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

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By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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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, here are the top events and festivals taking place over city on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

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Our top picks this weekend

Things to do

Sancha Latin Festival

icon-location-pin Sangenjaya Station, Sangenjaya
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Sangenjaya, known as Sancha among the locals, holds its annual Latin Festival with several live performances throughout these two days. Munch on some traditional festival food while taking in the scenery of the spectacular samba parade, taking place on August 25 from 1.30pm...

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Koenji Awa-Odori

icon-location-pin Central Koenji, Koenji
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Around 10,000 dancers pile out on to the streets of Koenji over the two days of the annual Awa-Odori, undoubtedly one of Tokyo's most energetic festivals – and one with crowds to match...

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Harajuku-Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi

icon-location-pin Meiji Shrine & Inner Garden, Harajuku
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Late August is always a good time for dancing in the streets, with many major festivals kicking off. The original yosakoi dance started life in Kochi in 1954, where it was intended to help revitalise the struggling post-war economy, and Tokyo's own Super Yosakoi festival has been going for over a decade now...

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Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival

icon-location-pin Azabu-Juban Shotengai, Azabu-Juban
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One of Tokyo's favourite traditional festivals, the Azabu-Juban Noryo Matsuri (noryo literally translates as 'cool of the evening') has been going on for over 50 years now. It returns in late August for two days of dancing, performances, live music and international food, along with snack and craft stalls set up by local businesses and visiting representatives from all over the country...

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Roppongi Hills Bon Odori

icon-location-pin Roppongi Hills Arena, Roppongi
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This lively Roppongi Hills event features traditional Bon Odori dance performed in a purpose-built arena by yukata-clad dancers – feel free to join in, as long as you're appropriately dressed. Decorations add to the atmosphere, while the surrounding stalls cater to hungry crowds with all the usual festival fare...

Things to do, Festivals

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

icon-location-pin Ishii Farm, Tama area
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Featuring 100,000 bright yellow himawari, the Kiyose Sunflower Festival is the closest a Tokyoite can get to frolicking through a flower field. Located an express train ride from Ikebukuro, Kiyose is known for their friendly flowers contrasting with the bright post-rainy season blue sky...

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All Things Cat

icon-location-pin Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center Taito, Asakusa
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A convention for cat lovers on everything feline. Cat owners will be able to buy toys and treats to spoil their furkids, but even enthusiasts who don’t have pets will have plenty to browse in the many stalls. Besides pop-up shops, there will be talks as well as games to play for a chance to win prizes...

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Pup and Kitty Dome

icon-location-pin Saitama Super Arena, Omiya
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While cat and dog owners are usually in dispute over which is the superior species, this convention for cat and dog owners alike is an occasion that both sides can appreciate. This is Japan’s largest pet convention where you can meet award-winning pooches and encounter prized cat breeds...

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Transit Wine Festival

icon-location-pin Share Green Minami Aoyama, Nogizaka
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Wrap up a month of fireworks-ogling and street-dancing with a day of sipping premium wine and eating great food while listening to live DJ sets at a hip outdoor venue in Aoyama.  At Transit Wine Festival, you can expect a wide selection of vino from the finest to the rarest of the world's premier wine regions, including France, Italy, Greece and Georgia...

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Shibuya Friendship Festival

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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Just a year before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Yoyogi Park Athletics Track will be hosting a new festival on its grounds. The theme of this festival is friendship and it aimed to promote bonds between people regardless of nationality, gender and ability...

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Film, Drama

Yasmin Ahmad Retrospective

icon-location-pin Theatre Image Forum, Shibuya
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Legendary director Yasmin Ahmad made her mark as one of Malaysia's most acclaimed talents in the film industry with her powerful storytelling and sometimes controversial subjects. In 2005 her film 'Sepet' (or「細い目」meaning 'Slit Eyes' in Japanese) won Best Asian Film at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival...

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Ginza Six Rooftop Orchestra ‘The Garden of Sounds’

icon-location-pin Ginza Six, Ginza
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Ichiro Yamaguchi, a member of the Hokkaido-based rock band Sakanaction, has created a visual and sound installation ‘NF’ on the rooftop garden of Ginza Six. This green space features six monuments, each resembling a small orchestra and is surrounded by several light pillars...

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Theatre

Ukiyo-e Cafe

icon-location-pin Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Yokohama
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Watch Ukiyo-e paintings come to life at this entertaining show where you'll see a mix of dance, comedy, mime and magic performances. You'll see famous artworks like 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa' in '3D' with choreographed music and projection mapping, as well as performances by the members of Siro-A, a dance group who was featured on 'America's Got Talent' Season 10...

Things to do, Festivals

Summer Station

icon-location-pin Roppongi Hills Arena, Roppongi
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Summer Station is back at TV Asahi and Roppongi Hills with all sorts of fun to cool you down during the summer heat. For Doraemon fans, take a photo with one of the many statues of the blue robot cat which can be found outside Roppongi Hills as well as a giant one located at the top of the TV Asahi building...

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Zoorasia Night Market

icon-location-pin Yokohama Zoorasia, Yokohama
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Zoorasia is holding a special festival throughout August to coincide with its other event ‘Night Zoorasia’, where you can observe zoo animals at night. The zoo will be adorned with animal lanterns while activity booths for face painting will be set up to keep the young ones entertained. In addition, there’ll be a number of pop-up kitchens serving treats like bubble tea, crepes, stone-oven pizzas and burgers...

Art

Keiichi Tanaami Great Journey

icon-location-pin Ginza Graphic Gallery, Ginza
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One of Japan’s leading pop artists, Keiichi Tanaami has been creating colourful and intricate psychedelic art for more than half a century. He has covered multiple genres from design, illustration and animation to three dimensional installations...

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Film, Drama

Picnic Cinema

icon-location-pin Yebisu Garden Place, Ebisu
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Spanning over five weekends, the Yebisu Garden Cinema is the biggest outdoor cinema event in the city. Films to be screened include long-lasting classics such as 'The Wizard of Oz', as well as more recent favourites like 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. The screenings are free, so there’s no better opportunity to plan an evening picnic with friends to make the most of these summer nights.

Nightlife

Bon Disco 2019

icon-location-pin Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Roppongi
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Bon-Odori is a traditional Japanese folk dance of the summer, characterised by massive community gatherings, as people dress up, eat and dance the night away. To bring this venerable Japanese communal tradition to a global audience, the Roppongi Hills Arena has decided to make Bon-Odori more contemporary and universal by combining it with disco to create a brand-new type of summer festival...

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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...

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Experience the Yokai world – ‘GeGeGe’ 100 stories of Yokai Exhibition

icon-location-pin Sunshine City, Ikebukuro
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Enter the world of yokai (monster) drawn by the late artist Shigeru Mizuki, who was known for his hit manga ‘GeGeGe no Kitaro’. Encounter monsters in a pitch-black room, walk through a haunted maze populated with ghosts, greet the beautiful female creature appearing mysteriously at a corner of a mirror, and interact with a host of other horror-themed exhibits...

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