Off-base events

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.

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


TORINO ICHI (Tokyo): Nov. 22; some Shinto shrines hold a festival of the rooster, on the days of the rooster, which lasts through the night. The largest festival is at Otori Shrine in Asakusa, and rakes are sold to “rake in” good fortune.

NIKKO SOBA FESTIVAL 2014 (Tochigi prefecture): Nov. 22 & 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; taste soba (buckwheat noodles) from soba-making specialists from Japan and see attractions at Nikko Daiyagawa Koren; shuttle bus available from Shimo Imaichi on Tobu Nikko Line, JR Imaichi and Nikko Stations on Nikko Line; 0288-22-7712.

15TH TOKYO FILMEX INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Nov. 22-30; “Next to Her,” “Theeb,” “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” “The Prince,” “Crocodile/Bwaya,” “Shadow Days,” “A Girl at My Door/Dohee Ya,” 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.

16TH LACROSSE ALL JAPAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL (Tokyo): Nov. 23; men’s and women’s teams compete at Oi Futo Chuo Kaihin Koen No. 2 Ball Park, 15-minute walk from Oi Horse Race Track-mae Station (Oi Keibajo-mae Station) on Tokyo Monorail; 800 yen; Japan Lacrosse Federation 03-3249-2504. 

BUNKYO CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Nov. 23, 6 a.m.-sunset; 2,000 chrysanthemums in the precincts of Yushima Tenjin Shrine; free; Yushima Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3836-0753.

SANKEIEN GARDEN – CHRYSANTHEMUM REDISCOVERY (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; chrysanthemum and dwarf potted chrysanthemum on display; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen adults, 300 yen seniors, 200 yen children; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf; 045-621-0634/5.

ODAIBA CLASSIC CAR PARADISE (Tokyo): Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; more than 700 vintage cars and motorcycles, along with booths for rare parts and items; Odaiba special outdoor stage, one-minute walk from Oumi Station on Yurikamome (monorail) or a two-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on JR Rinkai Line; 1,200 yen, which includes 500-yen coupon for purchases, kids free; 03-3552-8088.


GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT — KYUSHU BASHO (Fukuoka prefecture): Through Nov. 23; year-end tournament with duel between Hakuho and his rivals, Kakuryu and Harumafuji, at Kyushu Basho; 03-5608-3012; www.sumo.or.jp/eng.

ROLLS-ROYCE & BENTLEY OWNERS’ MEETING (Kanagawa prefecture): Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; old and new Rolls-Royce and Bentley models on display; Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho and Kan-nai Stations; free; Japan Rolls-Royce & Bentley Owners’ Club rrboc_j@yahoo.co.jp.

23RD NAGANO EBISUKOU FIREWORKS (Nagano prefecture): Nov. 23, 6 p.m.; displays at the west side of Nagano Ohashi (bridge), 20-minute walk from JR Nagano Station; 4,200 yen for designated seats; 026-227-2428.

ATSUGI OHYAMA HOT SPRING & TRAIL FESTA (Kanagawa prefecture): Nov. 23 & 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy free hot spring bath among your choice from ten ryokans at Higashi Tanzawa Nanasawa Onsen and Iiyama Onsen and free soup flavored with boar meat after taking a hike to Atsugi Ohyama, a two-hour hike to the top of Atsugi Ohyama from Tozan-guchi after taking 20-minute bus ride from Isehara Station on Odakyu Line, and a nearly three-hour hike down to onsen areas; free hot spring tickets available at the top of Atsugi Ohyama; 046-225-2820.

SWEDEN OUTDOOR WEEK IN TOKYO 2014: Nov. 23 & 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring outdoor styles in Sweden, along with foods and outdoor products produced in Sweden and more at Swedish Embassy, five-minute walk from Roppongi 1-chome Station on Nanpoku Line or seven-minute walk from Kamiyacho Station on Hibiya Line; free, but register in advance at www.sweden-outdoor.com; 03-5562-5000. 

2014 TOCHIGI HOT AIR BALLOON INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (Tochigi prefecture): Through Nov. 24; held with more than 37 balloons at Twin Ring Motegi; 042-394-8320.

