NOVEMBER: Festivals + Events

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White Heron Dance At Senso-ji Temple

Around the first weekend of November, catch the White Herons dancing in front of Senso-ji temple

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Chrysanthemum Competitions

Living chrysanthemums bonsaied into fantastic figures, Elvis poufs, and enormous globes are just a few of the camera-grabbing sights at the various Chrysanthemum competitions around Tokyo in November.

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Shichi-go-san (7-5-3) Holiday

Three-year-old girls, five-year-old boys, and seven-year-old-girls dress up in traditional finery and are blessed at shrines and temples on November 15th, but you can see them with their families at many shrines all month long

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves come into their glory during the month of November, with red Japanese maples giving way to spires of golden gingko trees. Click on the link for the best places to take those killer snapshots

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Autumn Leaves Lit Up at Night at Rikugi-en Garden

Rikugi-en garden keeps its gates open until 9:00 p.m. during leaf season, so everyone can enjoy the autumn leaves lit up at night

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All of Tokyo begins to sparkle with FREE animated, choreographed holiday light shows, beginning in mid-November. Click the link for where to see the most upworthy ones

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Other events in the month of November that might be worth checking out:

Dream Yosakoi in Odaiba

Meiji Shrine Fall Festival

Lucky Rake Festival at Sensoji

Tokyo Nail Expo

You can search for information on these by Googling the names in bold or searching for them on Tokyo Cheapo or TimeOut Tokyo, which I think have the most reliable info for events that change dates from year to year.

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