Photo By: Hideya HAMANO
Region
Kanto
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Yokohama
Population
8,489,932

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

Don’t get the blues over drinking being banned in Shibuya, Kawasaki is where the real ghouls party.

  • 2019 Dates: Main parade Oct. 27; Horror Movie Screenings Oct. 26
  • Parade: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. After party until 10 p.m.
No mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller that is Kawasaki’s Halloween celebration. This vivacious party is packed with horror-movie screenings, pole dancers, and Japan’s biggest Halloween parade.

Kawasaki Halloween parade

Photo by: Hideya HAMANO Grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom… with cuteness!

Long before people started getting rowdy and flipping over cars in the streets of Shibuya for Halloween, Kawasaki was the place to party. This humble city in Kanagawa Prefecture has been hosting its annual Halloween parade since the late ‘90s and over 100,000 people gathered to watch in 2018.

From the creative to the absolutely terrifying, the costumes get better and better every year. Hop on the train for about 30 minutes from Shibuya, and you’re ready to get spooky.

The parade

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

Photo by: Hideya HAMANO Creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize y’alls neighborhood.

Usually held on the last Sunday in October, the Kawasaki Halloween Parade takes place around Kawasaki Station and the La Cittadella shopping area. Participants go all out, and for good reason—the best costume gets a ¥500,000 prize!

The parade culminates in a free after party at La Cittadella where live DJs play tunes into the night amidst pole dancers and drag queens strutting their stuff on stage. The 2019 event also features a scary boat cruise from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kawasaki Halloween Dancer

Photo by: Randiah Camille Green Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand.

Register in advance if you want to join the parade, or simply line up along the street to watch. There’s prime seating available for ¥3,000, but it’s not necessary to enjoy the spectacle. If you do decide to participate, note that registration is limited to only 2,000 people, so you’d better sign up fast.

Horror movies, face painting and more

If you’re not into parades and dance parties—though we’re not sure why you wouldn’t be—Kawasaki’s Halloween celebration includes horror movie screenings and family-friendly events too.

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

Photo by: J3SSL33 Though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver.

Catch the all-night horror movie marathon including classics like Hellraiser and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. until around 2 a.m. the next morning!

For old school horror enthusiasts, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be performing soundtracks of Dario Argento’s classics Suspiria and Tenebre synchronized to screenings of the films on Oct. 25 and 26 as well.

The kiddies can enjoy face painting, a bouncy house, and a family Halloween runway.

Kawasaki Halloween Parade

Photo by: bu2ngpac1 Fun for boys and ghouls of all ages!

Since the semi-final match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be taking place in nearby Yokohama on the same night of the parade, many bars and restaurants in the area will be showing the game on big-screen TVs. Check the Kawasaki Halloween official website for a full schedule of events, including a list of which establishments will be showing the RWC games!

See the parade in the afternoon and then dance the night away surrounded by creatures of the dark. We hope you’ve got the soul for getting down.

Looking for more places to party for Halloween? Check out our list of the best Halloween parties in Japan!

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Things To Know

Hours and fees

The 2019 parade is from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m on Oct. 27 with the free afterparty at La Cittadella from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. It costs ¥1,000 to register as a participant in the parade.

The horror movie marathon costs ¥1,500 in advance or ¥2,000 on the day of.

How To Get There

Address

Kawasaki Station, Horikawachō, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 212-0013, Japan

By train

From Shibuya Station catch the Yamanote line to Shinagawa Station and then transfer to the Keihin Tohoku line. Get off at Kawasaki Station and you’ll see the parade right in front.

From Yokohama Station, take the Keihin Tohoku or Tokaido line to Kawasaki Station. You can also use the Keikyu line to Keikyu Kawasaki Station and walk about five minutes to the parade area.

Where To Stay

Kawasaki Nikko Hotel
  • Kawasaki-ku Nisshin-cho 1 Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa 210-0024
  • 8.2/10
  • 0.1 km
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Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kawasaki
  • Kawasaki-ku Isago 2-6-15 Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa 210-0006
  • 8.3/10
  • 0.4 km
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Hotel The Lotus Bali (Adult Only)
  • Isago 2-5-19 Toso Building 3F Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa 210-0006
  • 7.9/10
  • 0.4 km
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Rex Inn Kawasaki
  • Kawasaki-ku Ogawa-cho 6-8 Kawasaki-Shi, Kanagawa 210-0023
  • 7.1/10
  • 0.4 km
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