LABOR THANKSGIVING DAY: Nov. 24; holiday began in 1948 as a day for citizens to express gratitude for work done during the year and for the fruits of those labors. Labor Thanksgiving (Kinro Mansha no Hi) is actually a modern name for an ancient ritual called Niinamesai (harvest festival).

FUJI KAWAGUCHIKO AUTUMN LEAVES FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; see maple leaves in autumn red along Fuji Kawaguchikohan Maple Corridor (Kawaguchiko Art Museum street), local products and crafts on sale, also an illumination on Maple Corridor until 10 p.m. at Nashigawa (north side of lake); 0555-72-3168; tinyurl.com/p3f3ygr.

SHINOZAKI PARK POTTERY FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; potteries produced in Japan, such as Saga, Arita, Imari, Karatsu, Bizen, Hagi, Shimizu and others are on sale at Shinozaki Park; four-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line; free; 0955-43-3368.

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.

OHMIYA HACHIMANGU SHRINE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Nov. 24; events at this shrine constructed 950 years ago include samurai warriors parade, traditional dance, portable shrines procession and more at the precincts of the shrine, seven-minute walk from Nishi Eifuku Station on Keio Inogashira Line; 03-3311-0105.

KASAMA INARI JINJA CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through Nov. 24; festival, started in 1890, is Japan’s oldest; also features Kasama Inari Museum and Kasama Inari special Chrysanthemum decorated dolls exhibition; 70-minute ride from Ueno Station on Joban Line to Tomobe, then take a 10-minute ride to Kasama Station on Mito Line; 800 yen adults, 400 yen children; 0296-73-0001; www.kasama.or.jp.

66TH ALL JAPAN WOMEN’S INTERCOLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Nov. 24-29; at National Yoyogi Stadium No. 2 Gymnasium, Otaku Sogo Taikukan, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line to National Yoyogi Stadium No. 2 Gymnasium; 03-5459-3557. 

BROADWAY MUSICAL “ONCE” (Tokyo): Nov. 27-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.

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): Nov. 28-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; http://tokyo-vegefest.com/?page_id=594; 090-2513-6986.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


THE 34TH TSUBOYA POTTERY FESTIVAL: Nov. 21-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tsuboya pottery masters exhibit their finest works, including jars, sold for 20-30 percent off the market price. Visit booths, including a pottery square, where people can make shisa (lion dog) masks and use the pottery wheel; Naha Tsuboya Elementary School; 098-866-3284.

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU AUTUMN HARVEST FESTIVAL (Okinawa): starting Nov. 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; enjoy dinner with Beaujolais Nouveau wines at Danryumansai of Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha (8th floor); 500 yen/glass, 3,000 yen/bottle or 700 yen/glass, 4,000 yen/bottle; 098-860-2113; http://kariyushi-urban.jp/news/restaurant/id-145.html.

TOMIGUSUKU GRANNY’S BIKE FIVE-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE: Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 1.84 km course at Toyosaki Chura Sun Beach, along with BBQ and costume parade by granny’s bikes; 19,900 yen for one team entry; near Yone Port; 098-927-7670.

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.

South Korea

SEOUL LANTERN FESTIVAL: Through Nov. 23; hundreds of lanterns, with a unique design and story, floated on Cheonggyecheon Stream, three-minute walk from Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4 or 5; www.visitseoul.net; +82-2-1330.

HERALD DESIGN FORUM 2014 (Seoul): Nov. 26, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) Alimteo 1 Gwan; 99,000-199,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

2014 SEOUL DESIGN FESTIVAL: Nov. 26-30; 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: Nov. 27-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): Nov. 27-Dec. 31, BBC Theater, 50,000-70,000-100,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL, “ALL SHOOK UP” (Seoul): Nov. 28-Feb. 1; Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University; 55,000-77,000-99,000-110,000 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; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “MR. SHOW” (Seoul): Through Jan. 31; Interpark Art Center, Art Hall, 60,000-80,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “MARIE ANTOINETTE” (Seoul): Through Feb. 1; Charlotte Theater; 50,000-80,000-110,000-14,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

To see your events here: SSPEDTlibrary@stripes.com.

Join the conversation and share your voice.

Show Comments

NFL Challenge