June 2019 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

Rainy day in Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
Photo by Joyce Lam
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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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

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Aloha Tokyo
Things to do, Festivals

Aloha Tokyo

icon-location-pin Yebisu Garden Place, Ebisu
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Get your tropical vibes ready to party at this year’s Aloha Tokyo Festival. Now in its 15th year, this Hawaiian festival brings together a colourful array of entertainment, food and drinks. You can expect a non-stop live entertainment program across two stages on Friday and three on Saturday and Sunday, filled with Hawaiian dance groups, pop singers, folk music, yoga classes and ukelele players...

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Theatre

Iwami Kagura Performance

icon-location-pin Theatre 1010, Harajuku
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Hailing from the gorgeous rural town of Iwami in the western part of Shimane prefecture, the Iwami Kagura dance is a traditional, mythological performance that’s the pride of the region. Every autumn, a troupe of Iwami Kagura dancers perform at various temples in the region, and many Shimane-born folks make the pilgrimage back home just to watch them...

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Things to do

Manpaku

icon-location-pin Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa
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Held at Showa Kinen Park, this massive food festival really piles it on. There are 10 different areas, including a dedicated meat section to seafood ones, with anything from juicy steaks and fresh-out-of-the-water seafood donburi to healthy salads on offer...

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大江戸 Hawaii Festival
Things to do

Oedo Hawaii Festival

icon-location-pin Belle Salle Nihonbashi, Nihonbashi
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Hula dancing meets taiko drumming at this eclectic fusion festival that celebrates both Hawaiian and Japanese culture in Nihonbashi over one weekend in early June...

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Aoyama moon romantic
Photo: Kyoko Obayashi
Music, Latin and world

Shamanz at Moon Romantic

icon-location-pin Aoyama Moon Romantic, Aoyama
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Featuring Spanish guitar, a trumpet and a stunningly seamless blend of Spanish, Japanese and English lyrics, Shamanz is one of the hottest Latin-infused Japanese rock bands out there (not that the camp is especially large). To celebrate the 'pre-release' of their latest EP, the group is taking the stage at the beautiful Moon Romantic in Aoyama...

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写真提供:台東区 鳥越祭り 鳥越神社
Things to do, Festivals

Torigoe Matsuri

icon-location-pin Torigoe Shrine, Asakusabashi
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See the huge four-ton mikoshi being shuttled through the streets near Kuramae and Asakusabashi at this traditional festival known for its intense fights that invariably break out over who gets to carry the monster. The main event is on Sunday evening, while Saturday sees local neighbourhood associations parade their own, much smaller portable shrines around the area...

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Gin Festival
Things to do, Festivals

Gin Festival

icon-location-pin Tennozu Isle, Tennozu
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Gin fan alert: you’d want to make a beeline for Tokyo’s biggest gin festival happening on the second weekend in June. With a picturesque canal-side location along Tennozu Isle, the festival offers tastings of around 200 craft gins from Japan and abroad, as well as a cocktail bar, merchandise (pick up the event’s signature tee – ‘We're all connected by Juniper’), and plenty of food to balance the drinking...

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ベトナムフェスティバル2017
Things to do

Vietnam Festival 2019

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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This year’s instalment of the popular Vietnam Festival is focussed on showcasing the Vietnam of ‘now’, with a program abundant in things to do, watch, buy eat and drink. There’ll be ample quantities of bánh mì, 333 Beer and pho; a lineup of live entertainment ranging from traditional arts to pop singers and idol groups; as well as plenty of market stalls selling colourful handicrafts and knick-knacks...

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Tokyo Roast battle
Photo: FB.com/TokyoRoastBattle
Comedy, Comedy competitions

Tokyo Roast Battle

icon-location-pin Good Heavens, Shimokitazawa
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One of Tokyo's regular English-language comedy nights, the Tokyo Roast Battle sees foreign residents and visitors alike going head-to-head in a comically ego-crushing showdown. Now in its 6th iteration, this edition will see Bobby Judo taking on Bill E. Miller as the main event, plus four 'fight card' rounds from some other local comedians...

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Photo: FB.com/SpeakeasyTYO
Nightlife

Speakeasy TYO 5 Year Anniversary

icon-location-pin Hotel Koé Tokyo, Shibuya
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Known for its underground ragers, including a collab with Netflix during the typhoon a few years back, Speakeasy TYO is celebrating its 5th anniversary in style. Held at the fashionable Hotel Koé Tokyo, the anniversary party will be going from 4pm, featuring a few special guest DJs as well as some spinning from the Speakeasy crew...

