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August 2017 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

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, all-night dance parties and after-dark activities on water. Find the right beer garden, hit a public pool or head out to Chiba for Summer Sonicour guide to all the best events in Tokyo this August helps you avoid FOMO for good.

Our August highlights


Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival

One of Tokyo's favourite traditional festivals, the Azabu-Juban Noryo Matsuri (noryo literally translates as 'cool of the evening') has been going on for over 50 years now. It returns for two days of dancing, performances, live music and international food...

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Azabu-Juban Shotengai , Azabu-Juban Saturday August 26 2017 - Sunday August 27 2017

Asakusa Samba Carnival

More than 20 teams of elaborately attired dancers flood the streets of Asakusa for Japan's largest samba carnival, shaking their tail feathers to the Brazilian beat as they work their way along Umamichi-dori, past the Kaminarimon and towards Tawaramachi...

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Umamichi-dori , Asakusa Saturday August 26 2017

WA! Wonder Japan Experience

Fuerza Bruta, the Argentinian performance group that is somewhat reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil, is coming to Japan for their Nippon-themed 'WA!' show. Inspired by our island nation, the group, who has captivated audiences in over 30 countries across the world, decided to combine both Japanese elements and the feeling of surprise...

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Stellar Ball , Shinagawa Until Saturday September 30 2017

MOMAT Summer Festival

Summer is a great time to visit a museum, and not only because Tokyo's art and history centres are always particularly well air-conditioned. Most museums put on special programmes throughout the steamy season, celebrating summer with everything from free guided tours to beer gardens. One of the most active merrymakers is Takebashi's National Museum of Modern Art...

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The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo , Takebashi Until Saturday September 30 2017

Koenji Awa-Odori

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. The awa-odori ('awa dance') tradition can be traced back to Tokushima in Shikoku, where the story goes that the local daimyo plied his citizens with booze to celebrate the completion...

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Central Koenji , Koenji Saturday August 26 2017 - Sunday August 27 2017

Yokohama Triennale 2017

A veteran among Japan's art festivals, the Yokohama Triennale returns for its sixth run and will again centre on the Yokohama Museum of Art and its immediate surrounds. Akiko Miki, the artistic director of the Benesse Art Site on Naoshima, will be joining the Yokohama Museum's head honchos on the festival's directorial board. With a high-flying theme ('Islands, Constellations and Galapagos') set to unite...

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Yokohama Museum of Art , Minato Mirai Until Sunday November 5 2017

Concerts in August

Sukiyaki Tokyo

Taking place in Toyama prefecture every year, Japan’s most prestigious world music festival Sukiyaki Meets the World has been going strong since 1991. This smaller-scale Tokyo version of the fest is held at Shibuya’s twin WWW venues and this year will feature appearances by Mauritanian harp player Noura Mint Seymali, dreamy indie folk artist Klô Pelgag from Québec...

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WWW , Shibuya Tuesday August 29 2017 - Wednesday August 30 2017