More than 2,000 chrysanthemums of different varieties and colors will be on display at the Yushima Tenmangu Shrine Chrysanthemum Festival from November 1 to 23. The flower displays will include the unique addition of some cleverly-shaped arrangements into dolls. Don’t miss this opportunity to take in one of Japan’s great autumn traditions in a lovely setting in the heart of the city.

Pass under the brilliant gold leaves of giant ginkgo trees planted at the beginning of the Showa Period in Takao. The Hachioji Ginkgo Festival, November 19-20, is a spectacular opportunity to watch crowds dressed in period costume pass through ancient checkpoints.

Discover new innovations in technology, architecture, and more at the Super Welfare Expo. This annual event focuses on making communities more diverse and differently- abled friendly. Lectures and demonstrations in two nearby parks are part of this awareness raising event in the stunning Hikarie Building just moments away from Shibuya Station. 11am-8pm on November 8-14.

Yellow gingko leaves

Yellow gingko leaves

Come meet international neighbors at Musashino International Association (MIA) International Fair. This international affair will be held 11am-5pm on November 13 over on Tokyo’s west side. Nibble a tasty traditional treat from another part of the globe while taking in a variety of songs, dances, and traditional costumes from around the world. Children of all ages will find something fun to do, see, and learn.

The Nippori Farmer’s Market on November 19-20 is a little market that packs a big punch of seasonal treats, music, and crafts in one of the oldest parts of the city. Meet growers from Aizu Wakamatsu and nibble the regional treats they bring along each month fresh from their fields. Or try some of the best steamed manju (red bean stuffed buns) this side of the Emperor’s Palace.

An Earthquake Preparedness Workshop will be held on November 29. This two-and-a-half-hour workshop helps participants learn what to do not only when an earthquake hits, but how to prepare. Topics include preparing an emergency kit, earthquake proofing your home, earthquake literacy, and how to find and use evacuation shelters and areas in your neighborhood.

Professed to be one of the largest farmers markets in town, the Market of the Sun is where an excellent selection of seasonal fruit and veggies can be found year round. The theme for November is nabe (hot pot), which promises excellent recipes along with the choicest of produce. A tidy selection of food carts and kid-friendly activities make this market worth a visit. 10am-4pm on November 12 and 13.

Set up in trendy Bashamichi, the Yokohama Kitanaka Marche brims with baked goods, tasty jams, seasonal fruit and vegetables, food trucks galore, and some nifty crafts. Run by the same folks who brought the Market of the Sun to life, the event includes some of the same vendors, but there are plenty of fresh faces, too. Don’t miss the chance to talk with some of Kanagawa’s best growers and producers! On from 10am-4pm, November 19-20.