May 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your May in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including Golden Week fun, outdoor festivals and hot gigs

Kohgen | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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May in Tokyo is always packed with unmissable festivals, parties and other open-air fun, beginning with the latter half of the Golden Week holiday and continuing with local classics like the 700-year-old Sanja Matsuri, Tokyo Port Festival and the quirky Kurayami Matsuri out in Fuchu. May is also when beer gardens all across town open for the season, while highlights like Yokohama's Greenroom kick off the music festival season. Make sure you don't miss out with our guide to all the best events going on in Tokyo this May.

Our May highlights

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Nightlife, Nightlife venues

Open Air Tokyo

icon-location-pin Soho the Bar, Aomi
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Famed for having one of the best views of the Tokyo nightscape, SOHO in Odaiba has been the setting for films and TV shows looking to catch that perfect view. At the end of May, the rooftop bar will transform into a massive all-day open air party with Australian DJ TOURS spinning the decks...

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Roppongi Art Night
Things to do

Roppongi Art Night

icon-location-pin Roppongi Crossing, Roppongi
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The annual nocturnal celebration of all things art, Roppongi Art Night is a weekend all-nighter featuring outdoor installations, art events, live performances, cultural exhibitions and more – all taking over Roppongi from dusk until way past dawn. It's Roppongi like you've never seen it before after dark. As usual, the area's art museums and galleries will stay open until dawn – visiting Mori Museum in the middle of the night is not only a thrilling experience, but this is also the only day of the year when you can watch the sunrise and enjoy a magical morning view of Tokyo from the observatory deck...

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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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Things to do, Food and drink events

Hibiya Oktoberfest 2019

icon-location-pin Hibiya Park, Hibiya
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Fun fact: Oktoberfest in Tokyo isn’t really confined to the festival’s namesake month but rather, a common occurrence in summer. After Odaiba and Nakano, the third Bavarian beer fest of the year takes place in Hibiya Park and features the familiar sausages, oom-pah music and quality German beer served in hefty glass tankards...

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One Love, Wine Love
Things to do

One Love, Wine Love

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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The title of this twice-yearly wine festival plays on the lyrics of a classic Bob Marley tune and keeps to the same sentiment: ‘Let’s get together and feel alright.’ And with over 180 wines on offer from Japan and around the world – coupled with live music and outdoor food vendors at the UNU Farmers Market...

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Art, Live art

Art Battle Tokyo

icon-location-pin Warehouse Terrada, Tennozu
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Originally started in New York, the Art Battle series has now spread to over 50 cities worldwide. The concept is pretty much as the name suggests: a group of artists take to the stage and battle it out on the canvas...

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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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Corey Fuller + Break Ensemble with Special Guest
Music

Corey Fuller + Break Ensemble with Special Guest

icon-location-pin WWW, Shibuya
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Corey Fuller’s music is eclectic and refuses to be pigeon-holed into a specific genre. While his piano tunes are slow and gradual, Fuller incorporates different sounds including recordings, electronics and instruments for a layered effect...

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Kelsey Lu
Music

Kelsey Lu

icon-location-pin WWW X, Shibuya
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The North Carolina-born singer-songwriter was widely praised for her debut album: ‘Blood’ defied all genres, combining electronic music with pop, blues and even classical. The trained cellist’s work was hailed as imaginative, meditative and utterly beautiful...

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船上盆踊り
Things to do

Samurai Cruises Tokyo Bay: Bon Odori on the Ship

icon-location-pin Gozabune Atakemaru, Takeshiba
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Bon Odori is a traditional dance performed during the Buddhist festival of Obon. After the beloved dance flourished for five centuries on land, it is now moving to a stage on the sea. And the Anzaimaru, a giant ship from the Edo era, makes for a fitting stage. For a limited half-year period from April 26, you can partake in the Bon Odori festival, complete with food and drinks provided by the company behind some of Tokyo’s most popular beer gardens...

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CITY LIGHT FANTASIA BY NAKED
Things to do

City Light Fantasia by Naked – New World

icon-location-pin Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai
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City Light Fantasia is a popular annual event at the top of Landmark Tower in Yokohama. Produced by the multimedia creators at Naked Inc, the event combines Yokohama nightscapes with digital projections to give those views a whole new perspective. The 6th edition of the event this year will see the Yokohama skyline set against a projection of a future city to create a ‘New World’...

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女・おんな・オンナ~浮世絵にみるおんなのくらし
Art

Life of Japanese Women in Ukiyo-e

icon-location-pin Shoto Museum of Art, Shinsen
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Public life in Edo-era Japan was dominated by men, but that does not mean women did not have their vibrant lives recorded. One such mediums used to record female lives was the woodblock art of ukiyo-e. The Shoto Museum of Art in Shibuya is bringing together some of the best works from Edo’s ukiyo-e masters to showcase the lives of women back in the day...

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Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones Exhibition
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Things to do

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Exhibition

icon-location-pin TOC Gotanda Messe, Gotanda
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After mesmerising the world with their music for over 50 years, the Rolling Stones reflect their history with a global tour of the band’s signature, historical items. Some 500 pieces of artifacts, curated by the band members themselves, arrive in Tokyo after showings in New York, Chicago and Sydney...

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Greenroom Festival
Music, Music festivals

Greenroom Festival

icon-location-pin Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai
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The concept behind the Greenroom Festival down at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is 'Save the Beach, Save the Ocean'. The outdoor party celebrates beach and surf culture, but with an emphasis on protecting the ever-shrinking number of usable domestic beaches in Japan. Performances span the gamut from live music to art gallery exhibitions to video screenings and more. You can even join a yoga class out on the lawn...

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富士芝さくら祭
Things to do

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

icon-location-pin Fuji Motosuko Resort,
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Great views of majestic Mount Fuji and seemingly endless fields of shibazakura ('pink moss') – it's no wonder that this annual spring festival out at Lake Motosu in Yamanashi attracts hordes of Tokyoites over Golden Week. In addition to strolling around the immense flowery growth, you can buy your own shibazakura pot to take home or bite into a wide range of local delicacies...

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Laos Festival | Time Out Tokyo
Things to do

Laos Festival

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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The Laos Festival used to be one of the less popular of Yoyogi Park's many colourful celebrations taking place during spring and summer, but it's certainly grown in popularity in recent years. Still, the relative lack of crowds (especially compared to the Thai festival), the relaxed atmosphere and an attractive array of food stands and handicraft stalls make it one of the more pleasant ones...

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FLOWER AQUARIUM
Things to do

Flower Aquarium directed by Naked – Brand New Sea

icon-location-pin Aqua Park Shinagawa, Shinagawa
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Aqua Park Shinagawa is hosting a brand-new event to prove that it is more than just an aquarium. With this collaboration, its daily performances will be enhanced with specal effects, music and art. Featuring brand-new fountains, digital projections and collaborations with J-pop group ‘Little Glee Monster’ and the multimedia creators at Naked Inc...

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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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新宿ビアガーデン LAND Meat Center
新宿ビアガーデン LAND Meat Center
Things to do

Shinjuku Beer Garden Land Meat Centre

icon-location-pin Lumine Shinjuku 1, Shinjuku
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What’s better than having a frosty pint at the biggest rooftop watering hole in Shinjuku? Having freshly grilled meat to go with the icy cold pint, of course. Located on top of the Lumine department store, Shinjuku Beer Garden is hosting an outdoor barbecue in a lush green space that feels removed from its concrete jungle surroundings...

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