Best Things to do in Tokyo this Week

Weekly Things to Do

Need to get some inspiration for what to do this week in Tokyo? Say no more and check out this weeks Highlights of Tokyo

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July 19 – July 25th

Tokyo Celebrations

Brazil Festival 2024

Celebrating its 17th year, Festival Brasil 2024 — also known as Brazilian Day Tokyo — pulls in an impressive crowd. You’ll get a taste of Brazillian music with samba, forró, bossa nova, and pagode, as well as more than 20 stands and food trucks. Chow down on barbecue, feijoada, coxinha, churros, and caipirinha. To top it all off, there will be performances from capoeira groups.

Official WebsiteBrazil Festival 2024 
LocationYoyogi Park Events Square 
Dates 20th Jun–21st July, 2024
Start/End Time11:00am – 07:00pm

Ueno Summer Festival

The Ueno Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) consists of various events and festivities over an approximately month-long period beginning in mid-July.The festival includes a paper lantern-floating festival (July 17 in 2024), an antique market, and various musical and dance performances.

Official WebsiteUeno Summer Festival 2024 
LocationUeno Park 
Dates 12th Jul–12th Aug, 2024
Start/End TimeWadaiko Show: A taiko group will perform a drum show from July 21 to 27 from 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day near Shinobazu Pond. 
Paper Lantern Festival: Lanterns will be set off on Shinobazu Pond from 7 p.m. on July 17.
Ice sculptures: See artists carve creations out of ice on July 22 at 2 p.m.
Antique Market: From July 20 to August 4, there will be vendors selling unique goods from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wind chimes: 2,000 wind chimes will take over Hasumi Deck near Shinobazu Pond throughout the event period.

Midtown Summer 2024

The main event at Midtown Summer is the Ashimizu, a gentle stream running through the Midtown garden. Sit on the benches nearby and soak your tired feet in the cool water. The gardens’ trees and sun shades provide relief from the heat. If you stop by at night, see the area lit with unique illuminations.

Besides Ashimizu, Midtown Summer has plenty to do, not least for children — workshops and games keep their little hands busy. And if you need some adult relief from the heat, there’s also the Midori Gin Soda Midpark Lounge. Settle under the shade with a cool gin and forget the blazing sun.

Official WebsiteMidtown Summer 2024 
LocationTokyo Midtown 
Dates 12th Jul–25th Aug, 2024

Enoshima Lanterns Festival 2024 

We’ve discussed Enoshima before, but for a month and a half in summer, this beautiful island transforms at night. Various locations, such as Enoshima Shrine, Iwaya Caves, Samuel Cocking Garden, and the Enoshima Sea Candle are illuminated with lanterns and light shows.

Official WebsiteEnoshima Lanterns Festival 2024 
LocationEnoshima Shrine 
Dates 20th Jul–31st Aug, 2024
Start/End Time9:00am – 8:30pm

Tokyo Art

Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition

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Studio Ghibli has been entrancing both Japanese and foreign audiences for decades. But now, you get the chance to peek behind the curtain and see the magic as it’s made, at the Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition. You’ll be able to see the hand-drawn art that inspired scenes from the iconic Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Not only that, but you can interact with life-sized versions of your favorite set pieces — take a ride in the Cat Bus, or sit next to Kaonashi.

Official WebsiteGhibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition 
LocationMaps 
Dates 28th Jun–23rd Sep, 2024
TicketsAdults: Advanced sales: ¥1,900
Children: Advanced sales: ¥1,200
Students:Advanced sales: ¥1,600
Start/End Time09:30am – 08:00pm

Clamp Exhibition

This limited-time exhibition champions the iconic work produced by Clamp, an all-female Japanese manga artist collective. Original and exclusive goods, such as cards, themed coffee bags, and badges, will also be on sale. On top of this, the restaurants and cafes inside the National Art Center will also be serving dishes inspired by works shown in the exhibition. Some will also be giving away a limited-edition coaster. 

