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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

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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UPDATE: Many events have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if yours has been affected, please call ahead to confirm.

With so many things to do in Tokyo, it's hard to get a free weekend in the city. But just in case you need more recommendations, we've put together the best events and places to check out in the capital on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the novel Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, which has prompted some venues to temporarily close and events to be put on hold or cancelled, there are many attractions which remain open, including Tokyo's major department stores, all of which are still trading – they've just adjusted their opening hours.

If you're out and about in Tokyo, read our tips on how to protect yourself from coronavirus and travel safer in Tokyo.

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Our top picks this weekend

Rainbow Disco Club
Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa

Rainbow Disco Club music festival live-stream event

News Music

Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, organisers of the popular outdoor music festival Rainbow Disco Club (RDC) have decided to turn this year’s event into a paid 12-hour long live-streamed party, after fans expressed their disappointment over the event’s cancellation on social media. The live-stream will be held on Saturday April 18 from noon to midnight. For 12 hours non-stop, virtual party goers can watch a stellar lineup of DJs from Japan's EDM scene including the highly acclaimed DJ Nobu...

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Form and Heart – Everyday is a Good Day

Things to do Muji Ginza, Higashi-Ginza

Japan’s way of wrapping gifts is an art in itself, and at this Ginza exhibition you'll learn more about this beautiful tradition, including a special gift-appropriate method of tying knots, plus the delicate way of folding paper in origami style. The tradition of handing over meticulously wrapped gifts that reflect the givers' sincerity dates back to the Muromachi period (around 1336-1573). On April 11, you can participate in a free gallery tour and talk about origami-folding techniques...

Prismatic Cloud
Ginza Six

Prismatic Cloud at Ginza Six

Art Ginza Six, Ginza

The ritzy Ginza Six department store will be decked out with a mesmerizing cloud-like art installation created by Japanese designer and artist, Yoshioka Tokujin, from February 27 until the end of October. His works have been displayed all around the world including at the Musée d'Orsay and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, Tokujin turned heads with his designs for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic torches. As the name Prismatic Cloud suggests, Tokujin’s gigantic sculpture is made from over 10,000 white prism rods dangling from the top in the centre of the building...

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Banksy: Genius or Vandal?

Art Multiple venues

Banksy is the most notorious street artist of this generation, but his real identity remains a mystery to the world that admired his works as they spontaneously appeared on city streets overnight. Though images of Banksy's work have been widely circulated online, the artist has never organised conventional exhibitons, making it harder for international fans to see a collection of his works in person.  This unauthorised exhibition, which has already been held in five cities around the world, is made possible by private art collectors...

松山智一《Wheels of Fortune》2020 ステンレス ©Mariko ASAYAMA
松山智一《Wheels of Fortune》2020 ステンレス ©Mariko ASAYAMA

Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art

Art Meiji Shrine & Inner Garden, Harajuku

Note: The dates and hours of this event may change due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. Please see the official website for the latest details. A celebration of art and culture set in the forest surrounding Meiji Shrine, this festival – co-presented by Japan Cultural Expo – zooms in on the relationship between nature and Japanese arts and culture with a diverse programme that will be going on until 2021...

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UNU Farmer's Market
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Farmers Market at UNU

Shopping Aoyama

The Farmers Market at UNU (United Nations University) is one of Tokyo’s longest running and best-attended markets. Taking place every weekend in front of United Nations University, this one always attracts a knowledgeable crowd. Organic and local fare is readily available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, with the farmers themselves happy to provide details about their wares...

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