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
Finnish sauna
By Time Out Tokyo Editors

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. 

Our top picks this weekend

Things to do, pop-ups

Corona Winter Sauna

icon-location-pin Shimokitazawa Cage, Shimokitazawa

This winter, Shimokitazawa Cage is partnering with Corona to recreate a Finnish bathing experience right here in Tokyo's bohemian hub. To the uninitiated, Shimokitazawa Cage is an outdoor space under the train tracks, which hosts a rotating series of events including flea markets, music performances etc. However, this could just be the Cage’s most ambitious set-up yet. From January 19 to March 17, the space will host a Finnish sauna tent plus two cold baths...

Things to do, Food and drink events

Nabe Hut 2019 at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

icon-location-pin Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai

Warm up your innards at Yokohama's Red Brick Warehouse in late January, which is when this 'nabe hut' opens on the facility's main plaza. The hot pot haven offers a wide range of mixtures, from the standard pork and cabbage version to chanko, every sumo wrestler's nabe of choice...

Things to do

Furusato Matsuri 2019

icon-location-pin Tokyo Dome, Suidobashi

The annual Furusato Matsuri (‘Hometown Festival’) is a chance for the residents of Japan’s other prefectures to dazzle Tokyoites with their region’s unique culture – and, of course, its food. After you’ve sampled enough specialities at the food stalls, sit back and watch recreations of up to 20 popular regional festivals...

Music, Punk and metal

Solid 6 1/2's Reunion Show

icon-location-pin Sound Studio Dom, Koenji

One of Tokyo's favourite homegrown punk bands, Solid 6 1/2's is coming to Koenji's Sound Studio Dom for a reunion show, alongside noise punk rockers M.A.Z.E and soul band Winstons. Proud host of the monthly all-night bash The Hang Out, Sound Studio Dom is one of the most popular rock venues in Koenji – particularly beloved for its BYOB policy. Plus, with the ¥500 entry, this is one of the cheapest punk rock shows you'll find in Tokyo...

Things to do

Hokusai and the gourmets of Great Edo

icon-location-pin Sumida Hokusai Museum, Ryogoku

Hokusai Museum's new exhibition of ukiyo-e prints and other works by ‘The Great Wave’ artist Katsushika Hokusai focuses on food and delicacies of the Edo period...

Things to do

Nunohaku in Tokyo Vol.12

icon-location-pin Pario Machida, Machida

This long-running textile fair happens every spring and summer – but this year, they’re debuting an inaugural winter fair. At ‘Sunny Winter Weave’, you can browse through a vast selection of seasonal fabric and knit goods...


Carton Fair

icon-location-pin Souvenir From Tokyo, Nogizaka

The Carton Fair takes place at The National Art Center, Tokyo’s gift shop Souvenir from Tokyo in conjunction with the release of the new documentary ‘From All Corners (Tabisuru Danboru)’ by artist Fuyuki Shimazu. The flim features Shimazu's travels around the world, collecting unique cardboard boxes and turning them into adorable wallets and card cases...

Things to do

Wagashi no Irome - Utsuwa no Iroke

icon-location-pin Art Gallery Shiki Aoyama Tokyo, Shibuya

Wood craftsman Eiichi Tanaka teams up with wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) artist Shiho Sakamoto to showcase their works of art, where dainty, highly detailed handcrafted sweets will be placed on exquisite lacquerware...


Strawberry Sensations: Season of Love

icon-location-pin ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Roppongi

If you've ever wondered what all the hype was surrounding Japanese fruit, particularly strawberries, head over to the ANA InterContinental Tokyo for the sweetest season of all. Running for a few months and just in time for Valentine's Day, the hotel is offering three juicy strawberry-themed offerings at the hotel’s various bars and restaurants...


Oedo Antique Market

icon-location-pin Shibuya

The Oedo Antique Market, the largest and oldest outdoor market of its kind in Japan, is great for picking up some cool art, unique handicrafts or vintage decorative items. Keep an eye out for real Edo-era treasures hidden among the heaps of merchandise, which range from ceramics and clothing to ukiyo-e prints. You can visit the bazaar at two different locations throughout the month.

Yoyogi Park - Keyaki-namiki (8am-4pm): Sunday Feb 24.

Tokyo International Forum (9am-4pm): Sunday Jan 20, Feb 3 and 17, Mar 3 and 17, Apr 7, 21 and 28.

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