Official WebsiteClam Exhibition 
LocationTokyo National Art Center 
Dates 3rd Jul–23rd Sep, 2024
TicketsGeneral on-the-day ticket:¥2,100 for adults, ¥1,400 for university students¥1,000 for high school students
Start/End Time10:00 – 18:00

Junji Ito Exhibition: Enchantment 

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Experience the must-see Junji Ito exhibition, marking his first major showcase in Japan. Discover his renowned macabre artistry up close, featuring iconic scenes from acclaimed manga like “Tomie” and “Uzumaki.” Delve into his unique style through hand-drawn artworks on various mediums, alongside unseen pieces. Immerse yourself in spine-chilling 3D models, including a captivating display centered on “Uzumaki.”

Official WebsiteJunji Ito Exhibition
LocationMaps
Dates 04/27/2024- 09/01/2024
Start/End Time10:00 – 18:00

Markets

Hanazono Shrine Antique Market 

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Roughly translated as Hanazono Shrine Blue Sky Antique Fair, it definitely gives a hint about the preferred weather conditions. It runs from sunrise to sunset, but most stalls close around 3 p.m.

Official WebsiteHanazono Shrine Antique Market  
LocationHanazono Shrine 
Dates 21st Jul, 2024
Start/End Time6:30am – 3:00pm

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market 

One of Tokyo’s biggest and most frequent flea markets, this event takes place over many — if not all — weekends a month. Also known as the Tokyo City Flea Market, it can feature up to 600 vendors on a busy day, making it a great place to hunt for bargains.

Most vendors sell used clothes simply laid out in piles on a tarp, but some have fossils, gemstones, Japanese antiques, household goods, or secondhand electronics on offer.

You can definitely bargain at this market, as prices suggested by the mainly private sellers are flexible.

Official WebsiteOhi Racecourse Flea Market 
LocationOi Racecourse 
Dates 20th – 21st Jul, 2024
Start/End Time9:00am – 2:30pm

The Oedo Antique Market

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If you love antique shopping, don’t miss “the largest outdoor antique market in Japan,” held on the first and third Sunday of each month. You can find ¥1,000 yukata, kimono, jimbei, and accessories like belts, ties, and bags. The market also offers a variety of ornaments, tea ceremony bowls, watches, and other knick-knacks.

The Oedo Antique Market is held at the Tokyo International Forum, adjacent to Yurakuchō Station on the JR Yamanote Line. Nearby coffee shops are available if you need a break. Note that the market is canceled if it rains.

Official WebsiteOedo Antique Market
LocationTokyo International Forum
Dates 21/07/2024
Start/End Time9:00 – 16:00

Kawai Flea Market 

Taking place in Ikebukuro, this small flea market is punted at the ladies, though, in our experience, can be a good time for all genders. Check it out for previously-loved clothing, crafts, antiques, and all sorts of other “cute” stuff.

Official WebsiteKawai Flea Market 
LocationSunshine City 
Date21/07/2024
Start/End Time9:00 – 15:00

Cafes and food

Ice Cream Expo (Aipaku) 

Escape from the heat and into the arms of one of the biggest ice cream expos in Japan. Lover of the sweet, chilly stuff? Aipaku — short for Ice Cream Expo in Japanese — provides a mix of shaved ice, gelato, and ice cream from vendors across Japan, but in one spot. Along with the classics, there will be specialty flavors including coffee, pistachio, manju (a type of Japanese steam bun), matcha, and sweet potato. On the stage, there will also be demonstrations and discussions.

Official WebsiteIce cream Expo 2024 
LocationShinjuku Sumitomo Building Triangle Square 
Dates 15th Jul–21st Jul, 2024
TicketsAdults: ¥450
Start/End Time11:00am – 7:30pm

Takao Beer Mount 

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Takao Beer Mount is definitely the highest beer garden in Tokyo at 500m on the side of a mountain. With “terrace,” “garden,” and “hall” seats, you can enjoy the views at Mt Takao day or night. The many different beers, highballs, wines, cocktails, et.c are part of an all-you-can-drink service. But the event isn’t just for drinks (or adults). The all-you-can-eat buffet includes all kinds of Japanese and Western dishes, too.

