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Brazilian Day Japan 2018

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Celebrate Brazilian culture, cuisine and art at this event at Yoyogi Park. There will be samba, capoeira, and musical performances throughout the weekend, plus lots of Brazilian street food, drinks and market stalls.

Tokyo Cheapo Downtown Drinks

Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling on the roof of Ryozan Park. This is our 28th casual meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.

Yokohama Sparkling Twilight

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Ready for hanabi, but don’t want to wait a few more weeks for Tokyo’s fireworks season to begin? Then head to Yokohama for the Sparkling Twilight event. Festivities start in the early afternoon with parades and food stalls, but come 7:30pm and the Yokohama skyline will light up with 3,000 fireworks.

Marine Day Lantern Festival

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This magnificent festival is held on Marine Day, also known as Ocean Day or Sea Day. This day is a Japanese national holiday and lands on the third Monday in July (although the event takes place over two days this year). Over 50,000 candles will be lit and places in paper lanterns.

Suggested Activity
Tokyo Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya by MagicalTrip
Explore the underground food scene of Tokyo's coolest nightlife district, with a friendly local guide. Experience Shibuya like you live there, by sharing a table with locals and sampling Japanese beer and pub dishes. This is one of the most highly rated tours in the city!

Mitama Matsuri

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This festival is quite a sight—honoring the spirits of the dead with 30,000 lanterns lining the walkway up to Yasukuni Shrine.

Oedo Beer Festival Summer 2018

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Craft beer festival with free entry (unlike most other beer festivals in Tokyo). There will be a selection of international and domestic beer with glasses starting at ¥300 a pop.

Ueno Summer Festival

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A five-week summer festival around Ueno Park with different events each day, which in the past have included a paper lantern floating festival, an antiques market and an ice sculpture display. The main parade, however, will be held on July 21.

Mi Casa Es Su Casa Exhibition and Workshop

There’s still some time to check out this interactive, umbrella-centric art exhibition at the Design Festa Gallery.

Forest Beer Garden

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Kick back with a cold one in the Outer Garden of Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Takao Beer Mount

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Or head a little higher up for a brew with a view.

Suggested Activity
Samurai Experience in Tokyo
One of the coolest things to do in Tokyo! Discover the samurai practice of Kenbu Tachibana Ittoryu, a special sword performance. During your class you’ll dress up in a samurai outfit and train with a katana (single-edge samurai sword). A photo shoot is included, Great experience for families and children!

For more top Tokyo events happening this month, see our July recommendations.

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