1. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
    Photo: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
  2. Malibu Farm
    Photo: Riviera Group Malibu Farm, Zushi

Things to do in Tokyo this weekend

The Time Out Tokyo editors pick the best events and exhibitions in the city this weekend

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Weekend plans? We're all anxious to get out and about after being cooped up at home for the last few months, and events in Tokyo have finally started to pick up again. We've compiled a list of the best events, exhibitions and places to check out in the capital on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just remember to check the event and venue websites for the latest updates.

Note: venue opening hours and capacity limits may change depending on current Covid-19 situation.

Our top picks this weekend

  • Things to do

It's easy to see why Daikanyama was named Tokyo's coolest neighbourhood in 2021 – it's a mash-up of all of Tokyo’s best bits. You’ve got niche art galleries you might find in Roppongi mixed with the underground music venues of Shimokitazawa, lively Shibuya-style bars and enough trendy boutiques to rival Ginza – all in one place.

To get you started exploring the neighbourhood, check out these cool spots in Daikanyama.

  • Bars and pubs

For a citywide festival that’s actually a month long, the event title of Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days couldn’t be more misleading. 

From October 14 to November 13, roughly 80 bars in the city will be serving up 320 kinds of boozy beverages specially crafted for the occasion. You can bet the bar will be set high for this one – many of the participating watering holes were ranked in the most recent World’s 50 Best Bars list, including The SG Club and Bar Benfiddich...

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

At Malibu Farm restaurant in Zushi, Kamakura, you can book a yurt for a two-hour lunch or dinner course on a waterfront terrace.

Though the venue is just an hour away from Tokyo’s city centre, the palm trees lining the waterfront and yachts bobbing on the water will make you feel as though you’re thousands of miles away from Tokyo’s busy streets. The menu at Malibu Farm has an emphasis on sustainable, organic produce with plenty of vegan options...

  • Art
  • Art

This sauna and bathhouse is filled with interactive digital art by the one and only teamLab. Even better, the installation has been extended until November 23 2021.

It’s a popular attraction, so if you’d rather avoid squeezing into the steamy sauna rooms with a dozen other people, you can now opt to book a ticket for weekday mornings for the discounted price of ¥2,400, or book a private sauna room for up to four people for ¥20,000... 

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  • Museums
  • Ryogoku

Make sure to drop by this special exhibition at the Edo-Tokyo Museum focussed on Tokyo’s long history, dating back over 30,000 years.

There are ancient tools on display, all made of stone, wood and soil between the Paleolithic period and the Kofun period (300-538 AD). You’ll learn about the development of Edo (the city now known as Tokyo) and see how it became a modern-day capital.

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  • Oshiage

Throughout October, Sumida Aquarium’s kaleidoscope-like jellyfish tunnel transforms into a spooky Halloween spectacle. The 50m-long space features about 5,000 mirrors attached to walls and the ceiling, complete with eight aquariums embedded into the walls. 

Each tank will be outfitted with background panels, showing motifs of bats, witches and pumpkins, while ghost-like jellyfish float in front of them...

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Ginza

French restaurant Beige in Ginza serves luxurious multicourse meals designed by legendary chef Alain Ducasse. The restaurant, which is inside the Chanel Ginza building, also has a rooftop terrace called Le Jardin De Tweed. 

Until October 31, the terrace is offering an exclusive collaboration menu with Champagne brand Perrier Jouët. Between 2pm and 10pm, you can enjoy an afternoon tea set filled with six sweet treats and two savoury canapes, along with a glass of Perrier Jouët Blanc De Blancs for ¥10,000. If you don’t think you can finish all that, you can get a smaller assortment of sweets, coffee or tea, and a glass of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut for just ¥6,000.

  • Things to do
  • Mejirodai

In the morning hours during spring and autumn, Japan’s more mountainous regions are renowned for their beautiful cloud formations. Thanks to Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, you don’t need to leave the capital to enjoy those spectacular misty views. You can experience the ‘Sea of Clouds’ several times a day at the hotel’s large, traditional Japanese garden, with the first show taking place from 6.30am...

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  • Things to do
  • Ariake

This is one for the kids. Head up to the rooftop of Ariake Garden to get into the spooky spirit at this yearly Halloween festival. The two-day event will be filled with fun activities like a craft workshop where kids and parents can make their own DIY pinata and accessories for free.

Children can also get their faces painted, play in a massive jumping castle, and join a dance group, where they’ll get to learn an original Halloween dance in their spooky costumes. And if you get a chance to browse through the mall, make sure to say ‘trick or treat’ at selected shops to get some treats to fill your pinata.

  • Art
  • Roppongi

Currently on show at Tokyo City View in Roppongi, the largest exhibition in Sanrio's history explores the 60-year history of more than 400 characters. It also examines the roots of Sanrio as a symbol of Japan's kawaii culture through more than 800 exhibits.

The showcase starts with 'Unforgettable Tower’, a 6-meter-tall symbolic art piece by Sebastian Masuda. Through original drawings and rough sketches, you’ll learn about the birth of Sanrio’s iconic characters including Hello Kitty, My Melody and Pompompurin...

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  • Restaurants
  • Sushi
  • Shibuya

You wouldn’t think that a kissaten-inspired cocktail bar would come to offer some of the best sushi in town, but The Bellwood in Shibuya has always been full of surprises. Served in The Bellwood Lab – the bar’s private backroom reserved for experimental pop-ups – Bellsushi features eight pieces of nigiri served with two cocktails for a reasonable ¥6,050 (tax included).

  • Art
  • Ginza

Suspended in the atrium of Ginza Six is the department store’s latest public art installation by Kyoto-based artist Kohei Nawa. The installation features a sculpture of a deer floating above clouds, a creature that has appeared at the centre of many of Nawa’s coveted works for its symbolic ties to Shintoism and ancient Japanese history. 

There is more to the installation than meets the eye, with a corresponding app you can download to see the work come to life through your smartphone...

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