Cherry-blossom-viewing obsession takes over as locals flock to the city's parks and cemeteries from late March to mid-April for parties under the trees.
Arguably the grandest Tokyo matsuri (festival) of all, this three-day festival, held over the third weekend of May, attracts around 1.5 million spectators to Asakusa-jinja. The highlight is the rowdy parade of mikos…
The most famous of Tokyo's awa odori (dance festivals for O-Bon) sees 10,000 participants in traditional costumes dancing their way through the streets of Kōenji over the last weekend of August.
In late October, the international design world convenes for a week of exhibitions at Meiji-jingū Gyoen, with satellite shows at shops and galleries.
In mid-May a wide showcase of work from budding designers and artists is displayed at Tokyo Big Sight. A second showing takes place in November.
Get your geek on when the Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association hosts Tokyo Game Show, a massive expo at Makuhari Messe in late September.
Yasukuni-jinja celebrates the summer festival of the dead with 30,000 paper lanterns in mid-July.
Events and exhibitions for industry insiders and fans alike in late March at Tokyo Big Sight.
Held the last Saturday of July, the largest of the summer fireworks shows sees 20,000 pyrotechnic wonders explode over Asakusa.
This film festival in late November focuses on emerging directors in Asia and screens many films with English subtitles.