Things to do in Tokyo this week

This week’s hottest events, gigs, films, festivals and more

Pinot Palooza
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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When you're spending time in a city as big as Tokyo, it's never too early to start planning for the week ahead. You can pack a lot of living into seven days, whether you're someone who likes to spend an afternoon at the museum or prefers to stay out late clubbing. We've sifted through hundreds of listings to weed out a handful of the week's best events, gigs, festivals and things to do.

Looking for more? Check out our list of the best things to do in Tokyo.

Best things to do this week

Things to do

Roppongi Art Night

icon-location-pin Roppongi Crossing, Roppongi
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The annual nocturnal celebration of all things art, Roppongi Art Night has returned to its original spring date, with the usual line-up of outdoor installations, art events, live performances, cultural exhibitions and more taking over Roppongi from dusk until way past dawn. It's Roppongi like you've never seen it before after dark...

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One Love, Wine Love

icon-location-pin United Nations University Farmers' Market, Aoyama
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The title of this twice-yearly wine festival plays on the lyrics of a classic Bob Marley tune and keeps to the same sentiment: ‘Let’s get together and feel alright.’ And with over 180 wines on offer from Japan and around the world – coupled with live music and outdoor food vendors at the UNU Farmers Market – it promises to deliver...

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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...

Things to do, Food and drink events

Hibiya Oktoberfest 2019

icon-location-pin Hibiya Park, Hibiya
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Fun fact: Oktoberfest in Tokyo isn’t really confined to the festival’s namesake month but rather, a common occurrence in summer. After Odaiba and Nakano, the third Bavarian beer fest of the year takes place in Hibiya Park and features the familiar sausages, oom-pah music and quality German beer served in hefty glass tankards...

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Art, Live art

Art Battle Tokyo

icon-location-pin Warehouse Terrada, Tennozu
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Originally started in New York, the Art Battle series has now spread to over 50 cities worldwide. The concept is pretty much as the name suggests: a group of artists take to the stage and battle it out on the canvas...

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Laos Festival

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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The Laos Festival used to be one of the less popular of Yoyogi Park's many colourful celebrations taking place during spring and summer, but it's certainly grown in popularity in recent years. Still, the relative lack of crowds (especially compared to the Thai festival), the relaxed atmosphere and an attractive array of food stands and handicraft stalls make it one of the more pleasant ones...

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Nightlife, Nightlife venues

Open Air Tokyo

icon-location-pin Soho the Bar, Aomi
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Famed for having one of the best views of the Tokyo nightscape, SOHO in Odaiba has been the setting for films and TV shows looking to catch that perfect view. At the end of May, the rooftop bar will transform into a massive all-day open air party with Australian DJ TOURS spinning the decks...

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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...

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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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Manpaku

icon-location-pin Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa
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Held at Showa Kinen Park, this massive food festival really piles it on. There are 10 different areas, including a dedicated meat section to seafood ones, with anything from juicy steaks and fresh-out-of-the-water seafood donburi to healthy salads on offer. It's a gourmet's fantasy, and with last year's edition buzzing from morning to evening, we expect this year to be another belly-filling grand affair...

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Pinot Palooza
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Things to do, Festivals

Pinot Palooza

icon-location-pin Tabloid, Takeshiba
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There ain’t no party like a Pinot Palooza party, as anyone who’s been to the event in its home country of Australia, or its inaugural Tokyo offshoot last year, will know. This year, the rollicking celebration of all things pinot-grape is set to continue its festivities with bottomless wine tastings of around 100 selections, including red, rosé and sparkling...

Nightlife

Edge House feat. Piero Pirupa

icon-location-pin Sound Museum Vision, Shibuya
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On May 25, the Edge House series (happening every Saturdays at the Sound Museum Vision Shibuya) welcomes Italian techno artist Piero Pirupa for his much-anticipated performance in Japan. Pirupa, who started his career as a local DJ and promoter, had his first major international breakout hit in 2009 and has not looked back since...

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Music, Music festivals

Greenroom Festival

icon-location-pin Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai
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The concept behind the Greenroom Festival down at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is 'Save the Beach, Save the Ocean'. The outdoor party celebrates beach and surf culture, but with an emphasis on protecting the ever-shrinking number of usable domestic beaches in Japan...

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Art

Osamu Watanabe Solo Show ‘Capitalism’

icon-location-pin Hankyu Men's Tokyo, Yurakucho
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Japanese contemporary artist Osamu Watanabe has been gaining an international following with his unique work, in which he shapes resin into beautiful decorations for snacks. As the top artist for sweets decoration, Watanabe’s works have been exhibited across Asia, Europe, and America. He returns to Tokyo with a solo show of his latest creations at Hankyu department store...

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Our Parks Toranomon Hills Yoga Spring

icon-location-pin Toranomon Hills, Toranomon
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Starting yoga can be hard, especially for people with little background knowledge on this fitness philosophy. To get more people interested in the ancient art, yoga classes are organised at the grassy central plaza of Toranomon Hills every Monday and Sunday for anyone to attend...

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Midtown Open the Park

icon-location-pin Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
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A popular shopping mall in the city centre, Tokyo Midtown will be hosting a series of activities fit for the entire family. Everyone can enjoy activities such as outdoor yoga in the mall’s grassy central plaza, a tree and bird watching tour in its leafy vicinity, and paper craft workshops...

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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...

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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

icon-location-pin Fuji Motosuko Resort,
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Great views of majestic Mount Fuji and seemingly endless fields of shibazakura ('pink moss') – it's no wonder that this annual spring festival out at Lake Motosu in Yamanashi attracts hordes of Tokyoites...

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...

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Unko Museum
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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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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Exhibition

icon-location-pin TOC Gotanda Messe, Gotanda
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After mesmerising the world with their music for over 50 years, the Rolling Stones reflect their history with a global tour of the band’s signature, historical items. Some 500 pieces of artifacts, curated by the band members themselves, arrive in Tokyo after showings in New York, Chicago and Sydney...

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Art

Life of Japanese Women in Ukiyo-e

icon-location-pin Shoto Museum of Art, Shinsen
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Public life in Edo-era Japan was dominated by men, but that does not mean women did not have their vibrant lives recorded. One such mediums used to record female lives was the woodblock art of ukiyo-e. The Shoto Museum of Art in Shibuya is bringing together some of the best works from Edo’s ukiyo-e masters to showcase the lives of women back in the day...

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