Shinjuku Eisa Festival
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July 2021 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

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UPDATE: Many events have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if yours has been affected, please call ahead to confirm.

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. Although large events including the Sumida River Fireworks festival have been cancelled this year, we're still looking forward to the many wind bell (fuurin) fairs going on around the city and beer gardens. Plus, July is finally the start of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics so there's bound to be events to celebrate and watch the Games.

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

Akomeya Shokudo Kakigori fest
Photo: Akomeya

1. Akomeya Shokudo Kakigori fest

Restaurants Akomeya in La Kagu, Kagurazaka

This summer, Akomeya Shokudo is serving up its yearly kakigori (shaved ice dessert) summer menu. The kakigori on offer here will be more than just flavoured ice for kids – expect alcoholic options for those over 20. 

There will be four flavours available, each priced at ¥1,400, with alcoholic extras available for an additional ¥300 to spice up your experience...

Omotesando Hills Adult Kakigori Festival
Photo: Omotesando Hills

2. Omotesando Hills Adult Kakigori Festival

Restaurants Omotesando Hills, Omotesando

Summer in Japan is hot, humid and heavy. So what could be more refreshing than some wonderful kakigori shaved ice desserts? The annual Omotesando Hills Adult Kakigori Festival, which runs from June 24 to August 31, will have some unique versions of this icy treat. Don't worry about the festival's slightly odd name – it's all about showcasing grown-up versions of this classic childhood treat...

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Isamu Noguchi
Photo: Lim Chee Wah

3. Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery

Art Sculpture Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno

Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi was one of the most emblematic visionaries of his time. His abstract sculptures were heavily influenced by the work of Constantin Brancusi – an artist that Noguchi admired since the start of his career – and often made to resonate with nature. 

This exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum takes a comprehensive look at three distinct phases in Noguchi's six decade-long career...

Masaaki Kasuga Exhibition, Tokyo, 1964
Photo: Masaaki Kasuga

4. Masaaki Kasuga Exhibition, Tokyo, 1964

Museums

Nearly 60 years ago, Tokyo was getting ready to host its first Olympic Games in 1964. Just as we’ve seen in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020, preparations for the 1964 Games transformed the city forever. From June 29 to August 1, the JCII Camera Museum Photo Salon will hold an exhibition of photographer Masaaki Kasuga's works that captured the changing cityscape of Tokyo and its environs in 1964...

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Kohei Nawa
Photo: Lim Chee Wah

5. Metamorphosis Garden

Art Ginza Six, Ginza

Suspended in the atrium of Ginza Six is the department store’s latest public art installation by Kyoto-based artist Kohei Nawa. The installation features a sculpture of a deer floating above clouds, a creature that has appeared at the centre of many of Nawa’s coveted works for its symbolic ties to Shintoism and ancient Japanese history. 

There is more to the installation than meets the eye, with a corresponding app you can download to see the work come to life through your smartphone...

『ムーミン谷とアンブレラ』
『ムーミン谷とアンブレラ』

6. Moominvalley Park Umbrella Sky

Things to do Multiple venues

Rainy season is approaching, and there are 1,200 colourful umbrellas lining the 200-metre long path in Moominvalley Park, just waiting for you to walk underneath them. The stretch of colourful umbrellas creates stunning light and shadow scenes – perfect for your Instagram feed. Some of the umbrellas even come with different Moomin characters attached. The project is supervised by world-renowned textile designer Masaru Suzuki...

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Photo: Kisa Toyoshima
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

7. Fashion in Japan 1945-2020

Art The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT), Nogizaka

Centered on the evolution of Japanese fashion, this stylish exhibition spans from the years immediately following World War II until now. Through roughly 300 articles of clothing and 820 photographs that appeared in ads and magazines over the last 70 years, you'll learn about how seamstressing came to be so popular in the post-war years, as well as how contemporary styles are tied to popular trends from half a century ago...

Mori Art Museum
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8. Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World

Art Mori Art Museum, Roppongi

This exhibition shines a light on 16 female artists from 14 different countries around the world, who began their careers in the turbulent postwar years from the 1950s to 1970s, and who remain active today in 2021. The works offer a multifaceted look at the artists' last five decades of practice, through early and well-known works, as well as new pieces created for the exhibition...

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Steps Ahead
Photo: Artizon Museum

9. Steps Ahead

Art Artizon Museum, Kyobashi

This exhibition introduces the Artizon Museum’s recent acquisitions and consists of a total of 201 artworks, many of which are being exhibited for the first time. The collection covers a broad range of artistic movements, from highly prized abstract works by female artists to Australian Aboriginal art.

Highlights include Cubist paintings by Picasso, drawings by Henri Matisse and contemporary works by Shuzo Takiguchi’s experimental studio, as well as French abstract art from the post-war period...

DC展 スーパーヒーローの誕生
Photo: ©DC Comics

10. The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes

Things to do Tokyo City View, Roppongi

Finally – a dedicated DC Comics exhibition worth getting excited about. In this comprehensive exhibition at Tokyo City View, you can marvel at roughly 400 pieces of artwork, comic scripts and film props from the DC Universe. There's a lot of ground to cover with the exhibition divided into five sections, including a Batman section, Suicide Squad section, Superman section, Wonder Woman section and Justice League section...

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