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

RK Neorient
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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UPDATE: Many events have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if yours has been affected, please call ahead to confirm.

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, we've put together the best events and places to check out in the capital on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the novel Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, which has prompted some venues to temporarily close and events to be put on hold or cancelled, there are many attractions which remain open, including Tokyo's major department stores, all of which are still trading – they've just adjusted their opening hours.

If you're out and about in Tokyo, read our tips on how to protect yourself from coronavirus and travel safer in Tokyo.

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Our top picks this weekend

Summer Sonic 2019
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Music

Summer Sonic 2019 Replay: Stay in and Watch

Tokyo,

Summer Sonic is streaming some of the most popular performances from the 2019 festival, including The Struts, Bring Me The Horizon, Tash Sultana, Band-Maid, Lovebites and Flume. Each artist's entire live set will stream on loop for 24 hours on Summer Sonic's official YouTube channel, with a different artist featured daily.

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Yellow Digital Market
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Yellow Digital Market Opening Party

Yellow Blank Market, Shibuya

Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, Shibuya-based music club Yellow Blank Market has launched an online club, Yellow Digital Market, to provide live-streams of DJ performances for all the fans at home. The online party event stretches over three days, featuring Shintaro, Hokuto and Kekke on April 3; Shinichi Osawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka and Jaxx da Fishworks on April 4; and DJ Sodeyama and Satoshi Otsuki on Sunday, April 5. To join the event, get your free ticket here.  

Live from Studio X
Photo: Contact
Nightlife

Live from Studio X

Contact, Shibuya

One of Shibuya’s top nightclubs and live music venues, Contact may have temporarily closed – but it's still bringing out dance tunes in its live-streaming show, 'Live From Studio X'. From 9pm to 2am JST on April 3, 4 and 10, techno and house musicians will spin and perform their tunes live. For ¥500, you’ll get access to all the live programs.

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Kuro Deko
Photo: Martin Holtkamp
Music

Kuro Deko live-stream performance

Originally set to perform at Parco Commune, Kuro Deko have switched their live performance to online streaming. The live event will be hosted on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday April 5 and will be streamed from Kuro Deko’s Ikejiri-Ohashi studio. The post-punk band will perform their new wave- and '80s-inspired music from 1pm.

speakeasy TYO
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Nightlife

Speakeasy TYO World-Wide Streaming Party

Tokyo,

Speakeasy TYO is taking its underground party online on Sunday April 5 from 4pm to 8pm. Join the party on Zoom and dance to the usual lineup of DJs spinning EDM, or if you prefer to just watch, the event will also be live streamed on Facebook. For more details, see their Facebook event page. 

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Takao Tajima
Photo: Takao Tajima
Music

Takao Tajima Tour on Web

Tokyo,

This live broadcast is an additional performance to Japanese musician Takao Tajima's postponed tour. During this evening special, he will perform all the songs planned for the original tour. After you’ve purchased your ticket for ¥1,000 here, you can rewatch the show as often as you like until April 8 (9.59pm).

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Harupara!

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Yokohama

Experience a slightly different kind of hanami (cherry blossom viewing) at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, a massive aquarium facility on an island in Yokohama. You can catch 50,000 sardines dancing to music while bathed in pastel pink and white lights, plus a group of African penguins parading through a miniature cherry tree alley. If you’re feeling peckish, the on-site restaurants offer sakura-themed menus, but you can also bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic under the 700 cherry trees.

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Sakura Fes Nihonbashi / Off to Meet

Multiple venues

The area around Nihonbashi’s Coredo Muromachi Terrace is transforming into a pink space boasting sakura-themed installations and light-up events come spring. Between March 16 and 31, you can see a cherry tree covered with 8,000 shining leaves that light up whenever someone plays the on-site piano (avaialble from 4pm-10pm). Meanwhile, Nihonbashi Art Street sees an installation of weeping cherry blossoms moulded into the shape of Japanese phrases that sway to gentle music (5pm-8pm). Various buildings in Nihonbashi are also putting on a pastel pink light show that runs until April 5.

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Seiseki Neko Fes

Keio Seiseki Sakuragaoka Shopping Center, Tama

Seiseki Sakuragaoka, famous as the setting for the Studio Ghibli movie ‘Whisper of the Heart’ featuring a talking cat, holds a massive cat-themed festival over two weeks inside the local Keio shopping centre. Along with an exhibition of 200 cat photos taken by popular photographer Mitsuaki Iwago, you'll find a large variety of cat-themed souvenirs, and on April 4, visitors have the chance to adopt abandoned and stray cats courtesy of an animal rescue group.

