Don't go to Shibuya on Halloween
Halloween is getting more and more popular every year in Japan, and Shibuya is one of the places where the biggest Halloween parties in Japan are held.
Shibuya's Halloween festival attracts many people from Japan and abroad, and the streets are lively with costumes.
Ahead of Halloween on October 31st, the mayor of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward held a press conference at the Foreign Press Club on the 5th. He appealed to people at home and abroad, "Please do not come to the area around Shibuya Station for Halloween because there is a risk of crowd accidents.''
In October 2022, more than 150 people died when a crowd of people crowded together in the Itaewon district of Seoul, South Korea, caused a fall accident. Ken Hasebe, Mayor of Shibuya Ward, is concerned that if no measures are taken, "a fatal accident like the one in Itaewon could occur,'' and announced that he would take the following measures.
Next, let's learn about the Halloween festival in Shibuya with Injavi.
Shibuya Hachiko Square: Main venue
The main venue for Shibuya's Halloween festival is Shibuya Hachiko Square. Here, thousands of costumed people gather and bring the streets to life with their unique costumes. Costumes range from famous characters, horror movie characters, anime characters, and even original creations. The plaza in front of Hachiko is also known as a place to take photos and interact with other costumers.
Shibuya's Halloween festival is held not only at Hachiko Square, but also in the surrounding streets and alleys. People in costumes parade through the streets and enjoy having their cameras pointed at them. Nearby eateries and bars will also be offering Halloween-themed menus and special events for you to enjoy as part of the festival.
Police and traffic control
While the excitement of the Halloween festival is fun, it also poses security issues. In the past, festivals have caused chaos, commotion, and even confrontations with police. For this reason, police are on high alert every year on Halloween, sometimes closing some roads to avoid crowds.
Consideration for minors
Many minors also participate in Shibuya's Halloween festival. The consumption of alcohol is strictly controlled against minors, and appropriate locations and methods for enjoying costume parties are widely available.