Autumn

Most Popular Osaka Autumn Events and Festivals 2018

Hikkey

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Autumn is the best season to come to Japan. If you are wondering which city to visit in Japan, you should definitely come to Osaka. There are several events and festivals which will make your trip special and memorable in 2018 here.
Osaka is the second largest city in Japan. Although it cannot beat Tokyo in terms of the city scale and the number of events or festivals going on, Osaka offers the friendliest and the most welcoming atmosphere for visitors. Why don’t you stay in Osaka and find out more about this lovely city through the events and festivals? In this article, I picked up the most popular and existing events for you to join in each month of autumn 2018.

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September
October
November

September

Now the crazy heat wave is finally gone. It gets much cooler and comfortable to stroll around the city. September could be a bit rainy so it would be nice to bring your waterproof jacket when you go to outdoor events or festivals. Here are some events and festivals that will satisfy your curiosity and stomach in September. Let’s take a closer look!

Halloween Sweets Buffets (Sep 1st – Oct 28th, 2018)

You may be surprised to hear that there is a Halloween related event in Japan. Actually, Halloween has become one of the popular seasonal events in the last 5 years. You will see people putting on the costumes and walk along the streets of big cities like Tokyo or Osaka. This Halloween Sweets Buffets at Rihga Royal Hotel in the center of Osaka City is kind of jumping the gun type of event, but you do not want to miss those great pumpkin dishes and sweets presented. Here is the official page of this event (Japanese only): https://www.rihga.co.jp/osaka/restaurant/fair_list/halloween-buffet-2018

Ramen Girls Festival (Sept 27th – Oct 2nd, Oct 4th – 8th, 2018)

Here is another food festival for foodies. Do you know what is “Ramen”? Ramen is a super popular Japanese noodle soup. There are three main tastes for Ramen and they are Tonkotsu (pork-based soup), Miso (miso based soup), and Shio (salt-based soup). Each of them tastes brilliant. This is something you should try while you are in Japan. You will be surprised with the full-bodied taste of the soup and it will surely smack your lips. This festival targets girls but guys are also welcomed. About 24 famous ramen shops from all over Japan will be presented at this festival. For more information on Ramen Girls Festival, please click on the following link: http://www.ramengirls-fes.com/osaka/

Craft Beer Picnic (Sept 15th– 17th, 2018)

Who hates drinking? This fun festival takes place at Nakanoshima Park in the center of Osaka city. Not only you can enjoy local beer but also beers from all over Japan. There will be food booths lined up at the festival site as well. This festival starts at 11:00 a.m. and finishes at 8:00 p.m. It would not be a bad idea to start drinking during the daytime. Why don’t you get tipsy and make some friends under the blue sky in the nice breeze? Here is the website of the event: https://www.okeihan.net/navi/event/detail.php?eventno=1361

The Moon Watching Festival (Sep 24th, 2018)

Are you a type of person who appreciates the beauty of nature and the moon? If your answer is yes, The Moon Watching Festival is the best festival for you to attend in Osaka. Every year around the harvest moon, Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka holds the event called Kangetsu Sai. You will see traditional Japanese Shinto related ritual performance under the moonlight during the festival. And it is very solemn and mysterious. Visiting this festival is a truly Japanese traditional autumn experience. For more information about this festival, please click on the link here: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2014/

Nakamozu Yahata Aki Matsuri (Sep 22nd – 23rd, 2018)

Nakamozu Yahata Autumn Festival is the largest mattress drum festival in Osaka. Every year over 150,000 people come to see this festival. This festival is a two days event which takes place on September 23rd and 24that Nakamozu Yahata Shrine. You will be amazed by the heat created by mikoshi carriers. There will be a bunch of food booths lined up along the sidewalk of the Shrine. You will enjoy traditional Japanese festival food while watching an amazing performance. Here is the link for the official website: http://www.mozu8.com/ (only in Japanese)

Osaka Running Festival (Sep 30th, 2018)

It gets hard to keep in good shape after you pass a certain age. This is a universal problem for everyone. After getting your stomach full at the Halloween Sweets or Ramen Girls Festival, it would be nice to engage in some exercise. Osaka Running Festival is the perfect Festival to be in shape. This festival originally comes from Thailand. At this festival, the running distance is measured in kilometers and in kilograms! You run and eat at the same time while you join this festival. Don’t stuff yourself too much otherwise, you will end up on the side of the route with your stomach full! Be careful! Please check the following link for more information: https://kilorun.com/osaka-main-page-en/

October

October is the most comfortable month of autumn in Japan. You will enjoy the perfect weather and temperature in this month. The city gets rather quiet in October but it does not mean there is nothing to see. There are still several festivals and events you can join and explore. Yes, Osaka is the city which never falls asleep. Here, I found perfects events for you to visit in October. Check them out!