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Basement Jaxx
Music

Basement Jaxx

icon-location-pin Shibuya Stream, Shibuya
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International music festival Somewhere, a showcase of the latest global developments in house and electronic music, returns to Shibuya Stream Hall from June 5-7. This time, it’s bringing in the big guns: popular British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, who won the BRIT Award for Best Dance Act in 2002 and 2004...

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Antonio Lai Quinary Andaz Tokyo
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Guest Bartender Antonio Lai at Rooftop Bar, Andaz Tokyo

icon-location-pin Andaz Tokyo, Toranomon
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If you've been following the hype around Asia's 50 Best Bars, you'll know that the region is full of stellar bars serving up world-class cocktails. This June, Tokyo has the pleasure of welcoming one of Hong Kong's award-winning mixologists, Antonio Lai of Quinary, the bar that's in the top 10 of the aforementioned list. Antonio will be shaking up some of his special 'Multisensory Mixology' cocktail creations at Andaz Tokyo's 52nd-floor Rooptop Bar...

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International Tokyo Toy Show
Things to do

International Tokyo Toy Show

icon-location-pin Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake
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As a kid, did you ever dream of a place where you could try every imaginable new toy – for free? Well it’s about to come true. Head over to Tokyo Big Sight for Japan’s largest annual toy exhibition. This event introduces thousands of the latest kid-friendly gizmos, gadgets and games, as well as books, food, fluffy toys and phone applications, not to mention mini-rides and toy demonstrations...

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Short Shorts Film Festival
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Film

Short Shorts Film Festival

icon-location-pin Laforet Museum Harajuku, Harajuku
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One of the biggest international short film festivals in Asia returns to Tokyo in June, taking place at Omotesando Hills Space O, Laforet Museum Harajuku and Roppongi Hills Mori Tower throughout the month. More than 9,000 films from over 140 countries competed for entry into the main programme and around 250 shorts will be screened during the festival...

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ZIPANG 2018
Music, Music festivals

Zipang

icon-location-pin Shirahama Flower Park, Chiba
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This annual open-air festival in Chiba’s Shirahama Flower Park takes place right next to the beach and combines art with house and techno beats in a resort-like ambience. The live act this year is the salsa band Banderas, and rocking the DJ booths are CMT, DJ Hikaru, Keihin and many others...

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Gold Finger since 1991
LGBT

Gold Finger since 1991

icon-location-pin Gold Finger, Shinjuku-Nichome
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The femme-first lesbian party ‘Gold Finger since 1991’ is an iconic staple of Nichome nightlife and this women-only shindig is currently split over two venues on the third Saturday of every month. Kick off your evening at Bar Gold Finger with karaoke plus an all-you-can-drink plan between 6pm and 9.30pm for a flat fee of ¥2,000, then dance your way next door to Aisotope to find your Miss Right (or Miss Right-Now)...

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Detective Pikachu
Restaurants

Detective Pikachu at Pokémon Cafe

icon-location-pin Pokémon Center Tokyo DX & Pokémon Café, Nihonbashi
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If you're a Pikachu fan, you'll want to head on over to the Pokémon Cafe as they've released a menu based off the new Hollywood blockbuster, 'Detective Pikachu'. The items on the menu resemble the characters from the live-action film including a Detective Pikachu Macaroni and Cheese to a Pikachu and Psyduck combo served with waffle fries...

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Our Parks Toranomon Hills Yoga Spring
Things to do

Our Parks Toranomon Hills Yoga Spring

icon-location-pin Toranomon Hills, Toranomon
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Starting yoga can be hard, especially for people with little background knowledge on this fitness philosophy. To get more people interested in the ancient art, yoga classes are organised at the grassy central plaza of Toranomon Hills every Monday and Sunday for anyone to attend...

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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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TOKYO SKY RESORT WILD BEACH SHINJUKU
TOKYO SKY RESORT WILD BEACH SHINJUKU
Things to do

Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach Shinjuku

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Summer is just around the corner but the ocean is far away from central Tokyo. For those wanting to experience the beach life without leaving the conveniences of the big city, Lumine Est is once again turning a part of Shinjuku into a beach-themed beer garden this year...

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