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Outdoor Tokyo

Open-air restaurants, art, swimming, festivals and more – it's the best of outdoor Tokyo, just in time for summer

Don't miss out – soak up the sun outdoors in Tokyo

On a sunny summer day, Tokyo can be absolutely amazing – especially if the weather isn't mind-numbingly hot and humid and you know where to go to avoid the suffocating crowds. Terrace bars and restaurants show their best sides, the public pools are open, the beer gardens are buzzing and the parks are full of happy Tokyoites riding their bicycles, having a picnic or just hanging out.

In short, outdoor Tokyo is the best part of Tokyo. So whether you want to see some open-air art, dig for finds at a flea market, pamper yourself at a hotel pool or just escape to a beach near the city, it’s all in our guide to Tokyo’s great outdoors.

Tokyo's best outdoor activities

Summer festivals
Things to do

Summer festivals

Where to get into the spirit of the sweaty season

Firework festivals
Things to do

Firework festivals

Explosions of colour light up the summer sky – find the best hanabi party with our complete guide

The best Tokyo public pools
Things to do

The best Tokyo public pools

Jump into these cool and cheap municipal pools open to all comers

The best hotel pools in Tokyo
Things to do

The best hotel pools in Tokyo

Take an extra-fancy staycation at these city hotels

Tokyo’s best beer gardens
Bars and pubs

Tokyo’s best beer gardens

Find your favourite and sip under the sun

Tokyo’s best open-air restaurants and bars
Restaurants

Tokyo’s best open-air restaurants and bars

Plum terrace, waterfront perch or rooftop bar? Tokyo has it all right here

Japan summer music festival guide
Music

Japan summer music festival guide

Where to rock, pop, dance and fall in love this summer

Tokyo's best outdoor art
Art

Tokyo's best outdoor art

Take a tour of these alfresco masterpieces

Great Tokyo walks
Things to do

Great Tokyo walks

Explore the city with our walking guides featuring the best places to eat, drink, shop and see art

The best Tokyo parks
Things to do

The best Tokyo parks

Escape the concrete and relax in some of Tokyo’s greatest green spaces

Tokyo's best markets
Shopping

Tokyo's best markets

Pick up a few choice bargains, hunt for prized antiques, and taste organic farmers’ produce

The best food trucks in Tokyo
Restaurants

The best food trucks in Tokyo

Where to get your meals on wheels

Where to rent or buy a bicycle in Tokyo
Things to do

Where to rent or buy a bicycle in Tokyo

Explore the city on wheels

Four best beaches near Tokyo
Things to do

Four best beaches near Tokyo

Plus bentos for the train journey and B&Bs for overnight stays

Find more great things to do in Tokyo

65 things to do in Asakusa
Things to do

65 things to do in Asakusa

There's more to Asakusa than Sensoji and the Skytree

101 things to do in Shibuya
Things to do

101 things to do in Shibuya

The best places to eat, shop and play in Tokyo’s buzziest neighbourhood

101 things to do in Ginza
Things to do

101 things to do in Ginza

Tokyo’s centre of luxury can be a little intimidating – not so with our behind-the-scenes guide

101 things to do in Roppongi
Things to do

101 things to do in Roppongi

Where to eat, shop and play in ‘High Touch Town’

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