Tombori Festival (Oct 1st – 10th, 2018)

Tombori Festival takes place at Dotombori Zara alongside Dotonbori River. Dotombori is one of the biggest canals in Osaka city. There are parks and sidewalks you can stroll along the canal. In fact, Dotombori is a very popular tourist site in Osaka. It is worth visiting to find out what real Osaka looks like. At Tombori Festival you will immerse yourself in Japanese pop culture through various Japanese music performances on the stage. If you are into Japanese music and want to know more about Japanese pop culture, this festival is the one for you to go. Here is the official website of the festival: https://avex.jp/tf/en/index.html

Maccha Mania Autumn (Every weekend Saturdays and Sundays Sept 1st –Dec 16th, 2018)

Are you a big fan of green tea? Kyoto is known as the capital of Maccha (green tea), but Osaka offers a great opportunity to taste Maccha sweets as well. This Maccha Mania Autumn event is known to the professionals in the green tea. Maccha lovers always compete to get the best seat at this festival! There are gorgeous looking and taste Maccha based sweets waiting for you at this event. In October, the main collaboration of the taste is pumpkin and Maccha. If you are a Maccha and sweet lover, there is no reason for you to miss this event! Here is the official page of the event: http://www.hyattregencyosaka.com/restaurant/ll/matcha_mania.html (Only in Japanese)

Otori Danjiri Festival (Oct 5th – 7th, 2018)

Don’t you want to see something that really represents the Osaka culture? The Otori Danjiri Festival started 400 years ago. It is a pretty traditional yet powerful festival. It always provides a lively atmosphere and courage to people. At this festival, you will see a bunch of guys pulling huge floats with wheels at high speed. A big lit float jumping out from a commercial district in front of Otori station will definitely surprise you. Here is the official website of the festival: http://www.ootoritaisha.jp/gyouji/

Tengu Festival (Oct 15th – 16th, 2018)

The Tengu Festival is a two days event, which takes place in the middle of October at Mino City in Osaka. The origin of this festival is unknown, but people say it started sometimes in the Edo Period. You will see scary looking guys with masks chasing children and women. They do this not because they want to be mean, but to bring good luck to kids and women. This is not a huge scale of the event, but local and warm. You will learn traditional values and customs through this festival. Please find more information about this event by clicking on the following link: http://www.nanokaichi.com/saikouji/tengumatsuri/tengumatsuri.html (Only in Japanese)

Sakai Festival (Oct 20th – 21st, 2018)

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Sakai City in Osaka is probably the best city which represents Osaka culture. people in Sakai speak traditional Osaka dialect and inherit the spirit of what it means to be “Osakan.” The history of this festival is not very long. It started in 1970 to introduce the culture, food, and history of Sakai City. What you will see there is the parade, tea ceremony, bands and music, dance performances, and more! Also, there is a temporary food court set up at the venue. You may try the local food there. For  more information about this outstanding and lively festival, please take a look at the following article, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/sakai-matsuri-2018-experience-sakai-citys-largest-celebration-year 

Halloween Party (Oct 20th, 2018)

Yeah, I know Japanese people love to celebrate anything. We have Christmas, New Year, Valentine ’s Day to celebrate. We like to keep ourselves busy through the year with those events. And Halloween is not an exception. This Halloween Party event is the biggest one in the Kansai area. Over 1000 people put on their favorite costumes and dance like crazy on the Owl bar. If you do not have a costume, it is ok to be there without it. Since this is the most popular Halloween event, I recommend you get a ticket in advance from the official website. If not, drop-ins are also always welcome on the day of the event. For more information, please visit the official website of the event: https://eventsearch.jp/feature/halloween/kansai/osaka/umeda/248854

November

November can be chilly sometimes. You’d better bring a winter jacket and scarf just in case if you plan to visit Japan around this time of the year. In this season, it would not be too bad to walk around the city if you do not mind cold breeze, but if you are not good at cold temperature, joining an indoor festival could be a good idea for you. In this section, I picked up some festivals and events you can enjoy both inside and outside.

