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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船上盆踊り
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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
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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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TOKYO SKY RESORT WILD BEACH SHINJUKU
TOKYO SKY RESORT WILD BEACH SHINJUKU
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Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach Shinjuku

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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
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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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