September 2018 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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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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Film

Open-Air Films at the Museum

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Building on the success of similar events over the past few years, Ueno's National Museum sets up a huge screen in front of the main museum building for these autumn night movie screenings. This time around, the feature film will be Mamoru Hosoda’s anime Summer Wars (2009), which shows a young student's effort to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world. Food and drink stalls complement the main attraction. Even better, the film can be enjoyed at no extra cost as long as you pay the museum's entrance fee.

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Things to do

Nikkan Koryu Festival

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Celebrating cultural exchange between Japan and Korea, this annual event at Hibiya Park marks its 10th anniversary. The Korean traditional dance and music performances are always a highlight, as is the food and drink – expect plenty of kimchi and makgeolli, the counterpart to Japan’s sake. For a fully immersive experience, embrace traditional Korean dress and wear an elegant, colourful hanbok. Contemporary Korea is represented too – the highlight of the event is the live show of a K-Pop star (whose name is usually not announced in advance).

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Music

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Portland outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra will get your feet moving at Shibuya’s WWW X club this September. Their latest album ‘Sex & Food’ (2018) − focusing on two of life’s pleasures − continues to thrill fans with their signature psychedelic sound. Formed by guitarist and singer-songwriter Ruban Nielson, the band has been critically acclaimed ever since they released debut first album in 2011.

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Things to do

Namaste India

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The nation’s biggest festival of Indian culture returns to Yoyogi Park with traditional music and dance performances. You can also try on a sari, relax with a yoga session, enter raffles and graze from the food booths set up by some of Tokyo’s top Indian restaurants. Namaste is always a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon.

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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.

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Kita-ku Fireworks Festival
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Things to do, Fireworks

Kita-ku Fireworks Festival

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Northern Tokyo’s hanabi kicks off the autumn season with 7,777 fireworks colouring the clear autumn sky. Since it takes place behind the old Iwabuchi sluice gate, get your cameras ready for a magnificent shot where the vibrant explosions in the sky bring out the bright red hues of the antique dam.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Tokyo Bay Noryosen

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The capital's very own booze cruise departs from Takeshiba Terminal at 7.15pm every night between June 29 and September 24 (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. The tackiness of the setting is compounded by touches like the yukata dance performance, but the silver lining is you can get ¥1,000 off the price from Monday to Friday if you go in a yukata yourself.

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Things to do

Tokyo Kingyo Wonderland

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Perhaps looking to challenge Nihonbashi's annual Art Aquarium this summer, the Skytree's Sumida Aquarium puts on an artsy goldfish show of its own. Themed on old Edo and its cultural traditions, the Edorium area will be decorated in summer festival style with goldfish lanterns and fuurin wind bells, while the goldfish display zone – the largest of its kind in Japan – will also be spruced up for the occasion. Kid-friendly workshops will be taking place as well, while the cafés will be serving up goldfish-themed tipples.

Concerts in September

Music

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Portland based band Unknown Mortal Orchestra will turn Shibuya’s WWW X club upside down in the latter half of September. Their latest album ‘Sex & Food’ (2018) − covering two essentials in life − won’t disappoint fans with its usual psychedelic rock sounds. The band around singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson released their first album in 2011, which celebrated great success immediately.

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