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Hibiya Blossom

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya transforms into a floral paradise for this event. The Hibiya Step Square will be equipped with a garden that lets you enjoy blooms from different perspectives, and along the Hibiya Nakadori street you can shop for spring flowers and products that boast floral motifs at the on-site market (Apr 17-19). If you’re one of the first 500 visitors on April 29, you'll be given a seasonal flower to take home. 

RK Neorient
Photo: © RK
Art

RK:NEOrient

Diesel Art Gallery, Shibuya

Japanese photographer RK has risen to Instagram fame over the past few years, gaining over 400,000 followers with colourful, detail-packed images that convey the sense of daily life in Asia’s ultra-high-density cities. He also excels at revealing the unintentional symmetries and other patterns that appear in the cluttered architecture of cities such as Tokyo and Hong Kong...

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Form and Heart – Everyday is a Good Day

Muji Ginza, Higashi-Ginza

Japan’s way of wrapping gifts is an art in itself, and at this Ginza exhibition you'll learn more about this beautiful tradition, including a special gift-appropriate method of tying knots, plus the delicate way of folding paper in origami style. The tradition of handing over meticulously wrapped gifts that reflect the givers' sincerity dates back to the Muromachi period (around 1336-1573). On April 11, you can participate in a free gallery tour and talk about origami-folding techniques...

Minnie Mouse
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Restaurants

Oh My! Minnie Mouse

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, Harajuku

Get your Disney fix at this pop-up café based on everyone’s favourite female mouse, Minnie Mouse. Minnie made her debut alongside Mickey Mouse in the animated short film ‘Steamboat Willie’ (1928) and has been Mickey's long-term girlfriend ever since. The café’s overall theme is ‘Minnie Mouse as a positive lifestyle icon in the modern age’, with all menu items designed around the cartoon rodent...

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Prismatic Cloud
Ginza Six
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Prismatic Cloud at Ginza Six

Ginza Six, Ginza

The ritzy Ginza Six department store will be decked out with a mesmerizing cloud-like art installation created by Japanese designer and artist, Yoshioka Tokujin, from February 27 until the end of October. His works have been displayed all around the world including at the Musée d'Orsay and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently, Tokujin turned heads with his designs for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic torches. As the name Prismatic Cloud suggests, Tokujin’s gigantic sculpture is made from over 10,000 white prism rods dangling from the top in the centre of the building...

Art

Banksy: Genius or Vandal?

Aso Building, Yokohama Station area

Banksy is the most notorious street artist of this generation, but his real identity remains a mystery to the world that admired his works as they spontaneously appeared on city streets overnight. Though images of Banksy's work have been widely circulated online, the artist has never organised conventional exhibitons, making it harder for international fans to see a collection of his works in person.  This unauthorised exhibition, which has already been held in five cities around the world, is made possible by private art collectors...

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松山智一《Wheels of Fortune》2020 ステンレス ©Mariko ASAYAMA
松山智一《Wheels of Fortune》2020 ステンレス ©Mariko ASAYAMA
Art

Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art

Meiji Shrine & Inner Garden, Harajuku

Note: The dates and hours of this event may change due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. Please see the official website for the latest details. A celebration of art and culture set in the forest surrounding Meiji Shrine, this festival – co-presented by Japan Cultural Expo – zooms in on the relationship between nature and Japanese arts and culture with a diverse programme that will be going on until 2021...

UNU Farmer's Market
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Shopping

Farmers Market at UNU

Aoyama

The Farmers Market at UNU (United Nations University) is one of Tokyo’s longest running and best-attended markets. Taking place every weekend in front of United Nations University, this one always attracts a knowledgeable crowd. Organic and local fare is readily available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, with the farmers themselves happy to provide details about their wares...

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Attractions

Shibuya Sky

Shibuya

Catch the best views of Tokyo at this 360° open-air observation deck at the rooftop of Shibuya Scramble Square. Shibuya Sky is approximately 230 metres above ground and is the highest point in the district of Shibuya. The ‘Sky Edge’, a corner where you can look down at the cityscape below without any obstruction, is a particularly good photo spot that provides a panoramic view of the city...

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Kotatsu Terrace

Ride, Tennozu

Warm up with a simple yose nabe (basic Japanese hot pot) while sitting at a cosy kotatsu, a low table covered with a futon blanket embedded with an electric heater. For a limited time, Ride is offering a kotatsu dining experience with a view of the Tennozu canals, featuring a special yose nabe dish which includes duck and chicken tsukune (meatball), pork slices, crab and a variety of veggies...

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