Halloween in Japan

24 Oct 2018 in Have Fun

Forget trick and treating. In Japan, the 31st October is all about cosplay and purple potatoes!

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When Tokyo Disneyland held its first Halloween event in 2000, it was something of an oddity. Since then, the Japanese have taken the festival to their hearts, adding their own twists!

So, what’s different about Halloween in Japan?

For Westerners, one of the most striking features is that there’s no trick or treating. Suffice to say that the idea of knocking on a stranger’s door and asking for candy is culturally alien to most Japanese.

One thing the Japanese have embraced is dressing up.

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In fact, Halloween has become a major event on the cosplay scene. In big cities, you’ll find costume parties in bars, clubs and in the street.

Most famous of all is Tokyo’s Shibuya street party, where the celebrated scramble crossing is the centre of an almighty gathering of cosplay aficionados.

Looking for a fun destination for Halloween in Japan?

Here are 3 original ideas:

At Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu, Halloween is themed around the Hokkaido potato!

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This distinctive purple potato is the inspiration for a giant Jack O’Lantern outside the hotel. Celebrate with purple potato chips and soup!

How about sleeping in a manga vampire-themed room? At Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake the Halloween experience comes complete with a Zombie porter and Monster show.

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If sorcery is your style, head to Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Atami to dress up as a witch and hang out at a witch’s house in a 300-year-old camphor tree!

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Photo credits:

Dick Thomas Johnson / CC BY

HAMACHI! / CC BY-NC-ND

Dick Thomas Johnson / CC BY

HAMACHI! / CC BY-NC-ND

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