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What’s Happening in November

Rugby World Cup Final
Two nations will battle for the Webb Ellis Cup at the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup finale. If you don’t have tickets but want to join in the fun, attend live viewings at the free Fan Zones at Tokyo Sports Square, Chofu Station Square, Yokohama Rinkai Park and Kumagaya City Community Plaza.
When: Nov. 2
Where: Yokohama International Stadium
www.rugbyworldcup.com

Yokonori Nippon Film Festival
Japan’s surf, skate and snow scene is celebrated at this week-long film festival dedicated to yokonori, literally translated as “riding sideways.” Showings are held in the Shonan surf town of Chigasaki. Purchase tickets online.
When: Nov. 9-15
Where: Aeon Cinema Chigasaki, Kanagawa
www.yoko-nori.jp

Sea to Summit
The last of Montbell’s outdoor series for the year concludes in Nagano and Mie. Kayak, bike and hike from the ocean or river to the top of a mountain. Participants can compete solo or as a team.
When: Nov. 9-10
Where: Kihoku, Mie
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Arashiyama Momiji Festival
Celebrate the changing autumn leaves at this annual festival in iconic Kyoto. Boats will parade on the river around Togetsu Bridge, with elaborately dressed characters on board reflecting the Heian Period nobles.
When: Nov. 10
Where: Arashiyama, Kyoto

OMM Japan
One of the toughest adventure events out there, the OMM is a mountain navigation race held in extreme environments. The OMM race is held in a different region across Japan every year.
When: Nov. 9-10
Where: Kirigamine-Kurumayama, Nagano
www.theomm.jp 

Autumn Illumination
View kouyou under the night sky at Rikugien Gardens. Built during the Edo Period, this daimyo teien belonged to a feudal lord and remains a popular destination to view the autumnal foliage.
When: Nov. 17-Dec. 9
Where: Rikugien Gardens, Tokyo

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