Prismatic Cloud
Ginza Six

Things to do in Tokyo this week

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

By Time Out Tokyo Editors

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.

When you're spending time in a city as big as Tokyo, it's never too early to start planning for the week ahead. Although the novel Covid-19 coronavirus has had many venues closing temporarily and events put on hold, you can still pack a lot into seven days in the capital.

We've sorted through the many events and venues in Tokyo that are still open and running during this time, plus we're keeping an eye on the updated opening hours of the city's large department stores – all of which are still open for business. 

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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Best things to do this week

Rainbow Disco Club
Photo: Keisuke Tanigawa

Rainbow Disco Club music festival live-stream event

News Music

Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, organisers of the popular outdoor music festival Rainbow Disco Club (RDC) have decided to turn this year’s event into a paid 12-hour long live-streamed party, after fans expressed their disappointment over the event’s cancellation on social media. The live-stream will be held on Saturday April 18 from noon to midnight. For 12 hours non-stop, virtual party goers can watch a stellar lineup of DJs from Japan's EDM scene including the highly acclaimed DJ Nobu...

Prismatic Cloud
Ginza Six

Prismatic Cloud at Ginza Six

Art 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...


Form and Heart – Everyday is a Good Day

Things to do 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...

Banksy: Genius or Vandal?

Art Multiple venues

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...

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

Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art

Art Meiji Shrine & Inner Garden, Harajuku

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. Held at Meiji Shrine itself, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, as well as at various venues in the vicinity, the festival kicks off in March 2020 with ‘Tenkukaikatsu’, an open-air sculpture exhibition that features work by leading artists such as Kohei Nawa and Atsuhiko Misawa...

UNU Farmer's Market

United Nations University Farmers' Market

Shopping Aoyama

The UNU farmers’ market is one of Tokyo’s longest running and best-attended markets. Taking place every weekend in front of the university’s Aoyama headquarters, 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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