Things to do in Tokyo this week

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

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Mt Takao
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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.

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Best things to do this week

Dance

Shibuya Street Dance Week

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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A raging success for the past four years, Japan's biggest street dance bash returns to Yoyogi Park with a programme composed of performances, open 'dance battles', classes and even a contest for high school dance teams. The event is divided into four sectors: a 'battle park', a lecture area and a relaxed music space with a DJ booth on top of the main dance stage...

Tokyo Unplugged Time Out acoustic open mic night
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Nightlife

Tokyo Unplugged: Time Out Acoustic Open Mic Night

icon-location-pin Time Out Café & Diner, Ebisu
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We are excited to announce our first open-mic event at Time Out Tokyo Café & Diner on Thursday, November 14. We're inviting aspiring and established musicians, both local and visiting, to join us for a night of live acoustic music spanning all genres. Sit back and watch the talents on show, or take the stage and showcase your music to the public...

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Things to do

Autumn Leaves Festival

icon-location-pin Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa
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Showa Kigen Park is the most beautiful in autumn, with the maple and ginkgo trees blushing in fiery red and yellow. The Ginkgo trees are the first to turn, usually from the end of October, and you can see a boulevard of them lining the 300m-long street heading towards Tachikawa. The momoji and kaede trees, however, present their signature vermillion hues later in mid-November...

Things to do, Festivals

Shinjuku Seafood Mania

icon-location-pin Okubo Park Theatre Park, Shinjuku
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As if you needed an excuse to drink sparkling wine as you dine on fresh seafood – Shinjuku Seafood Mania is giving you one. Held in Okubo Park, the event is particularly focused on celebrating seasonal seafood. Give the autumn timing, this means you can look forward to delights such as hot steamed Sanriku oysters, giant Ise shrimp, fresh salmon and roe, and succulent crab...

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写真提供(公社)八王子観光コンベンション協会
Things to do

Mt. Takao Momiji Festival

icon-location-pin Mt Takao, Takaosan
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Throughout November a variety of events will be held at the base of Mt. Takao at venues including Takao Forest Center, Kiyotaki Station (the cable car stop) and teashop Ju-itchome Chaya on the mountainside. There will be masu-zake (wooden box cups for sake) on sale, performances by the theatre group, Tokyo Kokeshi...

Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Shinjuku Gyoen
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Things to do

Chrysanthemum Exhibition

icon-location-pin Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku-Sanchome
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Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the most magnificent parks in Tokyo, and if you need another reason to visit this top attraction, this two-week-long chrysanthemum exhibition is it. Just as cherry blossom is the representation of spring in Japan, chrysanthemum (or kiku in Japanese) is the symbol of autumn. More importantly, it is the ‘royal flower’ of Japan – the Imperial Seal of Japan is also known as the Chrysanthemum Seal. At Shinjuku Gyoen, this annual exhibition (since 1929) highlight the regal blooms under protective awnings...

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Things to do

Design Festa vol. 50

icon-location-pin Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake
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Whether it’s visual art, fashion, handicrafts or avant-garde performance that gets your juices owing, you’ll nd it at this sprawling cultural jamboree, held at Tokyo Big Sight every spring and autumn. About 10,000 artists are expected to descend on the conference centre, in an event that can be exhilarating and exhausting in equal measure...

Things to do

Hanapecha Exhibition

icon-location-pin Todays Gallery Studio, Asakusabashi
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Prepare for some cuteness overload at this exhibition where you’ll see pictures of French bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, shitzu and many more flat-snouted dogs. Expect more than 250 photos including your favourite Instagram dogs like Kimchi the pug and Maltese siblings Okayu and Omochi...

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Things to do

Night Sync Yokohama

icon-location-pin Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai
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A light exhibition directed by Seiichi Saito of Rhizomatiks, an expert of media art and expression through technology. This sparkling display can be seen at Shinko Central Plaza, which is just beside the city’s iconic ferris wheel, Cosmo Clock 21...

横浜音祭り
(C)oono ryusuke
Music

Yokohama Otomatsuri

icon-location-pin Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Minato Mirai
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Inaugurated in 2013, this two-month long music featival returns to Yokohama for its third edition. Enjoy a variety of performances from Japanese classical music to international sounds – there will be a symphony by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra...

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Things to do

Whisky Festival

icon-location-pin Belle Salle Takadanobaba, Takadanobaba
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Japan’s biggest whiskey festival is being held at Belle Sally Takadanobaba, with over 80 booths carrying a myriad of whiskies, cocktails, beers and cigars, along with pairing food the likes of cheese and ham. The festival will also feature seminars by whiskey experts as well as a free cocktail lesson led by world-acclaimed bartenders...

