Top Choice Cultural in Ueno & Yanesen

Bunkyō Azalae Festival

One of Tokyo's top flower festivals, late spring is the time to view around 100 different species of azalea bloom in a profusion of pinks and reds across the 3000 trees in the grounds of Nezu-jinja.
Top Choice Cultural in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Nerd Nite Tokyo

Held monthly (usually on a Friday night) at the co-working space Nagatachō GRID, this fun, educational addition to Tokyo's range of bi-cultural mixers bills itself as 'the Discovery Channel with beer'. Listen to up …
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For a week or two, usually in late March and early April, Tokyoites toast spring in spirited parties, called hanami, under the blooming cherry trees. Top spots include Ueno-kōen, Yoyogi-kōen and Shinjuku-gyoen.
Parade in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's biggest festival is held over the third weekend of May and attracts about 1.5 million spectators to Asakusa-jinja. The highlight is the rowdy parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) carried by men and women in …
Cultural in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Kanda Matsuri

Kanda Matsuri, put on by Kanda Myōjin, was historically one of Tokyo's most important festivals – and it still puts on a good show, with a parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) around Kanda and Akihabara. It's held o…
Fireworks in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sumida-gawa Fireworks

Held the last Saturday of July, the largest of the summer fireworks shows sees 20,000 pyrotechnic wonders explode over Asakusa. The show starts around 7pm, but you'll have to get there way earlier to get a good spot…
Parade in Tokyo

Kōenji Awa Odori

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.
Art in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Japan Media Arts Festival

The innovative Japan Media Arts Festival celebrates the year's top animated, digital and virtual works of art and entertainment. It's held over 10 days at the National Art Center Tokyo and satellite venues. It's in …
Music in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

La Folle Journée au Japon

For three days in early May (usually falling over Golden Week), classical music performances from renowned local and international artists take place at Tokyo International Forum. Better yet: free performances – inc…
Cultural in Tokyo

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri

Asagaya holds a Tanabata festival over the first weekend of August (in accordance with the lunar calendar), with colourful lanterns and papier-mâché decorations (some with cheeky pop culture references).