February 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your February in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including Valentine's Day fun, festivals, concerts and art exhibits
Plum-viewing in Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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February in Tokyo is when the chilly grip of winter finally loosens and the first signs of spring – most notably, plum (ume) flowers bursting into bloom – can be seen all over the city. The month also features a number of big-time events, from Setsubun celebrations and the Tokyo Marathon to Lunar New Year festivities, not to mention Valentine's Day and all the chocolatey commotion surrounding it. Make the most of the month with our guide to the top events going on in Tokyo this February.

Our February highlights

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Chinese Spring Festival (Lunar New Year)
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Chinese Spring Festival (Lunar New Year)

icon-location-pin Yokohama Chinatown, Chinatown
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While it's fun to visit whatever the season, Yokohama's Chinatown district is never livelier than during its New Year festival. The two weeks of festivities are stacked with events, including a countdown party on the night of February 4, traditional lion dance performances and music in Yamashitacho Park (February 9, 10, 11 & 17), a parade of traditional costumes on the afternoon of February 16, and a spectacular Lantern Festival on February 19 from 5.30pm (around Masobyo Temple)...

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The Peninsula Tokyo Chinese New Year
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The Peninsula Tokyo Lunar New Year Celebration

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The Peninsula Tokyo celebrates the year of the pig with special menus and a programme of traditional Chinese performances. Over the festive days in mid-February, Hei Fung Terrace, the hotel’s signature Cantonese restaurant, will offer a six-course lunch menu and eight-course dinner deal prepared by Executive Chinese Chef Ryu Osaki. Also taking place at Hei Fung Terrace – as well as at the hotel's lobby – will be Chinese lion dances...

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Beton party feat. Maëlstrom
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Beton party feat. Maëlstrom

icon-location-pin Contact, Shibuya
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The new event series 'Beton' aims to bring together the most innovative techno artists on the scene today – both domestic and international. The event's organisers are promising sounds that are everything from 'hypnotic' to 'uncompromising' to 'calculating'. One thing that's certain is they've lined up some top-notch talent for the series debut, including an exciting newcomer on the French techno scene: Maëlstrom...

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Techno Circus
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Techno Circus

icon-location-pin Shinjuku Kadoza, Shinjuku
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The golden buzzer act from ‘America’s Got Talent’ season 10 is putting on a circus this winter – think Cirque du Soleil but with break-dancing and high-tech projection mapping. The energetic non-verbal performance blends mime, visual effects and a techno soundtrack for a bizarre but weirdly riveting experience...

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Super Skytree Disco
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Nightlife, Clubs

Super Skytree Disco

icon-location-pin Tokyo Sky Tree, Oshiage
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For once a week until March 1, Tokyo Skytree is transforming into a disco when the sun goes down. That's right: every Friday night, the disco ball comes up at the 350m-high Tembo deck. This could just be the most scenic party in town as the venue looks out to a gorgeous view of Tokyo city...

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Bunkyo Ume Matsuri

icon-location-pin Yushima Tenjin, Yushima
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A popular place for plum blossom-watchers since the olden days, Yushima Tenmangu shrine still draws big crowds every year. The plum blossoms might get less hype than the cherry blossoms that follow, but they still make for some gorgeous late-winter scenery. The shrine’s Ume Matsuri complements the blossom-viewing with music performances and tea ceremonies.

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Roland
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RoLand

icon-location-pin Ikebukuro Parco Museum, Ikebukuro
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Host clubs, where female patrons pay for the attention and company of suave, stylishly dressed male hosts, are common in Tokyo. In Kabukicho, the famed entertainment district in Tokyo, blonde-haired Roland is the star host of the ‘hood, and he is putting on an exhibition about, well, himself...

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Genki Hatsuratsu! no Yu
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Shibuya Station’s Footbath ‘Genki Hatsuratsu! no Yu’

icon-location-pin Shibuya Station, Shibuya
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Free foot bath in Shibuya Station? We're there – and we have to admit, this is one clever and unique marketing idea for Oranamin C, one of Japan's most popular vitamin drink. The next time you're travelling on the Yamanote line towards Ebisu Station (on weekends and holidays), don't forget to pop into the event space located right on the platform and relax your tired feet in the one of the two foot baths...

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Hello Kitty
Photo: 1976, 1999,2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G593641
Things to do, Food and drink events

Egg & Spuma x Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary Café

icon-location-pin Lumine Est, Shinjuku
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Located in Shinjuku's Lumine Est on the eighth floor, omelette specialist Egg & Spuma teams up with Japan’s most famous girl-cat Hello Kitty, to celebrate the character's 45th birthday. On until the end of March, both young and old Hello Kitty fans can enjoy an adorably designed menu featuring fluffy soufflé pancakes...

