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The best events, festivals and things to do in Tokyo in May 2023

Plan your May in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including Golden Week activities, food festivals and exhibitions


May in Tokyo is always packed with unmissable festivals, spring flowers and exhibitions, beginning with the latter half of the Golden Week holiday and continuing through the month. As the weather starts to warm up, May is also when beer gardens all across town open for the season. Make sure you don't miss out with our guide to all the best events going on in Tokyo this May.

Looking for more Golden Week fun? Check out: 

- The best Golden Week events in Tokyo
- The best art exhibitions in Tokyo right now
- Enticing food and drink events in Tokyo
- The best day trips from Tokyo

Our May highlights

  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events

As the weather warms up, bars, hotels and even department stores in Tokyo are opening their roofs and terraces to the public – and with this, the beer garden season officially begins. As we say every year, it just wouldn't be spring and summer without an evening spent idly sipping frosty pints or cool cocktails out in the open air.

But how do you, the discerning drinker, find the most attractive deals among the myriad of beer events and festivals out there? Fret not; we’ve done the leg work for you, so go ahead and choose from our list here.

  • Art
  • Art

Get ready to experience the vibrancy and creativity of Tokyo's art scene at Roppongi Art Night. This awe-inspiring after-dark festival, now in its 12th year, will run from May 27 to 28 2023 to celebrate local and international talents. Roppongi Art Night is one of Tokyo's most eagerly anticipated festivals, as it brings together the neighbourhood's museums, galleries, shops and public spaces for a unique and extensive event that runs well into the night. 

With the theme ‘An Illustrated Book of Urban Creatures’, the festival is set to showcase a wide variety of art forms, including installations, theatre and performance art, that truly capture the diversity of Tokyo's artistic community.

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