Halloween falls on Thursday, October 31st, 2019. This usually means that Halloween will begin to be celebrated the Saturday before (the 26th) though in recent years there are also many revellers on the actual date 10/31.
Halloween has grown more popular within the last five years spurred on by three specific influences: amusement parks, cosplay culture, and children learning English. Times are changing and in 2019,one of the best places to truly celebrate is Shibuya.
Although Halloween is only celebrated by a small percentage of the Japanese population, the party is rapidly growing every year. Check out these two chain stores for costumes, masks, and makeup. Donquijote is a great store to purchase not only your general goods, but also has a great section where you can get a full Halloween costume. Daiso is a famous 100 yen shop brand where you can find great, small things to add to your costume — for the best price! If you are looking to go all-out this Halloween then there are many cosplay shops in Tokyo, but some of the most famous can be easily found in Harajuku on Takeshita street or in Nakano area in the otaku mall “Nakano Broadway.”
There is no specific time set for Halloween. You can hop out of Shibuya station at any time from early afternoon where you are likely to see more kids and families and through early evening and be thrust into a magnitude of people wearing costumes.
Taking a photo in front of the Shibuya crossing is always an iconic move; however, the streets are so crowded with people on this specific day that you can’t even see the zebra lines. If you want a great selfie, we recommend: Starbucks, La’Occitane Café, Gusto Café, Shibuya Mark City (free admission).
For another amazing photo spot, be sure to head up into the MAGNET building on the crossing. You will find tasty food and fun shops but the highlight is the rooftop overlook that gives you the best views of Shibuya Crossing. There is an admission fee for the best overlook — but the view is well worth the 500 yen!
Don’t forget that trains stop running around midnight. If you have missed the last train already, it will be almost impossible to find an accommodation before the trains start running again. A lot of people like to stay at Manga/Internet cafes because of the amazing prices and easy access as they can be found virtually everywhere. The only problem is that you can’t always secure a spot at the last minute. We recommend checking online for some that allow you to make a reservation. If you would rather splurge on a hotel, then you will most definitely have to book in advance. A really good hotel to stay at is Excel hotel because it provides an amazing view of the crossing. Be warned that unless you have a reservation— you will be turned away.
Shibuya 109 is known for getting into the spirit of Halloween. They have a pop-up costume shop, cafes with Halloween themed treats, and even put on events for the big night involving a DJ and mini-photo shoot! Follow the road to 109 Men’s and you will find makeup artists who will give you a gruesome face/wounds to add some zest to your costume. Make sure to look around carefully, not only at the people, but also the shops.You will find many cute cafes with themed desserts. There are also tiny haunted houses that you can walk through sometimes; although the locations are subject to change each year. Make sure to check before you go!
And to celebrate Halloween get 10% off on our tours with the code “LoveAtFirst Bite” (coupon available until October 31st, 2019). We’re also running a giveaway on Instagram, with a BIG selection of crazy-spooky-snacks from Japan to win: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3501f6J85a/
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