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日本を変えた千の技術博
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A Thousand Wonders of Japanese Technology

icon-location-pin National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno
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Fans of history and technology can now dive deep into Japan's past at the National Museum of Nature and Science's new exhibition ‘A Thousand Wonders of Japanese Technology – A Brief 150-Year History of Japanese Modernization’...

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Dance

Yokohama Dance Collection 2019

icon-location-pin Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai
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Yokohama’s annual celebration of the art of dance showcases an impressive lineup of choreographers and performers. The event is split into five sections over 15 days, two of which are competitions. The first competition will see performers integrating dance and film, while the second highlights promising artists aged 25 and under.

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Lantern Festival
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Chinese Lantern Festival

icon-location-pin Yamashita Koen, Yokohama
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Chinese New Year kicks off this year on February 5, with the 15 days of celebration that follow referred to as the Spring Festival. Barring hopping on a plane to China, Yokohama’s Chinatown is easily the best place to celebrate. The Lantern Festival marks the final day of the Spring Festival, with strings of paper lanterns decking the streets, upon which messages of hopes and dreams for the new year are written.

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Stella by Starlight
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Stella by Starlight

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Village, Yoyogi
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Yoyogi Village is well known as a cosy hangout spot but its recent makeover has further elevated its popularity. ‘Plant hunter’ Seijun Nishihata has turned this area into a sparkling ‘Tunnel of Lights’ featuring more than 120 different types of plants decorated with 10,000 LED lights, making it a romantic dinner location for your Valentine's date...

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Jesus Rafael Soto Espace Louis Vuitton
Jesus Rafael Soto, Pénétrable BBL Bleu (1999, ed. Avila 2007). © Adagp, Paris 2018
Art

Jesús Rafael Soto: Pénétrable BBL Bleu

icon-location-pin Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Omotesando
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Head to Espace Louis Vuitton for their latest exhibition featuring work by the late Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto. This installation is quite unique as it encourages guests to interact with it by walking through the space and immersing themselves in both kinetic and optical ways. 

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Finnish sauna
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Corona Winter Sauna

icon-location-pin Shimokitazawa Cage, Shimokitazawa
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This winter, Shimokitazawa Cage is partnering with Corona to recreate a Finnish bathing experience right here in Tokyo's bohemian hub. To the uninitiated, Shimokitazawa Cage is an outdoor space under the train tracks, which hosts a rotating series of events including flea markets, music performances etc. However, this could just be the Cage’s most ambitious set-up yet. From January 19 to March 17, the space will host a Finnish sauna tent plus two cold baths; yes, you read that right – COLD baths in winter. As per Finnish bathing tradition...

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Grand Hyatt Tokyo Masquerade Party
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Grand Hyatt Tokyo Masquerade Party

icon-location-pin The French Kitchen, Roppongi
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Get ready for an evening of mystery and intrigue at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s first-ever masquerade party inspired by the annual Carnival which takes place in Venice, Italy every February. Hosted at The French Kitchen restaurant and bar, the event will have guests donning fancy masks throughout the night...

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Trunk Hotel x Minimal Bean to Bar Chocolate
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Trunk Kitchen × Minimal Bean to Bar Chocolate Valentine's Course

icon-location-pin Trunk Kitchen, Harajuku
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For the ultimate chocolate experience, head on over to Trunk Hotel as they team up with craft chocolate purveyors Minimal for a one-of-a-kind bean to bar chocolate dining affair. The hotel's restuarant, Trunk Kitchen is offering a special course meal just in time for Valentine's Day where each course features a touch of chocolate including the appetiser, dessert and even inside the main course...

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The Peninsula Tokyo Strawberry Afternoon Tea
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Ichigo Love Strawberry Afternoon Tea

icon-location-pin The Peninsula Tokyo, Hibiya
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There's no escaping strawberries this season, including the very berry-inspired afternoon tea at The Peninsula Tokyo where their iconic afternoon tea at The Lobby features all things ichigo. Nibble on all sorts of sweets featuring premium strawberries sourced from Murata Farm in Ibaraki prefecture...

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Sweet Joys of Amaou Strawberries
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Sweet Joys of Amaou Strawberries

icon-location-pin Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Kioicho
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The New Otani is celebrating this strawberry season with pastries, desserts plus an afternoon tea set featuring this seasonal fruit. And we're not talking about just any ordinary strawberry, as The New Otani is focusing on the luscious Hakata Amaou variety which are famed for their fragrance and sweetness....

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Strawberry Sensations: Season of Love ANA Intercontinental
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Strawberry Sensations: Season of Love

icon-location-pin ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Roppongi
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If you've ever wondered what all the hype was surrounding Japanese fruit, particularly strawberries, head over to the ANA InterContinental Tokyo for the sweetest season of all. Running for a few months and just in time for Valentine's Day, the hotel is offering three juicy strawberry-themed offerings at the hotel’s various bars and restaurants...

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