Off-base events

This year, the Hagoita Ichi (Battledore Fair) at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, a district in Tokyo, is Dec. 17 to 19. The fair features paddles for Hanetsuki, Japan’s badminton-like game traditionally enjoyed by girls as a New Year’s pastime, but these days the paddle is valued as an ornament believed to bring good luck.

Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.


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

INTERNATIONAL ROBOT EXHIBITION 2015 (Tokyo): Dec. 2-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; advanced industrial and household robots from around the world on display at Tokyo Big Sight East No. 1-3, No. 5-6; 1,000 yen, free for advanced registration; 03-5644-7221.

69TH ALL JAPAN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Dec. 2-6; 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.

TOKYO GRAND SLAM 2015: Dec. 4-6; Tokyo Gymnasium, Sendagaya Station on Sobu Line; 1,400-1,900 yen; 03-3811-7152; www.judo-ch.jp/english.

17TH JAPAN LACROSSE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL (Tokyo): Dec. 5; qualified men’s and women’s teams from 258 teams are compete at Komazawa Olympic Park Gymnasium, 12-minute walk from Komazawa University Station on Tokyu Deien Toshisen; Japan Lacrosse Association 03-3249-2504; www.lacrosse.gr.jp/eng.

YAMANASHI WINERY FAIR 2015 (Tokyo): Dec. 5 & 6; enjoy wines brewed from 20 representative wineries in Yamanashi prefecture at Roppongi Hills Hollywood Plaza 5F Hall; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; 055-233-7306.

THAI NATIONAL DAY FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): Dec. 5-7, 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.

INUI DORI OPENING AT THE EMPEROR’S PALACE (Tokyo): Dec. 5-9, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Inui Dori Street is open for five-days to view autumn leaves in bloom; 30-minute walk to Sakashita-mon, a start of Inui Dori Street from Sakurada-mon Station on Yurakucho Line or Nijubashi-mae Station on Mita Line; no registration required; 03-3284-6780; www.kunaicho.go.jp/eindex.html.


MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS LIVE (Tokyo): Dec. 5, 6, 12 & 13, 3, 4:30 & 6 p.m.; 30-minute Christmas chamber music concerts at Galleria 2nd floor; free; 03-3475-3100; http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/events_news/detail.php?id=632.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS AT KOSAKA (Akita prefecture): Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 5-7:30 p.m.; In 1873, German engineers invited local residents to celebrate Christmas with their silver mine co-workers; Christmas goods such as ornaments, dolls, general merchandise along with German sausages and cookies, hot wines, and beer, live performances, illumination and more at Meiji Hyakunen-dori Street and Kokusan Koryu Hiroba areas, 30-minute ride from Ohwani Hirosaki I.C. on Tohoku Express; 0186-29-5522; www.town.kosaka.akita.jp/kokusai/index.html.

ODAIBA FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7 p.m.; 1,800 fireworks at Odaiba Kaihin Park and Tori-no Shima Oki, Daiba Station on Shin Yurikamome (monorail) or Tokyo Teleport on Rinkai Line; free; 03-5564-1202.

YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE ART RINK (ICE SKATING RINK): Dec. 5-Feb. 21, 1-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m-10 p.m. weekends; art of lights with the theme of Fruit Punch on Ice; 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for children; 500 yen for shoe rental; 045-211-1515.

OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; one of the largest of its kind in Japan, this fair, held the first and third Sundays each month, features 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/eng/index.shtml.

RIKUGIEN GARDEN AUTUMN NIGHT ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 6, 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.

AUTUMN GARDEN OPENING AT TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM: Through Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Mon.; enjoy autumn leaves at a garden behind Honkan, main building of the museum); free entry to a garden, but 620 yen adults, 410 yen college students for entry for museum; 03-3822-1111; www.tnm.jp/modules/r_event/index.php?controller=dtl&cid=5&id=8094.

JINGU-GAIEN GINGKO TREES (MAIDENHAIR) FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Dec. 6, 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.

