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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 Malaysia Makan Fest
Things to do, Food and drink events

Malaysia Makan Fest

icon-location-pin Zou-no-Hana Terrace, Yokohama
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Some of the capital region's finest Malaysian restaurants, including Shibuya's Malay Asian Cuisine and Gootara Cafe in Kagurazaka, get together at Yokohama's Zou-no-Hana Terrace for this mouthwatering weekend festival. In addition to sampling Malaysian street food staples...

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Tokyo Jazz Festival 2018
Music, Music festivals

Tokyo Jazz Festival

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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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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Things to do

Mikkeller Beer Celebration Tokyo

icon-location-pin Shibuya Stream, Shibuya
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The Mikkeller Beer Celebration is back with another round of craft beer tasting. Breweries from North America, Europe and Asia gather to provide a whopping 320 different kinds of ales and lagers. Tickets are based on time slots (11am-2.30pm, 4.30pm-8pm)...

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Juniper Tokyo
Things to do

Juniper Tokyo

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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As if the name isn't obvious enough, Juniper Tokyo celebrates all things gin. But aside from the said spirit, the festival also explores other applications of juniper berries, like in bread and baked goods and herbal tea. The event is based on the four concepts of juniper berry, craft gin, tonic water and farm-to-bottle...

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Farmer's Market @ UNU Night Markets
Things to do

Farmer's Market @ UNU Night Markets

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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It’s been ten years since the Farmer’s Market took over the forecourt of the UNU campus in Aoyama, bringing together farmers and producers from across Japan every weekend. To celebrate, the organiser is hosting a series of night markets and special events...

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Tokyo National Museum
Museums

Free Admission Day at the Tokyo National Museum

icon-location-pin Tokyo National Museum, Ueno
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Save on the admission ticket on September 16 as the Tokyo National Museum opens its doors for free. Browse the 600 artifacts ranging from paintings and calligraphy to sculptures and national treasures. Samurai fans will love the exhibition on medieval warfare armoury and weaponry, most of which dates back to the 12th century...

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根津神社例大祭
Things to do

Nezu Shrine Grand Festival

icon-location-pin Nezu Shrine, Nezu
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Nezu Shrine is not only famous for its 3,000 blooming azalea in spring, the sacred grounds also host the annual Grand Festival, considered as one of Edo’s (as Tokyo used to be known) top celebrations...

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第13回 「shiseido art egg」展
Art, Contemporary art

Shiseido Art Egg

icon-location-pin Shiseido Gallery, Ginza
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Explore the works of new and upcoming local artists at ‘Shiseido Art Egg’, a free exhibition hosted by the Japanese cosmetic and skincare brand. Out of the 250-plus submissions, only three young artists – Fumi Imamura, Kiyono Kobayashi and Kaori Endo – were chosen to display their art, all of which incorporate expressions of new values and aesthetics...

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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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Museums

Tokyo Game Show

icon-location-pin Makuhari Messe, Makuhari
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Japanese video game giants display their latest creations at this annual extravaganza. The 2019 edition will be debuting a number of new games, and you’ll be among the first to test them out. You’ll also get to meet the handsome characters from popular virtual romance games, as well as learn about the latest achievements in VR/AR gaming technology...

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Flying Lotus in 3D
Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B

Flying Lotus in 3D

icon-location-pin Studio Coast, Shin-Kiba
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After mesmerising the Japanese audience in Sonia Mania 2018, American producer-artist Flying Lotus is back in Japan for a one-night-only concert at Shin-Kiba’s Studio Coast. For this concert, Flying Lotus will bring his hit album ‘Flamagra’ to life through a unique three-dimensional setup...

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Black Midi
Music, Rock and indie

Black Midi

icon-location-pin Unit, Daikanyama
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A year ago, the rock music world was surprised by the debut of the London-based band Black Midi. With four members aged only 19 and 20, the band has shown their creativity and versatility with a series of sold-out live performances in the UK and the US...

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Kamasi Washington
Music

Kamasi Washington

icon-location-pin Liquidroom, Ebisu
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Kamasi Washington is a leading figure of a new generation of jazz saxophonists. By putting his skills to great use in the growing trend of cosmic soul music in the US, Washington has established himself at the centre of a new-age jazz group based out of Los Angeles...

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川越氷川神社 縁むすび風鈴
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. Colourful fuurin (wind chimes) adorn the grounds and the food and drink stalls include a shrine café...

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映画のまち調布 花火
Things to do

Chofu Autumn Fireworks

icon-location-pin Banks of the Tama River, Chofu
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Chofu celebrates its connection to the movie industry in an explosive way: as several film scenes have been shot on the banks of the Tamagawa, and Chofu is home to multiple studios and film-related companies, the festival is dubbed 'City of Cinema: Chofu Autumn Fireworks'. It sees around 10,000 rockets launched over the river, choreographed to popular film scores...

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Kita-ku Fireworks Festival
東京都北区
Things to do, Fireworks

Kita-ku Fireworks Festival

icon-location-pin Akabane Sakuratsutsumi Greenery, Akabane
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Northern Tokyo’s hanabi kicks off the autumn season with 8,000 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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Outdoor cinema at the Tokyo National Museum
Film

Open air cinema at the Tokyo National Museum

icon-location-pin Tokyo National Museum, Ueno
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For one weekend in September, you’ll get to watch a flick on a breezy summer night in the beautiful courtyard of the Tokyo National Museum – all with food carts and craft beer to hand...

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Nightlife, Daytime parties

Good Music Party

icon-location-pin Saru Island, Yokosuka
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The annual Tropical Disco event is back this year, but with a new name: Good Music Party. The ten-day soiree, stretched over a few weekends from July to September, takes place on the desert island Sarushima, close to Yokosuka in the neighbouring prefecture Kanagawa. The opening day (July 13) will feature the star DJ of San Francisco's house scene Mark Farina, followed by Japanese artists including DJ Koco aka Shimokita and Disk Nagataki...

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