September 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your September in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including concerts, food festivals and art exhibits

By Time Out Tokyo Editors

Say goodbye to summer in style and get ready for all things autumn in Tokyo with our pick of the best events this September. From traditional moon-viewing to after-hours shopping at Fashion's Night Out and curry, Bollywood and yoga at Namaste India, September welcomes us not only with the usual typhoons and wildly changing weather, but also a real feast of great things to do. And there's still a little bit of outdoor fun to be had – plenty of beer gardens stay open until the end of the month, as do some of the city's top public pools.

Our September highlights

Mt Takao Beer Festival
Things to do

Mount Takao Beer Festival

icon-location-pin Mt Takao Beer Mount, Takaosan

On a clear night, you can gaze out across Tokyo and as far as Yokohama. Mt Takao's beer garden is located 500m above sea level, and does a good job of keeping hikers well satiated throughout the summer. The price includes an all-you-can-eat buffet of Japanese, Chinese and Western food, plus two hours of free-flowing beer, wine and cocktails. To say that this place gets crowded at weekends would be a gross understatement...

Ginza Six Rooftop Orchestra
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Things to do

Ginza Six Rooftop Orchestra ‘The Garden of Sounds’

icon-location-pin Ginza Six, Ginza

Ichiro Yamaguchi, a member of the Hokkaido-based rock band Sakanaction, has created a visual and sound installation ‘NF’ on the rooftop garden of Ginza Six. This green space features six monuments, each resembling a small orchestra and is surrounded by several light pillars. Touch the panels in front of the installations and this will emit songs playing in sync with the light sequences of the pillars...

STAR WARSTM Identities: The Exhibition
Museums, Film and TV

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

icon-location-pin Warehouse Terrada, Tennozu

After touring Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia and being viewed by over 2 million people, the X3 Productions and Lucasfilm collab exhibition is finally descending on Tokyo. This special 'Star Wars' exhibit will showcase 200 original props, costumes and artworks from the film franchise, plus tons of interactive pieces designed in consultation with neuropsychologists and psychologists...

Christian Boltanski Animitas

Christian Boltanski: Animitas II

icon-location-pin Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Omotesando

Leading French contemporary artist Christian Bolanski has worked extensively with Japanese themes in the past, expressing his artistic styles through sculpture, writing, film and photography. Always driven by themes of life, death and the aftermath of war, Boltanski has spent his career creating huge installations out of everyday items like clothing, photographs and cookie tins...

Things to do

Mammoth Exhibition

icon-location-pin Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation, Aomi

Humankind’s fascination with the mammoth is not a recent one. Our enthusiasm for the now-extinct woolly giants is on full display at the science and technology museum Miraikan in Odaiba. Along with some of the best preserved frozen specimens of the mammoth –  straight from the tundra – the exhibition will also show off the century-old ‘Mammoth Revival Project’, which seeks to recreate the creature in a modern world by leveraging their well-preserved genetic materials...

Beer gardens top
Bars and pubs

Head to one of the late summer beer gardens

As we say every year, summer just wouldn't be summer without an evening spent idly sipping frosty pints or elaborate cocktails in the open air – after all, what's the great outdoors for if not to be conquered one alcohol-packed drink deal at a time? Starting from Golden Week, city bars, department stores and hotels fling open their roofs and terraces to all of us thirsty Tokyoites, and the beer garden season starts in honest. We've prepared this extensive list for you, so go ahead, choose your favourite and grab a pint – be it in a park, high in the sky or on top of Tokyo's most famous mountain.