Off-base events

JINJU NAMGANG YUDEUNG FESTIVAL (Gyeongsangnam): Through Oct. 12; festival includes the floating of lanterns carrying personal wishes along the Namgang River and the parade of lanterns created by students; take an intercity bus to Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; www.yudeung.com.

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PINK RIBBON FESTIVAL – SMILE WALK (Tokyo): Oct. 4; 6, 11 and 14 km walks from Roppongi Hill Arena, along with talk show scheduled; Roppongi Hill Arena, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; 1,500 yen adults, 2,000 yen adults (at the doors); 0570-550-846.

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

JAPAN OPEN FIGURE SKATING (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 4, 1 p.m.; Kanako Murakami, Takahiko Ozuka, Ashley Wagner, Julia Lipnitskaia and more at Saitama Super Arena; 5,000-23,000 yen; one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; 03-3435-7000.

CARNIVAL ON ICE 2014 (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 4, 7 p.m.; Evgeni Plushenko, Patrick Chan, Tatsuki Machida, Jeffrey Buttle, Ashley Wagner, Mirai Nagasu, Julia Lipnitskaia and others; Saitama Super Arena, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; 5,000-23,000 yen; 03-3435-7000.

NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH GARDENING WORLD CUP SHOW (Nagasaki prefecture): Oct. 4-Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; 15 gardens designed by world top-ranked gardeners at this Dutch-style theme park; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

WORLD LOCAL GOURMET GRAND PRIX IN YAHIKO (Niigata prefecture): Oct. 4 & 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; enjoy 50 varieties of Yahiko local gourmet food at Yahiko Park Square, three-minute walk from JR Yahiko Station on Yahiko Line; 0256-94-1025.

F1 GRAND PRIX (Mie prefecture): Oct. 4-6; Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka – Round 15 of 19 — offer a race for the 2014 season championship between Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and his teammate Lewis Hamilton, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo; Suzuka City: 17,756-86,309 yen for adults, 0570-000-777; www.formula1.com.

RAKUTEN JAPAN OPEN TENNIS 2014 (Tokyo): Through Oct. 5; pros such as Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and others compete for $1.37 million prizes at Ariake Coliseum, two-minute walk from Ariake Tennis-no Mori Station on Yurikamome Line or six-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo-mae Station on Rinkai-Line; 03-3481-2511; www.rakutenopen.com.


MUKOUJIMA HYAKKA-EN JAPANESE BUSH CLOVER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. Oct. 4 & 5; see Japanese bush clover in bloom, and the garden is decorated with paper-covered lamp stands after sunset; 3-18-3 Higashimukoujima, Sumida-ku, eight-minute walk from Higashimukoujima Station, Tobu Isezaki Line; 150 yen admission to garden; 03-3611-8705.

ANCIENT MAMMALS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): Through Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; features 170 fossils of ancient mammals from dinosaurs to little animals excavated in Japan; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp.

AIZU WAKAMATSU TSURUGAJO CASTLE TEA-CEREMONY PARTY (Fukushima prefecture): Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; five-minute walk from Tsurugajo-kitaguchi bus stop after taking a bus from JR Aizu Wakamatsu Station on Banetsusai Line; 300 yen; 0242-27-4005; www.tsurugajo.com.

NISSAN STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 5, & Oct. 18-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 300 dealers at Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.

NAGASAKI KUNCHI FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Oct. 7-9; the highlight of this annual festival at Suwa Shrine in Nagasaki city with a 370-year history and a designation as an “important intangible folk asset” by the Japanese government is a dance of a dragon chasing a golden ball to music played with ancient Chinese instruments; 095-825-5151; www.nagasaki-kunchi.com.

WILLEM DE KOONING EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Oct. 8-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.

AUTUMN TAKAYAMA FESTIVAL (Gifu prefecture): Oct. 9 & 10; the festival, which marks the arrival of autumn in Takayama city, originated as a showcase for the wealth of the city’s merchants and the skills of its craftsmen and on Oct. 9, a parade of 10 floats is 1-3:20 p.m. and Oct. 10, 8:30-9:30 a.m. & 1:30-3:40 p.m., and in the evening, lanterns on the floats are lit and they are drawn through the streets; 0577-32-5328.

