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

Shibuya Pixel Art 2019
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

Hills Marche Corn and Edamame Festival

icon-location-pin Ark Hills, Roppongi
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Celebrate two of the it vegetables of Japanese summer at ARK Hills’ Hills Marche, a weekly market selling farm-fresh produce and artisanal handicrafts. For this special summer produce event, you’ll be able to buy corn and edamame harvested that same morning, as well as taste dishes freshly prepared by chefs at the market...

Things to do, Food and drink events

Belgian Beer Weekend Tokyo

icon-location-pin Hibiya Park, Hibiya
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Enjoy some beer-y Belgian goodness at Roppongi Hills this June, where a vast selection of brews are combined with delicious pub grub and quality Belgian music. A whopping 113 different beers will be available, ranging from standard offerings like Chimay and Vedett to unique creations such as Kasteel’s Barista Chocolate Quad, Brasserie d'Achouffe’s Cherry Chouffe and Achel’s Trappist 8° Blond...

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Music, Music festivals

Zipang

icon-location-pin Shirahama Flower Park, Chiba
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This annual open-air festival in Chiba’s Shirahama Flower Park takes place right next to the beach and combines art with house and techno beats in a resort-like ambience. The live act this year is the salsa band Banderas, and rocking the DJ booths are CMT, DJ Hikaru, Keihin and many others...

Things to do, Festivals

Curry & Music Japan

icon-location-pin Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai
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If the combination of curry, live music and summer sounds good to you, head to Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse to experience just that. The Curry & Music Festival 2019 will have 15 speciality vendors serving up tantalising offerings like Sichuan curry with sesame seeds, Indian Masala curry with fresh spices and tomatoes, Thai green curry, pork curry udon, crab keema curry, Sri Lankan chicken curry, and even a decadent wagyu beef and cream cheese curry from Hokkaido...

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Things to do

Sennichi-mairi Hozuki

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At Atago Shrine's annual festival, stepping through an erected ring of reed in a figure-eight movement is said to bring 1000 days of luck. On top of that, Chinese lantern plants ('hozuki') grow naturally around the shrine at this time; consuming them said to protect from children's diseases and any female gynaecological issues. Hence, the shrine decided to combine the two events into one big 1000-day luck festival...

Heisei - Tokyo - Snap Shot Love
Koji Onaka - Tokyo Candy Box No.00, 1999 (© Koji Onaka)
Art

Heisei - Tokyo - Snap Shot Love

icon-location-pin Fujifilm Square, Roppongi
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Fujifilm Square in Roppongi bids farewell to the Heisei era (1989-2019) with this exhibition of Tokyo street scenes captured by 11 prominent photographers over the 31 years of that just-departed era. Both the city of Tokyo and the medium of photography itself underwent radical changes over that period, most visibly with the former’s ever-increasing pace of urban renewal and the latter’s shift to digital technology...

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Art, Street art

Shibuya Pixel Art Graffiti

icon-location-pin Shibuya Cast, Shibuya
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One of the world’s largest pixel art festivals, Shibuya Pixel Art Contest will be displaying award-winning pieces around various venues in Shibuya including Shibuya Cast and Cafe Åre. Artworks were selected from 895 items that were exhibited during the festival back in February and March of this year. In addition to the listed venues, you’ll also be able to spot artworks in 85 locations around Shibuya Station and the rest of the capital...

Things to do, Festivals

Yokohama-France Month

icon-location-pin Institut Français Tokyo, Ichigaya
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For the month of June, Yokohama becomes a Francophile’s paradise, with French art exhibitions, food and wine events, musical performances, film screenings, workshops and much more, held at venues across the city. Yokohama-France Month began in 2005 as Japan’s first large-scale French culture and gastronomy festival, and continues to draw crowds. Check the event website for the full program...

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Things to do

Mount Takao Beer Festival

icon-location-pin Mt Takao Beer Mount, Takaosan
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On a clear night, you can gaze out across Tokyo and as far as Yokohama. Mt Takao's beer garden is located 500m above sea level, and does a good job of keeping hikers well satiated throughout the summer. The price includes an all-you-can-eat buffet of Japanese, Chinese and Western food, plus two hours of free-flowing beer, wine and cocktails. To say that this place gets crowded at weekends would be a gross understatement...