AUTUMN ILLUMINATION AT SHINRIN KOEN (Saitama prefecture): Through Dec. 6., 4:30-8:30 p.m. in November, 4-8:30 p.m. in December; see 22 varieties of maple trees illuminated; also art of flower arrangement by Sogetsu-Sect and more at Chuo-guchi, Kaede-en (maple garden), and Botanical Garden, seven-minute bus ride from Shinrin Koen Station on Tobu-Line; 410 yen adults, 80 yen children, free parking on weekdays; www.shinrin-koen.go.jp/english.

ILLUMINATION AT HASE TEMPLE (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 6, sunset-6:30 p.m. weekdays and until 7 p.m. weekends; Hase Temple is a popular site in Kamakura and autumn leaves are illuminated; five-minute walk from Hase Station on Enoden; 300 yen adults, 100 yen children; 0467-22-6300; www.hasedera.jp/words/english/index.htm.

FARMERS’ MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Dec. 6 & 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; vegetables, fruits and flowers direct from the farm at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines; free admission; 048-601-1122.

HEIWAJIMA ANTIQUES FAIR (Tokyo): Dec. 11-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until 4 p.m. Dec. 13; pottery, furniture, textiles, glass, lacquer, prints, dolls, armor, jewelry and more on sale at Heiwajima Ryutsu Center; take Tokyo Monorail from JR Yamanote Line Hamamatsucho Station to Ryutsu Center, one minute walk; free; 03-3767-2141; www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html.

SOFT DARTS TOURNAMENT: THE FINAL 2015 (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 12 & 13, 9:45 a.m.; categories inclue stars singles, stars battle and U-19 singles at Makuhari Messe, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free admission; 6,000 yen/person, 12,000 yen per team; http://dacos.jp/final2015.

HANAKAWADO HAKIDAORE FAIR (Tokyo): Dec. 12 & 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; about 40 dealers and shops sell shoes, footwear, handbags, accessories, hats, belts, wallets and more at 50-80 percent discount at Hanakawado Park, five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza Line; 03-3841-3248.

43RD JAPAN BATON TWIRLING CHAMPIONSHIP (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 12 & 13, noon-5 p.m.; at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 3,500-5,000 yen ages 3+; 03-5830-7863.

HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL “ALOHA YOKOHAMA 2015 WINTER – MELE KALIKIMAKA” (Kanagawa prefecture): Dec. 12 & 13; enjoy food & drink from Aloha at Osanbashi Yokohama Passenger Terminal Hall, seven-minute walk from Nihon Daigaku-dori Station on Minato Mirai Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; free; 045-664-6633; www.aloha-yokohama.com/2015winter.

BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Dec. 13, 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.

33RD FESTIVAL ON ICE AT EDOGAWA SPORTSLAND ICE SKATING RINK (Tokyo): Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; figure skating exhibition, ice skating lesson, ice hockey shooting game, futsal, food booths and more, 1-8-1, Higashi Shinozaki, Edogawa-ku, six-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line; free admission, 310 yen adults, 210 yen children for shoe rental; 03-3677-1711.

ANIME JAM 2015 (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 13, 1 & 6 p.m.; featuring rock and pop stage live performances at Makyhari Messe International Exhibition Hall No 5; 7,800 yen; 03-5793-8878 or Hot Staff Promotion 03-5720-9999.

70TH MAINICHI KOSHIEN BOWL ALL COLLEGE AMERICAN FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT (Hyogo prefecture): Dec. 13; Seinan Gakuin University vs. Tohoku University, kick off at 1:05 p.m.; at Koshien Stadium, four-minute walk from Koshien Station on Hanshin-Line; 078-802-5790; http://koshienbowl.kir.jp/2015/contents/english.html.

47 RONIN: Dec. 14, Sengakuji Temple in Tokyo celebrates the 47 Ronin who avenged their master; five-minute walk from Sengakuji Station on Toei Asakusa-Line; www.sengakuji.or.jp/about_sengakuji_en.

SAITAMA SUPER ARENA FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Dec. 15 & 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 100 amateur and licensed antique dealers participate at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena; two-minute walk from JR Saitama Shin Toshin Station on Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 03-3226-6800.

