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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


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 Until Sunday June 25 2017

GA Houses Project

Global Architecture’s GA Gallery shines the spotlight on the magazine's ongoing Houses project, featuring around 50 residential projects from all over the world. Presented through blueprints, models, video and more, the selection includes work from Tokyo Olympic Stadium designer Kengo Kuma...

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GA Gallery , Sendagaya Until Sunday June 4 2017