SAWARA AUTUMN FESTIVAL 2014 (Chiba prefecture): Oct. 10-12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; 300-year-old festival features the towing of 14 floats decorated with giant dolls of Shinjuku District of Katori city departing from Yasaka Shrine; Katori city, 10-minute walk from Sawara Station on JR Narita-Line or an 85-minute train ride from Tokyo Station; 0478-52-6675.

KANUMA BUTTSUKE AUTUMN FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Oct. 11 & 12; featuring 24 giant stalls decorated with magnificent carvings carried by local residents on parade into Kanuma city, 20-minute walk from JR Kanuma Station on Nikko Line or 10-minute walk from Shin Kanuma Station on Tobu Line; 0289-63-2188.

TOKYO MOTOR FES 2014: Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. & Oct. 12 & 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; featuring latest models of cars and motorcycles, as well as car-demonstration rides by professional drivers, booths for test rides on motorcycles and cars, and more at Museum of Maritime Science parking lot, Fune-no Kagakukan Station on Yurikamome (monorail); free; http://fes.tokyo-motorshow.com/2014/en.

GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI (Tokyo): Oct. 11-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.

VACUUM TUBE AUDIO FAIR (Tokyo): Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; at Akihabara Sonpo Kaikan, five-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station or three-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station; 500 yen/two-day ticket; 044-572-4393.

AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Oct. 12-Nov. 4, closed Mon.; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,100 varieties of roses grow here, and 2 p.m. concerts at Rose Garden Terrace Oct. 13, 20 & 27; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, bus from Mitaka Station, JR Chuo Line, or Chofu Station, Keio Line, Jindaiji Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop; 500 yen to enter; 0424-83-2300; www.tokyo-park.or.jp.

SPORTS DAY (Japanese national holiday): Oct. 13 (held second Monday in October); the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics was Oct. 10, 1964;the day has been designated a national holiday ever since. 

RICE PADDY ART (Aomori prefecture): Through Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; giant art made with rice plants; Inakadate Village Hall (6th floor) and Michi-no Eki Inakadate, 20-minute drive from Hirosaki city or 60-minute drive from Aomori city; 300 yen adults, 100 yen elementary school students; 0172-58-2111.

OEDO NIHONSHU (SAKE) FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; enjoy sake from 14 breweries in Japan at Kanda Myoujin Shrine, five-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station on Chuo and Sobu Lines; 1,000 yen advance tickets, 1,200 yen at the doors.

2014 CHIBA AUTUMN MARCHING BAND & BATON TWIRLING FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Oct. 13, 12:30-5 pm.; 20 entries competing for marching band and baton twirling at Makuhari Messe, 16-minute walk from JR Chiba Station or eight-minute walk from JR Chiba Minato Station; 1,800 yen in advance, 2,000 yen at the door; 047-132-3460.

AJINOMOTO STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Oct. 13 & Oct. 18-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m; about 800 booths in the stadium, five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen adults, kids free; 03-3226-6800.

MURAKAMI TOWN FOLDING SCREEN FESTIVAL (Niigata prefecture): Through Oct. 15; display of folding screens at 14 machiya (traditional Kyoto tradesmen) houses; 10-minute walk from JR Murakami Station on Uetsu Line or six-minute ride from Murakami Senami Onsen I.C.; 0254-53-2258.

CORMORANT FISHING (UKAI) (Gifu prefecture): Through Oct. 15; more than 40 sightseeing ships set out on the Nagara River at 6:15, 6:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. to observe cormorant fishermen — usho — catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Fare is 3,100-3,400 yen; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/01_sightseeing/01_01.html. Other places to observe cormorant fishing are Uji River in Kyoto 0774-23-3334; Katsura River in Kyoto 075-861-0302: Kiso River in Inuyama city, Aichi prefecture, 0568-61-0057; Hiji River in Oozu, Ehime prefecture, 0893-24-2664; and Nishiki River in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture, 0827-41-0470.

