August 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your August in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including summer festivals, fireworks, gigs and dance parties

Asakusa Samba Carnival | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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August in Tokyo is usually when the summer heat hits its peak, resulting in plenty of sweaty messes on the trains, peak electricity usage and incessant dehydration warnings. However, August is also the month for some of the city's best summer festivals, firework shows and outdoor drinking events, not to mention the Obon holidays and after-dark activities on water. Find the right beer garden, hit a public pool or head out to Chiba for Summer Sonic – our guide to all the best events in Tokyo this August helps you avoid FOMO for good.

Our August highlights

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Hagoromo Nebuta Festival
Photo: hagoromonebuta55.sakura.ne.jp
Things to do, Festivals

Hagoromo Nebuta Festival

icon-location-pin Higashi-Tachikawa Shotengai, Tachikawa
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The annual Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, with its massive papier-mâché floats and hordes of haneto dancers, counts among the most popular of Japan’s many traditional festivals. If you can’t make it up to Aomori in August, check out this smaller but wonderfully local version in the Tokyo suburb of Tachikawa...

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Koenji Awa-Odori
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Koenji Awa-Odori

icon-location-pin Central Koenji, Koenji
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Around 10,000 dancers pile out on to the streets of Koenji over the two days of the annual Awa-Odori, undoubtedly one of Tokyo's most energetic festivals – and one with crowds to match...

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Pikachu Outbreak Yokohama
Things to do, Festivals

Pikachu Outbreak

icon-location-pin Rinko Park, Minato Mirai
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This summer, 2,000 chubby yellow Pokémon will take over Yokohama’s streets for the sixth annual Pikachu Outbreak festival. This year's outdoor performances will take place mostly during the evenings and Pokémaniacs can look forward to shows with the latest in digital effects...

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原宿表参道元氣祭スーパーよさこい
Things to do

Harajuku-Omotesando Super Yosakoi

icon-location-pin Meiji Shrine & Inner Garden, Harajuku
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Late August is always a good time for dancing in the streets, with many major festivals kicking off. The original yosakoi dance started life in Kochi in 1954, where it was intended to help revitalise the struggling post-war economy, and Tokyo's own Super Yosakoi festival has been going for over a decade now...

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Summer Sonic 2018
Music, Music festivals

Summer Sonic

icon-location-pin Makuhari Messe, Makuhari
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[Update, Feb 28] Weezer, Zedd and Chvrches will also be headlining. Also added to the roster: Bananarama, Foals, Superorganism, Robert Glasper (Tokyo show only), Snow Patrol, The 1975, Bjorn Again (Abba parody band), and plenty more...

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川越氷川神社 縁むすび風鈴
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Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Wind Chime Festival

icon-location-pin Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Saitama
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Known as a 'love shrine', Kawagoe Hikawa out in Saitama attracts plenty of fed-up singles looking for help in finding the partner of their dreams. This relatively new summer festival is another chance to do just that, as the hot summer night atmosphere and pretty light-ups ensure that love will be in the air...

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Pool Wai

icon-location-pin Yomiuri Land, Tama area
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The much-loved waterpark at Yomiuriland amusement park is making a comeback this summer. Five pools plus three slides will be available for splashers of all sizes, including a huge ‘thriller’ slide, a shallow pool for children and a wave-pool resembling a beach...

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ANA IC MUMM
Things to do

Garden Pool #MummBeachClub

icon-location-pin ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Roppongi
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Bask in the balmy weather at ANA InterContinental Hotel’s outdoor pool, which is getting a bubbly makeover this summer in collaboration with Maison Mumm. Expect the pool area to be decked out with gigantic Mumm balloons and sun loungers, plus servings of the new fruity Mumm Grand Cordon Rose pink champagne...

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CITY LIGHT FANTASIA BY NAKED
Things to do

City Light Fantasia by Naked – New World

icon-location-pin Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai
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City Light Fantasia is a popular annual event at the top of Landmark Tower in Yokohama. Produced by the multimedia creators at Naked Inc, the event combines Yokohama nightscapes with digital projections to give those views a whole new perspective. The 6th edition of the event this year will see the Yokohama skyline set against a projection of a future city to create a ‘New World’...

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船上盆踊り
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Samurai Cruises Tokyo Bay: Bon Odori on the Ship

icon-location-pin Gozabune Atakemaru, Takeshiba
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Bon Odori is a traditional dance performed during the Buddhist festival of Obon. After the beloved dance flourished for five centuries on land, it is now moving to a stage on the sea. And the Anzaimaru, a giant ship from the Edo era, makes for a fitting stage. For a limited half-year period from April 26, you can partake in the Bon Odori festival, complete with food and drinks provided by the company behind some of Tokyo’s most popular beer gardens...

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