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

東京湾納涼船
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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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

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Tokyo Jazz Festival 2018
Music, Music festivals

Tokyo Jazz Festival

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Japan’s biggest jazz festival always features a stellar lineup of artists. The main stage in NHK Hall hosts the headliners on August 31 and September 1, which this year include Charles Lloyd, Avishai Cohen Trio and Kamasi Washington. But for something a bit special, you’re better off exploring the free gigs at the outdoor stage along Yoyogi Park’s Keyaki Namiki street (from August 30)...

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Music, Music festivals

Slow Live in Ikegami Honmonji

icon-location-pin Ikegami Honmonji, Ikegami
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Held in the traditional Ikegami Honmonji temple in the southern suburbs, this annual outdoor music festival is known for its laidback vibes. Local indie and established artists rework their songs into acoustic versions and so you can expect a smooth relaxing time here...

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船上盆踊り
Things to do

Samurai Cruises Tokyo Bay: Bon Odori on the Ship

icon-location-pin Gozabune Atakemaru, Takeshiba
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Bon Odori is a traditional dance performed during the Buddhist festival of Obon. After the beloved dance flourished for five centuries on land, it is now moving to a stage on the sea. And the Anzaimaru, a giant ship from the Edo era, makes for a fitting stage. For a limited half-year period from April 26, you can partake in the Bon Odori festival, complete with food and drinks provided by the company behind some of Tokyo’s most popular beer gardens...

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ULTRA JAPAN 2018
Music, Music festivals

Ultra Japan

icon-location-pin Symbol Promenade Park, Odaiba
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The Miami-born EDM spectacle Ultra made its first appearance in Tokyo in 2014, and every year since has been a smashing success. Revellers dressed in neon and frills will be descending on Odaiba to enjoy the laptop-busting antics of superstar DJs including some of the hottest techno acts from around the world, plus live performances...

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PIXAR
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Museums, Film and TV

The Science Behind Pixar

icon-location-pin Tokyo City View, Roppongi
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With blockbuster hits like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Monsters Inc.’, Pixar Studios has consistently created films and characters that have become household names. You can now learn about the animation in a behind-the-scenes tour of the technology that made Pixar so successful. After wowing more than 1.5 million visitors in eight cities across the US and Canada, the Pixar Exhibition finally makes its way to Japan...

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川越氷川神社 縁むすび風鈴
Things to do

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Wind Chime Festival

icon-location-pin Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Saitama
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Known as a 'love shrine', Kawagoe Hikawa out in Saitama attracts plenty of fed-up singles looking for help in finding the partner of their dreams. This relatively new summer festival is another chance to do just that, as the hot summer night atmosphere and pretty light-ups ensure that love will be in the air...

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東京湾納涼船
Things to do, Food and drink events

Tokyo Bay Noryosen

icon-location-pin Takeshiba Ferry Terminal, Takeshiba

The capital's very own booze cruise departs from Takeshiba Terminal at 7.15pm every night between June 28 and September 23 (weather permitting), and does a lap of the bay (all the way to Haneda Airport) while serving up all-you-can-drink beer, wine and cocktails...

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Things to do

Pool Wai

icon-location-pin Yomiuri Land, Tama area
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The much-loved waterpark at Yomiuriland amusement park is making a comeback this summer. Five pools plus three slides will be available for splashers of all sizes, including a huge ‘thriller’ slide, a shallow pool for children and a wave-pool resembling a beach...

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マンモス展
Things to do

Mammoth Exhibition

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

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ANA IC MUMM
Things to do

Garden Pool #MummBeachClub

icon-location-pin ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Roppongi
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Bask in the balmy weather at ANA InterContinental Hotel’s outdoor pool, which is getting a bubbly makeover this summer in collaboration with Maison Mumm. Expect the pool area to be decked out with gigantic Mumm balloons and sun loungers, plus servings of the new fruity Mumm Grand Cordon Rose pink champagne...

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