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
Grand Hyatt Tokyo sweets buffet
By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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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.

Our top picks this weekend

Art

Stay cool at a museum

Fancy seeing an art show this weekend but no idea where to go? Well look no further. You can't go wrong with one of these top art exhibitions taking place in Tokyo this summer. You could also check out Tokyo's best outdoor art, choose from all the exhibitions showing right now, or fill your Instagram feed at two of the hottest new museums this year: Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets Tokyo.

Things to do, Exhibitions

Discover Tokyo with Seibu Shibuya

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In celebration of Time Out Tokyo’s 20th issue, we have collaborated with Seibu Shibuya to put together the interactive exhibition 'Tokyo Creative x Time Out Tokyo: Discover Tokyo with Seibu Shibuya', featuring all 20 of our quarterly magazine covers. Take a close look at our inaugural issue, which was published back in November 2013, and make your way through five years’ worth of covers, right up to our latest issue for Autumn (Oct-Dec) 2018. Aside from the inaugural issue, all of Time Out Tokyo’s impactful covers are born of a successful collaboration between our international editorial team and the reputable art director Steve Nakamura. Steve is widely known as the creative mind behind 15-plus CD jackets of world-famous Japanese pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Walk through the engaging construction site-inspired exhibition space featuring safety cones, signposts, barricades and LED lights directing you to the different zones. Within this unique setting, the exhibition adopts a hands-on approach as you’re able to recreate your own Time Out Tokyo magazine cover using quirky props. Also, find out how it feels like to crawl onto a bed in a capsule hotel, sample fine sake, and uncover more great Tokyo experiences. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our latest map ‘30 ways to uncover Tokyo with Seibu Shibuya’, which will bring you to some of the city’s top experiences. Before you leave the exhibition (on the seventh floor of Seibu Shibuya Bldg A), make sure to pass by the large wind

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Perrotin gimhongsok
Inadequate (EVERY, DAY, ACTS, LIKE, LIFE) - LIKE, 2016. Cast bronze. 119 × 92 × 99 cm | 46 7/8 × 36 1/4 × 39 1/3 in. Courtesy the artist and Perrotin.
Art

Gimhongsok

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Catch Korean conceptual artist gimhongsok as he presents his latest solo show at Perrotin Tokyo. Featuring seven of his artworks, this exhibition showcases the artist's main interests and recent works including three bronze balloon-shaped sculptures from his series 'Inadequate (EVERY, DAY, ACTS, LIKE, LIFE)', as well as a wall mural, two oil paintings and a cast resin sculpture.  For those interested in getting a further insight on the artist and his works, Perrotin Tokyo is hosting a free talk with gimhongsok and Mori Art Museum's chief curator Mami Kataoka on September 22 between 2-3pm. The talk will be conducted in English with Japanese translations. 

Things to do

Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium

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Deploying a range of lighting tricks, projection mapping and traditional Japanese motifs, not to mention thousands of live goldfish, self-proclaimed ‘art aquarium producer' Hidetomo Kimura’s annual exhibition is back again with an eclectic combo of stylised Edo culture and modern-day technology. Go after 7pm for a hot atmosphere, cocktails and DJ tunes courtesy of local stars including Ken Ishii, Kuniyuki Takahashi and Rina (gigs only on weekends). Finally, you'll need to keep in mind that this is usually one of Tokyo's most popular summer happenings – there will be queues.

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Art

Bento – Design for Eating, Gathering and Communicating

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is examining how humans interact with one other through the lense of that most Japanese of lunches: the bento. The interactive exhibition centres on the charms of carrying a bento around, and will have participatory workshops led by leading artists in the bento and food world. Expect photographs detailing the social fabric of bento, a documentary on bento made by middle schoolers, unique bento boxes and more.

Restaurants

15th anniversary afternoon tea

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In conjunction with its 15th anniversary, The French Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Tokyo is bringing back six of their award-winning cakes for a special afternoon tea buffet. There are three cakes in particular, themed after the circus, which received accolades at the 2012 Mondial des Arts Sucres, a prestigious international pastry competition held in France.Soleil is a bright, tropical fruit cake made with pineapple, mango, passionfruit and white cheese. Lumiere, on the other hand, is a perfect pairing of pistachio with raspberry-flavoured chocolate mousse. But if you like your dessert dark and complex, the rich chocolate ganache tart called Cirque should do the trick.The cakes will be featured on a rotating basis every two weeks, and they are accompanied by a variety of sweet and savoury treats. There’s the hotel’s famed eclairs, along with mango pudding, ricotta cheese tarts and more – all to be enjoyed with one of three premium organic teas from the Los-Angeles brand, Art of Tea.

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View of the East side (Mitsukoshi and Isetan Department Stores) from the Shinjuku Station
Photo: Gaetano Faillance / PPS (Pacific Press Service)
Things to do

Tokyo: 150 years

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It's been 150 years since the city of Edo was officially renamed Tokyo on July 17, 1868. Enough reason for some celebration and retrospection, the folks at the Edo-Tokyo Museum must have thought, with this exhibition full of photographs of the city in all its glory. See images of Shinjuku devoid of cars or of glitzy Ginza without the skyscrapers: it's the city like you've never seen it before, if you've been on this earth for less than half a century or so. 

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