SETAGAYA BORO ICHI (“Rag Fair”) (Tokyo): Dec. 15-16 & Jan. 15-16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; see merchandise, including vintage clocks to mallets for pounding New Year’s mochi; take Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line from Shibuya to Sangenjaya Station and change to Tokyu Setagaya Line to Kamimachi Station or Setagaya Station; no parking; 03-5432-1111.

HAGOITA ICHI (Tokyo): Dec. 17-19, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Battledore Fair at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa has hanetsuki paddles, valued as an ornament believed to bring good luck; Ginza Line to Asakusa Station; 03-3842-0181.

AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; the biggest regular flea market in Japan with about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen; 03-3226-6800.

WORLD CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 2015 AT YOYOGI PARK (Tokyo): Dec. 19 & 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Christmas food and music, as well as with dance stages and more at Yoyogi Park Event Square, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line, 090-5563-9930.

YATSUGADAKE SHIN-SOBA FESTIVAL 2015 (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Dec. 20; taste new soba (buckwheat noodles) at 32 restaurants near Mount Yatsugatake areas; Nagasaka and Kobuchizawa I.C. on Chuo Express; 0551-48-3457; http://yatsugatake-ga.com/sinsoba.html.

UKIYO-E “SHUNGA” EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring erotic art of Ukiyo-e including works by Harunobu Suzuki, Settei Tsukioka, Kiyonaga Torii, Utamaro Kitagawa, Hokusai Katsushika and more from the collections of British Museum, Denmark, and Japan at Eisei Buno Museum, 15-minute walk from Odogawabashi Station on Yurakucho Line or Zoushigaya Station on Fukutoshin Line; 1,500 yen; 03-5777-8600.

LINEAGE OF GOLD & SILVER – BEAUTY CULTURED BY SOTATSU, KORIN AND HOITSU (Tokyo): Through Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Mon.; view masterpieces by Sotatsu Tawaraya (17th century), Korin Ogata (1658-1716) and Hoitsu Sakai (1761-1828) and more at the renewed Seikado Bunko Art Museum; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen college and senior high school students, kids free; 03-3700-0007; www.seikado.or.jp/en/index.html.

LABYRINTH OF UNDERCOVER RETROSPECTIVE (Tokyo): Though Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., closed Mon.; commemorating 25th anniversary of founding fashion brand Undercover, featuring about 100 collections; Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, five-minute walk from Hatsudai Station on Keio Line; 1,200 yen adults, 800 yen college and senior high school students, free children; 03-5777-8600; www.operacity.jp/en.

MARCHE DE NOEL (CHRISTMAS MARKETS) AT TOKYO MIDTOWN (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Christmas goods such as ornaments, dolls, and more in front of Dean & Deluca Galleria B1 of Tokyo Midtown; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en.

CHRISTMAS FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through Dec. 25; Christmas trees and illuminations in the theme of Christmas Storybook; Tokyo Disneyland Station, Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 0570-00-8632.

KARUIZAWA WINTER FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Through Dec. 25; featuring ice skating, ice hockey, curling, live concerts, food booths, along with 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.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS AT SAITAMA SHINTOSHIN KEYAKI HIROBA (Saitama prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun.; includes ornaments, dolls and more at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines; 048-600-3001.

CHRISTMAS WISHES AT TOKYO DISNEYSEA: Through Dec. 25; festivities include Christmas decorations, a show starring Disney characters and the illumination of a giant Christmas tree on Mediterranean Harbor in the theme of Christmas Storybook; Tokyo DisneySea Station; 0570-00-8632.

AKASAKA SACAS ICE SKATING RINK 2015 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 27, noon-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends and holidays; open-air ice skating; free skating and shoe rentals on Nov. 27; Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3746-6666.

THE GOLDEN LEGEND OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART (Tokyo): Through Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; 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.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT EXHIBITION “ARCHITECT FRANK GEHRY’ I HAVE AN IDEA”: Through Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Tue.; Tokyo Midtown Garden; 1,100 yen adults, 800 yen college students, 500 yen senior high school students; 03-3475-2121; www.2121designsight.jp/en/.

