As Halloween increases in popularity every year, so do the number of events across the city and beyond. Here are a few of the biggest and the best this month: Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2017 While not technically in Tokyo, Kawasaki is only a quick train ride away and hosts one of the biggest Halloween events in the country. This year, on top of the kids' and Halloween parades, there's also a Halloween Pride Parade, guaranteed to draw some amazing people and some fabulous costumes. Ikebukuro Cosplay Halloween Festival 2017 This monster event grows with every year it's hosted, and last year drew 10,000 cosplayers from all over the world and about 90,000 visitors to Ikebukuro to watch them. The event is also broadcast live on Niconico Live, garnering the festival an additional 240,000 viewers online. Roppongi Hills Halloween 2017 Costume parade for kids starting at Roppongi Hills Arena and going on a one-kilometer stretch through Roppongi and Keyazaki Street. Kids joining the parade will receive Halloween treats. Sea Para Halloween 2017 Get an early start on Halloween at park-meets-aquarium Sea Paradise Hakkejima, where they’re pulling out all the stops for this year’s Halloween festivities. Watch penguins waddle their way around pumpkins, take photos in specially decorated Halloween photo spots, and enjoy the park’s spooky Halloween menu. At night, stick around for light shows and fireworks displays! Puroland Halloween Party 2017  Hello Kitty and her friends at Puroland celebrate Halloween to its fullest with over a month of Halloween parades, events, and Halloween-themed foods. Daytime fun for the kids, but at night it gets a little bit scarier. Watch out for the Ghost Pierrot (clown), who looks so terrifying he makes the clown from "It" look positively endearing. Disney's Halloween 2017 Love it or hate it, Disney knows how to put on a show – and this year's Halloween celebrations are no exception. With musical parades, themed merchandise, and a haunted house featuring Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas, this theme park knows how to create a magical experience for everyone. Kagurazaka Bakeneko Festival Not a Halloween event per se, but the Kagurazaka Bakeneko (Supernatural Cat) Festival does bring cosplayers, cat fanciers, and Halloween-hungry people together for a one-of-a-kind parade and dance event in central Tokyo. Dress up as a cat and join in the parade, or better yet, the main Onyadori dance event. Have the time of your nine lives at what may litter-ally be the cat’s pajamas! (Note: This event takes place on October 15) Halloween's Fes 2017: Jack-O-Land Yokohama Arena turns into a Halloween theme park for two days, inviting models, comedians, and singers to create a full-on Halloween event for the whole family. Attractions include a drawing and paper crafts corner organized by Team Labo, dino and princess slides, bouncy castles galore, and face painting. Kids can try their hand at walking the catwalk in their costumes, and there are plenty of delicious treats in the form of Hawaiian food, ice cream, and more. Looking for a Halloween event? Halloween Costume Night in Shibuya/Roppongi[/su_column][/su_row][/su_frame]

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Tokyo has a long history of waterfront entertainment and offers a plethora of options where conversation and drinks flow. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites to help you find what kind of tour floats your boat. Samurai Ship Gozabune Atakemaru The Gozabune Atakemaru (pictured top) is a replica of a ship commissioned by Iemitsu Tokugawa in 1632. Both the original and its replica display an air of opulence and comfort, but while Tokugawa’s pleasure boat was also used for war, the modern day version is simply for fun. The ship offers a great view of Tokyo Bay at night along with a dinner show featuring performers from the famous Shiki theater company. The stage show is interactive, creating a fun and lively atmosphere for all ages. More info at www.samuraiship.tokyo. For bookings, click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX6N_qH_UUQ Riverboat Mizuha Named for Mizuhanome, a water goddess, Mizuha is a charming little brown boat in a retro style. Owner Miho Sato is the ship’s guide and gives a unique insight into Tokyo and its history in impeccable English, while her husband steers the ship along its course. Sato’s in-depth knowledge coupled with her dry humor make the tours fun, fascinating and a great learning experience for even the most knowledgeable Tokyoite. The boat seats about 10 people and is available for shared or chartered cruises. More info at www.funaasobi-mizuha.jp/english Tokyo Water Taxi The idea for Tokyo Water Taxi came about after the Great Tohoku Earthquake, when the owners witnessed how hard it was for many to walk home through the crowded streets. By freeing up the waterways, it would be easier to effectively transport those who needed it most. In more peaceful times, visitors can charter the boat for a trip down the canals and rivers of Tokyo – and even out to Tokyo Bay. Guests can choose either their own  custom route, or go with one recommended by the captain. Top tip: ask about stopping by  a riverside bakery to pick up an extra treat on your trip. More info at water-taxi.tokyo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H2v42Oh81Q Traditional Yakatabune For the ultimate traditional river experience, look no further than the classic yakatabune. These tatami-floored boats have been a part of Tokyo’s river culture for hundreds of years, reaching the height of their popularity in the Edo period where they were used for cherry blossom viewing parties and private haiku readings alike. The cruises offer great views of the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay, but it’s their epicurean efforts that are their true claim to fame. Dinners are extravagant offerings of sashimi, tempura and other seasonal delights, with some boats cooking everything on board. More info at www.yakatabune-kumiai.jp/en Kojo Yakei Tours Head out of Tokyo down to harbor cities Kawasaki and Yokohama and you’ll find a cruise that’ll take you to another world. Kojo yakei tours (literally “factory night view” tours) give visitors an exciting insight into industrial areas traditionally thought of as eyesores, now appreciated for their aesthetics. Drift past smokestacks churning out steam, illuminated by colossal industrial plants as they churn away through the night. These tours are especially recommended for photographers looking to capture beauty in unexpected environments. More info at www.tabione.com/en/factory_cruise   [adrotate banner="246"] BOOK A TOKYO BAY CRUISE GET YOUR CRUISE TICKETS STARTING FROM JPY 8,140 For an extra 5% off use our coupon code TOKYOWEEKENDER during check-out. [/su_column][/su_row]

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