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June 2017 events in Tokyo

Plan your June in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including early-summer festivals, food events and rainy season fun

Photo by Joyce Lam

June in Tokyo is best described as damp, as this is usually when the dreaded rainy season rolls along. Although you'll have to wait a little longer until the city's summer festivals really kick into gear, all is not lost: June is usually packed with interesting exhibitions, gigs and openings, plus seasonal favourites like Tanabata, hydrangea and rose festivals, as well as firefly-viewing events all over the city. Grab an umbrella and make sure you don't miss out with our guide to all the best events going on in Tokyo this June.

Our June highlights


Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival

Taking place in its most spectacular form only once every three years, the Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri or Lion Dance Festival at Namiyoke Inari shrine will be somewhat more subdued this year – but that's not to say it isn't worth catching. The festivities – perhaps the last of their kind before the market moves to Toyosu...

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Namiyoke Inari Shrine , Tsukiji Friday June 9 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri

June and rainy season also means it’s the season for the grey month’s most iconic flower: ajisai, the Japanese hydrangea. To see the blue beauties in bloom right here in Tokyo, head for Hakusan Shrine and its popular Ajisai Matsuri, which features up to 3,000 flowers spread out over an area...

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Hakusan Shrine , Hakusan Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017

Vietnam Festival

Held more or less every year since 2008, the Vietnam Festival returns with a programme as schizophrenic as ever: the ample quantities of bánh mì, 333 Beer and pho are complemented by a lineup of live entertainment ranging from V-pop singers to local comedians and idol groups...

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Yoyogi Park , Harajuku Saturday June 10 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Sanno Matsuri

Celebrated since the early 17th century and recognised as one of the three great festivals of Edo (along with the Kanda and Fukagawa festivals), the Sanno Matsuri marks the start of Tokyo's summer festival season. This year's edition of the biannual festival will unfortunately not feature the spectacular mikoshi...

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Hie Shrine , Tameike-Sanno Wednesday June 7 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017

Viva! Italia vol. 3

For a light-hearted take on new Italian cinema, head to Yurakucho's Human Trust Cinema to catch this six-film programme composed of both recent hits and critically acclaimed movies previously unreleased in Japan. Among the highlights should be Gennaro Nunziante's 2016 comedy...

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Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho , Yurakucho Saturday May 27 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017

Torture Garden Japan: 2017 Summer Ball

It's time to break out those latex bodysuits and whips again – Japan's best and boldest fetish party returns for its first 2017 edition. Having celebrated 15 years of pain last year, Torture Garden will be bringing an all-star cast of performers...

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Xex Nihonbashi , Nihonbashi Saturday June 10 2017

EU Film Days

Films from 25 European Union countries compose the menu at this annual screen showcase that's now returning for its 15th edition. With last year's programme having included several notable entries, we're excited to see what's in store...

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National Film Centre , Kyobashi Friday May 26 2017 - Thursday June 22 2017

Concerts in June

Body & Soul Live in Japan

Danny Krivit, François K and Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell have acquired the aura of elder statesmen on the New York club scene – hardly surprising when you consider that the former two have been rocking the Big Apple's dancefloors since the 1970s. The trio started their Body & Soul parties in 1996, holding them on Sunday afternoons at the now-defunct Vinyl club...

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Odaiba Body & Soul Venue , Aomi Sunday June 4 2017

American Football

Downstate Illinois quiet-emo pioneers American Football have only released two self-titled albums (yes, they both have the same title – good luck, record store clerks), but the group's arpeggio-heavy sound continues to strike a chord. Last year, Mike and Nate Kinsella...

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Liquidroom , Ebisu Tuesday June 6 2017 - Wednesday June 7 2017

Tokyo Sabroso feat. DJ Beto

San Francisco-based Latin-music maven Roberto Ernesto Gyemant, better known as DJ Beto, will be digging deep into his bag of funk, boogaloo, salsa, cumbia and much more at this brilliant-looking Shibuya night, organised by local 'tropical music' spinners Tokyo Sabroso...

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Lounge Neo , Shibuya Sunday June 18 2017


Make the trip out to Shirahama Flower Park, perched on the southern edge of the Boso Peninsula, for this all-night dance and art party combining house and techno with video performances, live painting, a market and much more, all right by the beach. Taking on the Master Blaster sound system...

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Shirahama Flower Park , Chiba Saturday June 24 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017