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Five great festivals you should go to in Tokyo this weekend

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Happen to be in Tokyo this weekend? Lucky for you, there's always something going on in the capital; you can treat yourself to one of the many food and drink events or attend some of the hottest music and film festivals. If you're prone to suffering from a case of FOMO, you'll want to be out and about this weekend as there are a host of exciting festivals happening across the city. Put these top picks in your calendar now – there really is no better way to spend your weekend in Tokyo, especially since the weather has finally turned for the better. 

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrating all things Mexican, this annual two-day festival in Odaiba commemorates Mexican independence and culture with a whole lot of mariachi bands, salsa dancers, tequila bars and a good mix of Tex-Mex food stands. There will also be musical contributions from other Central and South American countries to add to the merriment. 

Kanda Matsuri

One of Tokyo's three greatest traditional festivals, Kanda Matsuri is held over two days around the Kanda Shrine and you can expect ceremonial rituals along with taiko drum and noh performances. Don't miss the weekend processions, where numerous mikoshi (portable shrines) as well as thousands of people will be parading down the streets of Tokyo. This festival is held every odd-number year – so if you missed it this year, you'll have to wait until 2021 to catch the next one. 

Aoyama Bread Festival

Go all out with carb-loading this weekend at the Aoyama Bread Festival. Held at the UNU Farmers Market, this event is dedicated to the wonderful art of bread-making – you can sample baked goods by 80-plus artisans from across the country.  

Thai Festival

Yoyogi Park is home to some of the best ethnic festivals in the capital, and this Thai Fest is no exception. Arguably one of the largest festivals to take place in the park, you can look forward to sampling all sorts of Thai delicacies along with handicrafts, live performances and traditional dancing. Don't forget to wash it all down with a Singha beer and you're good to go.  

EDC Japan

Fans of EDM will want to make a beeline for the Electronic Daisy Carnival, the international music fest that has taken the world by storm. This weekend, you can party to some of today's hottest DJs, including Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and Paul van Dyk. However, there's more to EDC than just the music – so expect mesmerising light shows, art installations and fireworks. 

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