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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?

Ueno Summer Festival

Ueno's natsu matsuri kicks off for real with a parade down the area's central street on Saturday, while the rest of the event period includes happenings like the picturesque toro nagashi ceremony, in which paper lanterns are floated on Shinobazu Pond. There are also market stalls in the park selling antiques, potted plants and more...

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Shinobazu Pond , Ueno Until Sunday August 13 2017

Hachioji Fireworks

This western city's fireworks party is a relatively small-scale affair (3,500 rockets will be launched), but it makes up for the lack of size with an interesting variety of explosions and the impressive 'Fire Festival' taking place from 4.30pm on the same night...

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Fujimori Park , Hachioji Saturday July 22 2017

Night Aquarium feat. Chris SSG & Wata Igarashi

Nihonbashi's annual Art Aquarium is in full swing and the queues are as long as always (read: they're really long). This Saturday night sees a special treat, as the evening accompaniment comes courtesy of local DJ duo Wata Igarashi and Chris SSG, both counted among Tokyo's finest underground spinners...

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Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall , Nihonbashi Saturday July 22 2017
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Tokyo Hula Festa in Ikebukuro

Spreading out all over Ikebukuro, the annual Hula Festival paints the area in distinctly Hawaiian colours. Outdoor gigs by Hawaiian bands and a dizzying variety of food and drink stalls complement the main event: 171 teams and up to 5,000 dancers will be showing off their hula skills across six stages...

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Ikebukuro West Gate Park , Ikebukuro Until Sunday July 23 2017

Antoine d'Agata: Corpus

French photographer Antoine d'Agata's subjects include drug addicts, prostitutes, prisoners and dead bodies taken during his over ten years of nomadic life in El Salvador, Mexico, Cambodia, Libya and many other places. The cruel world portrayed in this virtuoso's photographs may be unbearable to look at, but the raw emotions draw the viewer straight...

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MEM , Ebisu Until Sunday August 13 2017

Edogawa Goldfish Festival

The Edogawa area has been known for its goldfish breeding since the late 1800s, and this festival also boasts decades of history. Stroll around admiring shiny specimens of more than 20 kinds, buy some for your own aquarium, or try the kingyo sukui (goldfish scooping) competition...

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Gyosen Park , Kasai Saturday July 22 2017 - Sunday July 23 2017
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Aloha Tokyo

Usually held at Yokohama's Osanbashi Pier, this wildly popular celebration of all things Hawaiian makes an excursion to Ebisu, taking over Yebisu Garden Place for three days of hula and Tahitian dancing, chill music and island edibles. Look out for Pioneer Saloon's ramen burgers and browse the dozens of stalls selling Hawaiian jewellery, swimwear, cosmetics and much more...

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Yebisu Garden Place , Ebisu Until Sunday July 23 2017

Kawasaki Daishi Fuurin-Ichi

Annually held at Kawasaki Daishi temple, this festival is dedicated to traditional Japanese wind bells and has been going on for the better part of two decades now. Chime craftspeople from Hokkaido to Okinawa peddle their wares, there's a recycling corner for old and decrepit bells, and tasty festival food is of course also available...

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Kawasaki Daishi , Kawasaki Until Sunday July 23 2017

Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s To Now

Roppongi is experiencing a true Southeast Asian art takeover this summer, as both the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum dedicate their vast halls to contemporary works from across this endlessly diverse region. Focusing on art from the 1980s up to the present, 'Sunshower' is the most significant exhibition of Southeast Asian art in Japan to date...

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The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) , Nogizaka Until Monday October 23 2017
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Nogi Shrine Antique Flea Market

The popular crafts market at Nogizaka's Nogi Shrine was revived as the Antique Flea Market in 2014, with the relatively small-scale but always fun and interesting fair now taking place on the fourth Sunday of every month. Held on the shrine's sando road, the market features sellers of everything from secondhand clothing to furniture and cooking utensils...

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Nogi Shrine , Nogizaka Sunday July 23 2017 - Sunday November 26 2017

Five of our favourite free events

Michael Soi Exhibition

Kenyan painter and sculptor Michael Soi injects satirical commentary on economic, social and political issues into his colourful, pop art-esque pieces, most of which depict life in Soi's native Nairobi. See his art at the Bunkamura gallery, where you can also buy bags and other cool collectibles...

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Bunkamura Gallery , Shibuya Until Monday July 31 2017

Antoine d'Agata: Corpus

French photographer Antoine d'Agata's subjects include drug addicts, prostitutes, prisoners and dead bodies taken during his over ten years of nomadic life in El Salvador, Mexico, Cambodia, Libya and many other places. The cruel world portrayed in this virtuoso's photographs may be unbearable to look at...

Read more
MEM , Ebisu Until Sunday August 13 2017

Tokyo Hula Festa in Ikebukuro

Spreading out all over Ikebukuro, the annual Hula Festival paints the area in distinctly Hawaiian colours. Outdoor gigs by Hawaiian bands and a dizzying variety of food and drink stalls complement the main event: 171 teams and up to 5,000 dancers will be showing off their hula skills across six stages...

Read more
Ikebukuro West Gate Park , Ikebukuro Until Sunday July 23 2017
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Kawasaki Daishi Fuurin-Ichi

Annually held at Kawasaki Daishi temple, this festival is dedicated to traditional Japanese wind bells and has been going on for the better part of two decades now. Chime craftspeople from Hokkaido to Okinawa peddle their wares, there's a recycling corner for old and decrepit bells, and tasty festival food is of course also available...

Read more
Kawasaki Daishi , Kawasaki Until Sunday July 23 2017

Aloha Tokyo

Usually held at Yokohama's Osanbashi Pier, this wildly popular celebration of all things Hawaiian makes an excursion to Ebisu, taking over Yebisu Garden Place for three days of hula and Tahitian dancing, chill music and island edibles. Look out for Pioneer Saloon's ramen burgers and browse the dozens of stalls selling Hawaiian jewellery, swimwear, cosmetics and much more...

Read more
Yebisu Garden Place , Ebisu Until Sunday July 23 2017

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