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

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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Art, Contemporary art

Shiseido Art Egg

icon-location-pin Shiseido Gallery, Ginza

Explore the works of new and upcoming local artists at ‘Shiseido Art Egg’, a free exhibition hosted by the Japanese cosmetic and skincare brand. Out of the 250-plus submissions, only three young artists – Fumi Imamura, Kiyono Kobayashi and Kaori Endo – were chosen to display their art, all of which incorporate expressions of new values and aesthetics...

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Things to do

Sports x Manga

icon-location-pin Panasonic Center Tokyo, Ariake

In preparation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Panasonic, one of the sponsors, is fueling the hype for the upcoming Games with a special exhibition, showcasing 100 works of Japanese sports manga. Look forward to famous football comic ‘Captain Tsubasa’, high school basketball story ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ and the '80s baseball-themed manga 'Touch', all displayed using the latest in Panasonic technology...

Things to do

Samurai Cruises Tokyo Bay: Bon Odori on the Ship

icon-location-pin Gozabune Atakemaru, Takeshiba

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...

Things to do, Food and drink events

Tokyo Bay Noryosen

icon-location-pin Takeshiba Ferry Terminal, Takeshiba

The capital's very own booze cruise departs from Takeshiba Terminal at 7.15pm every night between June 28 and September 23 (weather permitting), and does a lap of the bay (all the way to Haneda Airport) while serving up all-you-can-drink beer, wine and cocktails...

新宿ビアガーデン LAND Meat Center
新宿ビアガーデン LAND Meat Center
Things to do

Shinjuku Beer Garden Land Meat Centre

icon-location-pin Lumine Shinjuku 1, Shinjuku

What’s better than having a frosty pint at the biggest rooftop watering hole in Shinjuku? Having freshly grilled meat to go with the icy cold pint, of course. Located on top of the Lumine department store, Shinjuku Beer Garden is hosting an outdoor barbecue in a lush green space that feels removed from its concrete jungle surroundings...

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Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach Shinjuku

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

Summer is just around the corner but the ocean is far away from central Tokyo. For those wanting to experience the beach life without leaving the conveniences of the big city, Lumine Est is once again turning a part of Shinjuku into a beach-themed beer garden this year. The cheerful venue features bright pops of yellow and is divided into three separate areas, one each for desserts, grilled meats and imported beer...

紫裾濃威筋兜 Sujikabuto Style Helmet, With purple lacing in gradation, Edo period, 18th century

Samurai Mania!

icon-location-pin Tokyo National Museum, Ueno

In association with Tokyo National Museum This comprehensive exhibition at Tokyo National Museum focuses on one of the most celebrated Japanese icons – the samurai. There will be a variety of head to toe armour from different eras on display, some are actual specimens from the past while others are modern reproductions...

Things to do

Mammoth Exhibition

icon-location-pin Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation, Aomi

Humankind’s fascination with the mammoth is not a recent one. Our enthusiasm for the now-extinct woolly giants is on full display at the science and technology museum Miraikan in Odaiba. Along with some of the best preserved frozen specimens of the mammoth –  straight from the tundra – the exhibition will also show off the century-old ‘Mammoth Revival Project’, which seeks to recreate the creature in a modern world by leveraging their well-preserved genetic materials...

The French Kitchen French Moroccan Style Terrace Barbecue
Restaurants, Moroccan

French Moroccan Style Terrace Barbecue

icon-location-pin The French Kitchen, Roppongi

Take in the warm summer air at The French Kitchen in Grand Hyatt Tokyo as the restaurant now offers a French Moroccan-themed terrace barbecue filled with Mediterranean flavours. Dine on dishes made with the region's signature ingredients such as preserved lemon, yogurt, chermoula and saffron, which give the dishes their distinctive Moroccan flavour...

Fiesta Mexicana
Things to do

Summer Barbecue and Beer Garden Fiesta Mexicana

icon-location-pin The Oak Door, Roppongi

Dine on latin style barbeque and seafood at The Oak Door’s beer garden this summer. The restaurant is offering a range of flavours from Mexico – think tortillas, garlic shrimp in a chilli lime dressing or chicken wings. Diners can also opt for a free-flow plan with bottomless margaritas and a wide selection of other drinks. If you can’t choose between barbeque or seafood, go for the VIP plan and dine in luxury on a comfy sofa with an endless supply of their finest champagne...