THE GREAT TERRACOTTA ARMY OF CHINA’S FIRST EMPEROR (Tokyo): Though Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 18, closed Monday; Qin Shihuang succeeded in unifying China and became its first Emperor about 2,200 years ago. His legacy is preserved in a vast terracotta army, the discovery of which is considered the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. The exhibition feature artifacts with connections to the first emperor while exploring the world of his terracotta army; Tokyo National Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 900 yen senior high school students; 03-3822-1111.

SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 6; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; one-day pass 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4,100 yen adults, 3,300 yen junior and senior high school students, elementary school students free; six-hour pass 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: 3,700 yen adults, 3,100 yen junior and senior high school students and elementary school students free, four-hour ticket: 3,100 yen adults, 2,600 yen junior and senior high school students, 4,100 yen for all night tickets; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; fee; 04-2922-1384.


28TH NAGO YAMBARU TWO-DAY MARCH: Dec. 12 & 13; has 5K, 10K, 20K, 30K and 40K walks, starting and ending at Nago City 21st Century Gymnasium; 2,000 yen adults/two-day ticket, 1,200 yen adults/one-day ticket, 800 yen senior high school students/two-day, 500 yen one-day; Naga city sightseeing Association 0980-53-1212.

27TH GINOWAN WHEELCHAIR MARATHON 2015: Dec. 13, 10 a.m.; includes half-marathon, 3.5 km and 1.5 km trim marathon at Ginowan Kaihin Park; Ginowan-shi Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai; 2,000 yen for half-marathon, 1,500 yen for 3.5K and 1.5 km trim marathon; 098-892-6525.

2015 CHRISTMAS MUSIC HANABI FESTIVAL IN OKINAWA: Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks with Christmas music and a a Christmas tree decorated by Junko Koshino, a fashion designer; Nishihara-Yonabaru Marine Park, 35-minute ride from Naha Airport; www.ryukyu-kaiensai.com/xmas/ticket.html.

4TH HIBISCUS TROPHY ELEMENTARY AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Dec. 20, 8 a.m.; 100 elementary and junior high school students from Okinawa and Hokkaido compete at Iejima Country Club, 10-minute ride after taking a 30-minute ferry ride from Motobu Port of Okinawa to Ie Port; 0980-49-2929.

DOG RUN AT AZAMA SUN SUN BEACH: Through March 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; a half-acre grass field at Azama Sun Sun Beach, 20-minute drive from Haebaru Minami I.C. on Okinawa Express; 500 yen/pet, 350 yen/extra pet; 098-948-3521.

South Korea

2015 SEOUL DESIGN FESTIVAL (Seoul): Dec. 2-6, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; showcasing the work of internationally renowned and up-and-coming designers at COEX Hall B, Samseong Station on Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 5 or 6; +82-2-1330; www.designfestival.co.kr.

“CINDERELLA,” MUSICAL (Gyeonggi): Dec. 5-Jan. 3, Seongnam Arts Center Opera House, 50,000-70,000-90,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL: Through Dec. 25; at Seoul Metropolitan Library, City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 1; free; +82-2-1330.

UNIVERSAL BALLET’S “THE NUTCRACKER” (Seoul): Through Dec. 30, Universal Arts Center, 10,000-100,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

GREVIN MUSEUM (Seoul): Through Dec. 31; museum possesses the biggest selection of Korean stars’ wax figures in wax museum history, including Yuna Kim and Park Ji-sung, Marilyn Monroe and more; 15,000 won ages 3-12, 18,000 won ages 13-18, 23,000 won ages 19-64; www.grevin-seoul.com/en.

“FRANKENSTEIN” THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Feb. 28, Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 60,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

STANLEY KUBRICK EXHIBITION (Seoul): Through March 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends & holidays, closed Mon.; Seoul Museum of Art; 13,000 won adults, 10,000 won students, 8,000 won children; www.shift.jp.org/guide/seoul/art-design/seoul-museum-of-art.html.

SEONGSAN SUNRISE FESTIVAL (Jeju province): Dec. 30-Jan. 1; Seongsan is the most famous place for viewing the sunrise on Jeju Island; includes festival programs; take an intercity bus bound for Iju Road from Jeju Bus Terminal after taking Bus 100 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal from Jeju International Airport; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=293289.

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