Things to Do

Your comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Tokyo

Public cats of Tokyo: Musubi, Kunitachi
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Public cats of Tokyo: Musubi, Kunitachi

Meet the moustachioed Toto, here to assist with decorating your living room

Five great picnic spots in Tokyo
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Five great picnic spots in Tokyo

Take advantage of the warmer weather and head outdoors with our pick of the city’s finest parks, plus some filling for your picnic basket

Nishi-Ogikubo area guide
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Nishi-Ogikubo area guide

Our top picks of eats, shops and bars in down-to-earth yet eccentric Nishi-Ogi

30 essential things to do in Tokyo
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30 essential things to do in Tokyo

Unmissable city activities, from the best sights and shopping spots to geeky and artsy fun

The best upcoming events in Tokyo

Ueno Toshogu Spring Peony Festival
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Ueno Toshogu Spring Peony Festival

Opened in 1980 to commemorate then-friendly diplomatic relations between Japan and China, the peony garden at Ueno's Toshogu Shrine is home to flowers from both of those countries, in addition to imports from the US and France, for a total of 110 varieties. This month-long spring festival is held to celebrate their bloom and is always teeming with visitors – last year's opening of a new Japanese garden on the premises has only added to its popularity.

Kurayami Matsuri
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Kurayami Matsuri

The ancient Okunitama Shrine out in Fuchu is said to have been founded in the year 111, and the annual Kurayami Matsuri is its most notable event. Translating as 'darkness festival', the festivities go on for a week, with float parades, performances and plenty of family-friendly fun taking place on each day from April 30. The highlight comes on the evening of May 5, when eight mikoshi shrines are carried through the grounds to the beat of huge taiko drums, followed by a spectacular yabusame (horseback archery) demonstration.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival
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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Great views of majestic Mount Fuji and seemingly endless fields of shibazakura ('pink moss') – it's no wonder that this annual spring festival out at Lake Motosu in Yamanashi attracts hordes of Tokyoites over Golden Week. In addition to strolling around the immense flowery growth, you can buy your own shibazakura pot to take home or bite into a wide range of local delicacies. The food stall selection has been further expanded for this year, with festival grub from all over the region available throughout the event period.

Kanda Matsuri
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Kanda Matsuri

One of Tokyo's greatest traditional festivals returns in May. The Kanda Matsuri is customarily held on odd-numbered years and consists of a week-long succession of ceremonial rituals and parades, centring around Kanda Shrine. The highlights are on May 13, when hundreds of people parade through Kanda and the surrounding area, bearing mikoshi (portable shrines) and accompanied by Shinto priests on horseback; and on May 12, when the locals take to the streets with nearly a hundred portable shrines of their own.

Ebisu Urban Garden Festival
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Ebisu Urban Garden Festival

Unleash your inner gardener or just sit down for some coffee and a scone under the flowers at Ebisu's Garden Place, where this plant-focused celebration takes over for Golden Week. In addition to a plentiful selection of food trucks, all of which will be peddling treats between 11am and 8pm daily, you can look forward to a wide range of sustainability- and gardening-themed workshops, including a multi-day demonstration of how to build a solar-powered 'urban cabin' out of natural and recycled materials. 

That's What She Said!
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That's What She Said!

An all-woman run, English-language stand-up comedy night during Golden Week, and for a good cause to boot? Sure sounds good to us – in addition to performances by some of the city's top female comedians, That's What She Said! includes a charity auction, the proceeds of which go to a domestic violence shelter support fund run by the Zenkoku Josei Shelter Network NPO. It's the first event of its kind at Shimokita's Good Heavens, which hosts a wide range of shows in English every month, and could even be the first of its kind in all of Japan. Head over on Friday night for laughs, drinks and the opportunity to support a very worthy cause.

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The best things to do in Tokyo

Secret Tokyo
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Secret Tokyo

Think you know Tokyo? Think again – explore 50 hidden bars, shops, parks and more

Things to do on a rainy day
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Things to do on a rainy day

Bad weather means a good day at the capital's best museums, cinemas and indoor attractions

The top 10 animal cafés in Tokyo
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The top 10 animal cafés in Tokyo

Because sometimes you just need a furry friend

Best bath houses
Health and beauty

Best bath houses

Healing a tired body and mind in hot water

Sports & Fitness

Take me out to the yakyu
Sport and fitness

Take me out to the yakyu

No matter how you spin it, baseball is thriving in Japan. Here’s our guide to catching a ball game in Tokyo

Karate chops at the Houkukan Dojo
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Karate chops at the Houkukan Dojo

We meet karate master Kunio Kobayashi

Where to rent or buy a bicycle in Tokyo
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Where to rent or buy a bicycle in Tokyo

Explore the city on wheels

Best bouldering gyms
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Best bouldering gyms

Hone your climbing skills at Tokyo's top walls

Tokyo attractions

Tokyo City View
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Tokyo City View

The best view in town, from the 52nd floor at Roppongi Hills

Tokyo Sea Life Park
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Tokyo Sea Life Park

Watch the giant tuna swim by out east

Toshimaen
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Toshimaen

Rides, pools and a full-scale bath theme park

Robot Restaurant
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Robot Restaurant

Bikini-clad babes battle with giant ’borgs in this bizarre stage show

Inokashira Park
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Inokashira Park

A zoo, a pond with rental boats, and the Ghibli Museum

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Hanazono Jinja
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Hanazono Jinja

An ancient shrine in the heart of the city

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