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September 2017 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

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


Tahiti Festa

Odaiba's VenusFort may be best known for its annual Hawaiian festival, usually taking place during Golden Week, but this autumn option actually feels even more appetising: you can look forward to three days of music and dance performances, plus plentiful local consumables from pua roti smoked pork to pineapple juice and Hinano beer...

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VenusFort , Odaiba Saturday September 16 2017 - Monday September 18 2017

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

Following the end of the war, which left most major Japanese cities decimated, architects were faced with an urgent need for new houses. Tokyo’s response was to develop ever-more interesting architectural styles. The focus was never purely on practical concerns: the postwar innovators also produced some of the most ground-breaking architecture in the world...

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The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo , Takebashi Until Sunday October 29 2017

Bubble Run 2017

Running around a two-kilometre track while getting doused with obscene amounts of foam – sounds like a perfect Sunday for us. Throw in a DJ-led afterparty at the goal line in Chiba's Makuhari Seaside Park, and we're already prepared to book tickets...

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Makuhari Seaside Park , Makuhari Sunday September 3 2017

Nezu Shrine Festival

A centuries-old highlight at a shrine that itself dates back to 1706, this downtown classic isn’t that different from your usual matsuri festival – think traditional dance and music, food stalls and plenty of sweaty folks in ‘happi’ coats – but always attracts an energetic crowd which engulfs the entire, otherwise quaint and unassuming, neighbourhood...

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Nezu Shrine , Nezu Saturday September 16 2017 - Sunday September 17 2017

WA! Wonder Japan Experience

Fuerza Bruta, the Argentinian performance group that is somewhat reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil, is coming to Japan for their Nippon-themed 'WA!' show. Inspired by our island nation, the group, who has captivated audiences in over 30 countries across the world, decided to combine both Japanese elements and the feeling of surprise...

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Stellar Ball , Shinagawa Until Saturday September 30 2017

Pan no Fes (Yokohama Bread Festival)

Get ready for three days of extra-pasty fun at Yokohama's Red Brick Warehouse, where more than 50 bakeries from all over the country hawk their wares and show off new creations. Pan no Fes attracted a whopping 140,000 visitors when it was last held, with all the bread selling out in the end, so we'd recommend preparing for queues...

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse , Minato Mirai Saturday September 16 2017 - Monday September 18 2017

Eva Yerbabuena

Winner of several prestigious awards, Flamenco goddess Eva Yerbabuena has been pushing the limits of the style and thrilling audiences with her skills and captivating choreography for almost 20 years. Back at the Bunkamura after a few years away, she will be performing both the critically acclaimed...

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Orchard Hall , Shibuya Saturday September 16 2017 - Sunday September 17 2017

Namaste India

The nation’s biggest Indian festival returns to Yoyogi Park with traditional music and dance performances, including a healthy smattering of Bollywood to keep the kids entertained. You can also try wearing a sari, relax with yoga, enter raffles and peruse the food booths set up by some of Tokyo’s top Indian eateries...

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Yoyogi Park , Harajuku Saturday September 23 2017 - Sunday September 24 2017

Shitamachi International Comedy Film Festival in Taito

Making Tokyo's traditional downtown area a cheerier place since 2008, 'Shitacome' is one of the very few international film festivals in Japan specialising exclusively in comedy. Taking over the cinemas and streets of Asakusa and Ueno, it sees filmmakers, local comedians, residents and tourists get together for an eclectic programme of movies...

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Asakusa Public Hall , Asakusa Friday September 15 2017 - Monday September 18 2017

Yebisu Beer Festival

After the summer onslaught of Oktoberfests, here's an outdoor beer-a-thon that doesn't feature oompah music, sauerkraut or ludicrously overpriced drinks. It's held at the site of a former brewery and, unsurprisingly, it'll be strictly Yebisu on tap – albeit in several varieties...

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Yebisu Garden Place , Ebisu Wednesday September 13 2017 - Monday September 18 2017

Concerts in September

Tokyo Jazz Festival

Japan's biggest jazz festival always features a highly diverse lineup of artists and venues, with concerts at NHK Hall complemented by more intimate shows at the two WWW spaces in Shibuya plus free gigs held along Yoyogi Park’s Keyaki Namiki street. This year’s international headliners include Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Peter Erskine and Gonzalo Rubalcaba...

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WWW , Shibuya Friday September 1 2017 - Sunday September 3 2017

Slow Live '17 in Ikegami Honmonji

One of summer’s most popular music festivals, Ikegami Honmonji’s annual Slow Music Slow Live returns for the 14th year in a row. This is your chance to enjoy laidback tunes courtesy of domestic indie favourites including Hanaregumi, Asako Toki, Glim Spanky and Trio Ohashi at a traditional temple down in the southern suburbs...

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Ikegami Honmonji , Ikegami Friday September 1 2017 - Sunday September 3 2017

Blue Note Jazz Festival in Japan

New York's top jazz fest makes another excursion to Yokohama, setting up a stage at the Red Brick Warehouse for big-time artists including Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen, who'll be appearing with his Nightflyers band, and indomitable genre innovator Kamasi Washington...

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse , Minato Mirai Saturday September 23 2017 - Sunday September 24 2017

Ultra Japan

Say what you want about the actual quality of the music on offer – the first three Tokyo versions of Miami-born EDM spectacle Ultra have all been smashing successes. Revellers dressed in neon and frills will be descending on Odaiba again to enjoy the laptop-busting antics of superstar DJs including Alesso, Kygo, The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki, plus live performances by Empire of the Sun...

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Symbol Promenade Park , Odaiba Saturday September 16 2017 - Monday September 18 2017