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Are you excited to dress up as your favorite cartoon, superhero or villain this Halloween? If you are, you also need to think about where to go and what to do on Halloween night. In Japan, the locals will put on their costumes and walk around the street devilishly to frighten others. The celebration is very lively especially in major cities like Shibuya. People will party all night and go to several theme parks like Universal Studios Japan to get scared and entertained by the undead on Halloween.

Let’s check out some of the places you can go trick r treating this Halloween!


1. Kawasaki Halloween Parade

When we talk about Halloween, most locals will mention this particular event called the Kawasaki Halloween Parade. The event starts as early as 2:30 PM and will end at 4:00 PM. If you’re not joining in the parade, you can observe and follow them from the Kawasaki Station. Since this is the main Halloween parade, they restrict the number of participants to only 2,500 people and the admission fee is ¥1,000.

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Besides that, the day before the main parade they will organize Kids Halloween Parade. The children, however, need to be accompanied by a guardian and the admission fee is ¥500 . The parade will start at 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. To join these parades, you need to apply on their official website as provided below.

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If you think the main parade will end at 4:00 pm, you’re wrong. There is an after party held from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm and it’s free Halloween parade participants. To those who didn’t join the parade but want to enter the party, the admission fee is ¥1,000 to those who came in costume and ¥1,500 to those who don’t. Let’s walk amongst the undead this Halloween.

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Kawasaki Halloween Parade (Main Parade)

Address: JR Kawasaki Station

Date: 28th October 2018 (Sunday)

Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Admission Fees: ¥1,000

Website: http://lacittadella.co.jp.e.aan.hp.transer.com/halloween/

Kawasaki Halloween Parade (Kids Parade)

Address: Ginryu-gai

Date: 27th October 2018 (Saturday)

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Admission Fees: ¥500

Website: http://lacittadella.co.jp.e.aan.hp.transer.com/halloween_event_1/#kids

Kawasaki Halloween Parade (After Party)

Address: Club CITTA, Kawasaki

Date: 28th October 2018 (Saturday)

Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Admission Fees: Free for Halloween parade participants, ¥1,000 for in costume, ¥1,500 for no costume

Website: http://lacittadella.co.jp.e.aan.hp.transer.com/halloween_event_2/#pumpkin


2. Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea

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What would it be like if your favorite Disney’s fairy tale transformed into a horror show? In Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, you get to see the dark side of Disney’s during Halloween celebration. From 11th September until 31st October 2018, Tokyo Disney Resort has prepared many eerie parades, merchandises and themed food for their visitors. The whole place will be decorated with spooky decorations such as pumpkins and veins.

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In Tokyo Disneyland, a Spooky Boo! Parade will highlight six floats from Cinderella Castle surrounded with tombstones, animals shifted into pumpkin ghosts and a lot more. The parade will tour twice a day for 45 minutes. They also encourage visitors to put on their Disney’s costumes when visiting the park. Other than that, they turned the Haunted Mansion into a Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare where they add the characters from the Nightmare before Christmas inside the attraction to frighten the visitors.

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Meanwhile, in Tokyo DisneySea, attend The Villains World parade and see more than 100 scary Disney’s villains like Ursula, The Evil Queen and Hades performing on their ships. The performance will be held twice a day at the Mediterranean Harbour. Don’t forget to purchase their Halloween merchandises and food as well. There are other spooky attractions await you in Tokyo Disneyland, head there before 31st October and join the ghoulish world of Disney.

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Tokyo Disney Resort

Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan

Date: 11th September – 31st October 2018

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Closest Train Station: Maihama Station

Admission Fee: ¥7,400 (Adult age 18 & above), ¥6,400 (Junior age 12-17), ¥4,800 (Child age 4-11), ¥6,700 (Senior age 65 & above), Free (Children under age of 3).

Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html


3. Universal Studios Japan

If you think Tokyo Disneyland is not terrifying enough, try Universal Studios Japan (USJ). From 7th September to 4th November 2018, USJ organizes Halloween for both adults and children. Three types of Halloween events you should participate are Otona Halloween, Zekkyo Halloween, and Kowa Kowa Halloween.

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For Otona Halloween, guests can enter horror mazes like the Hotel Albert and Silence in the Ghost Ship. For Hotel Albert, visitors are required to solve a crime mystery in this four-story hotel. However, you need to fully understand Japanese language to enjoy the horror. As for the Silence in the Ghost Ship, you need to escape the maze in complete silence or you’ll be hunted by ghosts. Other than mazes, step into a vampire lair in the 4D horror theatre called Blood Legend.

Hotel Albert.

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The Zekkyo Halloween will make you lose your voice with their super terrifying attractions like Insidious: The Last Key, Cult of Chucky and more. Besides that, zombies will be wandering around USJ in Street Zombies event and they will perform a zombie dance party called the Zombie de Dance for the finale.

Street Zombies.

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Apart from these two terrifying events, children can join the Kowa Kowa Halloween. Among activities, they can partake is Happy Trick r Treat. Each child will be given a bag to fill tons of candies in this candy throwing event. Minions, Hello Kitty and Elmo will also make an appearance in Festa de Parade to entertain the children with colorful confetti, balloons, and decorations.

Festa De Parade.

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Universal Studios Japan

Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka 554-0031, Osaka Prefecture

Date: 7th September – 4th November 2018

Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Closest Train Station: Universal City Station

Admission Fee: ¥7,400 (Adult age 12 & above), ¥5,100 (Child age 4 to 11), ¥6,700 (Senior age 65 & above)

Website: http://www.usj.co.jp/e/


4. Super Labyrinth of Fear, Fuji-Q Highland

Rated as one of the largest and scariest haunted houses in the world, this haunted hospital can be found inside Fuji-Q Highland theme park. The Super Labyrinth of Fear has attracted over a million visitors since its opening. To complete the horror experience, it would take about 45-60 minutes. The decorations and furnishings are almost too real and very gruesome.

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Before you start the terror, they will show you a video of the haunted hospital. It was about doctors and nurses experimented on their patients and the ghosts came back to haunt the doctors. Prepare for the never-ending unexpected surprises throughout your journey and it’s recommended to bring a friend. You will explore and wander the place freely to finish the maze. If you feel like giving up, there’s an exit door located in the hospital.

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Other than that, you can buy an amulet before entering the place. Once you entered the hospital, the amulet will glow to signal the ghosts to scare you less. You will be using all your five senses in the hospital because they will scare you with their eerie music, unusual smell, dark rooms, and others. Are you up for this challenge? The haunted hospital one of the perfect ways to end your Halloween night.

Image Source: Arukikata News.

Super Labyrinth of Fear, Fuji-Q Highland

Address: 5 Chome-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture 403-0017, Japan

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Closest Train Station: Fujikyu-Highland Station

Admission Fee (only to Super Labyrinth of Fear): ¥4,000 (Free Pass holder), ¥8,000 (others)

Capacity: 4 people (maximum)

Website: http://www.fujiq.jp/en


JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
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