Midoshuji Illumination (Nov 1st – Dec 31st, 2018)

Midosuji is the main street of Osaka City. There are several shops and business buildings lining up along the street. The street gets lit up from November 1st to the end of December every year. About 4 kilometers of Midosuji Street will be illuminated with colorful lights and it looks pretty magical. You can bring your family or friends and stroll along the street. This year, there will be moving lights running through the street. Why don’t you enjoy this magical atmosphere? For more information, please check the following link: http://www.hikari-kyoen.com/chirashi_EN.pdf

Osaka Castle Autumn Festival (Nov 3rd – 4th, 2018)

This event associated with the history of the end of the Tokugawa Era and the beginning of the Meiji Era. It takes place at Osaka castle for two days at the beginning of November. This festival gives you a great opportunity to learn about people who played an important role at the end of the Edo period and the early Meiji period. You will learn the history of Osaka through videos and music, drum and fencing performances during this festival. Their official website will provide you with more detailed information: https://www.osakacastle.net/events/%E3%80%8C%E5%B9%95%E6%9C%AB%E3%83%BB%E7%B6%AD%E6%96%B0150%E5%B9%B4%E3%83%95%E3%82%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%8A%E3%83%AB-%E8%A5%BF%E9%83%B7%E9%9A%86%E7%9B%9B%E3%81%A8%E8%A5%BF%E5%8D%97%E6%88%A6%E4%BA%89 (Only in Japanese)

Ohitaki Festival at Namba Shrine (Nov 15th, 2018)

Namba Shrine locates in the heart of tourist spot area called – Namba. There are many shops and restaurants that represent Naniwa (Osaka culture.) You can drop by this festival after walking around Namba Area. At this traditional event, people write their wishes on the paper and put them into the fire, which is prepared by the shrine priests. You will mumble “Norito” (prayer) with priests and other people at the venue while you wish your dream come true. After the prayer, 4000 of Mochi (rice cakes) will be provided to the visitors. This festival is very local and special. It would be excellent opportunity for you to feel the local atmosphere. Here is the official site of this festival and the shrine: http://www.nanba-jinja.or.jp/event.html (Only in Japanese)

I live in Musical! 4 (Nov 23rd, 2018)

Strolling in the city could be too cold in November. If you are looking for something you can enjoy inside, the “I Live Musical! 4” event is the perfect one for you. This event takes place in the Fukushima district in Osaka city. Tomohiko Nakai is the famous Japanese musical star who has played the main role in the musical presented by the gigantic Japanese musical group – Shiki Theater Company. It would be an interesting and cultural experience for you. Let’s compare the quality of musical stars between your country and Japan. Their official website will provide you with more detailed information: https://www.nakaitomohiko.jp/contents/172354

Bar Festa Ibaraki (Nov 22nd – 24th, 2018)

I wonder if it is only me who has increased appetite when the weather gets pretty cold. We need to store some food before the hibernation period like other animals right? Bar Festa Ibaraki is the best event to keep your stomach full and to prepare for the coming winter. If you are a big foodie like me, you will definitely love this event. At this event, you will get to know the Ibaraki City through hopping several bars and restaurants. Joining this type of event is a good chance to know the people and community of the city you visit. Why don’t you take a look at their website to know more about this: http://barfestaibaraki.com/bar/ (Only in Japanese)

Hanshin Tigers Base Ball Game (Through the year, 2018)

I have always thought that going to see the baseball game is wasting of life. I am so sorry I was so wrong on this. If someone ever asks me what is the thing you should not miss when you visit Osaka, I’ll definitely answer “Hanshin Tigers Baseball Game!”. It is not necessary for you to see the game in November but considering the heat wave in the summer, October or November would be the best season to see the game. Osaka people are crazily in love with this baseball team and some of them dedicate their life to cheering the team. In this game, you will experience real Osaka culture and people. Please get a ticket in advance either at the convenience store or online. Here is the link about the game and team, please take a look at it: http://hanshintigers.jp/

Closing Remarks

There are more events and festivals you can attend in Osaka this autumn. Those ones I listed in this article is not everything but a few. If you cannot find the events and festivals you want to visit, you can search for other events in Osaka on our FestialGo. Osaka has gained popularity as a tourist city and more people from abroad start visiting Osaka. Osaka is known as a friendly and welcoming city in Japan. If you are a person who wants to find authentic experience and fun people, please come and visit this energetic city. I assure you that you will never regret your decision after visiting Osaka.
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Hikkey

Yogi and Snowboarder. Love to explore nature and to meet new people. Currently, residing in the Kansai area in Japan.

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