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Things to do

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019

icon-location-pin Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Ebisu
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This eye-opening exhibition features some of the most impactful, newsworthy images captured by leading photojournalists from around the world. This year, the World Press Contest received a staggering 78,801 entries from 4,738 photographers. The images are deeply moving and often shocking, encapsulating some of the most harrowing moments of global events that made headlines in recent years...

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Restaurants

Detective Pikachu at Pokémon Cafe

icon-location-pin Pokémon Center Tokyo DX & Pokémon Café, Nihonbashi
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If you're a Pikachu fan, you'll want to head on over to the Pokémon Cafe as they've released a menu based off the new Hollywood blockbuster, 'Detective Pikachu'. The items on the menu resemble the characters from the live-action film including a Detective Pikachu Macaroni and Cheese to a Pikachu and Psyduck combo served with waffle fries...

Flea Market
Photo: Ddekk/Dreamstime
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

icon-location-pin Shinagawa Intercity, Shinagawa
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This weekly flea market covers the full spectrum of things to wear, use and decorate your home with. There’s vintage clothing and jewellery, Japanese traditional crafts like ceramics, kiriko glass and lacquerware, plus electronics, utensils, artisanal products and much more...

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Museums

Fermentation Tourism Nippon

icon-location-pin D47 Museum, Shibuya
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Fermentation is a process that is almost indispensable to Japanese food. Sake, miso, soy sauce and natto cannot exist without fermentation. But there are also many other fermentation techniques and practices from around the country that are little known outside their native regions...

Unko Museum
Photo: unko_museum2019/Twitter
Museums

Unko Museum

icon-location-pin Aso Building, Yokohama Station area
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Looking for a wacky thing to do outside of our 88 things to do in Tokyo list? Then head over to this temporary museum in Yokohama dedicated to poop. Yes, really. The Unko ('poop' in Japanese) Museum is open until July 15, focusing exclusively on the cute emoji in all its pastel-coloured glory...

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Museums, Film and TV

The Science Behind Pixar

icon-location-pin Tokyo City View, Roppongi
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With blockbuster hits like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Monsters Inc.’, Pixar Studios has consistently created films and characters that have become household names. You can now learn about the animation in a behind-the-scenes tour of the technology that made Pixar so successful...

Things to do

Hello Kitty’s Anniversary Above The Clouds

icon-location-pin Tokyo Sky Tree, Oshiage
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Our favourite cat-girl Hello Kitty celebrates her 45th birthday this year, and for this special occasion, Tokyo Skytree has turned its Tembo Galleria into a pastel-coloured paradise for all her fans. Take Instagram-worthy shots at the many photo spots, including the large birthday cake panel featuring Hello Kitty and her friends...

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Gustav Klimt: Vienna - Japan
Gustav Klimt 'Beethoven Frieze' (Copy in original size), 1984 (Original: 1901–02). Belvedere, Vienna. © Belvedere, Vienna. Photo: Johannes Stoll
Art

Gustav Klimt: Vienna - Japan 1900

icon-location-pin Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno
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Most people know Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), arguably Austria’smost famous painter, as the artist of ‘The Kiss’ (1907), but his oeuvres offer much more. Klimt was raised in a cultural era informed by classical traditions, but in the 1890s he turned away from the norms of historicism and aesthetical conventions in search of modernity...

Restaurants

Crazy Bloody Marys at The Core Kitchen/Space

icon-location-pin The Core Kitchen/Space, Shinbashi
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The Core Kitchen/Space is switching things up this summer with some mind-boggling, OTT Bloody Mary like you've never seen before. The 'Crazy Bloody Mary' (¥1,600) is the classsic vodka-tomato juice cocktail gone wild: the tall drink is topped with a mini burger, a whole deep-fried soft shell crab, a shrimp skewer and more veggies than you can count...

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Things to do

Flower Aquarium directed by Naked – Brand New Sea

icon-location-pin Aqua Park Shinagawa, Shinagawa
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Aqua Park Shinagawa is hosting a brand-new event to prove that it is more than just an aquarium. With this collaboration, its daily performances will be enhanced with specal effects, music and art. Featuring brand-new fountains, digital projections and collaborations with J-pop group ‘Little Glee Monster’ and the multimedia creators at Naked Inc...

Things to do

City Light Fantasia by Naked – New World

icon-location-pin Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai
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City Light Fantasia is a popular annual event at the top of Landmark Tower in Yokohama. Produced by the multimedia creators at Naked Inc, the event combines Yokohama nightscapes with digital projections to give those views a whole new perspective...

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