Things to do, Food and drink events

Tokyo Vegefood Festa

icon-location-pin Yoyogi Park, Harajuku
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Throughout the year, Yoyogi Park serves as a gathering point for Tokyo's various ethnic communities and special interest groups. On the first weekend in November, the vegan community gets its moment in the sun. Tokyo Vegefood Festa boasts roughly 100 stalls, ranging from macrobiotic cafés to vegetable vendors to environmentally friendly cosmetics, clothing and other goods...

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Baked & Craft Yokohama

icon-location-pin Marine & Walk Yokohama, Minato Mirai
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Marine & Walk is a relaxed open-air mall set against the panorama of Yokohama port, with a set of pedestrian-friendly streets winding through a waterfront warehouse district. This year, in collaboration with the Farmer’s Market @ UNU, it’s hosting a series of events on the third weekend of each month...

Art

Sense Island – Sarushima Dark Art Island

icon-location-pin Saru Island, Yokosuka
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The uninhabited Sarushima Island in Tokyo Bay (near Yokosuka) is transformed into an art site with a myriad of works from Japanese and international artists, all of whom are inspired by the island’s history as well as its geographical and topological features...

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Things to do

Exhibition of Smells

icon-location-pin Orbi Yokohama, Minato Mirai
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While most exhibitions are visual, this one invites you to use your nose. Everything from the sweetest scents to the most pungent odors will be featured in this unconventional showcase.  The exhibition has previously attracted close to 190,000 visitors with its lineup of items such as surströmming (fermented herring) and stinky tofu...

Things to do, Exhibitions

Ghostbusters in the Park

icon-location-pin Ginza Sony Park, Ginza
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Head on over to Ginza Sony Park to celebrate Ghostbusters 35th anniversary with an exhibition showcasing memories from the legendary ghostbusting team that debuted 35 years ago. Revisit your favourite scenes from the movie along with a display of props used in the 2016 film and hands-on activities like the face-changing photo booth and Ghostbusters Rookie Training experience...

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Jean-Michel Basquiat
Yusaku Maezawa Collection, Chiba. Artwork © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York
Art

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, a legend that is synonymous with New York in the 1980s...

Museums

Exhibition of Miniature Objects

icon-location-pin Tobacco & Salt Museum, Oshiage
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Get an up-close look at retro miniatures from the pre-war period. Roughly 1,500 miniature objects made by craftsmen from the Meiji era will be on show. The exhibition will be centered around the Minoru Nakata Collection, which consists of about 800 custom-made miniatures...

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Things to do

Life in Finland

icon-location-pin Living Design Centre Ozone, Shinjuku
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This design-focused exhibition features about 50 works from Finland, including homeware and furniture, that represent each period after the country’s independence in 1917. Enjoy a range of creations ranging from those reflecting Finnish lifestyles to industrial designs and objects imbued with humour...

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Ocean by Naked

icon-location-pin Aso Building, Yokohama Station area
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Lightup champions Naked Inc return with a new projection mapping project, that takes you down to the bottom of the sea. At this interactive event you can be surrounded by digital fish shoals; admire digital fluid art of jellyfish, that burst into colour splodges when being touched...

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Things to do

Marunouchi Illumination

icon-location-pin Marunouchi Naka-dori, Marunouchi
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Marunouchi Naka-dori, always one of the most popular Tokyo illumination spots, will be lit up with countless champagne-coloured, extra-low energy LED bulbs this year too, making for a display that's as environmentally friendly as it is stylish. Just strolling down the glittering street, which is lined with fancy boutiques and cafés, makes for a nice post-dinner date option...

Tokyo Mega Illumination
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Things to do

Tokyo Mega Illumination

icon-location-pin Oi Racecourse - Tokyo City Flea Market, Oimachi
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The Oi Racecourse, aka the Tokyo City Keiba, will be lit up during the nighttime races with colourful illumination. What's more, there will be a 'time travel area' featuring designs and artworks from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, as well as a 100 metre tunnel covered in lights, making it the biggest illumination in the Kanto area...

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Art

Vincent van Gogh

icon-location-pin Ueno Royal Museum, Ueno
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How did Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) become the world-famous iconic artist?  Van Gogh died at the young age of 37, and 10 years of his life were devoted to painting. He didn’t pursue art until the age of 27, when he was accepted at The Hague School, which had a perceptible influence on him and would continue to inform his style even after his move to Paris...

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