Bring in the fall with these two exceptional events that will show you a different side of Japan.

Planning a visit to Tokyo anytime soon? This fall, two exciting events are being held in Japan’s capital that encapsulate the phrase Shokuyoku-no-aki, gei- jyutu-no-aki: “Fall is for food, fall is for art.” This season of cooler temperatures, bountiful harvests and heading back to school is a great time to dig into some hearty comfort food and some fascinating brain food.

Tokyo is renowned for its temples and technology, but there’s more to the city than meets the eye. Add something unexpected to your Tokyo visit by dropping by one of these events.

Design Ah! Exhibition

Developed from a TV program of the same name, the Design Ah! Exhibition is an interactive experience that helps visitors think differently about everyday problems and foster a “design mind.” With innovative installations featuring video clips, music and other interactive media, this exhibition invites you to delve deeply into the objects that surround us. How were they built, and what problems do they solve?

At the Design Ah! Exhibition, you’ll learn how to “look, think and create” with a design mind—and get into the creative mindset needed to build the solutions of the future.


Tokyo Ramen Show

Grab a bowl at the largest outdoor ramen event in Japan! Ramen is a staple Japanese dish, but it’s by no means predictable: all across the country you can find endless regional variations using each area’s local ingredients. With chefs from near and far bringing their ramen recipes—both stead-fastly traditional and unexpectedly revamped—to Tokyo for the event, the Tokyo Ramen Show is your best chance to take a whirlwind ramen tour of the country, all in one place.

This year, the Tokyo Ramen Show is celebrating its 10th anniversary. With a decade of ramen experimentation on record, this year’s show is sure to be more delicious than ever.

Design Ah! Exhibition: Until Oct. 18 or
Tokyo Ramen Show: Oct. 25–Nov. 4