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June 2018 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

1

Taico Club '18

Long one of Japan’s better dance festivals, this big-time outdoor bash will once again see a great many fans make the pilgrimage to the mountainside Kodama no Mori campsite in Nagano prefecture. Taico Club is within relatively easy striking distance from Tokyo, albeit more convenient by car than public transport. The first lineup announcements usually start dropping in during January and February.

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Kodama no Mori Saturday June 2 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018
2

Beer Fes Tokyo 2018

It's the highlight of the year for Tokyo's hop heads: an afternoon of hardcore tasting, with over 120 varieties of craft beer on offer and the kinds of crowds you might expect on the Yamanote line during rush hour. Once you've paid the admission price, you're free to drink all the brews you can stomach for the next three-and-a-half hours from their special 'best aroma glass', which is supposed to bring out the best in the amber liquid. Rare beers abound, with queues to match. Note that admission is limited for each session, and the event often sells out, so you might want to pick up a ticket in advance.

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Yebisu Garden Place , Ebisu Saturday June 2 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018
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3

Gorillaz

Damon Albarn and his animated band still manage to keep the crowds coming, even after a five-year hiatus. Their latest album, 'Humanz', dropped in April 2017 to high critical acclaim, and they headlined Fuji Rock in the same year. Lucky for us, they've decided to return to Japan again for a solo show as part of their world tour. Expect big, digital visuals, Albarn flitting around the stage like a man half his age, and perhaps some special guests. 

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Makuhari Messe , Makuhari Thursday June 21 2018
4

Viva! Italia vol. 4

For a light-hearted take on new Italian cinema, head to Yurakucho's Human Trust Cinema to catch this programme composed of both recent hits and critically acclaimed movies previously unreleased in Japan. Highlights should include Marco Bellochio's masterful Il Regista di Matrimoni (The Wedding Director), the thriller Notturno Bus, and the 'Italian version of Breaking Bad', Smetto Quando Voglio. For the full programme and schedule details, keep an eye on the official website.

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Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho , Yurakucho Saturday June 23 2018 - Saturday June 30 2018
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5

Zipang 2018

This annual open-air festival in Shirahama Flower Park, Chiba takes place right next to the beach and combines art with house and techno beats in a resort-like ambience. Crowd pleasers such as Gadoro and Kenta Hayashi are set to work it with their unique sounds, while the DJ line-up is headed by Zipang mainstay Nobu. It usually sells out in advance – get your tickets here before they're gone.

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Shirahama Flower Park , Chiba Saturday June 30 2018 - Sunday July 1 2018

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