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Things to do in Tokyo this weekend

Time Out Tokyo's editors pick the top parties, festivals, concerts, food events and more this weekend in the big city

Got no plans for the weekend? You'll be struggling for a free hour once you've checked out all our recommendations for the best things to do in Tokyo over Saturday and Sunday.

What's on this weekend?

Cherry blossom-viewing

The cold of winter has lifted and our great city is switching gears into spring. Sakura season is finally here, so now’s the time to admire the season’s symbols in all their glory. Here’s our pick of sakura-related events taking place in and around Tokyo, from lit-up gardens to full-on spring festivals, plus a few suggestions for your picnic basket...

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By: Time Out Tokyo Editors

Harukaze 2017

Nothing like a bit of cherry blossom to make you want to dance all afternoon, eh? The annual Harukaze party welcomes the coming of hanami season with two days of free music in Yoyogi Park, complemented by market stalls, vendors selling hippy-friendly food and drink, and a wide range of other fun covered by the 'alternative culture' label...

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Yoyogi Park , Harajuku Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

RPR Soundsystem with Dreamrec VJ

Praised by minimal techno don Ricardo Villalobos, this three-man Romanian unit rarely play together, reserving their appearances for only a select few parties every year. Composed of Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu and Raresh, all visitors to Tokyo on their own over the past few years, RPR represent the very best of the current minimal scene...

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Liquidroom , Ebisu Saturday April 1 2017

Saikyo Ramen Fes

If you've been looking for a reason to visit Machida, here's the best one you'll get in a while: first held in spring 2016, the Saikyo Ramen Fes is now gearing up for its second edition and is set to go even bigger than last year. 60 noodle shops from all across Japan will assemble at the Shibahiro park...

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Machida Shibahiro , Machida Thursday March 30 2017 - Sunday May 7 2017

Cine Española 2017

If you don't mind having your subtitles in Japanese, then this showcase at Shinjuku's Cinemart should make for a great opportunity to catch up on the latest in entertaining Spanish cinema. The five-film programme includes hard-charging fare like Iñaki Dorronsoro's brand-new heist flick Plan de fuga...

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Cinem@rt Shinjuku , Shinjuku-Sanchome Until Friday April 7 2017

The Greenmarket Sumida

A market taking place on the plaza in front of the Sumida ward office, this one sees local craftspeople, shop owners and baristas from across the neighbourhood join farmers from all over Japan to show off their wares. These range from fresh veg and fermented products like miso to leather items...

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Sumida Ward Office Uruoi Plaza , Asakusa Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Sichuan Fest in Nakano

Nakano's Central Park becomes the scene of a veritable spice feast in the form of all things Sichuan, as chefs from 16 Tokyo restaurants specialising in that mouth-numbing style of Chinese cuisine serve up their signature dishes on Sunday. Akasaka's Szechwan Restaurant...

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Nakano Central Park , Nakano Sunday April 2 2017

Kohh

With yet another acclaimed album (Dirt II) under his belt and recent collabs with Frank Ocean and Hikaru Utada grabbing headlines, Tokyo's own Kohh is perhaps the hottest name on Japan's hip hop scene right now. Catch the Oji native at Roppongi's Ex Theater...

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Ex Theater Roppongi , Roppongi Sunday April 2 2017

Sesson: A Singular Painter

Born Heizo Satake in Hitachi province (modern-day Ibaraki), Buddhist monk and self-taught painter Sesson Shukei was an enigmatic artist in a troubled era. While various warlords battled for supremacy around Japan's provinces in the 16th century, fine art centred on the imperial capital of Kyoto...

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University Art Museum , Ueno Until Sunday May 21 2017

Chocolat de Easter

After Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's, Japan has found a new holiday to capitalise on: Easter. The Chocolat de Easter, a veritable melting pot of languages and foreign influences, will see its conception at Daikanyama's Hillside Forum. The focus is squarely on chocolate, and you'll be able to enjoy an exhibition of egg-centric choc...

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Daikanyama Hillside Terrace , Daikanyama Wednesday March 29 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Five of our favourite free events

Harukaze 2017

Nothing like a bit of cherry blossom to make you want to dance all afternoon, eh? The annual Harukaze party welcomes the coming of hanami season with two days of free music in Yoyogi Park, complemented by market stalls, vendors selling hippy-friendly food and drink, and a wide range of other fun covered by the 'alternative culture' label...

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Yoyogi Park , Harajuku Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Oedo Kioicho Sakura Matsuri

With a 400-year-plus history and a whopping 10,000 tsubo (about 33,100sqm) of space, the New Otani hotel's Japanese garden makes the perfect backdrop for this blossom festival. Taking place over three days, the Oedo Kioicho Sakura Matsuri will see performances of traditional dance and music...

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Hotel New Otani Tokyo , Kioicho Friday March 31 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Seitei Watanabe Exhibition

Seitei Watanabe may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Japanese painters, but he certainly was a talented artist in his own way. Working in the early Meiji period, he was one of the first of his countrymen to travel to the West – a journey that turned Watanabe's style into a mix...

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Kashima Arts , Kyobashi Until Sunday April 9 2017

Flower Garden 15th Anniversary

Yokohama's Red Brick Warehouse goes all colourful for spring once again, with over 50 varieties of flowers to be arranged in vivid patterns on the facility's inner plaza. A sight to behold even during the day, the artificial fields are even more impressive after nightfall, when a light-up show illuminates them...

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse , Minato Mirai Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 23 2017

Chocolat de Easter

After Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's, Japan has found a new holiday to capitalise on: Easter. The Chocolat de Easter, a veritable melting pot of languages and foreign influences, will see its conception at Daikanyama's Hillside Forum. The focus is squarely on chocolate, and you'll be able to enjoy an exhibition of egg-centric choc...

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Daikanyama Hillside Terrace , Daikanyama Wednesday March 29 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

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