February 2020 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

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

Open Space 2019
Art, Digital and interactive

Open Space 2019

NTT InterCommunication Center, Hatsudai

The Intercommunication Center has been hosting these annual, almost year-long media art exhibitions since 2006, and they are so on point that they sometimes end up eclipsing the cultural facility’s other concurrent exhibitions. The latest Open Space show, titled 'Alternative Views', takes a look at how our ideas and perceptions of the world are influenced by the alternative world views propagating through media and technology...

Dance, Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's Manon

New National Theatre, Tokyo, Hatsudai

Based on the novel ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Abbé Prévost, Manon tells the story of a fickle young woman with a taste for luxury and her hapless lover who goes to extreme lengths to please her. This bewitching ballet about the ultimate femme fatale is choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan and features a sequence of challenging lifts and movements, as is typical of MacMillan’s work...

Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, 'The Orb', 2018

Future and the Arts

Mori Art Museum, Roppongi

This major exhibition highlights past and present advances in science and technology through art. In today’s world, biotechnology is playing an increasingly big role in food, medicine and the environment, and it is not too far-fetched to say that sooner rather than later we'll leave much of our everyday decisions to artificial intelligence...

Things to do

Live in the Dark – Classic

Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo, Yurakucho

Konica Minolta Planetaria makes for a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, especially when you get to stare into space, or more specifically the ‘French night sky’, while listening to live classical music. The planetarium dome is equipped with the latest technology and a screen that stretches from floor to ceiling...

Things to do

Winter Wonderland in Moominvalley Park

Multiple venues

While the Moominvalley Park is not in Tokyo per se, it’s still worth the roughly one-hour trip from Ikebukuro Station. During the park’s winter illumination event – based on the iconic troll’s fifth book ‘Moominland Midwinter’ – you can expect a colourful and immersive spectacle complete with projection mapping, lights and sound...

Handcraft for the digital: Type of design from India

Handcraft for the digital: Type of design from India

Muji Ginza, Higashi-Ginza

Admire the shapes and designs of Indian typefaces at Muji’s flagship store in Ginza. The exhibition is curated by ‘Typecraft Initiative’, a self-funded project launched in 2011 by Indian designer Ishan Khosla, who wanted to help promote Indian tribal artists and preserve Indian craftsmanship from disappearing in the waves of rapid modernisation...

Szinyoi Mersu Pal. Lady in Violet, 1874 Hungarian National Gallery © Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest-Hungarian National Gallery, 2019

Treasures from Budapest

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT), Nogizaka

The National Art Center, Tokyo will bring European and Hungarian masterpieces amassed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and the Hungarian National Gallery to Tokyo. The exhibition is held to commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary...

Taste of Reminiscence: Delicacies of Nature
Photo: Intersect by Lexus

Taste of Reminiscence: Delicacies of Nature

Shiseido Gallery, Ginza

Ayako Suwa is a renowned food artist who uses food and flavours as her signature medium of expression. In this solo – and interactive – exhibition, Suwa aims to explore our individual and collective memory through food. As such, you can expect to taste several ‘delicacies of reminiscence’ prepared by the artist, using specific utensils that also form part of the installations...

Illumination shows in Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
Things to do

Tokyo illuminations 2019-2020

The days may be getting shorter and colder, but even so, Tokyo doesn't turn into a dark and desolate place at this less than cheery time of year. In fact, as the city transitions from autumn into winter, millions of colourful LED lights are displayed in trees as well as on and around buildings, turning Tokyo into a sparkling wonderland...

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