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

  • Restaurants

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...

  • Art
  • 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...

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  • Art
  • 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...

  • Things to do
  • Aomi

This semi-permanent exhibition at Odaiba’s Miraikan is dedicated to the sensational soundtrack of the 1988 anime ‘Akira’. The futuristic film, set in post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, is regarded as a masterpiece for its captivating plot and mesmerising animations, but it’s the film’s groundbreaking score by artist and biologist Shoji Yamashiro (real name Tsutomu Ohashi) that helped garner its cult following...

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  • Restaurants
  • Roppongi

Nothing will get you into the summer mood like this tropical-themed luau at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s The Oak Door. Enjoy live ukulele performances as you indulge in a special menu of Hawaiian favourites including fresh poké, Lau Lau pork belly, Pipikaula kalbi beef, Shingen barbecue chicken, and Lomi Lomi salmon.

If you opt for the free-flow drink option, you'll have two hours to sip on an array of colourful cocktails...

  • Things to do
  • Mejirodai

In the morning hours during spring and autumn, Japan’s more mountainous regions are renowned for their beautiful cloud formations. Thanks to Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, you don’t need to leave the capital to enjoy those spectacular misty views. You can experience the ‘Sea of Clouds’ several times a day at the hotel’s large, traditional Japanese garden, with the first show taking place from 6.30am...

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