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September 2021 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

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Note: Due to Covid-19, events in the city are limitedStay informed with the latest updates here

Say goodbye to summer in style and get ready for all things autumn in Tokyo with our pick of the best events this September. As we near the end of summer, 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

  • Things to do
  • Meguro

Hotel Gajoen, known for its halls adorned with marvelous Japanese artwork, will be hosting an art illumination exhibit until September 26. The exhibition will be installed at the hotel’s famed Hyakudan Kaidan (100-step staircase) which is a registered tangible cultural property of Tokyo. 

The theme this year is ‘light of Japan, light of the future’, featuring seven rooms with all sorts of traditional crafts including Japanese wind chimes, ceramics, gassan washi (Japanese paper), Ryukyu glass (handmade glassware from Okinawa) and much more...

  • Things to do
  • Ginza

Want to know what it takes to become a Paralympian? At this hands-on exhibition at Ginza’s Tokyu Plaza, you can learn about the different disciplines in the competition and even try a few for yourself through digital simulations that are free for everyone to experience. 

Through digital minigames like wheelchair basketball, you’ll be challenged to test your abilities by only using one or two limbs at once. At the end of the virtual tournaments, you’ll be given a diagnostic of your greatest strengths – you might even find you have a hidden talent that you didn’t know about...

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  • Art
  • Roppongi

This exhibition at the Mori Arts Centre Gallery will be the largest of its kind in Japan, dedicated to Brooklyn-based artist Kaws. The collection will feature 150 pieces from the early stages of artist's career to now, demonstrating the evolution of his works through different mediums over time.

Through the wide range of artworks – paintings, murals, graphic designs and sculptures – you'll get a sense of Kaws' sharp sense of humour and playful approach which he uses in his creative process...

  • Art
  • Takebashi

Showcasing 68 designs from around the world by Kengo Kuma, this timely exhibition showcases the mindset and creative process of one of Japan's most sought-after architects.

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games now underway, there is a special section dedicated to the Kuma's vast Japan National Stadium, complete with models of the museum and explanations of his designs that have never before been shown in public...

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  • Art
  • Ginza

Suspended in the atrium of Ginza Six is the department store’s latest public art installation by Kyoto-based artist Kohei Nawa. The installation features a sculpture of a deer floating above clouds, a creature that has appeared at the centre of many of Nawa’s coveted works for its symbolic ties to Shintoism and ancient Japanese history. 

There is more to the installation than meets the eye, with a corresponding app you can download to see the work come to life through your smartphone...

  • Things to do
  • Aomi

This semi-permanent exhibition at Odaiba’s Miraikan is dedicated to the sensational soundtrack of the 1988 anime ‘Akira’. The futuristic film, set in post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, is regarded as a masterpiece for its captivating plot and mesmerising animations, but it’s the film’s groundbreaking score by artist and biologist Shoji Yamashiro (real name Tsutomu Ohashi) that helped garner its cult following...

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  • Art
  • Roppongi

This exhibition shines a light on 16 female artists from 14 different countries around the world, who began their careers in the turbulent postwar years from the 1950s to 1970s, and who remain active today in 2021. The works offer a multifaceted look at the artists' last five decades of practice, through early and well-known works, as well as new pieces created for the exhibition.

All sixteen artists, whose ages range between 71 and 105, represent an incredible diversity – birthplaces, current locations, modes of expression as well as lifestyles...

  • Restaurants
  • Ochanomizu

Head over to Restaurant Aurora at Hotel Tokyo Garden Palace in Yushima to feast on an all-you-can-eat steak meal. You’ll be able to fill up on unlimited Australian sirloin steak for 90 minutes, served with a side of soup, salad and rice for just ¥4,500 (children ¥2,500). 

For an additional ¥1,100 (children ¥5,00) you can also get unlimited refills of soft drinks, or even add a nomihoudai (all-you-can-drink alcohol) deal for ¥1,500...

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Roppongi

Calling all manga fans: the immersive new exhibition The Promised Neverland: Escaping GF lets you join in the adventures of Emma and her friends from the hit manga and anime series ‘The Promised Neverland’. 

The exhibition includes a life-size replica of Grace Field House, allowing you to experience some of the most memorable scenes from the manga’s first seven volumes. The first room depicts everyday life at the orphanage with a happy breakfast scene...

  • Things to do
  • Mejirodai

In the morning hours during spring and autumn, Japan’s more mountainous regions are renowned for their beautiful cloud formations. Thanks to Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, you don’t need to leave the capital to enjoy those spectacular misty views. You can experience the ‘Sea of Clouds’ several times a day at the hotel’s large, traditional Japanese garden, with the first show taking place from 6.30am.
The evening slots even include a stunning light up event, with 1,000 LEDs illuminating the garden, the waterfall and the 600-year-old three-storey pagoda...

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