July 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your July in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including fireworks, summer festivals, gigs and art exhibitions

Shinjuku Eisa Festival
Photo: Teratani Kouichi
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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July is when summer really hits with full force in Tokyo, with fireworks shows, bon odori celebrations and a wide range of other seasonal festivals taking place. The list of unmissable events includes the Sumida River Fireworks, Ueno's Summer Festival and the many wind bell (fuurin) fairs going on around the city, but you'll also want to attend one of Japan's many great music festivals, head out to the beach for Marine Day, and get tipsy at a beer garden. Just make sure to hydrate – the heat and humidity can be suffocating, especially later in the month. Make sure you don't miss out on anything with our guide to all the best events going on in Tokyo this July.

Our July highlights

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Fuji Rock Festival
Music, Music festivals

Fuji Rock Festival

icon-location-pin Naeba Ski Resort,
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[Update, Apr 5] The lineup and schedule have just been announced. To see who's playing, visit here.  The biggest and most beautiful of Japan’s summer music festivals, Fuji Rock once again returns to Niigata prefecture’s Naeba, welcoming a beefy lineup of both international superstars and local heroes...

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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri
Things to do

Shinjuku Eisa Festival

icon-location-pin Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku
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Eisa is a dance from Okinawa usually performed to mark the end of the Obon period (an annual Buddhist event to honour one’s ancestors). Like most things Okinawan, it's been enthusiastically embraced by the rest of the country, as demonstrated by this Shinjuku parade...

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Unko Museum
Photo: unko_museum2019/Twitter
Museums

Unko Museum

icon-location-pin Aso Building, Yokohama Station area
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Looking for a wacky thing to do outside of our 88 things to do in Tokyo list? Then head over to this temporary museum in Yokohama dedicated to poop. Yes, really. The Unko ('poop' in Japanese) Museum is open until July 15, focusing exclusively on the cute emoji in all its pastel-coloured glory...

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FLOWER AQUARIUM
Things to do

Flower Aquarium directed by Naked – Brand New Sea

icon-location-pin Aqua Park Shinagawa, Shinagawa
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Aqua Park Shinagawa is hosting a brand-new event to prove that it is more than just an aquarium. With this collaboration, its daily performances will be enhanced with specal effects, music and art. Featuring brand-new fountains, digital projections and collaborations with J-pop group ‘Little Glee Monster’ and the multimedia creators at Naked Inc...

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入谷朝顔まつり
Things to do

Iriya Asagao Matsuri (Morning Glory Festival)

icon-location-pin Iriya Kishimojin, Iriya
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It's worth getting up early for Japan's largest morning glory festival, held on July 6-8 every year in and around Iriya Kishimojin temple. Around 400,000 people head to the event each year, perusing the 60 flower booths and 80 festival stalls on display...

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PIXAR
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Museums, Film and TV

The Science Behind Pixar

icon-location-pin Tokyo City View, Roppongi
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With blockbuster hits like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Monsters Inc.’, Pixar Studios has consistently created films and characters that have become household names. You can now learn about the animation in a behind-the-scenes tour of the technology that made Pixar so successful...

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Fermentation Tourism NIPPON 〜発酵から再発見する日本の旅〜
Museums

Fermentation Tourism Nippon

icon-location-pin D47 Museum, Shibuya
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Fermentation is a process that is almost indispensable to Japanese food. Sake, miso, soy sauce and natto cannot exist without fermentation. But there are also many other fermentation techniques and practices from around the country that are little known outside their native regions...

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Fiesta Mexicana
Things to do

The Oak Door - Summer Barbecue and Beer Garden Fiesta Mexicana

icon-location-pin The Oak Door, Roppongi
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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.

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すもも祭
Things to do

Sumomo Matsuri

icon-location-pin Okunitama Shrine, Fuchu
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According to legend, the warlord Minamoto no Yoriyoshi and his son Yoshiie stopped to pray for victory in the Zenkunen War (1051-1063) at this Fuchu shrine. Their wish was eventually granted, and the Sumomo (named after the plum that Yoriyoshi is said to have offered to the gods) festival began. You'll be able to try the plums for yourself at the many food stalls set up on the grounds...

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Gustav Klimt: Vienna - Japan
Gustav Klimt 'Beethoven Frieze' (Copy in original size), 1984 (Original: 1901–02). Belvedere, Vienna. © Belvedere, Vienna. Photo: Johannes Stoll
Art

Gustav Klimt: Vienna - Japan 1900

icon-location-pin Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno
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Most people know Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), arguably Austria’smost famous painter, as the artist of ‘The Kiss’ (1907), but his oeuvres offer much more. Klimt was raised in a cultural era informed by classical traditions, but in the 1890s he turned away from the norms of historicism and aesthetical conventions in search of modernity...

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