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May 2017 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

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 Taico Club and 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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Thai Festival

One of the largest of Yoyogi Park's many ethnic celebrations, the Thai Festival always seems to take place in perfect weather. Join the crowds under the dazzling May sun, fill up on Thai delicacies, browse stalls selling everything from handicrafts to Singha beer...

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Yoyogi Park , Harajuku Saturday May 13 2017 - Sunday May 14 2017
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Midtown Open the Park

Tokyo Midtown's annual serving of outdoor fun for Golden Week centres on the complex's spacious lawn, where yoga classes vie for space with a highball-focused pop-up bar and massive koinobori decorations for Children's Day. The free yoga sessions will be led by the pioneering Ken Harakuma along with fellow celeb yogi Fuyuko Kurihara...

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Tokyo Midtown , Roppongi Friday April 21 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017
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Saul Leiter Retrospective

It seems an irony that Saul Leiter (1923-2013) always considered himself more a painter than a photographer. Firstly, because it was the latter that made his name. Secondly, because he wasn't really that good at the former. Leiter moved to New York in the 1940s, soaked up the abstract expressionist scene, and occasionally showed his...

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Bunkamura The Museum , Shibuya Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017
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