AUTUMN MINI BONSAI DISPLAY IN JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Oct. 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,100 varieties of roses grow here; dozens of mini rose bonsai are on display at Special Exhibition Hall; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, Tokyo, bus from Mitaka Station, JR Chuo Line, or Chofu Station, Keio Line, Jindaiji Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop; 500 yen for garden entrance; 0424-83-2300; www.tokyo-park.or.jp.

THE BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM – FREEDOM IN PAINTING: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY (Tokyo): Through Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Tue.; features 84 masterpieces of Impressionists including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cezanne; The National Art Center; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600; http://orsay2014.jp.

DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): Through Oct. 31; parade including more than 90 Disney-costumed characters on seven floats at 10 a.m. at Disneyland and 125 Disney-costumed characters at 12:10, 1:55 and 3:50 p.m. at DisneySea; Tokyo Disneyland: two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; Tokyo DisneySea: three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; one-day passport 6,200 yen adults, discount passport after 6 p.m. 3,900 yen adults/children; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE (Tokyo): Through Nov. 2; Jingu Stadium, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station; 1,300 yen for infield bleachers, 800 yen for outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

COSMOS GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through Nov. 3; one million cosmos flowers in bloom and 2 p.m. Oct. 26 & Nov. 3; visitors can pick the flowers; Kurihama Flower World, 1 Shinmei-cho, 15-minute walk from Kurihama Station, Keikyu and JR Yokosuka Lines; free; 046-833-8282.

SHOWA KINEN PARK COSMOS FESTIVAL (western Tokyo): Through Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 6 p.m. weekends in September; live concert 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Minna-no Harappa on Oct. 4; Showa Kinen Park, 3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa city, one-minute walk from Nishi-Tachikawa Station, JR Ome Line; 042-528-1751; www.showakinenpark.go.jp.

YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 3; art exhibition with the theme “Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion” at Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 10-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 2,400 yen adults, 1,800 yen college students, 1,400 yen senior high school students; 045-671-2278; www.yokohamatriennale.jp.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN – HALLOWEEN (Osaka): Through Nov. 9; join in the daily Halloween costume parade, go trick-or-treating and experience Halloween Horror Night – “Street Zombies,” “Chucky’s Horror Factory” and more 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; Universal City Station on JR Yumesaki-Line; 6,980 yen adults, 4,880 yen kids, discount pass after 3 p.m. is 5,600 yen adults, 4,200 kids; 06-6465-3000; www.usj.co.jp/e.

HOKUSAI FROM THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON (Tokyo): Through Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Tuesday; features selected 140 arts created by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849); Ueno Royal Museum, three-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,500 yen adults, 1,200 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen children; 03-5777-8600.

KUNISADA UTAGAWA: 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH (Tokyo): Through Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ukiyo-e of his work on display; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp.


29TH ALL-ISLAND LION DANCE FESTIVAL: Oct. 5, 6 p.m.; lion dance (shishimai), known to have the power to ward off spirits and summon the gold of harvest and wealth, bringing prosperity to the region; Agena Bullring, 60-minute ride from Okinawa Kita I.C. on Okinawa Expressway; free; 098-973-4400.

30TH YAMBARU SANGYO FESTIVAL: Oct. 11 & 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; introducing products made on Okinawa such as woodcrafts, pottery and more; Nago 21st Century Mori-no Taikukan, three-minute ride from Shirokanebash on Nago Bypass (Route 58), near Nago City Hall; 0980-52-2448.

NAHA TUG OF WAR: Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; about 15,000 people pulling on a 200-meter giant rope is the highlight of the festival; Route 58, Kumoji intersection; 098-866-4858.

YAESE YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Oct. 12; eisa groups and traditional entertainment at Yaese Town Kochinda Endo Koen; 30-minute drive from Naha Airport or 20-minute walk from Kochinda bus stop after taking a bus from Naha Bus Terminal; 098-998-4334.

