April 2019 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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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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Midtown Blossom
Things to do

Midtown Blossom

icon-location-pin Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
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Celebrate the arrival of spring with the Midtown Blossom 2019 event at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. The centrepiece of this annual event, currently in its 12th year, will be the 200m-long cherry blossom-lined avenue through the Garden Area of Tokyo Midtown. It’s especially magical at night when it’s all lit up. You’ll want to make a beeline for the transparent tents parked under the cherry trees...

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Rikugien Cherry Blossom Light-up
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Rikugien Cherry Blossom Lightup

icon-location-pin Rikugien, Komagome
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Rikugien's annual spring celebration will be back again for 2019, which means that both the park's huge cherry trees and the rest of the beautiful Japanese garden will be lit up in the evening, creating a magical atmosphere for sakura flower viewing. The park stays open until 9pm for the duration of the event, making after-work hanami parties possible even on weekdays...

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Hibiya Festival
Things to do, Festivals

Hibiya Festival

icon-location-pin Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya
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The Hibiya area is putting together a spectacular (and free) musical theatre and opera festival, running for a few weeks around Golden Week. This year’s opening show is produced by Amon Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most acclaimed theatre talents, whose original musical ‘I Got Merman’ has won numerous awards since its debut in 2001...

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The 5.6.7.8's
Music, Punk and metal

The 5.6.7.8’s vs. Jackie & The Cedrics

icon-location-pin Shinjuku Red Cloth, Shibuya
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The punk and rock event series Back From the Grave – who proudly claim to be the 'premiere purveyor of Nipponese sleaze and raw raunchy rock' – are putting on a battle of the bands with two titans of the punk scene. On one side, the garage rock trio immortalised in 'Kill Bill: Volume 1', the 5.6.7.8's...

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Art

Tokyo Art Book Fair: Ginza Edition at Ginza Sony Park

icon-location-pin Ginza Sony Park, Ginza
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Before Art Book Fair makes a big comeback for its 10th edition in July, it's starting off with a month-long fringe event in Ginza's Sony Park, starting from March 8. While the former fair is known for bringing together publishers, artists and galleries from all around the world, this Ginza edition will connect you, the audience, directly with the exhibitors...

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Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism
Photo: Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism
Art

Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism

icon-location-pin The National Museum of Western Art, Ueno
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For its 60th birthday, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo is hosting a grand exhibition dedicated to Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known by his pseudonym Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the architect who designed this very building. Jeanneret is widely regarded as one of the three greatest masters of modern architecture, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe...

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CRAFT SAKE WEEK at ROPPONGI HILLS 2019
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Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Looking to get into sake? Join Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills and discover a whole new world of Japan's national drink. Featuring a total of 110 breweries over the entire week, each day is set to showcase a different variety of sake from these breweries...

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Music

Bone Music Exhibition

icon-location-pin Ba-Tsu Art Gallery, Harajuku
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Providing a poignant look at bootleg tunes from behind the Iron Curtain, the Bone Music Project, which held its first exhibition in London in 2014, now presents its inaugural Asian show. While all culture in the USSR was placed under the surveillance and control of the state during the Cold War, some music was banned outright – notably American jazz and rock 'n' roll, along with certain kinds of Russian music...

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Nippon Craftbeer Festival Summer in Sumida
ニッポンクラフトビアフェスティバル 夏祭り in すみだ
Things to do, Food and drink events

Nippon Craft Beer Festival in Sumida

icon-location-pin Sumida Riverside Hall, Asakusa
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Always offering a convenient way to sample a wide variety of domestic craft brews in one sitting, the Nippon Craft Beer Festival is happening again in Asakusa. More than 20 breweries, including a few guests from overseas, will be showing off over 40 kinds of beer at Sumida Riverside Hall...

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KABUKI
Art

The Lighting Art of Kabuki

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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The acclaimed kabuki company Shochiku is trying something completely new in their latest performance: an exhibition that blends kabuki with digital media. The story being performed in the exhibition is a classic kabuki play called ‘Yoshitsune Senbonzakura’ or ‘Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees'. To bring this story to life, the show is combining three elements: kabuki, hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) and music...

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