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

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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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Celebrate Rugby World Cup 2019 at these free Fanzones in and around Tokyo

Couldn't get a ticket to a Rugby World Cup match? Don't worry; you can still enjoy the Games to the fullest at these official Rugby World Cup 2019 Fanzones in and around our capital. Happening throughout the duration of the Games from September 20 to November 2, these Fanzones are a hive of activity: you can watch live screenings of all 48 matches, partake in traditional Japanese workshops, enjoy rugby-themed sessions, take some souvenir photos, fuel up on food and drink, and simply celebrate the joyous mood with fans from all around the world. Here’s a list of the Rugby World Cup Fanzones in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kumagaya (Saitama) – all of them free and open to everyone...

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Japan Sake Festival

icon-location-pin Takashimaya Nihombashi, Nihonbashi
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From October 24-28, Takashiyama Nihonbashi Department Store is hosting a special kind of sake extravaganza – browse and buy rare sake, taste around 500 varieties of sake curated from across Japan, and savour new flavours at sake-and-food pairing pop-ups...

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Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Matsuri

icon-location-pin Nihonbashi area, Nihonbashi
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This massive festival is famous for its colourful parade, which boasts around 2,000 participants marching through the streets. Expect a variety of performances ranging from traditional dance troupes from Hokkaido to Okinawa, to marching bands from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, the Tokyo Fire Department and local junior-high and high schools...

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Edo Performing Arts Festival in Taito

icon-location-pin Asakusa Public Hall, Asakusa
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Enjoy the spirit of the Edo period in this festival that features rakugo (traditional storytelling), ghost stories and Japanese dance as well as film and theatre events.  The rakugo performance is free of charge and English subtitles will be provided, so foreign audience members will understand what is being said...

Music

Les Romanesques x Tomomi Asuka

icon-location-pin Queen's Square Yokohama, Minato Mirai
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Western pop and enka, the Japanese traditional ballad, will come together in this most unexpected of collaborations. Les Romanesques, a Japanese duo formed in Paris in 2011, will attempt to meld their music into the slow sounds of enka singer Tomomi Asuka. And it is not only the music that will present a drastic contrast...

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Tokyo Ramen Show

icon-location-pin Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground, Komazawa-Daigaku
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We strongly recommend attending the 11th edition of this renowned noodlefest with an empty stomach, since the slurp specialists behind this ramen extravaganza are bringing the greatest noodle soup makers from all over Japan to Komazawa Olympic Park. Some of the ramen masters will be offering regional specialities and new soups created specifically for the occasion...

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Aoyama Sake Flea

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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Sake fans, clear your schedule for the second weekend of October, when the 11th Aoyama Sake Flea takes over the courtyard at the Farmer’s Market @ UNU. The event will host 22 breweries from all over the country to showcase their sake and provide insights on how to enjoy Japan's best-known traditional drink. Purchase a tasting package and start sipping...

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Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival

icon-location-pin Ikebukuro Station, Ikebukuro
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Cosplay lovers who prefer dressing up as their beloved anime or game characters, instead of the usual witches, mummies and creepy clowns, will love this massive party in Ikebukuro. Expect more than 20,000 cosplayers parading along the streets of Ikebukuro East, an area which is gaining gound as an incubator of subcultures...

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Craft Chocolate Festival

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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Similar to the farm-to-table concept, artisanal chocolate producers follow a bean-to-bar philosophy. This means sourcing directly from farmers, being knowledgeable about ingredients and supply chains, and respecting the natural flavour of the ingredients. What this means for consumers is that we get rich, nuanced, flavourful and sustainably sourced chocolate – and Craft Chocolate Festival is here to celebrate that...

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Dai Tsukemen Haku

icon-location-pin Okubo Park Theatre Park, Shinjuku
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Dai Tsukemen Haku will be held at the Okubo Park between Shinjuku's Kabukicho and Shin-Okubo. The daily changing lineup of shops – a total of 100 vendors from all over Japan – will serve their noodle creations (ramen, tsukemen and abura soba) for over a month from October 3 to November 4. Stalls of Tokyo-based restaurants include Menya Shichisai, Ramen Hajime, Ramen Koike and more...

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Yusaku Maezawa Collection, Chiba. Artwork © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made in Japan

icon-location-pin Mori Arts Center Gallery, Roppongi
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The chance of seeing a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in a museum is rare. It’s even rarer to see a comprehensive exhibition of his works under one roof – but you can do so at the Mori Art Gallery Center from September 21 through November 17. Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) has become a much-romanticised figure in contemporary art...

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Ginza Six Rooftop Orchestra ‘The Garden of Sounds’

icon-location-pin Ginza Six, Ginza
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Ichiro Yamaguchi, a member of the Hokkaido-based rock band Sakanaction, has created a visual and sound installation ‘NF’ on the rooftop garden of Ginza Six. This green space features six monuments, each resembling a small orchestra and is surrounded by several light pillars...

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#Tawapa Chiba Port Tower Music Party

icon-location-pin Chiba Port Tower, Chiba
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With its location right next to Tokyo Bay, the stately Chiba Port Tower is not just a landmark of Chiba, the prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. It also has a 113m-high observation deck that affords a sweeping view of the Greater Tokyo area.  In October, the tower will transform into a live music venue playing host to local musicians and DJs. That’s not all, you can also look forward to art exhibitions...

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Nightlife, Clubs

Ageha Halloween 2019 Road to Olympia

icon-location-pin AgeHa, Shin-Kiba
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Go big this Halloween at Ageha’s annual Halloween bash on October 26. With the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this year’s costume theme is ‘sports’, so you're encouraged to come dressed as your favourite sports personality. You better take heed as Ageha’s legendary costume contest is set to make a return with a grand prize of ¥500,000...

Nightlife, Nightlife venues

Ebisu Circuit Festival

icon-location-pin Nos Ebisu, Ebisu
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It is Halloween season again and just like previous years, the shops of Ebisu are coming together to celebrate the occasion with a neighbourhood-wide party. On October 27, seven restaurants and bars across Ebisu will host Halloween parties with music and pancakes, welcoming revellers with a steady line-up from 5pm to 11pm...

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Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome Halloween Party

icon-location-pin Yumenoshima Park Tropical Greenhouse Dome, Shin-Kiba
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Get into the Halloween spirit at Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome’s annual pumpkin exhibition, where over 100 pumpkins from Ibaraki prefecture will be on display all over the garden. These pumpkins are much larger than the average Japanese kabocha, and can weigh up to 100 kilograms each. Feel free to sit on them, take pictures and roll them around as you please...

Art, Photography

Night Factory Views Exhibition

icon-location-pin Todays Gallery Studio, Asakusabashi
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Industrial lights can be a beautiful sight. The concentration of factories, when seen at night with all its lights on, provides a visual example of humanity’s ability to introduce mesmerising order into an otherwise empty landscape. But why just look at these beautiful night views when you can also learn how to photograph these captivating factory lights...

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Halloween at Sumida Aquarium

icon-location-pin Sumida Aquarium, Oshiage
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Sumida Aquarium has transformed itself into a Halloween-themed seascape for the entire month of October. The 50m jellyfish hallway now features 5,000 mirrors covering the entire wall, complete with Halloween decorations and lighting, turning the entire space into a giant psychedelic kaleidoscope. Kids can participate in a free seal-and-penguin trick-or-treating cup-making class daily until 4pm...

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Tokyo Midtown Design Touch

icon-location-pin Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
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This multi-part event, which lets you explore the world of design through all five senses, has been an annual occurrence at Tokyo Midtown since 2007. This year's programme promises to be the most ambitious yet...

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