South Korea

GEYRYOUNG MILITARY CULTURE FESTIVAL (Gyeryongdae): Through Oct. 5; The military’s tri-service headquarters are located in Gyeryong-si. In October, Gyeryong-si city hosts the Military Culture Festival for peace and harmony in the world, proving opportunities for younger generations to learn and experience what national defense and security is like; take an intercity bus to Hyeryong Sindoan from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal; free; +82 -2-1330; www.m-festival.org

HI SEOUL FESTIVAL: Through Oct. 5; features cultural and art programs at the Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggye Plaza and in downtown Seoul, City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2); +82-2-1330; www.hiseoulfest.org.

BAEKJE CULTURAL FESTIVAL (Chungcheongnam-do): Through Oct. 5; celebrating the cultural heritage of the Baekje Dynasty, which once occupied a vast region, including what is now South Chungcheong province. Events feature nonverbal performances re-enacting the ancient ruling dynasty’s excellence in military strategy and falconry, as well as royal and pedestrian lifestyles; take a taxi to Gudeurae Plaza from Buyeo Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; www.baekje.org.

ANDONG MASKDANCE FESTIVAL: Through Oct. 5; this festival features more than 50 events and hands-on experience programs, including the National & International Mask Dance performance, World Mask Competition and mask dance learning puppet play; 7,000 won adults, 5,000 won students and seniors; take an intercity bus bound for Andong Bus Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a taxi to Maskdance Park; +82-2-1330; maskdance.com.

JINJU NAMGANG YUDEUNG FESTIVAL (Gyeongsangnam): Through Oct. 12; festival includes the floating of lanterns carrying personal wishes along the Namgang River and the parade of lanterns created by students; take an intercity bus to Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; www.yudeung.com.

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL: Through Oct. 18; at the Seoul Arts Center and other sites; five-minute walk to Sogang University from Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 6; +82-2-1330; sidance.org.

CHEONAN WORLD DANCE FESTIVAL (Chungcheongnam-do): Through Oct. 5; traditional dances, songs and costumes of Korea. Visitors may participate in singing and dancing competition; take Bus 24, 382, 500 to Cheonan Three-way Intersection Park (Cheonan Samgeori Park); +82-2-1330; cheonanfestival.com.

BUKCHEON COSMOS AND BUCKWHEAT FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): Through Oct. 5; music concerts in flower gardens, photo contest and more; Jikjeon town and Imyeong town area, Hadong-gun; +82-2-1330; tour.hadong.go.kr.

HONGWON PORT JEONEO (GIZZARD SHAD) & CRAB FESTIVAL (Chungcheongnam-do): Through Oct. 5; gizzard shads are a type of herring delicacy in Korea, and this event allows attendees to enjoy a fresh catch of this fish served up in a variety of ways, from roasted to sashimi-sliced Jeoneo and salads mixed with spicy marinated Jeoneo, cucumbers, sesame leaves and parsley; Hongwonhang Port area; take an intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Seocheon; +82-2-1330.

KOREA IN MOTION PERIOD (Seoul): Through Oct. 5; Korea’s leading non-verbal performance festival to promote unity and harmony through actions, gestures, music and art, rather than speech, featuring some of the best Korean performances, including non-verbal performances, musicals and traditional plays; Korea Tourism Organization Headquarters, Cheonggye Square, Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 5; +82-2-1330; koreainmotion.com.

THE MUSICAL “THE CROWN PRINCE RUDOLF” (Seoul): Oct. 11-Jan. 4; D Club Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

EDWARD MUNCH AND THE MODERN SOUL (Seoul): Through Oct. 12; Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum, 10,000-12,000-15,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE (Daegu): Through Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Bongsan Cultural Center, Bongsan Cultural Center (Exit #9 of Banwoldang Station, Daegu Subway Line 2); 5,000 won adults, 3,000 won youths, 2,000 won children; www.daeguphoto.com.

MINDUNGSAN EULALIA FESTIVAL (Gangwon-do): Through Oct. 26; mountain climbing, talent contest, eulalia music contests, photo exhibition and more; Mindungsan Mountain area; take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Jeungsan Station; +82-2-1330.

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.

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