Tickets for the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) are now on sale! From October 24th to November 2nd, 111 movies will be screened in nine sections. Over its ten-day period, many events are going to take place in the streets around the main venues, which are Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza, and Yurakucho. In our article, we introduce the festival’s highlights as well as sightseeing spots surrounding the venues you can’t miss!
After relocating venues, the Tokyo International Film Festival will be held for the second time this year in Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza, and Yurakucho. This year, TIFF aims to evolve further by upscaling everything! More and bigger screens, more screenings, and the long-awaited return of international guests, who couldn’t travel to Japan during the pandemic. The theme of this year’s film festival is “HIYAKU (leap)”. The program truly feels like a leap – the festival will be even hotter, deeper, and more fun!
Highlight ① Watch outstanding works from all over the world!
Films screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival are divided into 9 main sections. In the much-anticipated Competition Division, 15 films submitted from countries and regions around the world will be screened. The Tokyo Grand Prix-winning films selected by an international jury and the Audience Award-winning films will be screened again on November 2nd, the final day of the festival.
Another section is “Asian Future”, featuring movies from up-and-coming Asian directors (including Japan and the Middle East), who have directed no more than three feature-length films. The “Gala Selection” lineup consists of movies that are still before their release in Japan. If you are especially interested in Japanese works, “Japanese Animation” and “Japanese Classics” are sections you should check out!
Most screenings feature Japanese or English subtitles (depending on the movie’s original language), making it possible for all audiences to enjoy new works and classic masterpieces. Don’t miss the chance to watch masterpieces from all over the world, Japanese anime and classics on a big screen!
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022
Highlight ② The whole city turns into a huge event venue!
Free open-air cinema
At the Hibiya Cinema Festival, a so-called “Fever Screening” will be held daily, featuring an original selection of exciting movies. The lineup includes works suited for all age groups, such as “La La Land,” from classics to recent hits. Watching movies with a group of people is always fun – so watching movies open-air in the middle of the city is even more fun, right? Don’t miss this fun event!
Hibiya Cinema Festival 2022
Period: October 14th to October 23rd
For the first time in four years, the event “TASTE of TOKYO 2022” will be held for three days from October 28th to October 30th in four areas: Marunouchi, Hibiya, Yurakucho, and Toyosu.
Highlights of the event include an exhibition outside of the Tokyo International Forum (Yurakucho area) where Tokyo-produced agricultural products are displayed. You can even try to harvest some veggies yourself! In addition, kitchen cars will be all over the Marunouchi and Hibiya areas. Also, some restaurants in these areas offer special menus for a limited time.
Tokyo Taste Festa @ Gyoko-Dori Street – TASTE of TOKYO 2022
Period: October 28th to October 30th
5 Spots you should visit during the film festival chosen by our writer Marei
Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Yurakucho are areas where the Tokyo International Film Festival takes place. They offer a lot of attractions such as green parks, retro architecture, unique commercial facilities perfect for a shopping spree, terraces overlooking the city, and outdoor art galleries!
After watching the movie, be sure to stop by!
Hibiya Park & Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
Hibiya Park is Japan’s first Western-style modern park and is truly an oasis in the city. You can also relax on the “PARK VIEW GARDEN” terrace on top of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, overlooking Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace.
Retro walk from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station
There are many Western-style buildings from the Meiji to Taisho eras (around 150 years ago) when Tokyo’s urban development and modernization of Tokyo and its railroad network began. Highlights include Tokyo Station with its beautiful red bricks, a former post office turned into a commercial facility, KITTE, and unique restaurants under the elevated rail tracks.
A commercial facility under the elevated railroad viaduct with a fun lineup of shops and restaurants. The retro atmosphere is irresistible to fans of railways and architecture. Also, many exceptional stores can only be found here – a must-visit!
The 1km tree-lined Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street is not only the perfect place for window shopping but also an outdoor art gallery! The “Marunouchi Street Gallery” features modern sculptures and works by contemporary artists from all over the world.
Yurakucho micro FOOD & IDEA MARKET
“Yurakucho micro FOOD&IDEA MARKET” is an exciting space where you can eat, shop, and find great products from all over Japan. The facility will be one of the venues during the film festival.