April 2020 events in Tokyo

Plan your April in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including spring festivals, Golden Week fun, concerts and art exhibits

Odaiba Oktoberfest | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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UPDATE: Many events have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if yours has been affected, please call ahead to confirm.

Unless you have serious cedar pollen allergy, April is one of the nicest months in Tokyo: the weather is usually very agreeable, tasty festivals and other outdoor events abound, and there may even be a few cherry blossoms left on the trees here and there. April is also the time for highlights like Tokyo Rainbow Week, Earth Day and Zushi's Beach Film Festival, all centred around the first half of the Golden Week holiday at the end of the month. Make sure you don't miss out with our guide to the top events going on in Tokyo this April.  

Our April highlights

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Blade Runner
Photo: Blade Runner: The Final Cut © 2007 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
Music

Blade Runner in Concert

Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Shibuya

Revisit Ridley Scott’s cult classic with the accompaniment of a live music ensemble in this special screening of 'Blade Runner'. The original film, starring Harrison Ford, was released in 1982 but set in the imagined future of 2019...

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お江戸深川さくらまつり
Things to do

Oedo Fukagawa Sakura Matsuri

Monzen-nakacho Station, Monzen-Nakacho

Fukagawa’s annual sakura matsuri takes place along the Ooyokogawa river, with a seemingly neverending trail of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Out of all the sakura festivals Tokyo has to offer, this is the only place you can admire the beautiful scenery from below while cruising in Japanese-style boats. A pair of shamisen players will also be travelling onboard while performing ‘Shinnai-nagashi’, a traditional Japanese tune that will transport you back to the Edo period (1603-1868)...

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Henna Tattoo
Photo by Lanty on Unsplash
Things to do, Food and drink events

Muslim Friendly Fair

Global Ring Theatre, Ikebukuro

Although halal food is becoming more prevalent in Tokyo, options at festivals can still be scant. This spring festival sets to change that, with an abundant selection of halal-friendly food and drinks to enjoy while celebrating cherry blossom season. Expect an international, cultural atmosphere, as well as delicious food and drink.

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Art

The Tradition of Edo Creativity

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Ryogoku

At this wide-ranging exhibition, you can discover the quintessential crafts of the Edo period (1603-1868) and be introduced to the concept of monozukuri. Although literally it means 'making things', it represents a deep culture of dedication to a craft. You’ll find on display an exquisite range of works including lacquerware, ceramics, carpentry, swords, incense boxes, folding screens, scrolls and more, giving you an unrivalled view of the works, lives and minds of Edo-era artisans.

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SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION (さがみ湖イルミリオン)
Things to do

Sagamiko Illumillion

Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, Sagamiko

The risquely named Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest will be again be pulling out all the stops for its winter illumination show: the Illumillion supposedly uses the largest amount of lights in the entire Kanto region (around six million LEDs). The production has once again been renewed and features a wide range of colours, accompanying music, and light constructions that take advantage of the fountains and lush greenery of the park...

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Rikugien Cherry Blossom Light-up
Things to do

Rikugien Cherry Blossom Illumination

Rikugien, Komagome

Rikugien is often considered one of Tokyo’s most gorgeous landscape gardens, featuring a traditional Edo period (1603- 1868) aesthetic. Its huge cherry trees, especially the majestic weeping variety, along with the rest of the Japanese garden will be lit up in the evening for this annual spring special, which also sees the park staying open later than usual...

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Kuro Deko
Photo: Martin Holtkamp
Music

Kuro Deko at Commune

This isn't your regular live show: the Tokyo-based new wave band Kuro Deko are using lighting choreography, visuals and stage design alongside their post-punk music to create a feast for the eyes and ears. The show is also a launch party for their first EP 'Strobe', which adds two new songs, 'Runaway' and the synth-filled 'Skies Apart'...

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Things to do

Kotatsu Terrace

Ride, Tennozu

Warm up with a simple yose nabe (basic Japanese hot pot) while sitting at a cosy kotatsu, a low table covered with a futon blanket embedded with an electric heater. For a limited time, Ride is offering a kotatsu dining experience with a view of the Tennozu canals, featuring a special yose nabe dish which includes duck and chicken tsukune (meatball), pork slices, crab and a variety of veggies...

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Hokusai ― The Teacher-Student Showdown!
Art

Hokusai – The Teacher-Student Showdown

Sumida Hokusai Museum, Ryogoku

While Hokusai’s iconic ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) are widely recognised and celebrated around the world, less so is the work of his roughly 200 students and their satellite schools – until now. The Teacher-Student Showdown presents a selection of works by Hokusai and his students, grouped into four main themes (the human figure, landscapes, animals, and miscellaneous), which allows viewers to compare students to their teacher and reflect on the artists’ different styles and influences.

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James Bond Skyfall
Things to do, Film events

007 ‘Skyfall’ in Concert

Tokyo International Forum, Marunouchi

Think of the word ‘Skyfall’ and you can almost hear the impassioned sound of violins in Thomas Newman’s Academy Award-winning score in this thrilling installment of the James Bond franchise. Lose yourself in the soundtrack played live by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as you watch the action on the big screen at Tokyo International Forum...

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