What's On in October in Niseko

Check out what’s in store around town this October.

What’s got the town excited for the spookiest holiday of the year? Prepare yourself for yet another eventful October this year.

Stay informed by taking a look through the upcoming events, festivals and happenings lined up for this October and join in on the celebrations with the locals in Niseko.

Niseko Halloween

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Celebrated annually, Niseko Halloween is on again for the 12th consecutive year this fall at the Niseko Warehouses and welcomes visitors of all ages. An enjoyable event, it’s particularly fun for families as parents get to experience as much fun as the kids by taking part in the costume contest and the trick or treat trail. Stand a chance to win amazing prizes at the lottery event and savour the taste of autumn with delicious Niseko cuisine at the food truck store.

Date: Saturday, 5 Oct
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Niseko Chuo Warehouse Group (3-minute walk from Niseko Station)

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Ki Niseko Festival in October

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Drop by Ki Niseko during weekends to enjoy live guitar, violin and jazz performances by artists such as Seiichiro Ebisuya and Rie Ohashi.

Date: 5, 12, 13 & 26 Oct
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm (3:30pm - 5:00pm on the 26th of Oct)
Location: Ki Niseko

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Konpira Temple Festival

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The three-day Konpira Temple Festival which takes place annually at Kutchan Town celebrates autumn and welcomes the forthcoming winter season. Monks engage in fire walking at the front of the temple to cleanse their bodies and spirits and many locals pray for safety on the roads and mountains during winter. Soon after the ceremonies are over, you can indulge in a variety of local dishes by heading downtown.
Date: 9, 10 & 11 Oct
Time: 9 Oct, 12:00am - 11 Oct, 12:00am
Location: Konpira Temple, Kutchan Town

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Pumpkins at the JR Niseko Station

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Visit the JR Niseko station to take some great shots with the colourful array of pumpkins on display! Many tourists enjoy seeing these early Halloween decorations which add colour and joy to the local community and visitors alike.

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A result of the local volunteers’ hard work, these pumpkins bring about a festive and magical atmosphere to the town during autumn.

Date: Sep - Oct
Location: JR Niseko Station, Niseko Town

2019 Rugby World Cup Games

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Join in on the 2019 Rugby World Cup fun starting this autumn from Friday, 20 September. A collection of restaurants and bars at different venues across Niseko will be hosting parties and events where you can drop by to watch the games with friends or family.

Date: 20 Sep - 2 Nov
Location: All across Niseko

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Hideyuki Fujikura's Summer Exhibition

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Hideyuki Fujikura's Exhibition is back again this summer and displays Hokkaido’s stunning landscapes during spring, summer and autumn.  Enjoy a colourful journey through the seasons in Hokkaido through Hideyuki Fujikura’s paper patchwork art exhibition at Arishima Takeo Memorial Museum.

Date & Time: 13 Jul, 9:00am - 6 Oct, 5:00pm
Location: Arishima Takeo Memorial Museum, Niseko Town

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Niseko Halloween Costume Party

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Widely acclaimed as THE best event to experience a real Halloween party in Hokkaido, the 2019 Niseko Costume Party beckons all party-lovers to celebrate the spookiest and scariest holiday of the year.

Enjoy live music and performances by local Niseko DJ's and others, win amazing gifts by taking part in a competitive costume contest and take advantage of special HAPPY HOUR prices on food & drinks till closing.

Free entry for all!

Date: Saturday, 26 Oct
Time: 16:00 till midnight
Location: Midtown Niseko

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Read our guide with local insights on how to best enjoy the most picturesque drive in Niseko this autumn.