO MAPLE TREE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Nov. 30; hike and view maple trees turning into autumn red, along with events such as new sake tasting, local crafts and more at Takao Forest Center, Kiyotaki Station on cable car; JR Takao Station or Takaosanguchi Station on Keio Line; 042-643-3115.

RANZAN VALLEY AUTUMN FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; see spectacular autumn leaves along with varieties of food booths at Ranzan parking lot; 15-minute ride from Higashi Matsuyama I.C. on Kanetsu Express or 40-minute walk from Musashi Rannzan Station on Tobu Tojo Line; 0493-81-4511.

NARITASAN PARK AUTUMN FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; events include live performances of koto and shakuhachi (bamboo flute), along with free open-tea ceremony services on weekends; 10-minute walk from JR Narita Station on Narita-Line; 0476-22-2102; www.nrtk.jp.

TSUKINOISHI MAPLE PARK AUTUMN NIGHT ILLUMINATION (Saitama prefecture): Through Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m.; river cruise and ropeway available during the daytime; five-minute walk from Kaminagatoro Station on Chichibu Railways; 0494-66-3311.

ANTIQUE FAIR (Saitama prefecture): Dec. 2 & 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Japanese and European antique dealers; Saitama Super Arena, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 090-8814-5101.

CHICHIBU NIGHT FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Dec. 2 & 3; Procession of six elaborate lantern-lit dashi-and-hook floats, fireworks and more at this 300-year-old festival at Chichibu Jingu Shrine; best time to go is 7-10 p.m.; Chichibu Station on Seibu Line and Chichibu Railways; 0494-22-0262.

INUI DORI OPENING AT THE EMPEROR’S PALACE (Tokyo): Dec. 3-7, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; commemorating 80th birthday of Emperor Aki, Inui Dori Street is open for five days to view autumn leaves; 30-minute walk to Sakashita-mon, start of Inui Dori Street from Sakurada-mon Station on Yurakucho Line or Nijubashi-mae Station on Mita Line; 03-3284-6780; www.kunaicho.go.jp.

TOKYO GRAND SLAM 2014: Dec. 5-7; major Judo tournament; Yoyogi National Stadium No. 1 Gymnasium, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; free seats, 1,400-1,900 yen; 03-3811-7152; www.judo-ch.jp.

YOKOHAMA REDBRICK WAREHOUSE ART & ICE SKATING: Dec. 6-Feb. 22, 1-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; art with lights with the theme of Narrative designed by Shunpei Minagawa; 10-minute walk from Bashamichi Station on Minato Mirai or 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; 1,000 yen adults, 900 yen children, includes shoe rental; 045-211-1515.

OISHII PERU 2014 (Tokyo): Dec. 6 & 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; features food and culture from Peru at Yoyogi Park; three-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station; www. tinyurl.com/o3tpysc.

THAI NATIONAL DAY FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): Dec. 6 & 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; features food and crafts from Thailand, and flea market; Yoyogi Park Keyaki Streets, three-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station; 090-5563-9930.

WINTER HIRAKAWA NEBUTA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Dec. 6 & 7, 6:30-8 p.m.; 15 Illuminated huge papier-mache floats parade the streets of Hiraka Station-mae in Hirakawa city; Hiraka Station on Konan Railways; 13-minute train ride from JR Hirosaki Station; 0172-44-1111.

HARAJUKU YOYOGI PARK FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; about 800 booths; five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station; 03-3226-6800.

AUTUMN GARDEN OPENING AT TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM: Through Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Mon.; autumn leaves at garden behind Honkan, the main building; free entry to a garden, but 620 yen adults, 410 yen children for entry for museum; 03-3822-1111; www.tnm.jp/modules/r_event/index.php?controller=dtl&cid=5&id=7450.

ILLUMINATION AT HASE TEMPLE (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 7, sunset-6:30 p.m. weekdays, until 7 p.m. weekends; night illuminations on autumn leaves and lights on a pond at the garden; five-minute walk from Hase Station on Enoden; 300 yen adults, 100 yen children; 0467-22-6300; www.hasedera.jp.

RIKUGIEN GARDEN AUTUMN NIGHT ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 7, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; seven-minute walk from JR & Metro Nanpoku-Line Komagome Station; 300 yen; 03-3941-2222; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.

KOYASAN 1200TH ANNIVERSARY TREASURES OF THE SACRED MOUNTAINS (Tokyo): Through Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; numerous temple treasures, focused on the most preeminent Buddhist artifacts, from personal articles associated with Kukai and the temple’s founding to Buddhist sculptures and paintings based in Shingon esoteric doctrine; Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, kids free; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3479-8600; www.suntory.com/sma.

67TH ALL JAPAN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Dec. 7 & 8; at National Yoyogi Stadium No. 2 Gymnasium, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line or a 10-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 2,000 yen adults, 1,000 yen youths 03-3365-2785.

JINGU-GAIEN GINGKO TREES (MAIDENHAIR) FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; refreshment booths, local crafts and products and live street performances available at Jingu-Gaien fountain park, one of Tokyo’s most popular fall attractions with more than 140 Gingko trees; free; 03-3401-0312; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english.

MUSICAL “CHICAGO” (Tokyo): Dec. 10-19; commemorating 100th anniversary of funding Takarazuka, musical group performed by women; Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 5,000-9,000-13,000 yen; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799.

GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI (Tokyo): Through Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays and Nov. 1 & 2, Dec. 5, 13 & 14; featuring 80 oil paintings by the artists Sandro Botticelli, Agnolo Bronzino and more from Galleria Degli Uffizi in Firenze, Italy, at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students, ages 15 & younger free; 03-3823-6920; www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/h26_uffizi.html.

BROADWAY MUSICAL “ONCE” (Tokyo): Through Dec. 14; with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova at Ex Theater Roppongi; 13,000 yen; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799; http://once-musical.jp/en.php.

NINSEI, KENZAN AND CRAFTS OF KYOTO (Tokyo): Through Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; features Kyoto potteries from Edo Period (1603-1867) produced by Ninsei Nonomura and Kenzan Ogata at Idemitsu Museum of Arts, five-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station on Yamanote Line or three-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen students, kids free; 03-5777-8600.

YATSUGADAKE SHIN-SOBA FESTIVAL 2014 (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Dec. 21; taste new soba (buckwheat noodles) at 34 restaurants near Mount Yatsugatake areas; Nagasaka and Kobuchizawa I.C. on Chuo Express; 0551-48-3457; http://yatsugatake-ga.com/sinsoba.html.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND: Through Dec. 25; trees and sparkling illuminations; Tokyo Disneyland Station, two-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen ages 60 and older; discount pass after 3 p.m., 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youths, 3,500 yen kids; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

CHRISTMAS WISHES AT TOKYO DISNEYSEA: Through Dec. 25; festivities include colorful decorations, a show starring Disney characters and the illumination of a giant Christmas tree on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen those older than 60, discount pass after 3 p.m. is 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youths, 3,500 yen kids; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

THE WORLD OF TIM BURTON (Tokyo): Through Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, until 11 p.m. weekends; featuring Tim Burton’s 500 artworks: oil paintings, sketches, videos and more; Mori Art Museum; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,800 adults, 1,300 yen student, 800 yen senior junior student; 03-5777-8600; www.tim-burton.jp.

FERDINAND HODLER: TOWARDS RHYTHMIC IMAGES (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; commemorating 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Switzerland and Japan, featuring Swiss artist of Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) including 100 of his paintings; National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en.

WILLEM DE KOONING EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fridays; featuring 27 arts from Kooning (1904-1997), one of the leaders of abstract expressionism, which flourished in the U.S. after World War II; Bridgestone Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, No. 6 Exit; 800 yen adults, 600 yen seniors, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-5777-8600; www.bridgestone-museum.gr.jp.

SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 5; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; fee; 04-2922-1384.


OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL 2014: Nov. 29 & 30; includes giant tug-of-war along the Kuko (airport) Street, 10,000 people’s folk parade, bullfighting, samba parade, and more in the Koza Gate Street area and Chuo Park Avenue, Okinawa city, outside Kadena AB Gate #2; 098-989-5566.

2ND KUNIGAMI TRAIL RUN: Dec. 13, 9 a.m.; 8 km trail walk, 12 & 19 km trail run start at noon; Kunigami Forest Park, 110-minute ride from Naha Airport; 0980-53-6607.

South Korea

2014 SEOUL DESIGN FESTIVAL: Through Nov. 30; showcasing the work of internationally renowned and up-and-coming designers; Samseong Station on Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 5 or 6; 10,000 won; +82-2-1330; www.designfestival.co.kr.

SEOUL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Through Dec. 5; CGV Apgujeon; Apgujeong Station on Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 3; +82-2-1330; www.siff.or.kr.

MUSICAL, “I AM YOU” (Seoul): Through Dec. 31, BBC Theater, 50,000-70,000-100,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “KINKY BOOTS”(Seoul): Dec. 2-Feb. 22; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 50,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “ONCE” (Seoul): Dec. 3-March 29; Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater; 60,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “BETWEEN RAINDROPS” (Seoul): Dec. 4-Feb. 28; Sang Myung Art Hall, Theater One; 45,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “GREASE” (Busan): Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Dec. 6, 3 & 7 p.m. and Dec. 7, 2 p.m.; Busan Citizen Hall; 55,000-66,000-77,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “LA CAGE" (Seoul): Dec. 9-March 8; LG Arts Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.

SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL: Through Dec. 14; annual exhibition by professional and amateur photographers at Seoul Museum of Art, City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 1; free; +82-2-792-5040.

MUSICAL, “NOTRE DAME DE PARIS” (Daegu): Dec. 18-Jan. 4; Kemyung Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000-150,000 won.

THE NUTCRACKER BY UNIVERSAL BALLET: Seoul, Dec. 19-31; Universal Art Center, 10,000-30,000-60,000-80,000-100,000 won.

JUMP (Seoul): Through Dec. 31; comic martial arts performance, including Korea’s Taekwondo and Taekkyeon; Kyunghyang Art Hill; 40,000-60,000 won ages 4+; +82-2-1330.

THE MUSICAL “THE CROWN PRINCE RUDOLF” (Seoul): Through Jan. 4; D Club Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.

MUSICAL “MR. SHOW” (Seoul): Through Jan. 31; Interpark Art Center, Art Hall, 60,000-80,000 won.

MUSICAL, “ALL SHOOK UP” (Seoul): Through Feb. 1; Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University; 55,000-77,000-99,000-110,000 won.

MUSICAL “MARIE ANTOINETTE” (Seoul): Through Feb. 1; Charlotte Theater; 50,000-80,000-110,000-14,000 won.

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