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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Things to do

Fuurin Matsuri

icon-location-pin Nishiarai Daishi, Adachi
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Find a pretty wind bell made of glass (fuurin) at this annual festival taking place at Adachi's Nishiarai Daishi temple. Craftspeople from all over the country will be peddling their wares, exhibiting a staggering variety of colours, shapes and sounds. As well as shopping for wind bells, you can also join a wind-bell painting workshop and watch live performances...

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Things to do

Ebi Summer – Ebisu Circuit Festival Summer

icon-location-pin Batica, Ebisu
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Enjoy music performances paired with creative kakigori (shaved ice with syrup) at this summer festival in Ebisu, happening across six venues including restaurants, live houses and bars. You can visit all six locations with a single ticket and move to the beats produced by DJ Shin, DJ Komori and others...

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Kaws:Holiday Japan
Photo: @nk7
Art, Installation

Kaws:Holiday Japan

icon-location-pin Fumotoppara Camping Ground,
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Kaws:Holiday has finally touched down in Japan with a week-long exhibition taking place near Mt Fuji. American artist Kaws, also known as Brian Donnelly, has teamed up with longtime collaborator AllRightsReserved for a 40m-long installation depicting the artists' signature character Companion...

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Things to do

Olive Japan

icon-location-pin Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, Ikebukuro
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Sample more than 180 award-winning extra-virgin olive oils from around the world at this special event dedicated to one of the world's most celebrated condiments. The on-site tasting bar provides a selection of recommended olive oils free for anyone to taste, while seminars and talk shows inform about the Italian hit export...

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Shopping

Washi Tape Jamboree

icon-location-pin Keio Seiseki Sakuragaoka Shopping Center, Tama
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Usually made from washi paper, Japanese masking tape is a popular stationery item often used for decorating. At this jamboree, there’ll be a total of over 1,000 different kinds of washi tapes with varying colors and patterns that you won’t find in your local stationery shops. Limited-edition items will be available here as well as prototypes that haven’t been officially released yet...

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Nightlife, Daytime parties

Good Music Party

icon-location-pin Saru Island, Yokosuka
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The annual Tropical Disco event is back this year, but with a new name: Good Music Party. The ten-day soiree, stretched over a few weekends from July to September, takes place on the desert island Sarushima, close to Yokosuka in the neighbouring prefecture Kanagawa. The opening day (July 13) will feature the star DJ of San Francisco's house scene Mark Farina, followed by Japanese artists including DJ Koco aka Shimokita and Disk Nagataki...

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Eifman Ballet
Photo: Souheil Michael Khoury
Dance

Eifman Ballet: Rodin, Her Eternal Idol

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This dramatic performance was inspired by the tumultuous relationship between French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. Claudel was a longtime lover and confidante of Rodin, but her daring ideas and unique talent eventually led her to become a formidable rival of his, causing a strain on the relationship...

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Eifman Ballet
Photo: Souheil Michael Khoury
Dance

Eifman Ballet: Anna Karenina

icon-location-pin Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Ueno
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Choreographer and founder of the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet, Boris Eifman brings a fresh perspective to Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’ in this riveting ballet composed by Tchaikovsky. This eminently seductive tale is about an aristocrat who is willing to sacrifice so much for love and passion that in the process she wreaks havoc on herself and those closest to her...

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Art

Photography exhibition: Yanagi-gori

icon-location-pin Shinjuku The Gallery 1+2, Shinjuku
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Photographer Noriko Yamaguchi depicts in her new exhibition the traditional craft of yanagi-gori, weaving straps of willow and bamboo into trunks or baskets. Therefore, she focuses on Japan's most well known wicker basketry artisan Takumi Terauchi, by shedding light on the craftsman's life and work, who protects the over 1,200-year long history of this classic art in Toyooka (Hyogo prefecture)...

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Screen@Shinjuku Central Park
Things to do, Film events

Screen@Shinjuku Central Park

icon-location-pin Shinjuku Central Park, Shinjuku
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Free movie nights, anyone? This year's Screen@Shinjuku Central Park will be screening four blockbusters over four consecutive days. The line up consists of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (Jul 24), ‘Men in Black’ (Jul 25), ‘Stand by Me’ (Jul 26) and 'The Greatest Showman' (Jul 27). Make sure to stock up on booze and festival fare sold at the on-site food stalls before grabbing a seat in front of the large screen...

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