Official WebsiteTakao Beer Mount 
LocationMount Takao 
Dates 15th Jun–15th Oct, 2024
Start/End Time1:00pm – 9:00pm
Tickets¥1,800 –  ¥4,300

Other Activities

Detective Conan Pop-Up Café

Ready to solve a mystery? Step into a themed cafe around the iconic manga series Detective Conan! There are several locations around Tokyo such as Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Ikebukuro, as well as several locations outside of Tokyo. Be sure to check the official website as operating hours between locations may vary. Reservations are highly advised and cost ¥715.

Official WebsiteConan Cafe
LocationMaps
Dates 29th Mar–21st Jul, 2024
Tickets¥715
Start/End Time11:20am – 9:40pm

Rilakkuma Pop-Up Cafe

Everything, from the food to the interior, is inspired by one of the cuddly characters. On the menu are waffles with cute bear head toppings, mini parfaits, cakes, hamburgers, and more. Souvenirs, such as keyrings, magnets, and mini towels, will also be on sale. 

Official WebsiteRilakkuma Pop-Up Cafe 
LocationTokyo Solamichi 
Dates 13th Jun–28th Jul, 2024
Start/End Time10:00am – 9:00pm

Summer Nights Museums

As the temperature gets to ridiculous highs, it’s the perfect time to hide out at an air-conditioned museum — at night. The museums are the ones listed below, and some of them will even be hosting mystery solving events!

  1. Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno (Every Fri. from Jul. 19 to Aug. 30
  2. Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in Meguro (Every Fri. from Jul. 19 to Aug. 30)
  3. Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Ebisu (Every Thu. and Fri. from Jul. 18 to Aug. 30)
  4. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Kiyosumi Shirakawa (Every Fri. from Aug. 9 to 30)
  5. Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery in Shibuya (Every Fri. from Jul. 19 to Aug. 30)
Official WebsiteSummer Nights Museums  
Dates 18/07/2024 – 30/08/2024
Start/End Time05:00 pm – 09:00 pm

Japan Wonder Travel Tours in Tokyo

Japan Wonder Travel is a travel agency that offers guided tours throughout Japan. 
From private walking tours to delicious Food and Drink tours, we can help organize the best tours just for you! If you want to explore Japan and learn more about the history and backstories of each area you are traveling in, our knowledgeable and friendly guides will happily take you to the best spots! 
In addition, we can provide you with any assistance you may need for your upcoming trip to Japan, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need some help! 

Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Drink Tour
Explore the most lively and popular fish market in Tokyo, where you will have the chance to try some of the local’s favorite street foods and sake along with your friendly English-speaking guide! 

tsukiji tour

Tokyo 1–Day Highlights Private Walking Tour (8 Hours)
There’s no better way to explore an area than taking a tour with a knowledgeable local guide. You will have the chance to learn about the history and interesting background stories of Tokyo, as well as discover some hidden gems which can be hard to do without a guide.

Asakusa Tokyo private tour

Shinjuku Bar Hopping Tour: Experience Tokyo’s Nightlife in Izakaya
Check out the best spots in Shinjuku while bar hopping through the lively and vibrant area. Try some delicious local food and drink as you explore the narrow yet photogenic alleys that the town has to offer. Experience Japanese izakaya culture and drink in Shinjuku like the locals!

Kimono Experience in Tokyo
Step into the charm of the kimono, a beloved icon of Japanese tradition, ideal for festivals and wandering quaint streets. Asakusa offers the perfect setting to don your kimono and create cherished memories with picturesque backdrops. Let Kimono Rental Wargo dress you up for a day of delightful exploration in timeless style!


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