Cheapo Weekend for June 17-18: Food, Music and Salsa Street Dancing

Adriana Paradiso

The future of Airbnb in Japan: Cloudy, with a strong chance of bureaucracy read more
REThink Tokyo

Nerd Nite Tokyo (June 16): Nerd Nite is “the Discovery Channel with beer”, a worldwide monthly event series that mixes presentations, performances, trivia, demos, music, and of course drinking. Themes for the June event include the “oh my god” particle and the dawn of the quantum age.

Photo by Brendan used under CC

Salsa Street Festival (June 17-18): Also taking place at Yoyogi Park is the Salsa Street Festival. You can join the crowd of dancers or just people watch—whatever suits your mood/skill set. And bring some cash to spare, you’ll probably want to grab some Latin American grub on offer.

Spend a day trip traveling to Mt. Fuji, Japan's most famous symbol and highest mountain. Enjoy the view from the 5th Station before visiting the click here for details
 Suggested Activity 

The World Gourmet and Music Festival (June 17-18): Interested in eating, drinking, dancing and shopping—all in one spot? Head to the events square at Yoyogi Park where you can tuck into some international cuisine, get your groove on and peruse the flea market stalls.

antique market
Photo by Yoshikazu TAKADA used under CC

The Oedo Antique Market (June 18): A cheapo favorite, Japan’s biggest outdoor market in Japan is back at the Tokyo International Forum. It’s a great spot for finding unique souvenirs, decorating your apartment on a shoestring, or even just strolling around outdoors. The market will be canceled in case of rain through, so keep an eye on the forecast.

Live from the Kitchen Disco – Vol. 25 (June 18): Jam out at a free show featuring the best of Tokyo’s indie music scene at Shinjuku’s Papera. Hear pop-punk, blues, alternative rock, a funky covers band and more.

Photo by Tetsuya Odaka used under CC

Bunkyo Ajisai (Hydrangea) Festival (June 10-18): Although June is the rainy season, it still has plenty to offer nature-wise. One such option is the stunning display of 10,000 hydrangea plants at Hakusan Shrine.

Visiting Tokyo soon? Don’t leave without downloading our ebook!
30% off coupon code: SUMMERCHEAPO.
tokyo fireflies festivals
Photo by Rodd Lucier used under CC

Firefly nights (throughout June): There are various festivals around the Tokyo that mark the start of summer by hosting firefly viewing nights. Don’t miss your chance to see this spectacular phenomenon! Events to be noted for this weekend include the Fussa Firefly Festival and the Botanical Garden Fureai Firefly Nights. See our guide for more details.

iris festival tokyo
Photo by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) used under CC

Iris Flower Festival (ongoing until June 18): If 10,000 hydrangea flowers don’t impress you, how about 14,000 lovely iris plants dispersed across the even lovelier Mizumoto Park? And don’t expect just nature to fulfill your weekend, there will be a variety of events including musical performances spanning the 20-day festival.

Watch this next

New Video: Top Shops for Cheap Souvenirs in Tokyo

Three varied spots for picking up unique and cheapo friendly souvenirs to take back home for friends and family.

Get our Tokyo Cheapo Hacks direct to your inbox

Recommended hotels located nearby

Questions or comments about this article? Start a thread on our community forum